Windows 10 v1903 still plagued by latency and audio spike issues

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Latency and audio spike issues in Windows 10 May update

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Although some time has passed from the official release of Windows 10 May update, many bugs and software issues still remain unresolved.

What’s worse is that new patches don’t solve the old problems, but create new ones. That’s the case with Windows 10 v1903 Build 18362.207 which has a lot of problems with high latency and audio spikes for many Windows 10 users:

Please answer me, I’m still on 1809 and I want to upgrade to 1903 but I’m afraid from the high latency and high ntoskrnl.exe spikes that started to happen with v1903

And it seems like the problem is more present than ever on KB4501375:

still here. don’t do that… i did a clean install and now i’m stuck with this mess, having popping/crackling sound and some microstutters here and there. tried everything and nothing works, i want to rollback to 1809 so badly, but i don’t know how to dowload the ISO, the mediacreation tool dowloads the 1903.

Is there anything I can do to get rid of the problem?

The Windows 10 community waits for Microsoft to take some action and resolve the issue as quickly as possible, but there’s no confirmed solution to fix the audio issues for right now.

Things are getting pretty frustrating for many, and if you’re in the same boat, you could try a fresh install of Windows 10 or a rollback to Windows 10 v1809.

Also, make sure you have the latest sound drivers installed to make sure that the problem is from the patch itself and not from your drivers.


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If you didn’t upgrade to Windows 10 May update yet, we recommend to wait until Microsoft fixes all the problems with it and block it for now to avoid these pesky audio issues.

Do you think the next Windows 10 update will solve the problem?

Leave your answer along with any other questions you may have in the comments section below and we’ll be sure to check them out.

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