Bug fix: Issues with cumulative update KB4507453 (Windows 10)

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Longtime Windows 10 users know that installing cumulative updates has often been Russia’s roulette wheel, as these versions have sometimes caused serious problems, such as operating system crashes or installation failures.

However, things have improved dramatically with the latest operating system feature update, and the May 2019 update released about two months ago brought an almost error-free experience with cumulative updates.

And while cumulative updates are still being installed as frequently as ever, users still run into a little trouble here and there every time the software giant pushes new updates of this type on its Windows 10 devices.

What is Update KB4507453 in Windows 10?

The latest round of cumulative updates was launched on July 9, when Microsoft launched a patch cycle on Tuesday, July 2019. Like every month, all versions of Windows 10 were patched.

Windows 10 version 1903, or the May 2019 update, received the cumulative update KB4507453, which, like its other brethren, included fixes for operating system vulnerabilities and other improvements.

For most users, KB4507453 was installed without any problems, but for others, they ended up being asked to reboot several times, even though the update process appeared to have been completed successfully.

Cumulative Update KB4507453 Issues

This cumulative update generally installs correctly, as in the standard update process it requires a reboot to complete the task.

After that, everything works as expected, and Windows 10 reboots on the desktop. However, the same cumulative update then reappears in Windows Update a few minutes after logging into Windows, requiring a reboot again.

No matter how many times you reboot your computer, KB4507453 keeps showing up and asking you to reboot again. Microsoft has yet to confirm the problem. Other versions of Windows 10 that received cumulative updates on July 9 are not experiencing similar problems.

Since Microsoft has not yet confirmed the bug, no workarounds are recommended, although users who have encountered the problem have offered a few tips that may help you avoid rebooting again

Cumulative Update KB4507453 Reported Bugs

KB4507453 cannot be installed

Windows 10 May update is not yet finished with installation problems, update patch KB4507453 is living proof of that. Some users have reported that the patch installation failed with error code 0x800f0904.

The problem is related to the previous patch KB4501375, which also failed with error code 0x800f0904.

The problem seems to be more common with HP laptops, as some of them have not been tested with Windows 10 v1903 and are not compatible with it because the BIOS cannot be updated.

KB4507453 is not available for installation

Another annoying problem is that some users cannot update patch KB4507453. The update option does not work automatically or even manually for some.

You may also see some options grayed out in the update history. This means two things: either you are in the vicious circle of the Insider program, or this update does not concern you.

Why is that? Because it includes some improvements and fixes that are downloaded separately if you installed the previous update. Windows doesn’t have to download and install everything on your PC.

Windows doesn’t start after installing KB4507453

Startup problems from the beginning have affected the Windows 10 v1903 update. This continues in the KB4507453 update patch, as some users are unable to boot into Windows after installation.

It is still unclear if this is specific to dual-boot systems or not.

After update KB4507453, the Dolby Access option for headphones is no longer available.

Some Windows 10 users have complained that the Dolby Access headphone option disappeared after installing patch KB4507453.

How can users fix the bug?

Run Windows Update Troubleshooter

Run the Windows Update diagnostic tool to diagnose problems with Windows Update, such as when a cumulative update fails to install. To start a Windows Update diagnostic :

1.) Click the Windows icon on the taskbar to open the Start menu.
2.) Select the Settings icon.
3.) In the “Settings” window, select the “Update and Security” option.
4.) In the left pane, select Troubleshooting.
5.) At startup, select Windows Update and click Run Troubleshooting.
6.) On the Windows Update tab, Windows will attempt to detect and troubleshoot any problems.
7.) Reboot your computer.
8.) Now check for updates in your settings. This should resolve the problem and the cumulative update will be installed successfully.

Running DISM and checking the system files

Damaged or corrupted files in your system can cause errors, such as problems with cumulative update KB4507453. Run the System File Checker utility, which allows Windows 10 users to look for and repair corrupt files. To do this :

1.) Click the search icon or the search bar on the taskbar.
2.) Enter the command line and right-click the first result. Select “Run as administrator” from the drop-down menu.
3.) User Account Control will appear, requesting permission to make changes to the device. Click Yes to authorize them.
4.) At the command line, type DISM restore health :
DISM/Online/Cleanup-Image/RestoreHealth
5.) At the command line enter the DISM restore health command :
sfc /scannow.
6.) The system file scan utility will attempt to locate and repair corrupted files. Once the scan is complete, the results are displayed in a window.
7.) Reboot your computer. Check Windows Update again. Hopefully, the cumulative update will install successfully.

