Microsoft Fixes Annoying Bluetooth Issue in Windows 10 Version 1809

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 22 Comments

Microsoft shipped a major Windows 10 update earlier this month after the company’s first attempt didn’t go too well. The update fixed a critical file deletion issue that was shipped with the original version of the update, known as the October 2018 Update, even though Windows Insiders reported the problem when it was in testing.

And that’s not the only bug that slipped through Microsoft’s testing to the public. Windows 10 version 1809, right now, has a bug where Bluetooth playback randomly stops every few minutes. You could be listening to music on your wireless headphones or watching a Netflix show, and all of a sudden you will stop hearing anything even though Windows will tell you the device is connected via Bluetooth.

The bug first appeared months ago when Microsoft was still somewhat in the early days of the development of Windows 10 October 2018 Update, codenamed Redstone 5. I spotted it back in July of this year, reported it on Twitter and even notified a Windows Insider team member via direct message, and yes, you guessed it: the bug still somehow made it to the public version of 1809, even the re-release.

Microsoft has now fixed the issue in Windows 10, with the fix currently being in testing for Insiders in the Release Preview ring. Better late than never, but it just goes to show how broken the bug reporting system really is on the Insider program. Granted, the bug wasn’t affecting every user and I truly have no idea how many users are affected by it, but I received complaints from some users about the same issue on their device running Windows 10 version 1809.

And yes, the update brings a bunch of other fixes for similar, annoying issues, so here’s the full changelog:

  • Addresses an issue in Microsoft Edge with using the drag-and-drop feature to upload folders from the Windows desktop to a file hosting service website, such as Microsoft OneDrive. In some scenarios, files contained in the folders fail to upload, with possibly no error reported on the web page to the user.
  • Addresses an issue that degrades Internet Explorer performance when you use roaming profiles or you don’t use the Microsoft Compatibility List.
  • Addresses updated time zone information for Fiji.
  • Addresses time zone changes for Moroccan daylight standard time.
  • Addresses time zone changes for Russian daylight standard time.
  • Addresses an issue that causes display settings to stop working when changing a multi-monitor configuration.
  • Addresses an issue that displays a black screen on some servers when waking a display from sleep.
  • Addresses an issue with long delays in taking a photo when using the Camera app in certain lighting conditions.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents live Hulu TV content from playing in Microsoft Edge; instead, a black screen appears.
  • Addresses an issue that stops Bluetooth® headsets from receiving audio input after several minutes of listening.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the Brightness slider preference to be reset to 50% when the device restarts.
  • Addresses an issue with the OEM manufacturing processes when running sysprep /generalize.
  • Addresses an issue with Microsoft Intune that causes devices to be incorrectly marked as not compliant because a firewall incorrectly returns a ‘Poor’ status. As a result, the affected devices will not receive conditional access compliance approval and may be blocked from access to corporate resources such as email.
  • Addresses a performance issue with vSwitch on network interface cards (NIC) that do not support Large Send Offload (LSO) and Checksum Offload (CSO).
  • Updates the Wi-Fi policy for service set identifier (SSID) filtering to avoid filtering out Wi-Fi Direct devices.
  • Addresses an issue that causes rasman.exe to stop responding.
  • Addresses an issue in which regedit.exe fails to add double null terminator to REG_MULTI_SZ values in the Windows registry. The missing terminator may prevent services and applications from reading REG_MULTI_SZ values that regedit.exe adds after installing the operating system.
  • Addresses an issue with RemoteApp visibility that may cause the main window to disappear until the user clicks the screen.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents some users from setting Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or Settings > Apps > Default apps.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause mapped drives to fail to reconnect after starting and logging onto a Windows device.

The update for version 1809 will likely make its way to all users in the coming weeks, maybe as the Patch Tuesday next month. And if you are already quite tired of the Bluetooth bug like I was, you should probably just enrol into the Release Preview ring of the Insider program and grab the latest updates right away.

Thanks for the tip, Eplak, and Stanzilla

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