Microsoft fixes blurry news and interests widget on Windows 10

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What you need to know

  • Windows 10 builds 19041.1081, 19042.1081, and 19043.1081 are available now.
  • They are optional updates for Windows 10.
  • The updates address several issues, including the bug causing the news and interests widget to appear blurry.

New optional updates are available for Windows 10. The latest updates are builds 19041.1081, 19042.1081, and 19043.1081, and they include a long list of improvements and fixes. The most notable change for many will be that the updates fix the bug that causes the news and interests widget to appear blurry. The updates also address a bug that caused worse performance for gaming for some people.

The news and interests widget is a new feature for Windows 10 that lets you see information in the taskbar. It also expands to show you content based on your interests. Unfortunately, when it shipped, it had a bug that causes blurriness. Microsoft addressed that issue in these updates.

Here are the highlights from the updates, as outlined by Microsoft:

  • Updates an issue in a small subset of users that have lower than expected performance in games after installing KB5000842 or later.
  • Updates an issue that causes the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) to suddenly stop working while you are typing.
  • Updates an issue in which signing in using a PIN fails. The error message is "Something happened and your PIN isn't available. Click to set up your PIN again."
  • Updates an issue that, in certain cases, takes you out of the exclusive virtual reality (VR) app and back to Windows Mixed Reality Home when you press the Windows button on the controller.
  • Updates an issue that causes blurry text on the news and interests button on the Windows taskbar for some screen resolutions.
  • Updates an issue with Search box graphics on the Windows taskbar that occurs if you right-click the taskbar and turn off News and interests. This graphics issue is especially visible when using dark mode.
  • Updates an issue that might prevent you from using your fingerprint to sign in after startup or waking up your device from sleep.
  • Updates an issue that might cause a high-pitched noise or squeak in certain apps when you play 5.1 Dolby Digital audio using certain audio devices and Windows settings.

These are optional updates, so you have to seek them out. Here's how to grab them:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Open Update & Security.
  3. Select Windows Update.
  4. Select the link to download and install the optional update.
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