Check your hard drive for errors

In some cases, corrupted files may cause cumulative updates to fail to install. Therefore, you should scan your computer for corrupt files. Perform the following steps:

1.) Click the icon or search bar on the taskbar. Look for the command line in the search box, then right-click the first result and select Run as Administrator from the drop-down menu.
2.) User Account Control appears, asking for permission to make changes to the device. Click Yes to authorize them.
3.) In the Command Prompt window, type this command and press Enter on your keyboard:
hcdsk/c/r
4.) Press the Y key on your keyboard. This will start a disk scan the next time the system is rebooted.

Execute a Clean Boot

A clean boot allows you to run Windows with only the most necessary drivers and run applications. Therefore, you should disable all third-party applications and services to determine if any of these programs are interfering with the installation of cumulative updates, which will result in a cumulative update error. To perform a clean boot :

1.) Simultaneously press Windows + R on your keyboard to open Run.
2.) Type “msconfig” in Run, then press OK to open System Configuration.
3.) In the System Configuration window, select Selective Startup and uncheck the box next to Load Startup Objects.
4.) Select the Services tab and check the box next to Hide all Microsoft services. This will hide all Microsoft applications and services, as you can simply disable third-party applications.
5.) Click the “Disable All” button.
6.) Select the “Start” tab, and then click the “Open Task Manager” link.
7.) In the “Task Manager” window, you will see a list of startup programs. Select each activated application, right-click it, and choose “Disable” from the menu. You can also select each activated application and click the “Disable” button.
8.) When you are finished disabling the launcher programs, close the Task Manager, and return to the system setup. Click the “Apply” button, then the “OK” button.
9.) Finally, restart your computer to authorize the changes. Click the Windows icon on the taskbar, click the power icon, then select Reboot.

This should solve the problem with installing the cumulative update. If that doesn’t solve your problem, go to the next step.

Updating Windows Update components

In some cases, corrupted Windows Update components can cause Windows 10 cumulative updates to fail to install. If the previous methods didn’t fix the error, delete the previous installation files. Therefore, reset the update storage folder. Then, upload the new update files to the official Microsoft server.

To do this, first stop the Windows Update service and related services such as BITS, Superfetch, etc.

1.) Press Windows + R at the same time to run Run.
2.) Type services.msc and press OK or Enter to open Windows services.
3.) A list of services will appear. Scroll down to the Windows Update service, right-click it, and select “Stop” from the menu.
4.) Repeat step 3 for other related services, such as BITS and Superfetch. Then minimize the Services window.
5.) Click the folder icon in the taskbar to open File Explorer.
6.) Navigate to the following location :
C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
7.) Now press the Ctrl + A key combination to select everything in the download folder.
8.) Delete everything in the folder except the folder itself.
9.) Open Windows services again and restart the services (BITS, Windows Update, Superfetch) that you previously disabled.
10.) Now look for Windows Update. This should solve your problems installing cumulative update KB4507453 for Windows 10 1903.

Frequently Asked Questions

Because cumulative updates are labeled as mandatory security updates, your computer must be rebooted to complete the installation. On-demand updates are also cumulative updates, but they are often labeled as unsafe updates and do not require a reboot.

Microsoft defines a "cumulative update" as a set of fixes - as described in the article, "where many fixes to improve Windows quality and security are combined into a single update" - and a full update that includes not only the latest changes but all previous changes as well.

Apparently, Windows 10 has run into a lot of problems after more users installed the September update, which was released last month. Some users are reporting a blue screen of death, system crashes, and even an error that causes devices to reboot.

Why does it take so long to install updates? Windows 10 updates take time as Microsoft is constantly adding more files and features. The most important updates, released in the spring and fall each year, take more than four hours to install - if there are no issues.