Are you running into problems with Windows 10 April update? We gathered all the Windows 10 April 2018 problems and how to fix them.
Even though Windows 10 October 2018 update is already here, you may still have some issues with your Windows 10 April 2018 Update. In fact, experts have also claimed that Windows 10 updates are a mess. So if you are also having some issues with Windows 10 April 2018 update, we’ve got you covered. In this guide, you will get all the fixes you need to make your Windows work smoothly.
Well, Microsoft’s Windows 10 April 2018 is not the only operating system having problems, Apple’s macOS 10.14 Mojave is also having problem and you can fix macOS 10.14 Mojave problems here.
How to fix Windows 10 April 2018 Update installation problems
Several users who installed the latest Windows update using Windows Update are having one or more problems. Thankfully, Windows 10 has a built-in troubleshooter to help you identify any issues with your Windows. This can also help reset the Windows Update app to help you kickstart the installation.
To do this, go to the Start Menu, click the cog icon on the left and the Setting window will be opened. Click on Update & Security and then Troubleshoot. Select Windows Update, run the troubleshooter and follow the instructions, and then click “Apply this fix” if the troubleshooter finds any solution.
Here is what you have to do to fix Windows 10 April problems:
#1. Free up disk space
Many people are experiencing issues with the update where the update process works for a certain period. When they get to a certain point, the installation of Windows 10 April 2018 Update stops and revert back to the previous version of Windows 10.
If after troubleshooting, you still find it difficult to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, you need to free up some space on your hard drive.
You need at least 16GB of free space for 32-bit version and 20GB of space for 64-bit version if you want the installation of Windows 10 April 2018 Update. If you don’t have space on your computer, it is impossible to install this Windows Update.
The first thing you need to do if the installation of your Windows 10 April 2018 Update continues to fail is to check the available space in your Windows Explorer. If space is low, type “Disk Clean-up” in the search box and choose the system disk (C; drive).
Click “OK” and select the box beside each file you want to delete. While you are selecting the files to delete, remember you won’t be able to retrieve them once they are gone. You will be told the space you will be saving when you remove the files. Click “OK” and the “Delete files” to get rid of the files. If you like to create more space, just click “Clean up system files.”
Once you’ve freed some space, try downloading and installing the Windows 10 April 2019 Update again.
#2. Disable your anti-virus software
If you installed antivirus software on your system, try disabling it before installing Windows 10 April 2018 Update, because it may help you fix the issue. After installing your Windows, you can enable it again and use it normally.
In fact, you may need to uninstall your antivirus temporarily. But remember to install it back once you are through with the installation of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update.
#3. Reset the update
If the problem with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update persists, you may need to reset the update service and try again.
To reset the update, open up the Command Prompt by typing “CDM” in the search bar and then right-click the “Command Prompt”. Choose “Run as administrator.”
When it is open, type in the following but remember to press enter after each line:
net stop wuauserv
net stop bits
net stop cryptsvc
Ren %systemroot%\system32\catroot2 catroot2.bak
net start wuauserv
net start bits
net start cryptsvc
After that, restart your computer and install the April 2018 Update again.
#4. Install the Windows 10 April Update via USB
Still can’t install Windows 10 April 2018 Update? Try installing via a USB drive.
You will need a USB stick or a blank DVD to add the installation files, with a minimum of 5GB of free space. If you don’t have a spare drive, you can check some of the best USB flash drives here.
Download and install the tool and then open it up and agree to the license terms. When you get to the “What do you want to do?” step, click on “Create installation media for another PC,” and then choose “Next.” Choose your preferred language, edition and whether 32-bit or 64-bit and then select either ISO file or USB flash drive, depending on whether you are installing from a DVD (select ISO) or a USB drive (select USB flash drive).
You can download the Windows 10 April 2018 Updates 1803 (64-bit) ISO image from Microsoft directly.
You can also download the Windows 10 April 2018 Update 1803 (32-bit) ISO file if you have the older 32-bit hardware. Once the tool has formatted and created the installation drive, restart your computer and boot from the drive to install the Windows 2018 Update from the scratch.
#5. Desktop disappearing
It has been reported that the desktops of some users are disappearing. We have seen people post about it on Reddit that the issue of desktop disappearing is linked to Avast Antivirus but Avast has tested it and discovered the issue is not from Avast antivirus.
