Fixing issues with Windows 10 April 2018 Update

Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 April 2018 update has been out for just a few days and the Internet is already buzzing with the number of issues that users are facing. Ranging from Chrome freezes to mouse lags, not everybody seems to be happy with Redmond’s latest major update. While Microsoft works on rolling out fixes to Windows 10, here are some issues and their solutions that you can try till then.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update Issues and Fixes

Google Chrome keeps freezing

This is a widespread problem that Microsoft has acknowledged as a known issue. If you feel the Chrome is laggy or just stops working, it’s an issue with the Windows 10 update and not Chrome itself. The issue is also plaguing some Firefox and Visual Studio users. A few workarounds for this issue are:

  • Close and re-open the lid of your laptop
  • Press Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B. This restarts the graphics driver in Windows 10 which could help you ‘unfreeze’ your machine.

Fixing Blue Screen of Death

If you get the CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error with a Blue Screen of Death in Windows 10, you are not alone. This is an issue that a number of users are facing after updating to Windows 10 Update 1803 and the possible solutions are:

  • Reboot in Safe Mode, disable any drivers from device manager and disconnect any hardware that you recently installed after which you faced this issue.
  • Try a system restore to see if it helps.
  • If this doesn’t fix it, you might need to reinstall your operating system all over again. Make sure to update drivers after reinstall, one-by-one, to figure out where the issue started happening.
  • If you do not want to go through the tough route of reinstalling Windows, you might want to wait for Microsoft to release updates that might fix the issue for you. Alternatively, if you are able to use your PC for a while, before the BSOD appears again, try switching to the Fast Ring for updates as the fix might already be in an upcoming build. Beware as this might potentially open up your machine to other bugs because Fast Ring updates are not known for stability.

USB microphone not working

Make sure that the setting Let apps use my microphone is enabled in Settings > Privacy > Microphone.

Windows 10 USB Microphone

Mouse lag

So far there is no solution for this problem. It seems related to the graphics subsystem in this new Windows 10 update. You can try the following to see if it helps:

  • Reset the graphics driver using this key combination: Windows logo key + Ctrl + Shift + B
  • Update to the latest Intel, Nvidia or AMD drivers for your graphics hardware

Fix slow Alt+tab while gaming

This is related to the new Focus Assist feature in Windows 10. To fix this issue, simply go to Settings > Focus Assist and disable all the toggles. Focus Assist is kind of a smart do-not-disturb mode but until it works well, disabling is the only way to not let it bother you.

Windows 10 Focus Assist

If Alt+tab is slow for you even when not gaming, try disabling Notifications in Settings > System.

Windows 10 Notifications

Gaming performance issues

Right click on the .exe file of the game which is suffering from the performance issues, and go to Properties. Go to the Compatibility tab and under Settings you will see the option called Disable fullscreen optimizations. Uncheck this option and click ok to close Properties. This option is supposed to help improve performance of games and apps that run in full-screen mode, however, this is not always the case so it’s better to switch it off.

Windows 10 Disable fullscreen optimizations

Speaker issues

Windows 10 Update 1803 is known to reset Speaker settings for many users. To fix this, go to Speakers Properties and update your settings.

Recovery Drives are assigned drive letters

A bug in Windows 10 Update 1803 assigned drive letters to recovery partitions. Since these partitions are recognized as drives by Windows, it also starts notifying users of low disk space on these drives. To fix this issue, you have to launch Command Prompt in Windows by right clicking on it and clicking on Run as Administrator. Run the following commands one by one:

  1. list volume
  2. select volume 1 (this number will depend on the number of your volume as displayed by the first command)
  3. remove letter=”D” (this drive letter will depend on the letter that Windows assigned to your recovery partition. To identify it, look for the partition which is around 500 MB in size)

It is expected that Microsoft will roll-out fixes to a number of these problems in new Windows Updates this month. Let’s hope that they are closely listening to the feedback and focusing on fixing these issues as soon as possible.