Microsoft puts KIR for the update that broke the Start menu • The Register

Microsoft admitted its latest patch Tuesday (and update previews) crashed the Start Menu for some Windows 11 users and released a “return of known issues” to solve the problem.

The operating system’s lack of a Start menu was inconvenient for affected customers, who complained about it when the security patch arrived at the beginning of the month.

Microsoft acknowledged that the issue was present in the release notes of KB5015814, which downloaded automatically as part of the company’s regular updates on July 12, as well as in KB5014668, a preview released in June that introduced Search Highlights, and appears to be a non-functional Start menu (for some users, on the least.)

while… If you’re using Windows 10 or Windows Server, the update released on June 28 (KB5014666 and later) may have disabled USB-connected printing. Microsoft has workarounds and more information here.

The complexity is also in the preview of Microsoft’s latest update. Released on July 21, KB5015882 added the ability for new users to update to a newer version of Windows 11 at startup.

It’s worth noting that the preview of the June update, KB5014668, also contained a fix for Wi-Fi hotspots that were broken in the previous set of patches. It’s encouraging to see Microsoft continue its rich tradition of fixing one thing and breaking another.

For issues this time, Microsoft has added the comment below to the list of known issues:

“After installing this update, we received reports that a small number of devices may not be able to open the Start menu. On affected devices, clicking or selecting the Start button or using the Windows key on the keyboard may have no effect.”

Fortunately for users who are concerned about the possibility of rolling back security fixes in the release, the issue has been resolved using Roll Back Known Issues (KIR). KIR is an tacit acceptance of Microsoft An update can sometimes break one or more of the many Windows configurations out there. The private regression can be quietly rolled back without accessing other important updates.

Microsoft said, “Please note that it may take up to 24 hours to automatically propagate the resolution to unmanaged customer and business devices. Restarting a Windows device may help the resolution apply to your device faster.”

So, maybe turn it off and on again? ®

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