Cumulative update fixes USB device issues for Fall Creators Update PCs

We're a week out from Microsoft's regular monthly Patch Tuesday release, but the company is now pushing out a small fix for Fall Creators Update PCs. The update ticks the build number up to version 16299.251 and includes a single fix related to USB devices (via Neowin).

Here's what's new, from Microsoft (opens in new tab):

Addresses an issue in which some USB devices and onboard devices, such as a built-in laptop camera, keyboard, or mouse, stop working. This may occur when the Windows Update servicing stack incorrectly skips installing the newer version of some critical drivers in the cumulative update and uninstalls the currently active drivers during maintenance.

Microsoft also cites a handful of known issues in this build, including that the fix may not be available to computers running antivirus software that hasn't been updated with a specific registry key. Some devices may also fail to start after applying the update. For more, check out Microsoft's full release notes (opens in new tab).

If you're on the Fall Creators Update, you should be able to grab the latest cumulative update via Windows Update now. It's also available as a manual download at the Microsoft Update Catalog (opens in new tab) site.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

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  • I suspect this has also to do with the February 13th 2018 update (KB4074588) that resulted in USB ports automatically being disabled post BIOS start on some PC's. Very annoying since mouse nor keyboard was working after this update and computer got stuck at Windows login screen. This occured on my son's  2 months old Dell PC . Below link "Method 2: Restoring your system without a working keyboard" was the only option to resolve the issue.