Microsoft Resolves Issues Affecting Update Installation, Battery Drain

Months after Microsoft acknowledged errors affecting Windows 10, the tech giant finally confirmed it has resolved two known issues causing update installation failure and higher-than-normal battery when users update to the latest software.

The identified problems, which reportedly impacted Windows 10, version 1903 platforms and Windows 10, version 1809, were resolved on the same date that Microsoft officially released the November 2019 Update for Windows 10.

Although the update doesn’t come with any major improvement, it promises bug fixes and a number of feature improvements. These include fixes to 74 vulnerabilities, in which 13 were considered Critical, as well as a File Explorer update, Bleeping Computer reported.

Microsoft Update Installation Issues

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Update Installation Failure

In August this year, tons of Microsoft users reported they were receiving errors when trying to install Windows 10 version 1903 cumulative updates. According to the collected accounts, most common error codes appeared as 0x80073701, 0x800f0982, 0x800f081f, 0x800f0845, and 0x8024200D.

Microsoft later acknowledges the issue and claimed they are currently “working on a resolution and will provide an update in an upcoming release.”

Installation of updates may fail and you may receive the error message, “Updates Failed, There were problems installing some updates, but we’ll try again later” or “Error 0x80073701” on the Windows Update dialog or within Update history,” the tech company explained.

Today, about three months since the error had been identified, Microsoft officially updated the issue’s status and marked it as “Resolved.” According to the update, the error “has been resolved for most users” and those who are still having issues must-see “KB4528159.”

Intel Drive Battery Drain Issue

Meanwhile, in a technical advisory published by Microsoft in early October, the tech giant also confirmed that certain Intel Display Audio Driver versions may cause an unexpected battery drain on a series of devices.

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“Microsoft and Intel have identified a compatibility issue with a range of Intel Display Audio device drivers that may result in excessive processor demand and reduced battery life,” the company’s post explained.

“As a result, the update process to Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) will fail.  If you see a What needs your attention notification when you run the October Update, you have an Intel Display Audio device driver (intcdaud.sys, versions 10.25.0.3 – 10.25.0.8) installed in your system,” it added.

To safeguard the users’ update experience, Microsoft said it has placed a compatibility hold on devices as preventative measures.

Today, the tech giant finally removed the compatibility hold and marked the issues as “resolved in KB4517389.”

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