Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 optional update that bumps up the corresponding versions to build 19041.1382 (2004) 19042.1382 (20H2) 19043.1382 (21H1) and 19044.1382 (21H2). This is a tiny update in the sense that it only contains a single fix, albeit a notable one, and adds to the previous builds released last week under the same KB5007253. Hence, the long list of fixes Microsoft brought can be viewed here. The update fixed remote printer issues, resolved a 32-bit Excel bug, and more.
As a reminder, this update fixed a problem plaguing Windows 10 PCs that use Windows Hello for Business service on Azure Active Directory (AD) servers when accessing on-premises resources, such as file shares, among other things, and was likely causing user authentication problems and perhaps other inconveniences.
Here are some other highlights from the KB5007253 update:
- Updates an issue that that causes some variable fonts to display incorrectly.
- Updates an issue that might cause the 32-bit version of Microsoft Excel to stop working on certain devices when you export to PDF.
- Updates an issue that displays letters or characters at the wrong angle when you use the Meiryo UI font and other vertical fonts. These fonts are frequently used in Japan, China, or other countries in Asia.
- Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working when using the Input Method Editor (IME) to insert elements.
- Updates an issue that causes the Settings page to unexpectedly close after you uninstall a font.
- Updates an issue that affects your ability to rename a file using folder view in File Explorer when you use the new Japanese IME.
- Updates an issue that turns off screen capture and recording functionalities on the Windows Game Bar after a service failure.
- Updates an issue that prevents the applications that you use often from appearing on the Start menu as they should.
- Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working.
Microsoft also notes that Windows 10, version 2004 will reach end of servicing on December 14, 2021. In order to continue to receive updates, users will have to update to a newer version of Windows 10.
In addition, next month there will be no preview release (known as a “C” release) thanks to the holiday season, this will resume as normal again in January. If you don't install this today you'll get it come next Patch Tuesday in December anyway, but to get this update right now, head to Windows Update settings (Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update) and select Check for updates. Upon installing, the update will require a reboot.