Watch out for these issues in Windows 10 KB4598242 & KB4598229

Windows 10 KB4598242 issues

Windows 10’s latest update (KB4598242 and KB4598229) is causing
a new range of issues for some people. On forums, Users have
flagged up the problems with
Windows 10 January 2021 updates, which were pushed out to
supported PCs on January 12.

According to user reports, Windows 10 KB4598242 is plagued with
installation failure, which is reported almost every month. For
some users, Windows 10 cumulative updates installation will
fail with uninformative error messages like ‘Error code
0x8007000d’.

In addition to installation failures, some users have also
flagged an issue where the operating system goes into
“preparing automatic repair” loop after the update is applied.

KB4598242 and KB4598229 installation issues

Both Windows 10 KB4598229 and KB4598242 are failing to install
for some people with unhelpful and mysterious error messages.
This a pattern we have seen with the previous cumulative
updates as well, especially after the release of the May 2020
Update (version 2004).

In most cases, the installation failure is due to missing files
error:

  • Some update files are missing or have problems. We’ll try
    to download the update again later. Error code: (0x8007000d).

Users have also reported the following error messages:

  • 0x80070002
  • 0x800719e4
  • 0x80073701
  • 0x800f081f

The error code may vary and it’s possible that the installation
problem is because of corrupted Windows Update files. To fix
the problem, you’ll need to use the Media Creation Tool to
manually redownload the previous update (December 2020 Update)
and install the January patch again.

At the moment, January 2021 update is not available via the
Media Creation Tool, but that will hopefully change towards the
beginning of February.

Automatic system repair and Blue Screen of Death

After applying Windows 10 KB4598242 and KB4598229, some users
are also reporting that their devices start in “automatic
repair” mode.

“I got an “Automatic Repair” boot loop issue with this update
on Lenovo T14 AMD. I have tracked down the issue to update
KB4598229. Immediate boot failure and reset without any BSOD or
any other error. It just boots me into the recovery environment
after failing the last boot,” one user noted on Reddit.

Others have also reported
the same problem on Microsoft’s answer forums. Using DISM in
the Command Prompt via the recovery environment seems to be
solving the problem for some users.

In addition to automatic repair boot loop, some users have also
reported Blue Screen of Death bug with “bad pool caller” error.

“The system gets stuck in BSOD bad pool caller and the update
needs to be rolled back before the system can boot properly.
Windows keeps trying to install the update without success,”
one user noted on the Feedback Hub.

In some cases, File Explorer search bar also becomes
unresponsive, along with audio issues reported as well. This
has been a normal trend for some Windows 10 updates throughout
2020, and manually reinstalling the update could resolve the
problem.

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