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Windows 10 version 1903: list of known issues growth, and growth, and growth

If you have followed the development of the Windows 10 version 1809 and 1903, you know that both versions were plagued by lots of bugs. Microsoft had to pull version 1809 even shortly after release and spend six weeks fixing issues before it released an updated version again to the public.

With Windows 10 1903, it appears that every update that Microsoft releases adds to the growing list of known issues. We keep track of those issues here and Microsoft does the same on its Docs website; the latter is an improvement over previous releases as it is now easier to keep track of all the bugs.

Microsoft released the September 2019 security updates for all supported versions of Windows last week. The update for Windows 10 version 1903 fixed a high CPU usage issue caused by Search/Cortana that some users experienced on their devices. The fix resolved the issue but it did introduce a number of new issues at the same time.

windows 10 version 1903 issues

We talked about the Start Menu and Desktop Search issues that some users experienced after update installation; turns out, that is just one of the issues that the new update introduced.

Microsoft lists three additional issues that users may experience when they install the latest update for Windows 10 version 1903:

Issue 1: Audio volume may be quiet in games or different than expected

Microsoft notes that it has received reports from customers that audio is quieter than expected in certain computer games. The company implemented an audio related change in the new update for the operating system that "enabled certain games to query support and render multi-channel audio".

Microsoft plans to revert the change because "some games and some devices are not rendering multi-channel audio as expected" which causes them to sound different and may have missing channels.

Workaround: Microsoft suggests to disable multi-channel audio in the game settings of affected games if the option is available. Alternatively, customers may open the Windows Control Panel and disable multi-channel audio or virtual surround sound for these games if the options are available (means if the manufacturer added a Control Panel item).

Issue 2:  Wi-Fi connections become unavailable for certain hardware configurations

The issue affects NEC devices with Intel Centrino 6205/6235 and Broadcom 802.11ac Wi-Fi card hardware. Wi-Fi connectivity is unavailable when these devices are upgraded to Windows 10 version 1903.

Microsoft notes that the Wi-Fi driver may have a yellow exclamation point in the Device Manager (open using Windows-X menu), the network icon in the System Tray area may show the "No Internet" icon, and the Network & Internet settings may show no available WiFi networks.

Workaround: Microsoft blocks updates to Windows 10 version 1903 on affected devices. Microsoft notes that customers who run affected NEC devices on Windows 10 version 1903 already may mitigate the issue by disabling and re-enabling the Wi-Fi adapter in the device manager. Wi-Fi connectivity is restored for the session in that case.

Issue 3: Chinese IME (Input Method Editor) may cause high CPU usage

Chinese IME (maybe other IME as well) may become unresponsive or cause high CPU usage on systems running Windows 10 version 1903. Microsoft notes that the issue affects CHS (Chinese Simplified) and CHT (Chinese Traditional) with Changjie/Quick keyboard.

Workaround: The following steps mitigate the issue according to Microsoft:

  1. Select Start
  2. Type services.msc and hit the Enter-key.
  3. Locate the service Touch Keyboard and Handwriting Panel Service and double-click on it or long-press on it and select Properties.
  4. Locate startup type and change it to manual.
  5. Selet ok.

Closing Words

What is going on at Microsoft? The list of known issues increases and release quality seems to deteriorate with every update the company puts out.

Now You: What is your take on the whole situation?

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  1. Ch'ü Tsê-t'ien said on September 16, 2019 at 8:30 am

    I shall stick with LTSC 1809 for the foreseeable future, then.

    1. Yuliya said on September 16, 2019 at 12:02 pm

      It is a wise decision. Wait until the next LTS and if it’s good switch to it, if not keep using LTS 1809, afterall it has support until 2029. If LTS 1809 had any issues I’d still use LTS 1607 as that one is also a decent OS.

    2. hmm said on September 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm

      Microsoft needs to turn Windows UI into Linux Desktop Environment and create a Linux distro based on Arch.

    3. dark said on September 16, 2019 at 6:52 pm

      LTSC 1809 is bad too. It doesn’t even obey set settings in services.msc and gpedit.msc. I tried disabling Windows Modules Installer and Windows Update. Also disabled in Task Scheduler yet Windows Modules Installer and Windows Update enables itself again.

