Windows 10 / Windows Server Preview Update (Jan. 25, 2022)

Windows[German]Microsoft has released some optional, cumulative (preview) updates on January 25, 2022 (D-Week). These are intended to fix various bugs in Windows 10, Windows 11 and in the corresponding Windows Server versions. Below, I provide an overview regarding these updates for Windows 10 and the Windows Server versions in question.


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The information about the updates can be found in 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 KB5009596 for Windows 10 20H2-21H2/Server 20H2

Preview Update KB5009596 is cumulative and is available for Windows 10 20H2 through version 21Hs, as well as Windows Server 20H2, and upgrades the builds to 19042.1503 (version 20H2), 19043.1503 (version 21H1), and 19044.1503 (version 21H2). The update includes quality improvements, but no new operating system features. Here is the list of changes called highlights:

  • ​​​​​​Adds a reminder to Internet Explorer 11 that notifies you about its upcoming retirement.
  • Updates an issue that might sometimes cause Japanese Microsoft Office applications stop working when you use the new Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
  • Updates an issue that stops printing or prints the wrong output when you print using USB on Windows 10, version 2004 or later.
  • Updates an issue that causes applications to stop working when you type text using the Chinese IME.
  • Updates an issue that prevents certain surround sound audio from playing in Microsoft Edge.
  • Adds a new feature that provides direct access to select your Microsoft Edge profiles from news and interests. You can also go to Microsoft Edge directly from news and interests in the same corresponding profile.
  • Adds a new feature called Sync Your Settings for users who are migrating to Windows 11, original release. You'll use Sync Your Settings to automatically back up a list of your applications to your Microsoft Account. Then, you can quickly restore those application on a Windows 11, original release device. This new feature that will deploy over the coming weeks.
  • Updates an issue that causes functioning Bluetooth devices to stop working when you attempt to connect to a non-functioning Bluetooth device.
  • Updates daylight savings time to start in February 2022 instead of March 2022 in Jordan.
  • Updates the phone number for Windows Activation for locales that have the wrong phone number.

Below is the complete list of fixed bugs and changes.

  • Addresses an issue in Microsoft UI Automation that might cause Microsoft Outlook to stop working.
  • Updates daylight savings time to start in February 2022 instead of March 2022 in Jordan.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) localhost relay from starting when you enable Fast Startup.
  • Adds parameters that pass to wmic.exe in telemetry to capture additional usage data to address application compatibility concerns.
  • Addresses an issue in CLSID_InternetExplorer.
  • ​​​​​​Adds a reminder to Internet Explorer 11 that notifies users of its upcoming retirement.
  • Addresses an issue that might sometimes cause Japanese Microsoft Office applications stop working when you use the new Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
  • Addresses an issue that causes applications to stop working when you type text using the Chinese IME.
  • Addresses an issue that might cause Windows to stop working when you use the Pen Haptics API.
  • Updates the phone number for Windows Activation for locales that have the wrong phone number.
  • Addresses an issue that causes a device to incorrectly report itself as noncompliant with Conditional Access because of an antivirus or firewall configuration.
  • Addresses an issue that stops printing or prints the wrong output when you print using USB on Windows 10, version 2004 or later.
  • Addresses an issue that affects the Remote Desktop screen, in some cases, when you use Advanced Video Coding (AVC) software encoding.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents certain surround sound audio from playing in Microsoft Edge.
  • Addresses a deadlock in vpnike.dll and rasmans.dll.
  • Addresses an issue that affects the Fast Identity Online 2.0 (FIDO2) credential provider and prevents the display of the PIN entry box.
  • Addresses an issue that causes Windows to stop working and generates the error, "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL".
  • Addresses an issue that might cause the Get-TPM PowerShell command to fail when it attempts to report Trusted Platform Module (TPM) information. The command fails with the error, "0x80090011 Microsoft.Tpm.Commands.TpmWmiException,Microsoft.Tpm.Commands.GetTpmCommand".
  • Addresses an issue that causes the AltGr key to stop working if a remote desktop client is running or if RemoteApp was disconnected.
  • Adds a new feature that provides direct access to select your Microsoft Edge profiles from news and interests. You can also go to Microsoft Edge directly from news and interests in the same corresponding profile.
  • Adds a new feature called Sync Your Settings for users who are migrating to Windows 11, original release. You'll use Sync Your Settings to automatically back up a list of your applications to your Microsoft Account. Then, you can quickly restore those application on a Windows 11, original release device. This new feature that will deploy over the coming weeks.
  • Addresses an issue that causes functioning Bluetooth devices to stop working when you attempt to connect to a non-functioning Bluetooth device.
  • Addresses an issue that causes lsass.exe to stop working and the device restarts. This issue occurs when you query Windows NT Directory Services (NTDS) counters after the NTDS service has stopped.
  • Addresses an issue that fails to apply the Group Policy Object (GPO) "Do not allow compression on all NTFS Volume" in some cases.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents Robocopy from retrying the file copy process.
  • Addresses an issue that might occur when you enable verbose Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) audit logging and an invalid parameter is logged. As result, Event 207 is logged, which indicates that a failure to write to the audit log occurred.
  • Addresses a memory leak that occurs when you call WinVerifyTrust(). This issue occurs if verification fails for the first signature of a file that has multiple signatures.

