Microsoft releases important security and bug fixes as part of Patch Tuesday (the second or fourth Tuesday of each month), and this month’s update was no exception. Unfortunately, bugs are also found on a regular basis after multiple users have installed the update, and now Microsoft has recognized a new audio bug in Windows 10.
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Update for KB5000842 For Windows 10 devices, released on March 29, introduced a new bug related to multi-channel audio playback in certain settings. Users who have connected their device to a 5.1-channel audio system may hear loud noise after installing the latest update, such as Sleeping computer. The bug affects Windows 10 20H2 and Windows 10 2004 buildings, both of which received an update recently.
Microsoft acknowledged the error earlier this week and took note In the Windows Health Dashboard that the fault was related to Dolby Digital 5.1 channel audio playback. “After installing updates of KB5000842 or later, 5.1 Dolby Digital audio playback may reproduce high noise or spike in certain applications with certain audio devices and Windows settings,” the company says, adding that it is working to resolve the issue.
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In the meantime, however, there is good news, as Microsoft at least points out two workarounds about it. Those using a 5.1-channel audio system can turn on Spatial Sound by right-clicking or long-clicking the volume icon in the notification area. After selecting Spatial Sound (Off), users can select the available option. The company says users can also stream any audio or video in a web browser because it may not be affected by the same bug.
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