New Windows 1909 and 1903 updates fix File Explorer search, but it still has bugs

Microsoft's new update should address some complaints by Windows 10 users who rely on the new File Explorer.

Windows 10 version 1909: Why this feature update should be a pleasant surprise Microsoft is getting the November 2019 Update ready for release to the general public. Ed Bott explains what makes this update different from the feature updates you’ve come to dread. Read more: https://zd.net/2P1kysX

Microsoft has released new optional, non-security cumulative updates for Windows 10 versions 1903 and 1909, which address multiple bugs in the new File Explorer.  

Update KB4532695 delivers new builds for Windows 10 1903 and 1909 – 18362.628 and 18363.628, respectively – which contain largely the same set of fixes. 

The new update attempts to address complaints from late last year about the new Search box in File Explorer, with some reporting that it was "completely unusable". The box showed a text cursor but users couldn't click inside the box or type into it, for example.  

SEE: 20 pro tips to make Windows 10 work the way you want (free PDF)    

During preview testing for this release of Windows 10, Microsoft made changes to improve File Explorer search by running it on Windows Search, giving users local and web search results that appear on the fly in a drop-down menu.    

The new updates for 1909 and 1903 include two key fixes for the File Explorer search bugs that users have recently been complaining about. 

Microsoft says in release notes that it "updates an issue that prevents File Explorer's Search Bar from pasting clipboard content using the right mouse button (right-click)". 

It also "updates an issue that prevents File Explorer's Search Bar from receiving user input".

Rafael Rivera, an engineer and Windows watchdog, praised Microsoft for the update. 

"For starters, you can now use the thing. And –  hope you're sitting down –  you can left- AND right-click inside the box too," he wrote after installing the update

That should put most complaints to rest, but he still reckons File Explorer is a "crummy experience" due to several little annoyances that don't help user productivity. 

For example, after highlighting text in the search box it still takes two clicks to unhighlight the selected text. Deleting results in the drop-down search results also doesn't work. 

And as for Microsoft's right-click fix for File Explorer's Search Box, Rivera's tests showed the box can't be right-clicked until it's activated via a left-click.

SEE: The new Microsoft Edge: 10 rules to take control of your browser

Microsoft lists several other changes to improve Windows 10 1903 and 1909, including improvements to the accuracy of Windows Hello, and an issue that still allowed the custom order of tiles in the Start menu to be changed when the layout is locked. 

It also fixed a glitch that closed the touch keyboard when any key was selected, a bug in multiplayer PC games that cause invitations to fail, an intermittent error when unplugging a USB type C flash drive, and incorrect indicators for offline and online files. 

The updates are available through Windows Update or Microsoft Update, the Windows Update Catalog, and WSUS. 

More on Microsoft and Windows 10 updates

  • Wine for running Windows 10 apps on Linux gets big upgrade  
  • Microsoft: Windows 10 1909 rollout has just entered its next phase  
  • To stop drivers trashing Windows 10, Microsoft changes how it updates them  
  • Windows 10 1809 user? Microsoft has started herding you to 1909 update  
  • Windows 10: Microsoft unmasks the mysterious 'G' app that stops you shutting down
  • Microsoft christens Windows 10 20H1 as Windows 10 2004; preps to start testing its successor    
  • Windows 10 1909: Microsoft opens November 2019 Update to more users  
  • Microsoft: If you're on Windows 10 version 1803, you'll be automatically upgraded  
  • Microsoft begins the official rollout of Windows 10 1909
  • With Windows 10 1909 coming, Windows 10 20H1 hits major milestone  
  • Windows 10 updates: Microsoft kills off Skip Ahead ring for Insiders  
  • Windows 10 version 1903 should just work out of the box, right? Wrong  
  • Why is Windows 10 a mess? Ex-Microsoft engineer blames the culture of 'made-men'  
  • Windows 10 users fume: Microsoft, where's our 'local account' option gone?
  • Windows 10 1909: Microsoft ends 19H2 confusion, puts all testers on same builds 
  • No more buggy Windows 10 updates? Microsoft makes it easier to flag early flaws
  • How to delete the Windows 10 paging file on every shut-down TechRepublic
  • Test Microsoft's Chrome-like Edge browser for Windows 10 CNET