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Windows 10 Version 21H2 Non-Security Optional Preview Release Update


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Microsoft released KB5014023 (OS Builds 19042.1741, 19043.1741, and 19044.1741), optional “C” release preview cumulative updates with non-security improvements and fixes for Windows 10 version 21H2.

The following are the highlights included in the update:

  • Addresses a rare issue that prevents Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Outlook from opening.
  • Addresses an issue that affects the IE mode window frame.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents internet shortcuts from updating.
  • Addresses an issue that causes an Input Method Editor (IME) to discard a character if you enter the character while the IME is converting previous text.
  • Addresses an issue that causes file copying to be slower.
  • Addresses a known issue that affects certain GPUs and might cause apps to close unexpectedly or cause intermittent issues that affect some apps that use Direct3D 9.

See the referenced KB article for the list of improvements and fixes included in the update.

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. Servicing stack updates (SSU) ensure that you have a robust and reliable servicing stack so that your devices can receive and install Microsoft updates. For general information about SSUs, see Servicing stack updates and Servicing Stack Updates (SSU): Frequently Asked Questions.

Update:  To get the update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update.  The link to download and install the update can be found in the Optional updates available area.  To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

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