Windows 10 KB4015438 Fixes Crashes and Hangs

Apparently, last week’s security updates caused a couple of new problems which have now (hopefull,) been fixed.

The new cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Update) KB4015438 patches two issues introduced by last week’s Patch Day. This raises the version of the Anniversary Update version of Windows 10 to 14393.969. The KB4015438 update seems to fix two issues introduced last week that affected some users of the operating system after devices were updated with last week’s security updates.

The first issue caused programs that use Microsoft MPEG-2 handling libraries to crash (e.g. Windows DVD Player). The second issue listed by Microsoft affected customers with Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) enabled who “might experience a deadlock” according to Microsoft.

Windows 10 KB4015438 fixes crashes and hangs

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According to Microsoft’s Windows 10 version 1607 and Windows Server 2016 update log, KB4015438 fixes the following issues:

Addressed a known issue with KB4013429 that caused Windows DVD Player (and 3rd party apps that use Microsoft MPEG-2 handling libraries) to crash.

Addressed a known issue with KB4013429, that some customers using Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 1607 Client with Switch Embedded Teaming (SET) enabled might experience a deadlock or when changing the physical adapter’s link speed property. This issue is most commonly seen as a DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION or when verifier is enabled a VRF_STACKPTR_ERROR is seen in the Memory dump.

KB4013429 refers to the previous cumulative update of Windows 10’s Anniversary Update version.

Woody notes over on InfoWorld that Microsoft has yet to patch an Internet Explorer bug that breaks Dynamics CRM.

Günter Born notes on the other hand that the cumulative update does not fix the system restore no longer working issue that some users experience after installing January’s KB3213986 update.

KB4015438 is already available through Windows Update. You can run a manual check for the update by going to Start > Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.

If you prefer to download the update manually, point your web browser to Microsoft’s Update Catalog. There you find the cumulative update listed for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.

The 64-bit versions of the update have a size of about 1 Gigabyte, the 32-bit version about 560 Megabyte.

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