Patch Tuesday updates install Candy Crush on Windows 10 PCs

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read

Oh, boy! Here we go again! Apparently, there is nothing that Windows 10 users can do to get rid of Candy Crush games. Judging by user reports, it seems that the April Patch Tuesday updates brought an old friend along. Many users recently complained that Windows 10 installed Candy Crush on their computers without their consent.

Indeed, it seems that the game came with the latest Windows 10 update as many users said they never installed Candy Crush, and it wasn’t pre-installed either, but it immediately popped up on their computers after installing the latest updates.

This is not an isolated case. There is a Reddit thread dedicated to this Candy Crush install debate that got thousands of upvotes, so obviously many Windows 10 users feel the same:

Can confirm, it comes with an update. I reinstalled my OS, waited for the updates. THEN uninstalled bloatware. This is the future… even more wasted time.

Windows 10 keeps installing Candy Crush

So, if a recent update is to blame for these Candy Crush installs, which one is it? Well, that’s hard to tell since not all users get to install the Patch Tuesday updates at the same time. Some of them even use various settings to temporarily block the updates, and this makes it even more difficult to identify the culprit.

However, judging by this screenshot uploaded on Reddit, it seems that KB4093112 and KB4093119 are the updates that brought Candy Crush back from the dead.

windows 10 installed candy crush

As you can see, Candy Crush Soda Saga got installed on April, 11. Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update KB4093112 and Anniversary Update KB4093119 on April, 10 so this turns these updates into our main suspects.

Unfortunately, there is no solution to permanently remove Candy Crush from your Windows 10 computer. We did compiled a list of workarounds in this guide but they may not work for all users. So, maybe the best solution is to simply remove Candy Crush from your computer and pray that the May Patch Tuesday updates won’t bring it back.

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