If you’ve tried opening one of the Windows 10 apps installed on your PC to find that your data has been completely forgotten, you are not alone. Windows 10 users have been plagued by a frustrating new bug that results in your applications forgetting saved passwords. Using a unique password for every online account will put an undesirable burden on your day.
The password amnesia appears to have appeared after the Windows 10 version 2004 update that was released last September. Microsoft first acknowledged the issues shortly after starting the update and confirmed that some Outlook users would find that the app deleted their saved passwords after restarting the PC. The problems seem to be more common than just Outlook. Windows 10 users have found that a number of popular apps are affected by the bug.
Of course, you just can’t restart your PC … but that’s not a good solution.
Most system updates require a reboot to finish configuring the changes. This is an important way to ensure that your hardware is protected from the latest hacks and malware. Not only that, leaving your PC on all the time is not good for the environment, and it also turns out to be not good for the components inside the PC that need to cool down occasionally.
Fortunately, Microsoft has confirmed that update KB4598291 fixes all password issues. The update is now available for all editions of Windows 10 and Windows Server. Your PC should download and install this update quietly and automatically behind the scenes. However, if you have been plagued by this frustrating error, then you should probably hurry up a little. To do this, click the Start button in the lower left corner of your screen.
Go to Settings> Update and Security and then choose Windows Update in the sidebar. Then click on Check for updates to find out if updates are available. If your PC is not completely up to date, newly discovered patches will be downloaded automatically.