We are not sure of the root of the issue but if you use Avast, you might want to hold off on installing the Windows 10 April 2018 until the issue has been fixed. According to a report, it looks like Microsoft is blocking the update for the machines running Avast Antivirus.
Thankfully, it seems build KB4284835, which is the recent windows update has solved the problem.
#6. Windows 10 April 2018 Update is not working on Alienware laptops
Some of the owners of Alienware laptops have complained the update is not working on their laptop. If you are experiencing the same, you are not alone. If you are getting a message that you need to “uninstall your laptop”, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update has been blocked on specific Alienware laptops because of bug causing a black screen when waking your laptop from sleep mode.
You may revert to Fall Creator Update if you are experiencing this issue. Yes, Microsoft has blocked the affected Alienware laptops from the Windows 10 April 2018 Update until the issue is fixed. Although Microsoft promised to fix it in May, we are still waiting for the fix.
#7. Windows 10 April SSD problems
We have read numerous complaints that the update is causing problems with certain types of SSDs (solid state drives). We’ve heard of a problem with Intel SSDs (Pro 6000p Series NVMe and 600p Series) and Toshiba SSDs (Toshiba XG5 Series, Toshiba XG4 Series and Toshiba BG3 Series). Microsoft and the two companies have blocked installation until the fixes are found.
#8. On-screen keyboard not working in Windows 10 April 2018 Update
If you are experiencing this, go to “Touch keyboard” and make sure you enable, “automatically show the touch keyboard in the windowed apps when there is no keyboard attached.” If this is already enabled, you can disable and enable it back.
#9. Microphone not working after installing Windows 10 April 2018 Update
If you are experiencing this problem, go to Settings and look under “Privacy” to make sure apps can access the microphone.
#10. ALT + TAB laggy in games
If you are playing a game and you press ALT + TAB to minimize it but the system is slowing, go to Setting > System and click on “Focus Assist” and then turn off every option.
#11. There are problems with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update Media Creation Tool
This tool allows you to install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update file via a DVD or USB but people have complained of it getting stuck when downloading the Windows Update. To fix it, close and reopen the Media Creation Tool app. Immediately the app has downloaded the files, disconnect your PC from the network quickly.
You can complete the installation without putting on the internet. Once the installation is complete, connect your internet and open up Windows Update (Setting>>Update & Security>> Windows Update) and click “Check for Update” to download the remaining files.
If you see “DynamicUpdate” error when using Media Creation Tool, open File Explorer and go to C:\$Windows.~WS\Sources\Windows\sources.
Double-click the app called Setupprep.exe to launch the update.
#12. The update is not applicable to your computer problem
If you are getting the error of “The update is not applicable to your computer,” you need to ensure all the latest Windows updates are installed.
To ensure you install all the Windows updates, go to Setting>>Update & Security>>Windows Update and click “Check for updates.” Make sure you install all the updates you found and install the Windows 10 April 2018 Update again.
#13. Nvidia GPU setting not found after installation
If you found that your Nvidia graphics card is not showing in Windows 10 Device Manager screen, download the latest Nvidia driver update to fix it.
#14. How to fix problems that stop Windows 10 April 2018 Update from completing the installation
This can be really frustrating, especially when you install and after installation, you are getting an error message at the later moment.
If you are getting this type of error, go to Setting>> Update & Security>>Windows Update and click on “Update history.” It will show you the problem your windows is encountering and you can check the internet for the fix.
How to uninstall Windows 10 April 2018 Update
If you are finding it difficult to install Windows 10 April 2018 or you dislike some of the changes to it, you can uninstall it and go back to your previous Windows.
Although we would not advise you to do this but if you have made up your mind to uninstall it, so be it. However, remember you might miss out on future security updates from Microsoft.
Here is how to uninstall Windows 10 April 2018 Update. Go to Setting>>Update & Security>> Recovery and click on “Get Started” under “Go back to the previous version of Windows 10.”
A window will pop up asking you why you would like to revert. Answer the question and click “No, thanks” from the next window. It will ask you if you like to check for updates.
Click on “Next” and “Next” on the next two windows that appear and finally click on “Go back to the earlier build” and the Windows 10 April 2018 Update will uninstall.
If you wait for 10 days before uninstalling the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, the option might not be there again. The only way to uninstall it at this stage is to perform a fresh installation of the Windows 10 via an ISO file of an older version.