There’s no apparent reason not to say that Windows 10 is one of the biggest failures we’ve seen in the last few years in terms of technology. The operating system has had so many issues as soon as updates started to roll out that we lost count, but it also brought some good functions as well.
Now, a new bug that has been incorporated into devices due to the latest few updates – which also have broken printers (eye roll) – is forcing the tablet mode interface on normal PC desktops. This is happening to users running Windows 10 May 2020 update, after installing cumulative update KB4557957 and the November 2019 update with the cumulative update KB4561600, according to reports Windows Latest spotted on Reddit and Microsoft’s Answers.com forum, besides reports made by Windows 10 feedback community.
As we recently encountered what KB4557957 update brings, the idea is that it ‘optimizes the touch experience and keeps the familiar desktop experience when you detach the keyboard,’ but it seems to also be randomly applying UI changes to the normal desktop.
Simply put, those using the mouse and keyboard on the normal desktop are having optimizations employed, which are meant to make the desktop easier to use with touch-based controls. This means users get more widely-spaced icons on the taskbar, the Search box doesn’t appear anymore, but a small icon does, and the File Explorer leaves more white space and gaps between icons or menu components, which is unwanted for PC users.
How to Fix the Issue
Those reporting the problem have said that uninstalling the cumulative update fixes the issue, but if you want to keep the update, there’s another workaround you can use.
To fix the issue, simply tweak Windows 10’s tablet settings, as described on Reddit. To do this, head to the ‘Start’ menu and click on the ‘Settings’ cog. Go to ‘System,’ then to ‘Tablet,’ and click on ‘Change additional tablet settings.’ Ensure that all the options under ‘When I’m not using tablet mode’ are disabled, and reboot your PC.
The problematic interface should have now disappeared, allowing you to use your device like before.