On October 3, Microsoft issued an out of the band update for
Windows 10 version 1903 and older versions with important
security improvements. The patch also included a fix for an
earlier issue where the Printer feature wouldn’t work properly
on Windows 10 version 1909, otherwise known as May 2019 Update.
However, since issuing the Windows 10 KB4524147, reports are
coming in that this update, which is supposed to fix the “print
spooler issue”, actually breaks the print spooler on PCs where
it was functioning normally before the update.
In a Reddit
thread, system administrators are reporting that Printer
spooler service has stopped working after applying the update.
“Yep some of our workstations got the KB4524147 update last
night and got multiple calls this morning about printing not
working. Spooler service keeps crashing. Uninstalled the update
and printing working again. This has got to be a joke from MS.
We just finished uninstalling the last KB that broke printing
and now another one,” a frustrated administrator said.
The issue has been reported on the Microsoft
community forum and Feedback Hub as well.
It is the latest in a series of problems that have been
reported by users after installing the October 3rd patch. For
example, a number of users claimed that
KB4524147 breaks the Start menu with a critical error
message, while others are blaming
KB4517211 for broken Search and VMware Workstation 14
As per another Reddit
community forum and Feedback Hub posts, Windows 10
KB4524147 installation ends abruptly or installation fails
after a certain percentage.
“Windows Update keeps failing to install 2019-09 Cumulative
Update for Windows 1903 x64 KB4524147 with error 0x800f081f,” a
user said on Feedback Hub. Generic installation error messages
like 0x800f0988 and 0x800f081f have been reported by several
On Friday night, one administrator said that 4,600 computers in
their organization were stuck at installing this update.
Microsoft is yet to acknowledge the two new issues with Windows
10 but you can remove the botched patch to resolve all these
Windows 10 update bugs
After introducing the Windows Insider program, Microsoft
changed its update testing processes significantly and the
number of bugs in updates increased in the past couple of
However, Windows 10 issues aren’t just Microsoft’s fault.
Using untrusted third-party software and unnecessary tweaks to
the system make the code more fragile, which results in several
issues. For example,
high CPU usage only affected PCs with a custom Registry to
block Bing results.