Fall Creators Update Patch Brings Apps Back from the Dead

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 46 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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