Hard Drive Recovery Group (HDRG), a data recovery firm based in Irvine, California, recently published an article discussing the recent Windows 10 update and its high number of software bugs. This continues a series of posts on the world’s most popular operating system.

HDRG expounds on this further in the company’s blog post, “Survive And Thrive Despite Windows 10’S Latest Update Bugs”.

A Frustrated User Base

On January 28, 2020, Microsoft released the cumulative Windows 10 update, KB4532695. This update fixed several issues, most notably the File Explorer Search issue.

A Windows 10 user can opt to update through Windows Update, Microsoft Update, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) or choose to download the update directly through the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

In the never-ending pas de deux of developers and their software, it’s difficult not to misstep. Fixing one problem often leads to two others—and fixing those leads to even more.

This happened with Microsoft’s recent KB4532695 update for Windows 10. One of the main problems the update solved was the File Explorer Search issue.

Ironically, the update gave way to several other problematic bugs. Some of these bugs were especially serious and upset many users, and included connectivity and sound issues, a broken search function, and as is common, bloatware.

Upset users took to social media platforms such as Reddit, Discord, and Twitter to voice out their frustration.

Connectivity and Sound Issues

Recently, users have been notably upset at Windows 10’s “string of broken updates”.

These updates are only released to fix bugs from previous updates and ultimately improve user experience. Unfortunately, these updates always come with a slew of fresh bugs and issues to torment its users.

Some users have found that, after updating Windows 10, their computer systems have taken a hit in terms of internet connection and sounds.

Some users report having lost the ability to connect to the internet at all. More fortunate users have found that, though they can still go online, their connections are more limited.

Even worse is that the issue cannot be fixed using Windows 10’s built-in network troubleshooter. The update must be uninstalled.

On the other hand, some, after updating, noticed their now dysfunctional sound. One user notes that his sound immediately stopped working upon updating, their speakers now being unrecognizable to Windows 10.

Broken Search Function

Some users also report not being able to use the search function at all.

Typing a search query into the search bar would display zero results. Some experienced even worse functionality using the search bar. Right-clicking would do nothing whatsoever.

Due to its prevalence on various social media platforms, the issue seems to be somewhat widespread.


Windows 10 updates usually come with bloatware (AKA crapware or junkware).

Bloatware are files that users typically find useless and are ultimately just there to consume space. Because of this, an abundance of bloatware in a computer tends to slow it down. It consumes disk space and memory and can even compromise security.

Windows 10 installs these bloatware because of partnerships made with the companies who make them. This can be very frustrating for less tech-savvy users as bloatware is notoriously difficult to remove.

Computer cleaner software such as CCleaner and PC Decrapifier do a decent job of cleaning a computer.

But bloatware makers, unsurprisingly, are aware of these tools. So, they will deliberately build their bloatware around evading these tools.

Protecting Your Computer System

Maureen Davies, speaking in place of Hard Drive Recovery Group, states, “It’s unfortunate, especially in these trying times, that users have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. The workforce is more dependent than ever on their home computers to get work done. Especially because of the measures being undertaken to combat the impact of COVID-19.”

As of this writing, confirmed cases worldwide for COVID-19 are at 598,070. The death toll has reached 27,761 worldwide.

“Being able to work remotely can be the difference between being able to pay rent—and starving,” said Davies. “That’s why taking care of our computers is more important than ever. In severe cases such as data loss, data recovery services like HDRG can get you back on your feet to do business as usual.”

Hard Drive Recovery Group offers over-the-phone data recovery evaluation for free. Whether it’s a simple laptop SSD or a multiple drive RAID array, HDRG provides safe, affordable clean room data recovery with a 95% success rate.

Interested parties can call HDRG (1-866-341-4374) or visit their website today. They can also connect with HDRG through their official Facebook profile.

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