KB5034441 is still a menace 1 month after release. Can you patch it, Microsoft?

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It turns out that installing the KB5034441 on Windows 10 is still incredibly problematic, and it’s been a month since users have been left with no solution on how to update the operating system.

We reported not so long ago that KB5034441 doesn’t install on Windows 10 due to the 0x80070643 error which rendered their devices unable to install the security update. KB5034441 applies Safe OS Dynamic Update (KB5034232) to the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) on a running PC to address a security vulnerability that could allow attackers to bypass BitLocker encryption by using WinRE, according to Microsoft.

Some Windows users found out that the error was caused by insufficient free space in the recovery drive, and many users tried to allocate more space (recovery drives need to have at least 250 MB of free space) to these drives by using the method Microsoft released a while ago.

However, in some cases (here, and here), and it seems there are a lot, this temporary solution doesn’t work.

So what can you do?

KB5034441: What can you do about it

If you tried to allocate more space to the recovery drive, and installing KB5034441 still shows the same error, then it’s all a game of patience at this point.

Microsoft made it clear that users can safely ignore installing the KB5034441 update, for now, especially if their Windows 10 devices don’t have a recovery partition.

On the other hand, the Redmond-based tech giant is also working on a permanent solution, and it will be released in the following weeks. The error might be more complex than initially thought, so it would be best to ignore installing the package and wait for the fix instead.

Meanwhile, those users who tried to allocate more space to the recovery drive can revert the process by following this guide.

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