Last month, Microsoft warned Windows 10 users that they might
be blocked from upgrading to Windows 10 version 20H2 or other
updates due to a compatibility issue with Intel’s SSD and some
The problem was first reported by users in October and later
acknowledged by both Intel and Microsoft. Over the weekend,
Microsoft revealed that it has resolved an issue blocking Intel
PCs from applying Windows 10 feature updates.
Microsoft said that the compatibility issue causes Windows 10
to crash with a Blue Screen of Death error when external NVMe
SSDs are detected.
The fix is now available with
Windows 10 December 2020 cumulative update and it will
apply automatically via Windows Update. On December 11,
Microsoft confirmed that it has also
removed the compatibility hold, which means more people can now
install the latest and upcoming feature updates.
December 2020 patch for Windows 10 also includes fixes for an
issue where Windows Mail and Narrator freezes. Another bug has
been fixed where the Xbox Game Bar app stops working on some
configurations when playing DX9 games
There are some other useful fixes bundled with the December
update, but as ever, cumulative updates can sometimes cause
fresh problems in Windows 10, so it’s better to make sure that
you’ve taken a backup.
In addition to SSD compatibility issue, Microsoft has fixed
another bug where some audio drivers won’t work. The safeguard
hold has now been removed for devices with affected audio
drivers, but it can take up to 48 hours before the updates are
offered to your device.
Windows 10 version 20H2 is still plagued with multiple known
issues. For example, Microsoft is investigating an issue
where Windows Credentials Manager will force users to enter
their credentials in Chrome and other apps after every system