The update is optional and is only offered when the user explicitly selects optional updates for installation in the settings page. The update can also be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft Update Catalog. The latest Servicing Stack Update (SSU) is integrated. Microsoft lists several known issues with this update in support post KB5009596. Further details can be found in the support article in case of doubt.

KB5009616 for Windows 10 LTSC 2019/Server 2019

Cumulative preview Update KB5009616 is available for Windows 10 LTSC 2019 as well as Windows Server 2019 and raises the build to 17763.2510. The update includes quality improvements, but no new operating system features. Here's the list of what are considered highlights changes:


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  • Updates daylight savings time to start in February 2022 instead of March 2022 in Jordan.
  • Updates the phone number for Windows Activation for locales that have the wrong phone number.

Below is the complete list of fixed bugs and changes

  • Updates daylight savings time to start in February 2022 instead of March 2022 in Jordan.
  • Addresses an issue in CLSID_InternetExplorer.
  • Updates the phone number for Windows Activation for locales that have the wrong phone number.
  • Addresses an issue that might cause Remote Desktop Servers to leak memory.
  • Addresses an issue that causes Windows to stop working and generates the error, "IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL".
  • Addresses a memory leak in TextInputHost.exe.
  • Adds support for configuring certain adapters to support redundant array of independent disks (RAID) for OS installations and provides pass-through on other connected drives for Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).
  • Addresses an issue that causes the Test-Cluster PowerShell command to incorrectly fail, and the error message states the BusType is still set to RAID.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents Robocopy from retrying the file copy process.
  • Addresses an issue that might cause Kerberos.dll to stop working within the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS). This occurs when LSASS processes simultaneous Service for User (S4U) user-to-user (U2U) requests for the same client user.
  • Addresses an issue that affects Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) in Audit Mode. This issue generates events for managed code that causes performance issues when you load managed code.
  • Addresses an issue that causes lsass.exe to stop working and the device restarts. This issue occurs when you query Windows NT Directory Services (NTDS) counters after the NTDS service has stopped.
  • Addresses a known issue that affects versions of Windows Server that are in use as a Key Management Services (KMS) host. Client devices running Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019 might not activate. This issue only occurs when using a new Customer Support Volume License Key (CSVLK) and after installing updates released April 22, 2021 or later.
  • Addresses an issue that might occur when you enable verbose Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) audit logging and an invalid parameter is logged. As result, Event 207 is logged, which indicates that a failure to write to the audit log occurred.
  • Addresses a memory leak that occurs when you call WinVerifyTrust(). This issue occurs if verification fails for the first signature of a file that has multiple signatures.
  • Adds an audit event to Active Directory domain controllers that identifies clients that are not compliant with RFC 4456. For more information, see KB5005408: Smart card authentication might cause print and scan failures.

The update is optional and is only offered when the user explicitly selects optional updates for installation in the settings page. The update can also be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft Update Catalog. The latest Servicing Stack Update (SSU) is integrated. Microsoft lists several known issues with this update in support article KB5009616. Further details can be found in the support article in case of doubt.

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