A bug in Windows 10 Redstone 4 could crash the Settings app

Microsoft is finalizing the next version of Windows 10
codenamed Redstone 4 but it appears that the rumoured RTM
candidate of
Windows 10 April 2018 Update has a weird bug. A number of
users on Reddit claims that a bug in
Windows 10 Build 17134 causes the Settings app to crash.

By the looks of things, the bug appears on a number of systems,
which suggests that the issue is quite widespread. The Settings
app crashes without any error when you will attempt to
change the default apps, and there’s no workaround at the
moment. It is worth noting that the bug doesn’t exist in Fall
Creators Update and Redstone 5.

The issue is only affecting the systems running Windows 10
Build 17134, though it seems like not everyone is
experiencing it. A lot of users were able to reproduce the
issue on their PCs. If your PC is running the Build 17134, you
can verify the bug by launching the Settings  and
navigating to Apps > Default apps > Set defaults
by app. The moment you will click on “Set defaults
by app”, the Settings app will crash without any errors.
Needless to say, this is one of the worst UWP apps as there’s
no easy way to trace the error.

To find out why it’s crashing you have to turn on tracing.
Which is what the feedback hub does when you tell it to record
diagnostics when creating new feedback
,” a Reddit user
Fourwhey explains.

It is worth noting that there’s no official workaround
available at the time of writing this story, but rebooting the
system several times fixes the problem for some users. Windows
10 build 17133.1 was the original RTM build that shipped to all
Insiders but Microsoft dropped it in favour of build 17134 due
to a blocking bug.

The bug should not be a big deal for Microsoft as the company
could easily address it with a cumulative update. However, the
bug could delay the release of the Windows 10 April 2018
Update. The update projected to begin rolling out by the end of
this month.

Redstone 4 is the codename of the next version of Windows 10
which could be called ‘April 2018 Update’, however, Microsoft
is yet to announce the name of the update.

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