Fall Creators Update Patch Brings Apps Back from the Dead

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 36 Comments

It’s Patch Tuesday, which means Microsoft is rolling out new cumulative updates for all supported versions of Windows 10. The company is today releasing new cumulative updates for users running the new Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, as well as the original Creators Update. These cumulative updates mostly focus on minor fixes and security patches, so they aren’t exactly exciting.

But the latest cumulative update for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, KB4048955, includes a critical fix that affected a number of Windows 10 users running the Fall Creators Update. The issue resulted in some applications to disappear from the Start Menu, preventing users from opening them up after upgrading to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. The only way of opening a missing app was to find the app listing on the Microsoft Store, and then manually open it from there. With today’s update, Microsoft claims to have fixed the issue, so you should get your missing apps if you’re affected by the issue.

Anyway, here’s the full changelog for KB4048955, which brings the OS build number up to 16299.64 for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update users:

  • Addressed issue that causes the Mixed Reality Portal to stop responding on launch.
  • Addressed issue that causes a black screen to appear when you switch between windowed and full-screen modes when playing some Microsoft DirectX games.
  • Addressed a compatibility issue that occurs when you play back a Game DVR PC recording using Android or iOS devices.
  • Addressed issue where the functional keys stop working on Microsoft Designer Keyboards.
  • Addressed issue to ensure that certain USB devices and head-mounted displays (HMD) are enumerated properly after the system wakes up from Connected Standby.
  • Addressed issue where the virtual smart card doesn’t assess the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) vulnerability correctly.
  • Addressed issue where Get-StorageJob returns nothing when there are storage jobs running on the machine.
  • Addressed issue where applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is: “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)”.
  • Addressed issue where application tiles are missing from the Start menu. Additionally, applications that the Store app show as installed don’t appear on the application list of the Start menu. Computers that have Internet connectivity and upgrade on or after November 14, 2017 will receive this preventative solution and avoid this issue. Machines that lack network connectivity or have already encountered this issue should follow the steps in the Microsoft Answers thread “Missing apps after installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”. Microsoft will release and document an additional solution in a future release.
  • Addressed issue where Microsoft Edge cannot create a WARP support process and appears to stop responding for up to 3 seconds during a wait timeout. During the timeout period, users cannot navigate or interact with the requested page.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player.

You can also find the changelog for Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15063.726/15063.728 here, and Anniversary Update Build 10586.1232 here. As per usual, you can get the latest fixes and security updates by checking for updates on Windows Update.

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Comments (36)

36 responses to “Fall Creators Update Patch Brings Apps Back from the Dead”

  1. Rahul Sharma

    And I'm still stuck with white Cortana bar... ugh

  2. fbman

    Finally I can update to the fall creators update.. I was badly affected by this bug.. All my xbox anywhere games disappeared (I dont own a console). For me I could not use the store method to retrieve them as my store app also disappeared.

  3. IronCondor

    One Drive Crashes when syncing on all my PC's.

  4. JerryH

    Applied this update to a machine that was missing the Calculator app after installing the Fall Creators Update. And Calculator is still missing just as it was before. No change. Did not bring the app back from the dead.

  5. Win74ever

    But why there's an update to 1511? We were told the november update wouldn't be getting new updates from now on. :-)

    Windows as a service is a fucking joke. :-)

  6. LeFrenchFab

    Thing is, I can't get this update on my Surface Book, since after installing the Fall Creators Update, I can't launch the Settings app anymore, and neither the Windows Update module for that matter. Nice...

  7. Mestiphal

    My daughters have a bunch of games from the windows 8 era that have not worked with any version of windows 10. the screen seems off, like resolution wise, can't press buttons because the graphic of the button doesn't match with the touch place on the screen.

    this bug has never been fixed

  8. johnlavey

    This is most likely a repeat question...but why is it that Windows insiders don't get these patches? I have RS4 Windows Build 17035. Thanks.

    • JerryH

      In reply to johnlavey:

      Windows Insiders fast ring builds are very rarely serviced. This is mostly because they tend to be weekly builds so there is no time to create patches for them. You just get a new build the next week or so (sometimes they miss a week or two, but in general you get one every week). Towards the end of a cycle - for example when they are getting close to calling RS4 done - they typically send out a patch or two just to verify that the updates are working and the servicing engine isn't broken. Once they get good telemetry from that, they won't service it again until it is production.

  9. Tony Barrett

    It seems that everyone except Microsoft realizes that 'Windows as a Service' just isn't working. It's fundamentally broken. If MS could actually release a major update that doesn't require a dozen post-update patches that break as much as they fix, you know, *before* the next major update is released that just compounds the problems, they might actually get somewhere.

    I installed the FCU on a fresh build CU, and it literally borked the entire laptop. Rolling back has helped, but it's still not working as before. The Office install was trashed, logon was broken, boot times were down the toilet, black screen problems, programs missing or not working. If this is the future of Windows, they can shove it.

  10. CaptPicard2U

    Surface Pro 2017 with FCU and still experiencing lots of 1-5 second freezing / stuttering that was never present before FCU. Using Surface Dock makes it a whole lot worse, yet 2nd monitor there is no freezing and works fine whilst surface screen is frozen.

    I wish they'd fix that on their 'premium' hardware.

  11. glenn8878

    I’m so glad I can now use apps I haven’t used. What a relief.

  12. PeteB

    The apps were better off dead. They suck.

    Cellphone apps have no place on my desktop, especially the monocolored metro crap that lack features compared to their Win32 predecessors

  13. tom_james

    I hope it works - I won't be very happy if it fails again and then I have to roll my primary PC back to 1703 for the third time. The FCU has been great on every other Windows device I use, but not on my main one.

    • tom_james

      In reply to tom_james:

      Success! I let the 1709 upgrade install through Windows Update yesterday, and this time, unlike the 2 prior attempts, I have all my Store apps and an intact Start Menu.

  14. Winner

    Well the good news is how few people use the app store.

  15. dnation70

    got one for 14393 also

  16. Aaron McCarthy

    As a media creator, I've actually found 10 to be extraordinarily stable, and it plays nicely with all of my expensive outboard hardware... I'm a huge fan, and will never go back to 7.