Windows 10 users are seeing a new update in the Settings app. This update, while from Microsoft, is slightly alarming because of its name. The update is called Microsoft - WPD - 2/22/2016 12:00:00 AM - 5.2.5326.4762. The name, specifically the date and time appended to the name, is what is worrying users. The update is dated to February 2016 which was well over a year ago. If you're wondering what the Microsoft - WPD - 2/22/2016 update is, we've got answers.
Also, it's safe to install it. This update has to do with portable devices and there isn't anything to worry about.
Update: Microsoft has pulled this update and said it is problematic. If you're one of the few who didn't have trouble with it, count your lucky stars. If you are unable to connect an Android phone to your Windows PC, look inside for the solution.
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