Windows 10 May 2020 Update causing issues to bubble up all over

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What you need to know

  • The Windows 10 May 2020 Update is causing several issues for PCs.
  • Issues include printer problems, Tablet Mode popping up randomly, and issues with Google Chrome.
  • The problems appear to be caused by the Windows 10 May 2020 Update and subsequent security updates.

Microsoft started rolling out the Windows 10 May 2020 Update at the end of last month, and several issues have become apparent since its release. With Windows 10 running on so many PCs, some issues are normal. Also, we don't know how many PCs have seen these issues. But the breadth of the issues is starting to pile up and cause frustrations. Several outlets reported issues with Windows 10 recently, ranging from PCs failing to print documents to Windows 10 Tablet Mode popping up on its own. Tom's Guide gathered several of the issues together that have plagued PCs with the update.

Over the weekend, Engadget reported on security updates to Windows 10 causing printer issues. Updates KB4560960 and KB4557957 appear to be behind the issues, which affect HP, Canon, Panasonic, Brother, and Rico printers. Microsoft acknowledged the issue and shared details in a doc earlier this month. The company is working on a solution, but there is not one at this time. In addition to people not being able to print physical documents, some have run into issues "printing" documents as PDFs.

An odd bug appeared on Windows 10 that Tech Radar highlights which causes Windows 10's Tablet Mode to randomly pop up on PCs. The issue seems connected to the KB4557957 update of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update and the KB4561600 update of the Windows 10 November 2019 Update. People have complained about these issues on a Microsoft Answer forum and Reddit (via Windows Latest.

Windows Latest reported issues with the Storage Spaces feature for Windows 10 over the weekend. People pointed out issues with Storage Spaces, which lets people combine hard drives such as SSDs and HDDs into a virtual drive. The problem prevents people from creating new spaces and issues when dealing with current spaces. Some people have experienced data loss and file corruption.

Google Chrome's key feature also seems to have an issue with the latest update of Windows 10, according to Windows Latest. The bug causes Chrome to sign you out of your Google account when you restart your PC.

Windows 10 also has issues with its Fresh Start feature, as reported by Forbes. For some, the option to perform a Fresh Start doesn't appear. As a result, people can't perform a Fresh Start on their PC.

When compounded with the fact that many Lenovo PCs aren't getting along with the Windows 10 May 2020 Update, a growing number of devices are experiencing issues with the latest version of Windows 10. As noted earlier, Windows 10 is on so many PCs that issues can affect a small subset of users, but the wide range of issues noted by people over the last two weeks could be worrying for Microsoft.

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