    4. Dave Blevins said on September 16, 2019 at 7:33 pm

      Version 1607 is the new Windows 7.

  2. Aegis said on September 16, 2019 at 8:37 am

    I got tired of all those bugs in 1903 and downgraded all my 3 PCs to 1809. Until now they are running smooth without problems. Hope this will stay this until 1909 is proofed for running stable.

    1. Yuliya said on September 16, 2019 at 8:45 am

      Technically, 1909 should be around the corner for the guinea p..ardon, consumer versions of Win10. lmao

  3. Allwynd said on September 16, 2019 at 9:03 am

    When I updated to 1903, my PC was stuck in a login loop. I don’t have a password on my account, so as soon as the PC boots, it should lead straight to the desktop in a couple of seconds. But after the update that seemed to take forever, it would show my lock screen, then my account picture, then the whole screen would go black for a second and this process would repeat infinitely. I couldn’t even reverse Shítdows 10 to a previous state. Since I also had an issue with my SSD not booting sometimes, and my PC still being in warranty, I sent it to the place I bought it from for them to fix it all.

    Since 2015, I was saying that that Windows 10 is shít, but there were always fanboys protecting it. Windows 7 and XP have been the best Windows experiences for me both in terms of stability, appearance and coherent UI. Shítdows 10 lacks in all departments, I don’t know what’s happening inside Microsoft, but this is unacceptable and a real pain. As soon as I get my PC back, I will set it to update as rarely as possible…. Or maybe use that O&O ShutUp10 tool to disable everything, including updates and never bother at all anymore.

  4. Markus said on September 16, 2019 at 9:41 am

    I cite from the update history webpage from Microsoft: “Windows 10 is a service, which means it gets better through periodic software updates.”

    Isn’t it ironic ….. :)

  5. Johnny said on September 16, 2019 at 10:09 am

    I’m on windows 10 1703 (creators update) and I refuse to upgrade further than that.
    I absolutely refuse and do not accept many of the design changes made to 1709 and newer versions.
    1703 will stop receiving updates this fall, but I just don’t care.

    I already have only 1 PC running windows, all my other PCs are on linux mint.

  6. LaptopWithWin10 said on September 16, 2019 at 10:49 am

    They really should drop these bi-yearly releases and switch to one every 2 or 3 years and fixing bugs. It’s incredible that bugs introduced in 2015, like the one which causes stuttering when the user has a 60Hz and a 144Hz monitor, are still not fixed and affect AMD, Nvidia and Intel cards.

    They can’t even get driver support right. There are countless threads about driver issues, for example Conexant HD Audio and Conexant Smart Audio getting installed on PC who do not even have that audio card and messing up sound quality and settings. This has been ignored since Windows 10 shipped. And it keeps coming back after a few restarts even if the user rolls back the driver to a proper version. There are even reports of BIOS getting downgraded by windows update on laptops. It’s mind-boggling that someone at Microsoft thought that not letting people control drivers is a good idea.

    And these are just a few issues that are present in almost all Windows 10 revisions. But MS doesn’t care.

    1. ShintoPlasm said on September 16, 2019 at 11:20 am

      Or do as Apple does: a single yearly ‘major’ upgrade, and several bugfix releases throughout the year. This approach seems to have worked well for macOS over the past two decades.

  7. Cor said on September 16, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Pretty similar to many recent products which suddenly became twice its original size and are now too large to (both) manage.
    I could do a rant to never ever ever rewrite a product as an upgrade. But the main reason is often just that monthly subscription fee, also know as “software as a service”.

    1. LaptopWithWin10 said on September 16, 2019 at 12:57 pm

      They also keep adding unnecessary features to Windows 10. GameBar, Xbox Identity crapware, Your Phone, Text messages, Camera, Cortana, unboundling menu start from the UI, Paint3D and all related apps.

      GameBar alone introduces a lot of lag when combined with other overlays people have, like Steam/Uplay/Origin/GOG and Nvidia/Radeon ones and it’s not possible to completely disable it. Even if it’s turned off in settings, it still starts up automatically and is there, just not visible to the user and restarts when manually killed in the taskbar. The lag mysteriously disappears with a script that kills the GameBar every 30 seconds in task scheduler.

