What you need to know

  • July's "Patch Tuesday" updates are now available for Windows 10 PCs.
  • The cumulative updates contain no new features, but pack several bug fixes.
  • The updates are available now via Windows Update.

Microsoft's "Patch Tuesday" updates are being pushed out to Windows 10 PCs today. As is normally the case with "Patch Tuesday" updates, there are no new features. Instead, there are several updates and fixes rolling out. Updates are available for PCs running the Windows 10 May 2019 Update and older.

For anyone running the May 2019 Update, you'll pick up KB4507453. This update bumps the build number up to 18362.239. Here's what's included:

  • Addresses an issue that may cause BitLocker to go into recovery mode if BitLocker is being provisioned at the same time as updates are being installed.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause Mixed Reality users to see a tilted world after connecting their headsets.
  • Addresses visual quality issues some users may have seen with Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) headsets and Steam®VR content.
  • Security updates to Windows Wireless Networking, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Server, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Kernel, Microsoft HoloLens, Internet Explorer, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Virtualization, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Graphics Component, Microsoft Edge, and Windows Cryptography.

For PCs on the October 2018 Update, KB4507469 brings a BitLocker fix as well as some other fixes. It brings the build number to 17763.615. Here's a look:

  • Addresses an issue that may cause the system to become unresponsive when an application uses the CameraCaptureUI API.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause BitLocker to go into recovery mode if BitLocker is being provisioned at the same time as updates are being installed.
  • Security updates to Windows Server, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Graphics Component, Internet Explorer, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Virtualization, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Kernel, Microsoft Edge, Windows Cryptography, and Windows Fundamentals.

The April 2018 Update, meanwhile, will see KB4507435, pushing the build number to 17134.885. Here's what's included:

  • Addresses an issue that may cause BitLocker to go into recovery mode if BitLocker is being provisioned at the same time as updates are being installed.
  • Security updates to Windows Wireless Networking, Windows Server, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Kernel, Internet Explorer, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Virtualization, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Microsoft Edge, Windows Cryptography, and Windows Fundamentals.

There are similar batches of fixes available for older versions of Windows 10. You can check out all of Microsoft's release notes at the Windows Support site. Otherwise, you can pick up the latest Patch Tuesday fixes by checking Windows Update now.

Portable (and affordable) power accessories we love

Each and every one of these charging gadgets will keep your favorite gear and gadgets going for longer, and none of them costs more than $30.

VisionTek 8,000 mAh micro-USB power bank ($13 at Dell)

This compact dual-output powerbank can speedily recharge any and all your devices, thanks to a two-amp "fast charge feature," using its micro-USB out port. Its simple design includes an LED indicator, and it costs about as much as a single ticket to the movies.

Panasonic eneloop AA batteries (From $13 at Dell)

Panasonic's rechargeable batteries are among the best available, and just a couple of them will keep your favorite remote, mice or other peripherals powered up when you need them. They're also eco. And the company's affordable charger fits and charges both AA and AAA batteries at the same time.

Belkin Qi Wireless Charging Pad ($30 at Dell)

This unobtrusive Qi wireless charging pad looks good (and kind of like a UFO …) and easily charges all your Qi-compatible device up to 5W. Its LED indicator lights up when you're charging. And it costs just $30.

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