Windows 10 V1909: Explorer Bugs and a Wakeup Flaw

[German]At the end of the year a short look at the Windows 10 November 2019 Update (Version 1909) and its bugs. An Explorer bug is to be fixed ‘soon’ – and another bug that wakes up machines in energy-saving mode is probably annoying the users, too.


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The Explorer Bugs

The bugs in the Windows shell caused by Explorer are proof of the failure of the Windows as a Service propagated by Microsoft. Windows 10 has been out for 4 1/2 years now, the Explorer and the shell attached to it exist in its basic features and users will be struggling with annoying bugs by the end of 2019.

  • Some users still suffer from a broken start menu, possibly caused by the update KB4515384 from September 10, 2019. Upgrading from Windows 10 version 1903 to 1909 does not always help, which this German comment confirms. This user reports that a left click on the Start menu does not work. 
  • The Windows search causes problems, as a user at askwoody.com reports, that the text in the search box is so small that it is not readable. A post on the Microsoft Answers forum reports that the search after upgrading from Windows 10 version 1903 to version 1909 no longer works. File names can no longer be pasted from the clipboard into the search field using the mouse. The right click no longer works – only the key combination Ctrl+V. 
  • In the blog post Windows 10 V1909: Issues with Explorer I reported that Microsoft changed the behavior of the search. You can see a selection of search terms in a dropdown menu – which not everyone likes. There is a temporary solution to get back the old search behaviour. But this is automatically deactivated again. 
  • In this SoftPedia article it is reported that the context menu of icons in the status area of the taskbar does not work properly anymore – the lowest entries are no longer selectable because they are located below the taskbar (see the following screenshot). Occurs only occasionally and is said to have already occurred under Windows XP.

Bug im Kontextmenü
(Source: SoftPedia)

In this MS Power User article you can read that the problems (with the right click in the Explorer search field) are partly related to the cumulative update from December 2019. There is also a report about a freezing search (I had also mentioned problems with the Explorer in the article Windows 10 V1909: Issues with Explorer ).

In Windows 10 20H1 Insider Preview Build 19536 Microsoft has probably addressed some explorer issues:

We’ve updated the new File Explorer search experience to enable you to remove previous searches via an option if you right click the entry in the dropdown.

Users can remove previous search results in the search drop-down box. It is believed that a fix for the search box problems could also be available for Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909 in January 2020.


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Mysterious Wake Up Call

Woody Leonhard reports on askwoody.com von about a mysterious effect that makes machines suddenly grow up in energy-saving mode. Some kind of wake timer shoots this across and lets the machines wake up. Already in February 2018 the effect, caused by the update control, was described in the Microsoft Answers Forum. There you can also find a solution.


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1 Response to Windows 10 V1909: Explorer Bugs and a Wakeup Flaw

  1. Dave Rider says:

    After installing update 1909, I went back to the previous version and blocked windows from updating. However, when I wanted to install the latest security patch, it forced me to install the bug-full 1909 again. MS should go back and enable the users the option to select which update to install.
    After over of 4 years of windows 10 it is about time for a “break even”. Namely, that the number of new bugs introduced by a new update will be smaller then the number of old bugs it is trying to fix. Till then, I prevent my computer from updating. Unless there will be an announcement that the whole MS update team was fired. Because it looks like that not only the don’t now their job, the never used windows…

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