      I wish they would release a barebones edition for home users (and pirates, please shut up about your education/enterprise branches, you wouldn’t buy it if you weren’t thieves). People should be able to choose which modules they want, like on Linux.

      1. Yuliya said on September 16, 2019 at 1:12 pm

        Just to inform you, @LaptopWithWin10, LTSC is available for registered developers. So next time before you ask somebody to shut up, please educate yourself first.

      2. LaptopWithWin10 said on September 16, 2019 at 1:36 pm

        Right, and everyone who claims to use it is a developer. Sure. Continue pretending thief.

      3. Yuliya said on September 16, 2019 at 4:37 pm

        You don’t have to be an actual developer in order to be a registered developer, fyi.

      4. Curious Steve said on September 16, 2019 at 5:44 pm

        Yuliya, this is really interesting (at least to me!) I found a page for registering as a developer,, but if you could share how one goes from that to actually snagging an LTSC license, I’d love to know. Of course one can always turn to eBay for a cheap one and a link to an ISO image but if you do that you wouldn’t need to register as a developer in the first place.

      5. Richard Gozinya said on September 16, 2019 at 5:59 pm

        Are people really using the additional features in LTSC or just using it because it isn’t stuffed full of garbage software, spyware and advertisements? Why shouldn’t people use it. Many people would pay a premium for a slim Windows 10 Pro without the forced software/spyware attached but m$ isn’t interested. I wonder why. If you could go back in time to say the 90’s and tell people where m$ is heading Linux would be the one at 90% market share. Of course people actually cared about privacy back then.

      6. John Fenderson said on September 16, 2019 at 5:59 pm


        What’s weird is that in literally every company I have worked for (or run), if the product had as many problems as Win 10 does, they would have put a complete freeze on any new feature development in order to focus on making the product work correctly.

        But I guess that’s not the One Microsoft Way.

  8. sp808 said on September 16, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Who cares about win10? It is 100% prebeta software with huge privacy and security issues. I stick with rock solid win7. Esu is coming.

    1. stefann said on September 16, 2019 at 2:49 pm

      @sp808 I agree fully with You ! But is Windows 10 Malware Edition even in a pre-alpha phase ? LOL !

      I stick to XP x64 and 7 x64 ! Stable as h*** ! :)

  9. Tony Sly said on September 16, 2019 at 12:54 pm

    All these folk, which includes yourselves, think you can do a better job than one of the biggest companies in the world….I think not!

    1. LaptopWithWin10 said on September 16, 2019 at 1:03 pm

      It’s not our job, to do a better job than MS. It’s theirs to not mess up. You’re a sad fanboy if you think customers do not have a right to expect a working product.

      But by all means, continue to be a pathetic little paypig Tony.

    2. Yuliya said on September 16, 2019 at 1:14 pm

      It is more of a thing that these big companies (especially this one big company, Microsoft) managed to do it better all by itself in the past, in the of Windows 7, to name their most recent better job.

    3. kalmly said on September 16, 2019 at 3:07 pm

      It’s not that I think I can do better. Of course, I can’t. I just wish they had stayed with what worked — XP, Win7 — and made minor and or necessary updates. But no, here came Windows as a service and all the online crap, oh yeah, and the ugly GUI, and the takeover of your PC. I am staying with Windows 7. I’ve known I would have to eventually get a laptop with Win10 so I can stay online, but now I think I’ll just go with Linux or Mac. I have no interest in spending precious time trying to find out what has gone wrong and then trying to fix it. I need to be productive.

    4. John Fenderson said on September 16, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      @Tony Sly:

      None of us need to to demonstrate the ability to do better than Microsoft. Microsoft already demonstrated it: they used to do a lot better than they do now.

    5. Allwynd said on September 16, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      @Tony Sly,

      Some people pay Microsoft for a licensed copy of Windows 10. These people deserve to get their money’s worth and have the right to complain, especially considering how rock solid previous versions of Windows were, such as 98, XP, 7. Even Vista which was a disaster at first got fixed in a few years. Only Windows 10 has spent 4 years in existence and is still the same pre-alpha trash as the day it launched. Blindly defending Windows 10 and the incompetent monkeys working at Microsoft isn’t helping your case.

