Microsoft just made a pretty big statement, admitting that it essentially doesn’t have a fix for some Windows 11 issues.
As Neowin reports, some people using Windows 11 and Windows 10 have found a bug that prevents the Start menu, the Windows search bar, and some Universal Windows Platform apps from starting or working.
The errors appear to coincide with damaged registry keys and data related to Microsoft Office applications and applications that are integrated with Office software, as well as Windows and Outlook.
Bugs don’t affect everyone, of course.
Microsoft’s position on Windows 11 fatal errors
On Microsoft’s “Health” webpage regarding the issue, the company notes that “Windows Search and Windows Universal Platform apps may not work as expected or may have problems opening,” and in a recent update to provided a solution for the problem, but incomplete.
Not only is the lack of a definitive fix disappointing, but the workaround isn’t great, experts said, with Microsoft saying that “to mitigate this problem, you can uninstall applications that integrate with Windows, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Outlook, or Outlook Calendar.”
Essentially, it looks like Microsoft is admitting that it’s as confused as we are by the problem, and that the only way around the problem is to start uninstalling apps.
It’s also not a great solution for people who depend on any of the apps causing the problem, as uninstalling them may not be a viable option.
Operating systems like Windows 11 are complicated pieces of software that have to work with countless combinations of hardware and software, but even so, we have higher expectations from the giant Microsoft.
It is also said that currently Microsoft is already working on Windows 12. However, maybe before 12, it would be better to fix 11’s problems.