November Patch Tuesday: Microsoft Fixed Start Menu and Missing App Tiles

by Jake Doe - -

The First Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Fixes the Irritating Missing Apps Bug on Start MenuPatch Tuesday Fixes Missing Tiles Bug

November Patch Tuesday[1] is here. It means that Microsoft is releasing the regular cumulative updates for all supported Windows 10 versions. While, on the first glimpse, this update is not different from the others, it’s important to Microsoft as it’s the first patch Tuesday update, which addresses the newcomer Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (V1709).

Officially, the Cumulative Update KB4048955 has been rolled out in November 14. The full description of the update on the Microsoft’s catalog is “November 14, 2017—KB4048955 (OS Build 16299.64)”.

Although KB4048955 update does not include major improvements, it brings a bunch of bug fixes[2] and minor improvements, for example, stopping Mixed Reality[3] Portal, some compatibility issues, problems with USB devices, etc. We will provide a whole list of fixes at the end of the post.

However, there’s one important aspect that we want to emphasize. Do not postpone the installation of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update users to install the cumulative update KB4048955 as it addresses the widely spread problem referred to as “Missing apps after the installation of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.”

Apps' tiles went missing on Start Menu right after installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. This issue touched hundreds of thousands of new V1709 version users and left them without apps like Store, Skype, MSN News, Business and Sport, Netflix, and many others.

People expressed anger since the missing apps got trapped; they are't on Start or File Explorer, but they can be found under Programs & Features. On top of that, there’s no other possibility to launch them except to open Windows Store, find the required app, and open it via the Store.

While a part of affected users managed to fix the missing apps issue by re-registering them via an elevated PowerShell,[4] resetting or reinstalling the apps manually, the others simply rolled back the Fall Creators Update and decided to wait for the patch.

Luckily, the patch is here and those who refrained from installing the Fall Creators Update due to Start Menu problems and missing apps/tiles on Start can now install the update without worries.

Down below, you’ll see a full list of fixes that the Cumulative Update KB4048955 addresses in OS build number up to 16299.64 for Windows 10 Fall Creators Update:

  • Addressed issue that causes the Mixed Reality Portal to stop responding on launch.
  • Addressed issue that causes a black screen to appear when you switch between windowed and full-screen modes when playing some Microsoft DirectX games.
  • Addressed a compatibility issue that occurs when you play back a Game DVR PC recording using Android or iOS devices.
  • Addressed issue where the functional keys stop working on Microsoft Designer Keyboards.
  • Addressed issue to ensure that certain USB devices and head-mounted displays (HMD) are enumerated properly after the system wakes up from Connected Standby.
  • Addressed issue where the virtual smart card doesn't assess the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) vulnerability correctly.
  • Addressed issue where Get-StorageJob returns nothing when there are storage jobs running on the machine.
  • Addressed issue where applications based on the Microsoft JET Database Engine (Microsoft Access 2007 and older or non-Microsoft applications) fail when creating or opening Microsoft Excel .xls files. The error message is: “Unexpected error from external database driver (1). (Microsoft JET Database Engine)”.
  • Addressed issue where application tiles are missing from the Start menu. Additionally, applications that the Store app show as installed don't appear on the application list of the Start menu. Computers that have Internet connectivity and upgrade on or after November 14, 2017 will receive this preventative solution and avoid this issue. Machines that lack network connectivity or have already encountered this issue should follow the steps in the Microsoft Answers thread “Missing apps after installing Windows 10 Fall Creators Update”. Microsoft will release and document an additional solution in a future release.
  • Addressed issue where Microsoft Edge cannot create a WARP support process and appears to stop responding for up to 3 seconds during a wait timeout. During the timeout period, users cannot navigate or interact with the requested page.
  • Addressed issue where Universal Windows Platform (UWP) applications that use JavaScript and asm.js may stop working and require reinstallation.
  • Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media Player.

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Jake Doe is a News Editor at Ugetfix. Since he met Ugnius Kiguolis in 2003, they both launched several projects that spread awareness about cybercrimes, malware, and other computer-related problems.

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