Windows 10 1909 Update breaks File Explorer...
Buggy Windows updates have long been a source of frustration for users. Prior to Windows 10, Microsoft employed a team of trained technicians to test and verify updates prior to release, including major feature updates. However, due to the massive diversity in real-world hardware and software configurations, this method was far from ideal. So, with Windows 10, Microsoft decided to change the system and introduced its ‘Insider Program’ whereby millions of users worldwide would download and test the latest Windows 10 builds and then report any bugs back to Microsoft via feedback. While sounding good in theory, this ‘Insider’ method has proven to be very unreliable in practice. Not sure why exactly but I am guessing it might have something to do with levels of expertise. The trained technicians, although working within limited hardware and software configurations, were experts in their field. Whereas, while the Insider Program is obviously covering many more differing configurations, it is also open to all types of users whose levels of proficiency/expertise would, in many cases, be questionable. Anyway, for whatever reason, it just isn’t working.
Microsoft appears to have now recognized the carnage some of their updates are causing and has provided the latest feature update, to 1909, as an ‘Optional’ update– at least for the time being. If you are running Windows 10 1903 and go to Settings > Update & Security, you should see the following– where the user is required to click a link in order to initiate the update:
Issues With Windows 10 1909
With the release of Windows 10 version 1909, Microsoft decided to integrate Windows Search directly into the File Explorer. This allows users to enter a keyword in the search field which will then be automatically populated with suggestions based on that keyword. Unfortunately, this new feature has also caused issues with File Explorer, including:
- File Explorer hangs
- File Explorer totally unresponsive
- Lost the ability to right-click and Paste into the search field
*Note that these three main bugs have now supposedly been fixed via an update (KB4532695) issued by Microsoft on 28th January. However, according to some reports, several minor File Explorer issues persist.
What’s New In Windows 10 1909
Here are the highlights:
- Quickly create an event directly from the Calendar flyout on the Taskbar
- Improved managing of notifications, including a new button at the top of the Action Center to quickly access related settings, plus the ability to sort notifications by most recently shown
- Integrating OneDrive content online with traditional indexed results in the File Explorer search box
- The navigation pane on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it with your mouse to better inform where clicking goes
- Using your voice to activate third-party digital assistants from the Lock screen
Personally, there is nothing in the new features that gets me overly excited.
Should You Update To Windows 10 1909 Now?
I guess it’s really up to each individual user to decide if any of these new features are worth the risk of potential File Explorer issues, regardless of how minor. I certainly see no value for me, personally, in any of the main new features and will be holding off updating to 1909 for the time being, at least until we are certain that all File Explorer bugs have been fixed.
I am guessing Microsoft will force-feed the 1909 update eventually. When, exactly, is in the lap of the gods.