Microsoft has extended Windows 10 21H2’s rollout to include Windows 10 version 20H2 PCs, as the Windows 10 21H2 rollout nears its end.
This is the Microsoft standard approach to Windows 10 rollout. It starts with a slow release and then speeds up a few months later. This timing allows for early compatibility issues to be avoided on different hardware drivers and then pushes older Windows 10 versions over to the latest release of Windows.
Microsoft’s machine learning algorithms started targeting Windows 10 20H2 devices on January 20 for automatic updates to 21H2.
Version 20H2, also known as the October 2021 Update (or 2021 Update), reaches its end of life on May 10, 2022. At that point, it stops receiving security updates. Microsoft typically starts upgrading older Windows 10 versions a few months prior to their end of life.
Microsoft stated that the first phase of its rollout for machine-learning (ML) training was also underway, and targeted devices on Windows 10 version 20H2 nearing the end of servicing to automatically update to Windows 10 version 21H2.
“We will continue to train and improve our machine learning model throughout all phases of Windows 10 to intelligently rollout new Windows versions, and provide a smooth update experience.”
Editions of 20H2 will be ending their life on May 10, including Pro, Education, Home, and Pro for Workstations Windows.
Microsoft has released out-of-band updates to fix several bugs in Windows 10, Windows 10, and older versions. The 21H2 forced upgrade will begin one week after Microsoft issued the January 2022 Patch Tuesday security update.
Windows 10 21H2, released in November 2021 was the first Windows 10 version to be compatible with Windows 11’s annual feature updates cycle, rather than the bi-annual.
Windows 10 21H2 Pro and Home editions receive 18 months of support. Enterprise and Education editions, on the other hand, get 30 months.
Windows eleven Update KB5008353 fixes varied Taskbar problems and show Bugs
Microsoft released Wednesday’s January 2022 non-security preview update. It is commonly known as the “C” release for Windows 11 or Windows 10 version 20H2 or higher.
The cumulative update for Windows 11 (KB5008353), is an optional upgrade that does not include any security updates.
This update includes bug fixes and performance enhancements such as audio not working, File Explorer performance problems, icons for applications issue, memory leak, color rendering HDR display, and more Windows.
Windows 11 KB5008353 cumulative updates increase the version to Windows 11 22000.469.
It contains 39 improvements or fixes, 12 of which are highlighted below.
∙ This update addresses an issue that causes Bluetooth audio to stop responding to certain devices that support hardware-accelerated Bluetooth.
∙ This update addresses an issue that can affect icons for apps that aren’t running. These icons may appear on the taskbar as active as if they are running.
∙ This page adds a new Your Microsoft Account page in the Accounts category of Windows Settings for Professional and Home editions.
∙ Corrects an issue where the taskbar’s volume icon was incorrectly labeled as muted.
∙ Updates an issue that causes a device’s functionality to stop when connected to multiple displays.
∙ This update addresses an issue that affects auto-hide. You might notice that the taskbar does not appear consistently when you hover over either the primary or second display.
∙ Updates an issue that could prevent icons from appearing on the taskbar for a secondary display.
∙ This improves the auto-brightness and provides a better response in low light conditions for all supported systems.
∙ The Jordanian daylight savings time will start in February 2022, instead of March 2022.
∙ The help with the feature is now available. It uses Microsoft Bing technologies and suggests Help topics that are relevant to each Settings page.
∙ Updates an issue that displays obsolete battery percentages on Bluetooth devices connected to Bluetooth devices in Settings.
∙ This update addresses a known problem that may prevent certain image editing programs from correctly rendering colors on a high dynamic range (HDR). This often affects white colors, which might be displayed in bright yellow or other colors.
Microsoft’s support site has more information about the improvements and fixes to Windows 11 KB5008353.
The optional cumulative non-security update for Windows 10 was released under KB5009596. You can click here to see the highlights and improvements of the Windows 10 update.
These are optional updates. You can download them via Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update.
Alternatively, you can manually download updates from Microsoft Update Catalog.