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November 2021 Patch Tuesday is here for Windows 11 and 10, brings security and servicing stack surprises

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What you need to know

  • November 2021's Patch Tuesday is here for Windows operating systems.
  • KB5007186 has arrived for Windows 10 21H1, 20H2, and 2004, while there is KB5007215 for Windows 11.
  • This month is security focused, with all supported OSes receiving patches for various issues and vulnerabilities.

If you're rocking Windows 11 or Windows 10, here's the scoop: November 2021's Patch Tuesday isn't packing any particularly fun highlights or fancy feature updates. Instead, you're getting security.

A sextet of zero-day vulnerabilities have been handled, including two that were being actively exploited (CVE-2021-42292 (opens in new tab) and CVE-2021-42321 (opens in new tab)).

You can check out the Windows 10 updates over on Microsoft's patch note blog (opens in new tab), wherein you'll see nothing major beyond security updates and a servicing stack notification, as are standard for every Patch Tuesday. However, Microsoft does include a heads-up in its November log:

Because of minimal operations during the holidays and the upcoming Western new year, there won't be a preview release (known as a "C" release) for the month of December 2021. There will be a monthly security release (known as a "B" release) for December 2021. Normal monthly servicing for both B and C releases will resume in January 2022.

On the Windows 11 side, there's KB5007215, which is, again, focused on security. However, you can check out Microsoft's support bulletin (opens in new tab) for more details, one of which includes that a GDI+ issue has been remedied. And as always, servicing stack updates are present, because that's what happens on Patch Tuesday.

In summary, a low-key month for updates. There's a chance that based on Microsoft's notice regarding December (posted above), the final month of 2021 may also be light on content. That is, unless something massive crops up that pushes Microsoft into overdrive. Like, say, a print nightmare.

Robert Carnevale is the News Editor for Windows Central. He's a big fan of Kinect (it lives on in his heart), Sonic the Hedgehog, and the legendary intersection of those two titans, Sonic Free Riders. He is the author of Cold War 2395. Have a useful tip? Send it to robert.carnevale@futurenet.com.

3 Comments
  • Someone could provide the steps to stop Windows Insiders download. I deactivated Insiders still it start the windows updates automatically.
  • Is this a cumulative update? Because the October cumulative update with the AMD patch is listed as optional for my system and hasn't installed. Hoping this Nov update auto installs that
  • It's listed as a cumulative update on my Windows 11 (non-Insider) machine.