Windows 10 microphone

Microsoft recently released a cumulative update for Windows 10 version 1903 on Tuesday with a fix for an issue causing Cortana process to consume more than 30-40% of CPU.

When the patch was released on Tuesday, the firm said it wasn’t aware of any known issues, but Microsoft has acknowledged at least three critical issues with Windows 10 KB4515384 (Build 18362.356).

It looks like the September cumulative update or a previous cumulative update also broke USB Audio 2.0 microphones with multi-channel technology. Microsoft noted that it’s aware of a bug that may prevent users from accessing USB Audio 2.0 multi-channel microphones in Voice Recorder and similar apps.

Microsoft has released a surprise Windows 10 KB4516421 to address this bug. If your device is found to be affected by this issue, Microsoft will automatically download and install the hotfix from Windows Update.

Here’s the full changelog of the patch:

  • Addresses an issue in which some customers may be unable to use USB Audio 2.0 multi-channel microphones in Voice Recorder and similar apps.

Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 KB4516421 on September 13 and there’s no way you can force the installation of this update on your PC. KB4516421 is shipped only via Windows Update for consumers and Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) for businesses.

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