The Optional August Windows Update is Causing PC Slowdown
WindowsÂ® 10 users should be aware that theâ€”thankfully, optionalâ€”August update is causing major slowdown on many computers.
The update, known as KB4512941, was released to address several issues, including bugs in Windows Sandbox and a black screen issue associated with Remote Desktop connections.
These problems have now been supplanted by a bug within the Cortana service, causing it to hog up to 40% of the CPU. The loss of so much core power is a common cause of sluggishness, latency, crashes and freezes. It also drains battery power much faster.
If you havenâ€™t installed the update, you may wish to skip it. Alternately, ioloâ€™s premier PC optimization product System MechanicÂ® has several features that may help you gain back some system speed and responsiveness.
In System Mechanic, System Mechanic Pro or System Mechanic Ultimate Defense, within the LiveBoost > Real-Time Boost menu, be sure OptiCore is enabled. This tool prioritizes your processor coresâ€™ attention to the tasks you are actively performing.
PowerSense is another CPU optimization tool; also found in Real-Time Boost, this feature lets you select from a variety of power performance modes to ensure the systemâ€™s resources are wisely allocated. For example, High Performance Gaming mode revs your cores to maximum speed, while Batter-saving mode is great for laptops.
Choose On-Demand Boost from within the Live Boost menu to acquire even more speed by temporarily turning off unnecessary background services so your PC focuses its power on a single high-demand task like gaming, streaming, rendering or downloading.
Select Speed Up > Startup Optimizer to prevent unwanted bloatware from automatically launching; this can be a major cause of lag, and many users are not aware of how common it is.
If youâ€™ve already installed the troublesome Windows 10 update, windowslatest.com reports that deleting a specific Registry key may resolve the CPU-usage problem. Another option is to uninstall the update:
Press Windows+i to open Settings.
Click Update & security.
On the Update & security screen, choose View update history.
Click Uninstall updates.
Select KB4512941 and click Uninstall.
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