Windows 10 April 2018 Update problems and issues

Every Windows 10 feature update appears to bring problems to some users. Some users who upgraded their Windows 10 PCs to Windows 10 v1803 April 2018 Update have been reporting random problems on Reddit & the Microsoft Answers Forum. The actual number may be very small, but we are listing below some of them below.

Windows 10 April 2018 Update problems & issues

Windows 10 April 2018 Update problems & issues

Windows 10 Update Assistant stuck downloading Windows 10 v1803

The Windows 10 Update Assistant from Microsoft is probably the best way to upgrade to latest version of Windows, but if you are not lucky enough, even this can get stuck at 40% or even 75 and worst 99% and sitting idle. This glitch is common and happens mostly because of connectivity issue. So you need to make sure your internet is working, and if now hit that troubleshoot section to fix this.

  • First, disconnect from the internet for few minutes.
  • Restart your PC, and try installing it again using the Update Assistant.
  • Lastly, if nothing works, Media Creation Tool is the only way out.

Black screen problem during Windows 10 v1803

If during the upgrade process or after installing Windows 10 v1803, you see the black screen here, and there, or right after the upgrade during the welcome screen,  your current installation has a problem.  It is usually graphics card problem. You should check out a detailed guide to to troubleshoot Black Screen after reboot on Welcome Screen or during Upgrades. In case this doesn’t help, you may have to roll back to the older version of Windows 10 till you hear about the fix.

Activate your copy of Windows

Windows 10 should be able to re-activate your Windows 10 post upgrade, but sometimes the process doesn’t work because of internal glitch. You will get an error message saying you need to activate your copy of Windows 10 to keep using it. The common error message comes with a code 0x803F7001 in the settings app.

Since your license is connected to your Microsoft account, it should be fairly easy to activate it. If your Windows suddenly deactivated you can either use Windows 10 Activation Troubleshooter option in the Settings app or follow this guide here. Check this guide in case your copy is activated, but Windows still asks for activation.

Timeline feature is not working

Many users are reporting that the Timeline feature is not working in Windows 10, then this post will show you how to enable Timeline and get it working.

The microphone is not picking up any Sound after Windows 10 v1803

In case your Microphone is not able to listen to you, even though it’s getting detected by hardware like webcam, you need to check the privacy settings. Windows 10 offers consumers to change privacy settings right during the installation, and in case you have the access turned off, you will need to re-enable it.

  • Open Settings > Privacy > Microphone
  • Turn on the toggle which says Allow apps to access your microphone.

Post, this, you may also want to check if the apps have permission to Microphone as well. When you launch your app, it will prompt you for the same.  In case this doesn’t work, you may have to see if your Microphone is completely disabled.

Apps cannot access Camera access  after installing Windows 10 v1803

Just like Microphone, you may have to give access to apps again for Camera as well. Its related to Privacy settings. To make sure your apps have access to the camera, go to Settings > Privacy > Camera. Turn on the option to Allow apps to access your camera toggle switch. In case your app still can’t access the camera, you need to manually assign permission to each of the apps.

New partition appearing after installing Windows 10 v1803

A lot of users on Reddit have reported, that drive is missing some space post upgrade, even though they have cleaned everything, and reclaimed the disk space. It seems the Windows 10 v1803 update has created a new extra recovery partition, and one of your partitions might be marked as OEM Partition even if you don’t have an OEM License Key.

While it’s not suggested to remove the recovery partition, if you really want to, you can recover it using a partition tool or command line options “Diskpart” to get rid of it. Check out our detailed guide on you can fix this, but make sure to backup your PC before doing it.

Once resolved, the partition will be removed from your File Explorer but will continue to occupy space. Microsoft is working on a cumulative update to automatically address this problem.

System Restore disabled after installing Windows 10 v1803

System restore is a great feature to rollback your PC to a previous state in case you have an issue. While many have it disabled, but I am sure there are many who use it on a daily basis. It seems that installing Windows 10 v1803 has disabled this feature silently for many users. We will strongly suggest you enable System Restore right away.

Slow Alt + Tab while gaming / Apps Stealing Focus

Some users have reported about slow switching to applications while gaming. What seems to be a focus shift problem. Windows 10 has introduced Focus Assist settings, and one of the rules causes the problem so you can stay focused on gaming. You will need to change the settings such that they do not steal the focus. Read on this in our  Focus assist settings for Focus.  Make sure to turn off the automatic rule for “When I’m playing a game” toggle switch.

Fast Startup disabled after installing Windows 10 v1803

Fast Startup feature makes sure Windows 10 boots much faster, but if you have disabled it earlier, and see it enabled again, its one of the issues many have reported.  The feature can be disabled from the Power Options.  Check our detailed guide on disabling Fast Startup.

Hybrid laptop with Discrete GPU Connected to Display issue:

Windows 10 v1803 has been blocked for Alienware laptops. If you see an error which says “Cannot uninstall App: Hybrid laptop with Discrete GPU Connected to Display. Please uninstall manually and then refresh”you will not be able to install Windows 10 April update on your PC unless Microsoft clears it.

Microsoft suggests you wait. However, there is a hack which you can try at your own risk as it involves removal of drivers. The issue has been confirmed for Dell laptops, including Alienware 13 R3, Alienware 15 R3, Alienware 15 R4, Alienware 17 R4, and Alienware 17 R5 laptops. Find out how you can install Windows 10 v1803 Update on Alienware Laptops.

Nvidia settings issue after installing Windows 10 v1803

Reported on Reddit forum – If you have a device with a Nvidia graphics card, and you are not able to right click on your screen or no longer find Nvidia settings anywhere, you need to install the latest driver from the Nvidia GeForce Website. It seems Windows 10 has removed the Nvidia GPU completely and fallen back to the default graphics driver on the Windows.

Apps like Chrome freezing after Windows 10 v1803

Some users have reported about this problem in the Microsoft forum. The apps remain frozen, and cannot be used unless they are killed. The list includes apps like Firefox, Office Apps, Chrome and even Cortana. Microsoft is aware of this issue and will roll out the update on May 8, 2018, only.

Here is an unofficial solution from the problem reporter itself.

If your device freezes when using an app, try one of the following steps to recover Windows without needing to restart:

  • Try a Windows key sequence to wake the screen.  If you have a keyboard connected, simultaneously press the Winkey + Ctrl + Shift + B.
  • If you’re on a tablet, simultaneously press both the volume-up and volume-down buttons, three times within 2 seconds.  If Windows is responsive, a short beep will sound, and the screen will blink or dim while Windows attempts to refresh the screen.
  • If you’re using a laptop, close and open the laptop lid.

Windows 10 keeps adding keyboard layouts

After installing Windows 10 v1803 update, one of the under-reported problems is where Windows 10 keeps adding keyboard layouts without permission. As you add new languages, it starts appearing in the language bar and cannot be removed from the Keyboard Layouts at all.

TIP: If you wish, you can send feedback or complain about Windows 10 to Microsoft.

What about you? Have you installed the latest Update? Or do you plan to wait or defer the Windows upgrade? If you faced any problems, do share them with us in the comments section below.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.