Microsoft breaks Windows 10 again in latest update

Media Player borked as Redmond promises fix will be coming soon

Microsoft's flagship OS Windows 10 on a purple graphic

The ill-fated Windows 10 version 1809 seems to have been released with more problems after it was discovered that the latest update breaks Windows Media Player.

This latest issue adds to the current woes the upgrade has experienced. Spotted by Microsoft watcher Paul Thurrott, the bug leaves users unable to use the Seek Bar in Windows Media Player when playing specific files.

In a recently updated Microsoft support document note, the firm said it was "working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release."

Not only do bugs affect Windows Media Player in the latest release, it appears that the update means some users are unable to set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations. Microsoft said as far as this issue is concerned it was "working on a resolution and estimates a solution will be available in late November 2018."

The current Windows 10 October 2018 update is also blocked from installing on some Intel-based PCs due to faulty drivers. According to this web page, Intel inadvertently released versions 24.20.100.6344 and 24.20.100.6345 of its display drivers, which "accidentally turned on unsupported features in Windows".

"After updating to Windows 10, version 1809, audio playback from a monitor or television connected to a PC via HDMI, USB-C, or a DisplayPort may not function correctly on devices with these drivers," it said.

This has led to Microsoft blocking version 1809 for systems using these display drivers. Microsoft has not disclosed when the 1809 update will be available for users of affected systems.

In the meantime, users running iCloud for Windows have also reported issues with the latest update. It appears that Apple has identified an incompatibility with iCloud for Windows (version 7.7.0.27) that may cause users to have issues updating or synching Shared Albums after updating to Windows 10, version 1809. 

"Users who attempt to install iCloud for Windows (version 7.7.0.27) on Windows 10, version 1809 will see a message stating that this version of iCloud for Windows isn't supported, and the installation will fail," said Microsoft. 

It has also blocked devices with iCloud for Windows (version 7.7.0.27) software installed from being offered Window 10, version 1809 until this issue has been resolved.

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