Windows 10 optional updates for 2004 and newer versions with a ton of fixes

Microsoft has started rolling out optional updates for the latest versions of Windows 10 as part of its C / D release week deployments. These updates are pre-releases of the updates that will eventually be rolled out to the corresponding Windows 10 versions during next month’s Patch Tuesday update. As is always the case, those who choose to install these updates will only receive additional fixes added to the Patch Tuesday package. However, those who choose to skip today’s update will be offered all of these fixes in one.

Today, Windows 10 versions 2004 and later receive an optional fix KB5005611. These versions include the 2004, 20H2, and 21H1 versions. As usual, the packages leading to all of these releases are the same as they are built on the same codebase and receive the same updates. The fix increases the build numbers to 19041.1266, 19042.1266, and 19043.1266 for versions 2004, 20H2, and 21H1 respectively. The update is also expected to be released soon for users running 21H2 in the Release Preview channel, as this version will also ship as an activation package to version 21H1.

As for the fix itself, there are a ton of bug fixes and improvements. Highlights include fixes that resolve Outlook issues, other fixes for News & Interest pop-up menu, fixes for faulty clock synchronization, and much more. Here are the highlights of the fixes made in today’s patch:

  • Updates an issue that causes a one-hour system clock error after a daylight saving time change (DST).

  • Updates an issue that causes applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, to suddenly stop working during normal use.

  • Updates an issue with the Microsoft Outlook add-in that prevents you from typing a response.

  • Updates an issue that causes News and Interest icons to appear blurry when using certain screen resolutions.

  • Updates an issue that causes News and Interests to display when you right-click on the taskbar, even though you have turned this feature off on your device.

  • Updates an issue that may be causing distortion in the sound recorded by Cortana and other voice assistants.

  • Updates an issue that prevents your device from working after you restart it.

  • Updates an issue that prevents you from providing input to apps when the taskbar is not at the bottom of the screen.

As usual, the company has released a detailed list of all the fixes in this update, which apply to all three fully supported versions of Windows 10. Here is the full list:

  • Addresses an issue that changes the current language of the device UI. This occurs during an installation scenario for the Unattended out-of-box experience (OOBE) language pack on a desktop computer.

  • Addresses an issue that causes the system time to be incorrect one hour after a Daylight Saving Time (DST) change.

  • Addresses an issue that causes the Server Manager application to disappear after being used to remove Hyper-V functionality on Windows Server 2022.

  • Addresses an issue with parsing time formats in event logs. This problem occurs when you exclude milliseconds.

  • Addresses an issue that causes the DnsCache service to increase CPU usage to 100% utilization. Therefore, the device stops responding.

  • Provides administrators with the ability to reset zoom to the default for HTML dialog boxes in Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode.

  • Addresses an issue with the list of Enterprise Mode sites being redirected from Internet Explorer 11 to Microsoft Edge. Under certain circumstances, the redirect opens a site in multiple tabs in Microsoft Edge.

  • Fixes an issue with PropertyGet in JScript9.dll.

  • Addresses an issue that stops Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) minidriver calls for Windows Portable Devices (WPD) that you access using WIAMgr.

  • Addresses an issue that causes applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, to stop suddenly during normal use. This happens if the app created and deleted UI elements on a background thread that is no longer receiving messages.

  • Fixes an issue with the Microsoft Outlook add-in that prevents you from providing an entry after you select To respond.

  • Addresses an issue that fails to maintain the NumLock state after a fastboot restart.

  • Fixes a screen sharing issue using Microsoft Teams. Protected content, such as a digital rights management (DRM) email, appears black to the presenter, but appears transparent to everyone else.

  • Fixes an issue that could prevent drawing on the screen using Windows Context :: UpdateRgnFromRects to work.

  • Addresses an issue that always reports Update Version Revision (UBR) as zero (0) on a device when registering for the Mobile Device Management (MDM) service.

  • Addresses an issue that could cause distortion in audio captured by Cortana and other voice assistants.

  • Removes the limitation of 25 maximum traffic selectors in the native Windows Internet Key Exchange (IKE) client and server.

  • Addresses an issue that fails to display the smart card PIN dialog box when you are connected to a virtual private network (VPN). This issue occurs after upgrading to Windows 10, version 2004.

  • Fixes an issue that causes a memory leak in lsass.exe when the pTokenPrivileges buffer is not released.

  • Addresses an issue with a non-paged pool (NPP) leak from the UxSF pool tag. This leak occurs when lsass.exe Stops processing of asynchronous Security Support Provider Interface (SSPI) calls.

  • Fixes an issue that prevents the xhunter1.sys loading driver. Therefore, some games cannot run when you enable Hypervisor Protected Code Integrity (HVCI).

  • Addresses an issue that prevents Windows from functioning if you deploy a code integrity policy without user mode rules.

  • Improves the performance of MsSense.exe in environments with User Datagram Protocol (UDP) applications that require high amounts of bandwidth.

  • Resolves an instability of the Input Method Editor (IME) mode in the RemoteApp scenario. You must install this update on the Remote Desktop server and the Remote Desktop client.

  • Addresses an issue that causes News and Interest icons to appear blurry when using certain screen resolutions.

  • Resolves a registry key paged pool memory leak for Virtual Desktop ID that occurs in explorer.exe.

  • Removes a hyperlink that could prevent the Input app from working when you first enter blurry pinyin content.

  • Fixes an activation issue for the Input app.

  • Fixes an issue that causes LogonUI.exe stop working because direct manipulation does not start.

  • Fixes an issue that causes News and interests to appear in the pop-up menu even when you’ve turned it off on a device.

  • Fixes an issue that causes configuration of support for multiple artifact databases in data centers fail for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) artifacts.

  • Fixes an issue that causes the LsaLookupSids () function to fail. This happens when there are security identifiers (SIDs) for users who no longer exist in a group that contains cross-domain trusted users.

  • Fixes an issue that fails to apply the post_logout_redirect_uri = parameter when using an external claims provider.

  • Addresses a deadlock issue in the WebDav redirector that occurs when it tries to read a file from the local TfsStore. Therefore, the system stops responding.

  • Addresses an issue that causes a Stop error after a restart.

  • Addresses an issue that causes apps to lose focus when the taskbar is not at the bottom of the screen.

  • Implements a Group Policy setting for the following registry value:

    Registry location: HKLM Software Policies Microsoft Windows NT Printers PointAndPrint

    Value name: RestrictDriverInstallationToAdministrators

    Value data: 1

    For more information, see KB5005010.

  • Adds the ability to configure period or period (.) Delimited IP addresses interchangeably with fully qualified host names in the following Group Policy settings:

Finally, the company listed the known issues, which haven’t changed since the Patch Tuesday updates earlier this month. It’ll be interesting to see if that changes with next month’s final update. Those interested can visit the update catalog here to manually download this update.

As mentioned earlier, these fixes will be incorporated into the Patch Tuesday updates that will be sent to all users on October 12. With Windows 11 slated to roll out from October 5, there’s a chance the next Patch Tuesday update will be the first. for Microsoft’s next-generation operating system as well.

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