Picked up by PCMag, Microsoft’s new KB4512941 update has decided that causing CPU usage to spike was just the start because now reports are coming in that it “turns everything orange” or red.
While some users have found only their screenshots turn orange, others report that their whole desktop turns red:
“When I start Windows, the login screen looks good, but when I put my credentials and the desktop is shown, it gradually starts turning red,” explained one affected user. “The only element that remains with the correct colour is the mouse pointer. This is an example of how my screen looks like while reading this post.”
While the obvious Trump joke is being made, this is an unwelcome problem for everyone from graphic designers, who need a perfectly calibrated screen, to those who just want to edit their holiday snaps. And the full extent of the discolouration suffered by some users is eye-watering.
As it stands, Microsoft has yet to acknowledge the problem on the update’s official page (confirming the CPU spike problem took several days) but while the company remains silent, the good news is users have found several workarounds.
Some have found success through simply uninstalling the update, while others have managed to fix it through updating their graphics drivers. Windows Latest also notes that owners of Lenovo PCs seem to be particularly affected if they are running the company’s Vantage app alongside the current Windows 10 May (1903) upgrade that Microsoft has been pushing on users since July. In that instance, resetting the app can help.
While the exact number of affected users remains unclear, Lenovo alone is the world’s largest PC reseller. It shipped 16.2M PCs in Q2 and Vantage comes preinstalled. As such, the clear message at this point is to stay away from KB4512941, which is still showing up for anyone who checks for updates.
In fact, with Windows 10 1903 updates in the last month failing to install and breaking Bluetooth connections you might think that avoiding updates, in general, is a good strategy. Unfortunately, with new wormable vulnerabilities in all versions of Windows also appearing (and recently being exploited) that’s not a great option either.
Welcome to a rock and a hard place.