What you need to know
- Microsoft just released Windows 10 build 19044.139 to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel.
- The update includes a long list of improvements for Windows 10 versions 21H2 and 21H1.
- Microsoft started rolling out Windows 10 version 21H2 this week in the form of the Windows 10 November 2021 Update.
Windows 10 build 19044.139 was just released to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel. The update includes several improvements and fixes for Windows 10 versions 21H2 and 21H1. For context, the Windows 10 November 2021 Update that just started rolling out to the public is version 21H2. There's a good chance the improvements seen in this update will become available in the December 2021 Patch Tuesday updates.
Here's everything that's new in Windows 10 build 19044.1379:
- We fixed an issue that affects the opening of the SearchFilterHost.exe process.
- We fixed an issue that causes searchindexer.exe to keep handles to the per user search database in the path below after you sign out: "C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\" As a result, searchindexer.exe stops working and duplicate profile names are created.
- We added support for the cancellation of daylight savings time for the Republic of Fiji for 2021.
- We fixed an issue that prevents the enrollment status page (ESP) from displaying the error message or remediation options after a failure.
- We added the –cd argument to wsl.exe to specify a Windows or Linux path as a starting directory for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
- We fixed an issue that fails to apply machine Group Policy objects automatically at startup or in the background to devices on a domain that have certain processors.
- We added the option to configure an Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) maximum transmission unit (MTU) that is less than 576 bytes on an interface.
- We fixed an issue that fails to provide an event description for the System Center – Operations Manager.
- We fixed an issue that incorrectly renders some variable fonts.
- We fixed an issue that might cause the 32-bit version of Microsoft Excel to stop working on devices that have certain processors when you export to PDF.
- We fixed an issue that displays glyphs 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.
- We enabled onunload events to create pop-up windows in Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode.
- We fixed an issue that affects predictive pre-rendering in Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode.
- We fixed an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working.
- We fixed an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working when using the Input Method Editor (IME) to insert elements.
- We fixed an issue that causes the Settings page to unexpectedly close after you uninstall a font.
- We fixed an issue that affects the UI for renaming files when using folder view in File Explorer. The UI fails to properly handle inline composition when using the new Japanese IME.
- We fixed a memory leak in ctfmon.exe that occurs when you switch between different edit clients.
- We fixed a known issue that causes error codes 0x000006e4, 0x0000007c, or 0x00000709 when connecting to a remote printer that is shared on a Windows print server.
- We fixed an issue that turns off screen capture and recording functionalities on the Windows Game Bar because of a service failure.
- We fixed an issue that might cause the return value of GetCommandLineA() to be lowercase in some developer scenarios.
- We fixed an issue that might cause the decryption of a file that is on a remote server to fail. This issue occurs when using the Encrypted File System (EFS) on the remote server and the error message is, "ERROR_DECRYPTION_FAILED".
- We fixed an issue that prevents you from enabling BitLocker on a thinly provisioned virtual machine (VM). The error is "A device attached to the system is not functioning" and the system logs, "STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL".
- We fixed an issue that causes Windows Defender Application Control to incorrectly compare two file version numbers.
- We enabled credentials for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) users in Quick Assist.
- We fixed an issue that sometimes prevents Quick Assist users from using full screen view after they start a remote assistance session.
- We fixed an issue that prevents the applications that you use often from appearing on the Start menu and prevents you from configuring them to appear on the Start menu using a Group Policy.
- We fixed an issue that causes the syncing of desktop settings to fail when you use the built-in User Experience Virtualization (UE-V) template.
- We fixed an issue that prevents Failover Clustering from updating Domain Name Server (DNS) records.
- We fixed an issue that prevents your device from starting up, and it becomes unresponsive because of licensing API calls.
Earlier this week, Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will only receive one major update per year going forward.
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