According to reports, Windows 10 KB5017308 update is apparently causing problems for some users. This patch is currently being rolled out to everyone via Windows Update, but you can also download the Windows 10 offline installers KB5017308 and install it manually.
According to the official release notes, KB5017308 contains “various security improvements”. However, it also includes fixes from the previous optional cumulative update, which was released in August. According to the release notes of the latest patch, the Windows 10 September 2022 Patch fixes many issues.
For example, Microsoft has fixed an issue where installations of certain games could fail abruptly. The company has patched another bug where the list icons in the search app may be displayed incorrectly. Another bug that causes error 0x1E when you shut down or restart a device has been fixed.
There are several other bug fixes, including a fix for an issue where Microsoft Edge stopped responding when using IE mode.
Windows 10 KB5017308 issues
Unfortunately, KB5017308 cannot be installed for many users. Like the previous updates, this patch also cannot be installed after the download is complete, with one of the users stating “2022-09 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 21H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5017308) does not install and returns an error (0x800f081f)”.
For other users, the update refuses to install with errors (0x8000ffff, 0x8007007e and 0x80073701). In the worst case scenario, it forces systems into a reboot loop where the patch is automatically rolled back, but we’re not sure how widespread this problem is.
Microsoft has never really acknowledged the reports of failed Windows Update installations and has no official fix. However, installing the update from the Microsoft Update Catalog resolves the issues for those affected.
The update also broke GPO’s “Files” policy. From reports on Reddit, when users copy a batch file to public\documents and create a copy or shortcut to the desktop, icons are not migrated and the shortcut uses an empty default icon. In some cases, the batch file is actually empty when it is copied.
“Several of my customers reported that KB5017308 interferes with the Replace Active Directory Group Policy option, especially in a user policy (doesn’t happen for computer policy) *and* when the “Run in the security context of the logged-in user” checkbox is selected. They have opened a case with MSFT Premier support,” one of the affected users told us.
If you have installed the update and the GPU stops working, you can always uninstall the Windows 10 update from the settings or command prompt.
Keep in mind that the patch contains some important security fixes to protect your system, so if you don’t experience any problems after the installation, don’t remove it from your system.
Microsoft has also released KB5017328 for Windows 11, but that update appears to be mostly stable so far.