Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 cumulative updates have been
causing more problems than they fixed. Thankfully,
Windows 10’s July 2021 update has finally addressed
critical bugs reported this year.
Microsoft has fixed three Windows 10 issues: Weird audio
glitch, broken taskbar icons or system tray buttons and FPS or
general performance issues when playing games. These issues
were first reported earlier this year and temporary workarounds
were offered by Microsoft.
Back in April, users complained about reduced FPS (framerates)
and poor performance after installing the
KB5001330 update for Windows 10 version 2004 and newer.
After the bug was widely reported, Microsoft acknowledged that
a small subset of users can experience lower than expected
performance in games.
An emergency server-side patch was immediately issued, but it
failed to fully patch the performance issues in supported
versions of Windows. With Windows 10 July 2021 update (KB5004237),
Microsoft has finally addressed the gaming and performance
issues that affected a small subset of users.
The issue affected a variety of hardware, with users reporting
consistent stuttering in games on devices with Intel, AMD Ryzen
processor and Nvidia GeForce graphics cards, while some users
said they have been experiencing issues in games on a PC with
an integrated Intel GPU.
If you’ve performance issues, you should download and install
the July 2021 security update by visiting Windows Update in the
Audio issues are now fixed
The update, which first caused game performance issues, also
included a high-pitched noise or audio quality issue for some
users. Affected platforms include Windows 10 version 21H1,
version 20H2 and version 2004.
Microsoft acknowledged the audio issues in May and offered a
workaround to users, explaining that the issue does not occur
on devices where the stereo is used.
After installing the botched Windows Updates (KB5000842
or newer), devices with Dolby Digital audio may play “a
high-pitched noise” or “squeak” sound in certain apps, the
company said in its advisory.
Microsoft has finally addressed the patch for everyone with
KB5004237 (security update) for version 2004 or newer.
As mentioned, this is a security update and it’s mandatory, so
it will be installed automatically. If you don’t have the
update installed, you need to open up the Windows Update
and then click on ‘Check for updates’ to start the download.
Taskbar issues are now fixed
With July 2021 update,
Microsoft has also fixed the annoying News and Interests
bug that caused
issues with the taskbar and system tray icons as well as
the notification center button.
The issues reported include the system tray icons disappearing
from the taskbar, and glitches where the icons will overlap
each other. As mentioned, this also affected Action Center
notifications and third-party apps as users couldn’t click on
the far right of the taskbar.
None of these taskbar bugs have been officially acknowledged,
but you should no experience these taskbar glitches after
deploying the July 2021 updates, according to our tests and