Windows 10 KB5017308 update is apparently causing issues for some users, according to reports. This patch is currently rolling out to everyone through Windows Update, but you can also download Windows 10 KB5017308 offline installers and install it manually.
According to the official release notes, KB5017308 contains “various security enhancements”. However, it also includes fixes from the previous optional cumulative update, which was released in August. According to the latest patch release notes, Windows 10 September 2022 Patch fixes many issues.
For example, Microsoft fixed an issue where installations of certain games could abruptly fail. The company fixed another bug where listing icons in the search app could display incorrectly. Another bug that caused error 0x1E when shutting down or restarting a device has been fixed.
There are several other bug fixes, including a fix for an issue where Microsoft Edge could become unresponsive when using IE mode.
Windows 10 issues KB5017308
Unfortunately, KB5017308 will not install for many users. Like previous updates, this patch also fails to install after the download is complete, with one of the users stating “Cumulative Update 2022-09 for Windows 10 Version 21H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5017308) fails to install with error (0x800f081f)”.
For other users, the update refuses to install with error messages (0x8000ffff, 0x8007007e, and 0x80073701). In the worst case, it forces systems into a reboot loop where the patch is automatically rolled back, but we don’t know how widespread this problem is.
Microsoft has never really acknowledged reports of failed Windows Update installs and it doesn’t have an official fix. However, installing the update from the Microsoft Update Catalog fixes the issues for those affected.
The update also violated GPO’s “Files” policy. According to reports on Reddit, when users copy a batch file to publicdocuments and create a desktop copy or shortcut, the icons are not migrated and the shortcut uses a blank default icon. In some cases, the batch file is actually empty when copied.
“Several of my customers have reported that KB5017308 interferes with the “Override” option of Active Directory Group Policy, specifically in a User Policy (does not occur for IT Policy) *and* when the “Run in the logged in user’s security context is selected. They opened a case with MSFT Premier Support,” one of the affected users told us.
If you installed the update and the GPU stopped working, you can still uninstall the Windows 10 update from Settings or Command Prompt.
Remember that the patch contains important security fixes to help protect your system. Therefore, if you have no problem after installing it, then you should not uninstall it from your system.
Microsoft also released KB5017328 for Windows 11, but this update seems to be mostly stable so far.