Microsoft’s Windows 10 KB4565503 patch removes Apps after updating, here is how to fix it

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Windows 10 users find Microsoft’s July 2020 cumulative patch KB4565503 removes some Apps, here is how to fix the missing App issue

We had reported on how Microsoft has finally fixed the Thunderbolt dock issue with the July 2020 Cumulative KB4565503 patch.  Microsoft released this patch to fix the issue of Intel Thunderbolt dock incompatibility, The incompatibility automatically triggered an upgrade block which meant that Windows 10 users could no longer get the feature updates from Microsoft. Microsoft assured that after updating their Windows 10 PC/laptop with the KB4565503 patch, users would start receiving feature updates automatically.

Now it seems that updating Windows 10 PC/laptop with the KB4565503 removes some apps. Many users noted on the Windows 10 Forum that after installing cumulative update KB4565503, some apps that typically come pre-loaded with Windows 10 disappear. Most users said that Notepad is one of the Apps removed after updating to KB4565503 Patch. While others WordPad and MS Paint (Classic version) missing after updating this patch. The same issue affected users who updated KB4566866 Cumulative Update build 19041.330 version 2004 on their Windows 10 PC/laptops.

Fix for missing Notepad, Wordpad and Paint due to updating to KB4566866 and KB4565503 Patch on your Windows 10 2004 version

If you recently updated your Windows 10 PC/laptop to KB4566866 or KB4565503 patches and your Notepad/Wordpad/Paint (classic version) is missing them here’s you can get it back. All you have to do is follow this path to get them back:

Windows 10 > Settings > Apps > Optional features > Add a feature > Add the App you want

Or in the Start menu search box type ‘Add an Optional feature‘ and when it appears in the search results, click to open it. In the Window, click on the ‘Add a feature‘ button. A search dialog will show all the features that are available for Windows 10 v2004.

Select any App that the KB4566866 or KB4565503 patch removed and install it. A reboot isn’t required but for the App to reclaim certain files, it is recommended to reboot your Windows 10 PC/laptop.

Microsoft is yet to acknowledge this problem, and according to the official KB page, KB4565503 comes with just one known issue related to the Microsoft IME. “When using some apps, such as Microsoft Excel, users of the Microsoft Input Method Editor (IME) for Chinese and Japanese might receive an error, or the app might stop responding or close when attempting to drag using the mouse,” Microsoft security bulletin says.

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