  10. chesscanoe said on September 16, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    So far my Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18362.356] problems are either fixed or circumvented for me. I prefer this OS level for all the fixes and features it contains that are successfully implemented. There never has been perfection in any OS. Perfection is a goal that should be better that it is, but I am happy it is as good as it is.

  11. Bobo said on September 16, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    I can’t wait for 1909, with amazing groundbreaking features like trial versions of Office and Angry Birds. Codename should be KINDER EGG because every update is a surprise. All jokes aside, the things I look forward to the most with every Windows 10 release/update are the endless tips and tricks, articles on how to fix everything that’s f***ed up and how to at least try and fight back a little when Windows 10 is bullying you and molesting your computer. It’s quite amazing what a gargantuan piece of horrible s**t Windows 10 turned out to be. If you want YOUR computer to be yours, personal and FUN again you do not install Windows 10 on it.

  12. Howard Pearce said on September 16, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    I haven’t done a windows update till I tried updating from 1803 to 1809.
    It produced a lot of startup errors related to the internet.

    When 1903 becomes mandatory, I will have to try again probably.

  13. Skynet said on September 16, 2019 at 2:36 pm

    I don’t understand why anyone is surprised. If you replace your QA teams with the public being free testers and even worse don’t have a system to highlight the more serious bug (an upvote system is an insane way to highlight problems) then what do you expect?

    Also this stupid idea of trying to do 2 major releases a year was always going to backfire. As it stands one a year and bug free by the next year’s seems beyond them never mind in 6 months.

  14. pitpol said on September 16, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    1903 installed at the beginning of September, on an old Thinkpad T430. I just had to use the Cortana cache fix (to find it on reddit), because SearchUI.exe did 25% of the CPU usage. And that’s all. And it runs smoothly. Temperatures CPU/motherboard dropped by 5°C (40°C on idle), free space od system disk increased 5GB (I don’t know how, but it actually is). 1903 is great for me.

  15. Maelish said on September 16, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    There is a lesser known bug in 1903 that breaks the TAPI interface for ALL voice modems. Really annoying when that’s how you control landline spam or voicemail.

    Unfortunately there aren’t any articles addressing the issue, only some support forum threads.


  16. basicuser said on September 16, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Now You: What is your take on the whole situation?

    I think MS can’t keep up with all the issues that the W10 scheme creates. The problems compound as MS keeps adding, changing and removing features along with the fact that every PC is unique in it’s collection of software that MS cannot predict and allow for. Bottom line, the only way W10 can hope to work well is for MS to totally control users computers.

  17. Anonymous said on September 16, 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Is Microsoft still pushing 1903 out as an update?

    I upgraded from 1803 to 1809 a couple of months ago to avoid the forced upgrade to 1903.
    1809 works OK.

  18. Quenllian said on September 16, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I choose to upgrade from 1809 to 1903 after a few users reported that a certain triple-A game wouldn’t crash on DX12 anymore, and indeed it works perfectly now. My CPU benchmarks hit new records, DPC latency is waaaay down and whatnot. Fair enough, I had to fix the SearchUI thingy but that’s what you get for tinkering with under the hood settings. I find the PC landscape to be an insanely complex beast. For me personally, 1903 is luckily enough the best Windows so far (including my history with that XP/Win7 garbage).

  19. John Fenderson said on September 16, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    “What is your take on the whole situation?”

    It’s about par for the course with Windows these days. I’m so glad that I abandoned Windows about 15 years ago. I continue to be required to use it at work — but that wasn’t really so bad until Windows 8. Everything from that release on has been a pain in my side.

  20. Felix said on September 16, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    Reasons I haven’t ‘upgraded’ to Windows 10 are: 1) unstoppable telemetry, and 2) horrible instability. Both deal-breakers. Windows 7 is heaven. Next up – Linux Mint or OpenSUSE.

  21. Benjamin said on September 16, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    The eay i see it is, that the strategy of the OS as a service has failed because of the enormous complexities behind it. Also that it can achieve a life cycle of more than 10 years does not help to make it simpler. Thus to many upgrades and features are to heavy to handle for this company… i believe that one part of the OS needs to be a stable long life edition built on security and performance while another one can have multiple new features on demand…

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