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Latest Windows 10 update bug produces funny coloured screenshots

Is Microsoft unwittingly forcing you to view Windows 10 through rose-tinted specs?

Windows 10 updates, like most software updates, often seem to produce one or two unintentional bugs. However, rarely do these bugs cause grievances that push users beyond a muttered expletive, which makes it that much juicier when a real issue rears its ugly head.

The latest cumulative update for Windows 10 has produced a remarkable error that turns user screenshots – and in some cases, user screens – a dulcet shade of orange. Some users simply report that screenshots taken post-update come out doused in orange; others are experiencing a gradual orange-ification after entering their login credentials.

The bug looks at first glance to be related to the Windows Night Mode, which will turn your display a soft orange when enabled (to better protect your eyes in low light conditions). MSPowerUser reports that the issue is in fact likely linked to outdated video drivers: uninstalling or rolling back the update and then updating your video drivers will seemingly fix the problem.

Cumulative update KB4512941 has had a hard time of it since launch. The update – patching issues found in the 10 May 2019 iteration of Windows 10 – has been causing all manner of problems: many users experienced higher-than-normal CPU usage reports, while some really unfortunate folks were left completely unable to use the Windows search function.

So far, Microsoft has acknowledged the high CPU usage bug, in a statement made on Twitter that confirmed both the existence of the issue and that technicians were probing for a cause. Thus far, the firm has yet to add either the non-functional Windows search issue, or this bizarre new orange display malfunction, to the list of known bugs for KB4512941.

If you’ve been afflicted by this orange-y nightmare of a bug, the simplest thing to do may be to uninstall the new cumulative update. To do so, simply navigate to Windows | Settings | Update & Security | View Update History | Uninstall Updates. From there, you can choose update KB4512941 to remove.

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