Windows Update

Windows 10 April 2019 update is all set to release sometime in the coming few weeks. And based on the new announcement from Microsoft itself, this month’s update is going to bring a little extra special gift with it.

New announcement on Windows 10 April 2019 update pages suggests that Microsoft finally will fix the GSOD in an upcoming update.

What is the issue?

Whenever a user launches a game that uses an anti-cheat software it triggers a bug check which results in Microsoft Windows GSOD.




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Games have been utilizing the anti-cheat software for a long time but the GSOD started happening after Windows 10 update  insider build 18298.

Dona Sarkar the chief of Windows Insider program explained the issue in detail. She said that GSOD is caused in scenarios when the game uses an anti-cheat code and it has to be fixed by third-party partner companies.

What is GSOD?

BSOD or Blue Screen of Death is the traditional screen that indicates that windows have crashed due to a fatal error however Microsoft uses Green Screen of Death to indicate fatal errors on preview builds. GSOD is used to identify the windows build type by looking at a glance.

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Why it is taking so long to fix Microsoft Windows GSOD?

As reports suggest that the fix need to be supplied by game developers who developed the anti-cheat software and this is the reason why Microsoft had to wait till Windows 10 April 2019 update.

Whenever compatibility issues arise Microsoft changes the code of Windows or of the application to allow it to run continuously, however, anti-cheat drivers run in kernel mode and they continuously modify the operating system which is generally not good for system stability.

It is possible that this driver is accessing forbidden hooks or messing up the structure of the kernel or it can be using permitted hooks but the issue is on the driver’s side.

This issue has impacted the whole testing infrastructure of Windows 10 and choked the pipeline of updates.

Microsoft, however, pushed the build to a Slow Ring and to avoid crashing, the build in Windows 10 April 2019 update will not be available to all those systems who are violating the anti-cheat system.