Recent Windows Patches Break DirectX Apps on Intel Graphics

Microsoft released some Patch Tuesday fixes last November but has only today admitted (opens in new tab) they have been causing errors with Intel graphics hardware running DirectX or Direct3D applications. The issues were introduced with KB5019980 / KB5019961 for Windows 11 users and KB5019959 for Windows 10 users, notes Neowin. Microsoft’s KB releases target known Windows quirks and wrinkles, yet this isn’t the first time that they have come with their own crop of issues.

The Microsoft-induced DirectX or Direct3D application bugs are described as intermittent, which might be one of the reasons why they persisted for so long without even an official workaround.  Microsoft said, “After installing KB5019980, you might receive an error with apphelp.dll on Windows devices using Intel graphics drivers with versions up to” Additionally, it explained, “This issue might happen intermittently and affects apps which use DirectX or Direct3D to render part or all of their content.” It appears to be the case that apphelp is being an app hindrance.

One of the KB culprits

One of the KB culprits (Image credit: Microsoft)

Looking on the bright side, Microsoft now admits and acknowledges this apphelp.dll bug, and while it says that a resolution will be in an upcoming update, there is a workaround that affected users can try.

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