Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19041.153 to the Slow ring - here's what's new

It was back in mid-December when Microsoft released Windows 10 build 19041 to the Fast and Slow rings, marking the final build of Windows 10 version 2004. The company has been servicing the build ever since, usually on Patch Tuesday. The idea is that when 2004 finally ships, it will have been services for a few months and should be more stable.

This month's patch came a bit later, with Patch Tuesday being three days ago, but Windows 10 build 19041.153 is now available in the Slow ring. As usual, it contains a bunch of fixes. Here's the full list:

  • We fixed an issue that might prevent ActiveX content from loading.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause Microsoft browsers to bypass proxy servers.
  • We fixed an issue with rendering PeerDist-encoded content in Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge.
  • We changed how the Linux kernel in WSL2 is installed and serviced on your machine, for more details please read this Windows Command Line blog post.
  • Security updates to Windows Server, the Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Graphics, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Media, Windows Silicon Platform, Microsoft Edge, Windows Fundamentals, Windows Authentication, Windows Cryptography, Windows Kernel, Windows Core Networking, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Peripherals, Windows Network Security and Containers, and Windows Update Stack.

There's also one known issue to be aware of:

  • We are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3that resolves the known issue with Edge.

At this point, it's only a matter of time before build 19041 is offered up to the Release Preview ring, which is reserved for previews of updates that are slated for release. The 2004 version number implies that general availability will be in April, so Release Preview should be any day now.

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