Windows 10 April 2018 Update: Common problems and how to fix them

Windows 10 is one of the best desktop operating systems ever released to the public. The latest Windows version retains what’s best of Windows 7 and Windows 8 while introducing a ton of new changes and features. Windows 10 has been through a lot of software updates since the launch day to add up to a better user experience.

Last month, Microsoft announced the latest Windows 10 update, called April 2018 update following months of beta testing. The April 2018 update is not a huge improvement over its predecessors as it comes with small new features that aim to improve Windows 10.

One of the biggest additions to the Windows 10 April 2018 update is the Timeline feature. As the name implies, the feature allows you to see what apps are running, and also what apps you have used recently.

The April 2018 Update has been available for over a month, but we have started to hear some of the issues Windows 10 users are facing with the update. With that in mind, we are here to help.

In this article, we have created a list of the most common problems in the Windows 10 April 2018 Update and how to fix them. Before we begin, make sure you now have the April 2018 Update installed on your device.

  1. Installation problems

A lot of Windows 10 users have reported that they cannot install the April 2018 Update on their computers. They add that they reboot their PCs multiple times, but the problem still persists. In reality, Windows 10 has a built-in troubleshooting tool that automatically identifies issues on your desktop.

If you are among those users who have been affected by the issue, then make sure you use the tool. To do this, open Settings on your desktop, then select ‘Update & Security’ and hit Troubleshoot. Once you are in, click on Windows Update and then run the troubleshooter. The process may take a few minutes. After that, following the on-screen instructions to fix the problem.

If you still cannot install the new Update, then make sure you read on to find out more.

  • Free up some disk space

Like any other software update, the April 2018 update focuses on system improvements and fixes for bugs and errors. Therefore, the update does not require a large amount of storage space on your computer. With the April 2018, make sure you now have 20GB of free disk space to complete the installation. If you don’t have enough space, the update process should stop at a certain point.

We recommend you free up some space on the hard drive where the update is installed. Windows has a built-in Cleanup tool that lets you reclaim some lost space. To do this, right-click on the hard disk with Windows 10 installed and then click properties. After that, click Disk Cleanup and wait for the process to complete.

  • Turn off anti-virus software or program

If the problem still persists, then the problem may be with your anti-virus software. Therefore, it’s a good idea to turn it off temporarily. To do this, you simply open your anti-virus program on your computer and follow the instructions to disable it. We recommend you keep your anti-virus software enabled all the time to protect your files from the prying eyes.

  1. The 2018 update fails to work on Alienware laptops

If you now own an Alienware laptop, but you cannot install the 2018 Update, well, you are not the only one out there. A lot of users are reporting the same problem on the internet. The reason behind this is that Microsoft has blocked certain Alienware laptops from getting the update due to a black screen bug.

Microsoft confirms that the company is working on a permanent fix for the issue and will launch it in future updates. If your computer is infected by the issue, then we recommend you go back to a more stable Window version and wait for the fix to come out.

  1. On-screen keyboard fails to work in the April update

A lot of users have reported that on-screen keyboard fails to work after updating to the April 2018 update. Fortunately, there is a simple fix for the problem. To do this, launch the Settings menu on your desktop, then select Devices and hit Typing. Now just simply turn on the option under Touch Keyboard section.  If it is now enabled, then disable it and turn it back on.

Besides, users are still complaining that microphone won’t work with the update. To fix the problem, open Settings, and then allow apps to access your microphone under the Privacy section.

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