Microsoft is failing to fix the problems with the updates it releases for Windows 10. Despite the arrival of Windows 11, the Windows we have been using so far is still present in the vast majority of computers and the latest bug is related to games and the Alt + Tab key combination.
How to fix Alt + Tab error seen after installing Windows 10 August Patch Tuesday?
The feature affects users who have installed the July Patch Tuesday and to the surprise of users, it is also still present in the August Patch Tuesday released a few days ago under patch KB5004296. However, it can be fixed by uninstalling the update or disabling the “News and interests” feed.
Problems when playing in full screen
The problem is that patch KB5004296, available to everyone running Windows 10 version 21H1, version 20H2, version 2004 and version 1909 is generating bugs with Alt + Tab functionality on some computers.
Thanks to this key combination, the user can quickly switch between the different windows that are currently open and affects especially users who are running a game and with this problem can not access another open application running in another window.
If we are using a full-screen game, we will not be able to use Alt + Tab to be able to, for example, switch to the browser application or any other application that we have open. What this failure causes is that Windows takes the user to the desktop instead of allowing the change between applications as we press Tab. To return to an application that is running, in addition, we will have to restart it, because when trying to return, the screen appears in black.
This bug occurs if you run the most recent patch and for now there is no solution from Microsoft beyond the already known uninstalling the patch that is giving problems. The process to remove the update is as follows. To uninstall the KB5004296 update, the process is to go to the “Settings”, “Update and security” path and then click on “View update history”. The next step is to use the “Uninstall updates” option by checking the KB5004296 update and then clicking on the “Uninstall” button.
Another option may be to run the game in windowed mode, a solution that may not make the game experience attractive and also, it can be solved in a most striking way that goes through disabling the “News and interests” feed by clicking on the right button on the taskbar and in “News and interests”, choosing “Disable”.
We will have to wait for Patch Tuesday in September to find out if Microsoft finally fixes the bug in the new update it releases for Windows 10.