Windows 10 KB4532693 update is now causing boot failures

Windows 10 KB4532693, which is a security patch with multiple
fixes, has apparently been a serious source of grief for
thousands of users. For some folks, the
update is reportedly deleting files, while others report
that Microsoft has moved all their desktop data to a temporary

Microsoft’s latest update has now run into more trouble, as
users are reporting serious issues after applying Build
18363.657 or 18362.657. The update, which had previously been
deleting files and failing to install for some users, is now
causing boot failures.

Users are warning
that Windows 10 KB4532693 could break your computer and you
won’t be able to boot after applying Microsoft’s recommended
security patch. February 11 Patch is causing dreaded blue
screen of death and boot failure for some folks and removing
the patch is the only way to restore the system.

Windows 10 KB4532693 issues

It’s not clear what might be going on with KB4532693 and how
Microsoft messed up the important update again, but the company
has a long history of releasing botched updates.

Microsoft has been messing up with cumulative and feature
updates lately, and every single update released last year kept
causing new problems while fixing the old ones.

Windows 7 was lenient with Windows updates and it offered more
control over every update, so you could selectively install the
patch you want. On Windows 10, security updates and monthly
updates are installed automatically, and there are times when
an update can cause more harm than good.

If the February update is causing you trouble, you can always
uninstall it and pause the updates for a week or month.

To uninstall KB4532693, follow these steps:

  1. Press Windows key + I to open the Settings app. Update &
    Security and then on Windows Update.
  2. Click on the ‘View update history’ button and then on
    ‘Uninstall updates’.
  3. You can now select the update you want to uninstall and
    click the ‘Uninstall’ button.

If you’re unable to uninstall the patch from the Settings app,
you can also remove it from the command line using the WUSA
tool. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Command prompt (cmd.exe).
  2. Run Command prompt as administrator
  3. Use the command wusa /uninstall /kb:4532693 /quiet

If you aren’t able to get your PC to boot into Windows, you
need to boot into Safe mode by holding Shift key during reboot
or mashing the F8 key. With any of these tricks, you’ll arrive
at a troubleshooting screen.

  • Click the “Troubleshoot” option.
  • Click “Advanced Options”.Startup settings
  • Click the Startup Settings” option and select restart to
    boot into Safe mode.

After getting into Safe mode, you can go to the Settings app
and uninstall the patch.

If the Safe mode doesn’t seem to fix the problem, you’ll need
to use System Restore to put things back to a working state.

On February 11,
Microsoft also shipped another buggy update ‘KB4524244’ and
it has since been removed after users reported various bugs.

Microsoft needs to pull its socks up, hire the Question/Answer
team back, and do better than this.

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