Microsoft has released a brand-new Windows 10 preview update option (KB5022906). The informational links on the latest preview version of Windows Spotlight on the Windows 10 lock screen open more quickly. Also, it resolves an issue that prevents hyperlinks from functioning in Microsoft Excel and another that halts video playback on an unnamed streaming service after an advertisement has been run and some other bugs.
Why Was This Update (KB5022906) Surprising?
Microsoft has been all over Windows 11 features and updates. There are also rumored reports of Windows 12 releasing next year. Amidst this, Microsoft remembers Windows 10 users and releases a cumulative update (KB5022906) on Patch Tuesday (21/02/23).
It is interesting to note that Microsoft has made an official announcement that it will not provide optional non-security updates for Windows 10 versions 20H2 and 21H2 after March 2023. Only the users who have upgraded their Windows OS to version 22H2 will continue to get security and optional updates after March 2023.
What Changes Are Included With Cumulative Update (KB5022906)?
The new KB5022906 update’s release highlights are as follows:
- Your experience using Windows Spotlight on your lock screen is enhanced by this update. The informational links load more quickly.
- This update fixes a problem that arises in IE mode.
- This update fixes problems with accessibility. These have an impact on the Narrator on the settings page.
- This version fixes a problem that prevents hyperlinks in Microsoft Excel from functioning.
- This update fixes a problem that is present in a specific streaming application. The playback of a video does not continue after an ad has been streamed.
- This release fixes a problem that the Appx State Repository is experiencing. The cleanup is not complete when a user profile is deleted. As a result, its database expands with time. When users log in to multi-user settings like FSLogix, this increase could slow things down.
- The United Mexican States are impacted by this update. The government’s order to switch to daylight saving time in 2023 is supported by this update.
- This version resolves a problem with resource conflicts involving two or more threads that are known as a deadlock which affects COM+ applications.
- This version fixes a problem that is present in cbs.log. This problem records messages in cbs.log that are not error messages.
- This patch fixes an issue that impacts AppV. It prevents the proper letter case from being used in file names.
- This patch resolves a problem with Microsoft Edge. Conflicting policies for Microsoft Edge are eliminated by the problem. When you set the MDMWinsOverGPFlag in a Microsoft Intune tenant and Intune discovers a conflicting policy, this happens.
- This patch resolves a problem with Azure Active Directory. Bulk provisioning using a provisioning package is unsuccessful.
- This patch resolves a problem with MSInfo.exe. It fails to accurately reflect if the Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) user mode policy is being enforced.
- This patch resolves a problem affecting virtual machines (VM). In thin provisioning settings, they cease responding when you add a new disc to a storage pool.
- The Remove-Item cmdlet for Microsoft OneDrive folders now functions better as a result of this release.
Which Windows 10 OS Versions are eligible for this New Update?
The following Windows 10 versions are eligible for Cumulative Update (KB5022906):
- Windows 10 Enterprise Multi-Session, version 20H2
- Windows 10 Enterprise and Education, version 20H2
- Windows 10 IoT Enterprise, version 20H2
- Windows 10 on Surface Hub
- Windows 10 version 21H2, all editions
- Windows 10, version 22H2, all editions
How Can Eligible Windows 10 Users Update Their PC?
Windows 10 users can update their PC by following the below-mentioned steps:
Step 1: Press Win + I on your keyboard to open the Windows Settings box.
Step 2: Click on the Update & Security option.
Step 3: Now, locate and click on the Check For Updates button in the right panel of the window.
Step 4: The Update will appear under the Optional Updates heading. You need to click on the Download & Install link to begin the download/Installation process.
Step 5: Reboot your PC after the update process has been completed.
Note: You may have to click on the Check For Updates button twice or thrice before you get this update.
If your PC decides to become adamant about not displaying this update then you can manually download and install it from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
Why Is Windows 10 Considered As A Dying OS?
Windows 10 was an amazing OS released by Microsoft after Windows 7. However, as all good things must come to an end, the time for Windows 10’s farewell will arrive soon. Here are the reasons why Windows 10 is considered a dying OS:
- Microsoft recently announced the end of extended support of Windows 8.1 on Jan 10, 2023. While it officially announced the EOS, it also suggested Windows 8.1 users switch to Windows 11 instead of Windows 10.
- Windows 10 was officially launched on 29th July 2015 and the support will continue till 14th Oct 2025. This means it will be supported for 2 more years.
- Microsoft released Windows 11 which is a better OS than Windows 10 considering all the new features. There are even reports of Windows 12 launching next year in 2024.
The Final Word On Microsoft Releases A Cumulative Update for Its Dying OS – Windows 10?
We hope you are able to install the new cumulative update (KB5022906) on your Windows 10 OS. Although Microsoft is forcing users to move on and upgrade to Windows 11, We think it would be probably best to wait for one more year and upgrade to Windows 12 instead. Users with Windows 10 22h2 need not worry as they will continue receiving security updates till Oct 2025.
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