[German]Microsoft has released another optional cumulative (preview) update for Windows 10 version 2004, 20H2 and 21H1, as well as their Windows Server counterparts, as of July 29, 2021. The update fixes several gaming issues, as well as many other bugs. Here’s an overview of this update.
The information can be found on the Windows 10 update history page. It should be noted that these updates are so-called preview or preview updates. These are optional and must be manually triggered for download and installation by default.
Update KB5004296 for Windows 10 V2004, 20H2, 21H1
Cumulative (Preview) Update KB5004296 for Windows 10 version 2004, 20H2, 21H1 and the Windows Server counterparts raises the build to 19041.1151, 19042.1151 and 19043.1151 (depending on the Windows 10 version). The update includes a number of bug fixes, but no new operating system features and no security fixes. Here is the list of what are considered highlights changes:
- Updates an issue that prevents gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
- Updates an issue that prevents you from entering text using the Input Method Editor (IME). This might occur, for example, after startup if you have set the power options to shut down a laptop by closing its lid.
- Updates an issue that plays the sound for selecting something in a game loudly when you press the trigger button on a game controller.
- Updates an issue that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. This results in lower frame rates and reduced performance while gaming.
- Updates an issue that fails to detect that you are connected to the internet after you connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
- Updates an issue that causes printing to stop or prints the wrong output. This issue occurs when you print using a USB connection after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 or later.
The fixes for problems with games, internet problems and printing are worth highlighting. Below is the full list of fixed bugs and changes. .
- Addresses an issue with searchindexer. After you sign out, searchindexer continues to hold handles to the per user search database in the profile path, “C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\<SID>\”. As a result, searchindexer stops working and duplicate profile names are created.
- Addresses an issue that prevents gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
- Addresses an issue that prevents you from entering text using the Input Method Editor (IME). This might occur, for example, after startup if you have set the power options to shut down a laptop by closing its lid.
- Changes the functionality for uploading new activity into Timeline. If you sync your activity history across your devices using your Microsoft account (MSA), you cannot upload new activity into the Timeline. You can still use Timeline and see your activity history (information about recent apps, websites, and files) on your local device. This does not affect Azure Active Directory (AAD) accounts. To view web history, Microsoft Edge and other browsers provide the option to view recent web activities. You can also view recently used files using Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft Office.
- Addresses an issue that might cause the File Explorer window to lose focus when you are mapping a network drive.
- Addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working after reaching 99% completion when you are deleting many files on a mapped network drive.
- Addresses a timing issue in the Group Policy Registry Telemetry that causes Group Policy extension processing to fail.
- Addresses an issue that repeatedly rebuilds the Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) filters. This issue occurs when a device is enrolled in a mobile device management (MDM) service and “MDMWinsOverGP” is set.
- Addresses an issue with an MDM service that fails to correctly apply certain junk mail rules.
- Addresses an issue that always reports the update build revision (UBR) as zero (0) on a device during enrollment to an MDM service.
- Addresses an issue that causes the enrollment of the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) certificate to fail with the error, “0x80090027 NTE_INVALID_PARAMETER”. This issue occurs when the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) provider (the Microsoft Software Key Storage Provider) stores the key.
- Addresses an issue with auditing events 4624 and 5142 that display the wrong event template when Dutch is the display language.
- Addresses an issue that causes System Integrity to leak memory.
- Addresses an issue that plays the sound for selecting something in a game loudly when you press the trigger button on a game controller.
- Addresses an issue that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. This results in lower frame rates and reduced performance while gaming.
- Addresses an issue in which “Network Internal Access” appears on the taskbar network icon on systems that access the internet from certain domains.
- Addresses an issue in which the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) fails to detect internet connectivity after you connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
- Addresses an issue that causes printing to stop or prints the wrong output. This issue occurs when you print using a USB connection after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 or later.
- Addresses a rare issue that might degrade performance in applications that call Gdiplus.dll!GdipMeasureString in a tight loop with a new font on each call. This issue occurs after installing Windows updates released on and after February 2021.
- Addresses an issue that incorrectly routes some audio channels when streaming using certain fixed channel layouts.
- Addresses an issue that always displays devices that RemoteFX USB redirects as “Remote Desktop Generic USB Device” instead of the actual device name.
- Addresses an issue in which Set-RDSessionCollectionConfiguration does not set the camerastoredirect:s:value custom property.
- Addresses a Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) domain controller memory leak that is reported in Privileged Access Management (PAM) deployments.
- Addresses an issue that prevents you from accessing a network drive that maps to a Distributed File System (DFS) root after you sign out.
- Addresses an issue that prevents you from reconnecting to mapped network drives after you sign in and displays an access denied error. This issue occurs if you use the net use /deep option to create multiple drive mappings to different paths on the same encrypted file share.
- Addresses an issue that prevents access to files on a Server Message Block (SMB) share when you enable Access Enabled Enumeration (ABE).
- Addresses an issue that prevents the Windows Server service from starting if SrvComment is greater than 128 characters.
- Addresses an issue in the Windows Network File System (NFS) client that might prevent you from renaming a file after mounting an NFS share. This issue occurs if you rename the file using File Explorer, but does not occur if you rename the file using command line.
- Addresses an issue with an unhandled Open File dialog critical exception. As a result, Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) applications might close unexpectedly.
- Adds a new policy that creates generic strings and removes branding-specific terms, such as “Windows” or “PC”, for IoT Enterprise editions. For example, we changed “computer” to “device”. Instead of “Getting Windows ready,” we changed that to “Getting things ready” and so on. These generic strings display on a user’s screen when an update is in progress.
- Addresses an issue in which the Storage Sense page in Settings might incorrectly report the size of some storage devices that use the GUID Partition Table (GPT). The affected devices will incorrectly report in Storage Sense that the size is twice as large as the size reported in File Explorer.
Note This issue does not affect storage devices that use a master boot record (MBR).
The update is optional and is only offered when the user explicitly checks for updates in the settings page. The update can also be downloaded and installed from theMicrosoft Update Catalog. It is not available in WSUS or Windows Update for Business.
It is required that the May 11, 2021 update KB5003173 is installed before the preview update is installed. Starting with Windows 10 version 2004, Microsoft includes Servicing Stack Updates (SSUs) in the last cumulative update for the month. This SSU has also been updated. Microsoft lists quite a few known issues with this update. Details can be found in the support post for KB5004296.
In addition, Microsoft has made direct improvements to the update client for Windows 10 to improve its reliability.
Microsoft Office Patchday (July 6, 2021), Fix for Outlook Crashes
Out-of-Band Update closes Windows PrintNightmare Vulnerability (July 6, 2021)
PrintNightmare out-of-band update also for Windows Server 2012 and 2016 (July 7, 2021)
Microsoft Security Update Summary (July 13, 2021)
Patchday: Windows 10-Updates (July 13, 2021)
Patchday: Windows 8.1/Server 2012-Updates (July 13, 2021)
Patchday: Updates für Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 (July 13, 2021)
Patchday Microsoft Office Updates (July 13, 2021)
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