Windows 10 21h2 Feature Update

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While we are excited for the next generation of Windows with Windows 11, we are also focused on supporting the more than 1.3 billion monthly active devices on Windows 10. Today, we are introducing the next feature update to Windows 10: Windows 10, version 21H2.


Windows continues to play an important role in people’s lives as they continue to work, learn and have fun in hybrid and remote environments. Our goal is to provide new features and functionality via a fast and reliable update experience to help keep people and organizations protected and productive.
Version 21H2 will continue the recent feature update trend of being delivered in an optimized way using servicing technology. Today I will share details on scope, how we plan to service the release and next steps. Windows 10, version 21H2 will have a scoped set of features focused on productivity and security, prioritized to meet our customers’ needs based on feedback.
New features focused on productivity, management and security include:. Adding WPA3 H2E standards support for enhanced Wi-Fi security.

Download Links for Windows 10 KB5013942

Windows Hello for Business introduces a new deployment method called cloud trust to support simplified passwordless deployments and achieve a deploy-to-run state within a few minutes.

SummaryOriginating updateStatusLast updated
You might see authentication failures on the server or client for services
Network Policy Server (NPS), Routing and Remote access Service (RRAS), Radius, and other services might fail.
OS Build 19041.1706
KB5013942
2022-05-10
Investigating
2022-05-11
19:12 PT
Some apps using Direct3D 9 might have issues on certain GPUs
You might have intermittent issues, apps might close unexpectedly, or you might receive an error.
OS Build 19041.1682
KB5011831
2022-04-25
Resolved
2022-05-10
15:49 PT

How To Install Windows 10 21H2 Update Manually: My Final Thoughts

Next steps

GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute intensive workflows.

StatusOriginating updateHistory
InvestigatingOS Build 19041.1706
KB5013942
2022-05-10
Last updated: 2022-05-11, 19:12 PT
Opened: 2022-05-11, 18:38 PT

Given the continuation of increased PC engagement for remote and hybrid play, learning and work, we will deliver Windows 10, version 21H2 using servicing technology (like that used for the monthly update process). For consumer or commercial users with devices running version 2004 or later, the Windows 10, version 21H2 update will have a fast installation experience. As this Windows 10 release is targeted for the second half of 2021, Home and Pro editions of version 21H2 will receive 18 months of servicing, and Enterprise and Education editions will have 30 months of servicing.

In addition, we will also launch the next version of the Windows 10 Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) based on version 21H2 at the same time, and it will have five years of servicing as announced in February.

More information can be found in my recent Windows lifecycle and servicing update, and we’ll have more news on future updates at a later date. Our launch approach for version 21H2 continues to fully leverage the Windows Insider Program to obtain user feedback and data insights on quality. Today we will begin releasing 21H2 builds to Windows Insiders who were moved to the Release Preview channel from the Beta channel because their specific devices did not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11.

This enables them to instead experience the latest innovations and enhancements in Windows 10 (note Insiders will not see new features noted in this blog right away, but in future Insider builds as they are ready).

Broad availability of Windows 10, version 21H2 will begin later in the second half of this calendar year.

  • We will provide more information on this release and the next Windows 10 LTSC release (including the next IoT Enterprise LTSC release) in the near term. You can always find the latest Windows servicing and update information on the Windows release health hub, now available in 10 languages.
  • We look forward to hearing your feedback. Editor’s note – July 21, 2021 – The bullet point on Windows Hello for Business was updated for clarity. This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates.

Servicing stack updates (SSU) makes sure that you have a robust and reliable servicing stack so that your devices can receive and install Microsoft updates.

StatusOriginating updateHistory
ResolvedOS Build 19041.1682
KB5011831
2022-04-25
Resolved: 2022-05-10, 15:49 PT
Opened: 2022-05-10, 09:41 PT

This SSU update includes changes for Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager customers, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), and Enterprise customers who use offline OS image servicing to build or maintain OS images. These changes are needed for offline OS image serviced devices to make those devices compatible with future cumulative update packages where updates dated from March 22, 2022 to before May 10, 2022 were not installed.

This servicing stack update applies to the following: . Windows 10, version 20H2 for x86-based versions. Windows 10, version 20H2 for x64-based versions. Windows 10, version 20H2 for Arm64-based versions. Windows 10, version 21H1 for x86-based versions. Windows 10, version 21H1 for x64-based versions. Windows 10, version 21H1 for Arm64-based versions. Windows 10, version 21H2 for x86-based versions. Windows 10, version 21H2 for x64-based versions. Windows 10, version 21H2 for Arm64-based versions.

IMPORTANT Windows 10, version 2004 reached end of servicing on December 14, 2021.

  • To continue receiving security and quality updates, Microsoft recommends that you upgrade to a later version of Windows.
  • Release Channel. Microsoft Update Catalog. To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Windows Server Update Services (WSUS). You can import this update into WSUS manually. See the Microsoft Update Catalog for instructions.

There are no prerequisites to apply this update.

  • Restart information . You don't have to restart your computer after you apply this update.
  • Removal information.