Microsoft fixes disappearing Windows desktop, Kerberos authentication issues

Microsoft has confirmed an issue on Windows 10 systems that causes the desktop or taskbar to temporarily disappear or even freeze. The Redmond company initially proposed a solution to the problem by simply rebooting machines, but a solution is now available through Known Issue Rollback (KIR).

“You may experience an error where the desktop or taskbar may temporarily disappear or your device becomes unresponsive,” the company described the situation of affected Windows 10 client releases, including Windows 10, version 22H2; Windows 10, version 21H2; Windows 10, version 21H1; and Windows 10, version 20H2.

“This issue has been resolved using Known Issue Rollback (KIR). Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for the resolution to propagate automatically to consumer devices and unmanaged business devices,” Microsoft said in a statement. after and also suggests a reboot on Windows devices to apply the resolution faster. “For enterprise-managed devices that have an affected update installed and are affected by this issue, you can resolve it by installing and configuring a special group policy. The special Group Policy can be found in Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> .”

On November 13, Microsoft also opened the issue about login errors and others issues with Kerberos authentication. The issue started as a result of the November Patch Tuesday cumulative updates. Utilities, solutions for the issue here are through out-of-band updates, which are only available through the Microsoft Update Catalog. This means that they are not offered through Windows Update and are installed automatically.

“This issue is resolved in out-of-band updates released on November 17, 2022 for installation on all domain controllers (DCs) in your environment,” explains Microsoft. “You do not need to install an update or make any changes to other servers or client devices in your environment to resolve this issue. If you used any workaround or workarounds for this issue, they are no longer needed and we recommend that you uninstall them.”

Microsoft already provides cumulative updates for installation on domain controllers and standalone updates for Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. However, the company emphasizes in its announcement that the solution for the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 platform is not yet available.

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