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What you need to know

  • Microsoft released a list of known issues with the Windows 10 October 2020 Update.
  • The list is rather small, only coming in at three items as of the update's launch.
  • The October 2020 Update became available to the public today, launching with a measured rollout.

The Windows 10 October 2020 Update officially launched to the public today, and Microsoft followed it up with a look at the known issues still hanging around. Fortunately, the list is pretty small compared to previous updates, only coming in at three items as of the launch. (Of course, our own list of the most common October 2020 Update problems — and fixes — is ... longer.) Here's a look at what to look out for.

The issues still being investigated mostly relate to devices with Conexant or Synaptics audio drivers, which could receive errors or outright crash to a blue screen. There's also a general warning for issues when using Microsoft IME for Japanese or Chinese languages. From Microsoft:

  • Devices with affected Conexant or Synaptics audio drivers might receive a stop error with a blue screen.
  • Devices with affected Conexant ISST audio drivers might receive an error or have issues with Windows 10, version 2004.
  • Users of the Microsoft IME for Japanese or Chinese languages might have issues.

A fourth issue, which relates to installing incorrectly formatted third-party drivers, has been resolved.

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Microsoft notes that it has put a compatibility hold on Windows 10 devices with the affected Conexant or Synaptics audio drivers for the first two issues. If you have a device with these drivers, the Windows 10 October 2020 Update won't be offered to you until the driver has been updated.

Microsoft is releasing the Windows 10 October 2020 Update as a measured rollout, similar to how it has handled major updates in the past. Devices that are known to have no issues with the update will get it first, and Microsoft will ramp up the pace over time. As it continues, we could see more known issues added to the list, but the October 2020 Update seems to be off to a smoother start than some previous updates, judging by the small list of launch issues.

Check out our detailed Windows 10 October 2020 Update review for all the specifics.

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