In the leadup to Windows 11, Microsoft announced Windows 10’s possibly last major feature update last month. Windows 10 21H2 offers a handful of new features, general improvements, security and bug fixes, along with a sense of assurance that Microsoft still cares about the 1.3 billion Windows 10 users around the world, despite readying the very thing meant to replace it later this year.
Windows 10 21H2 has so far received two updates and Microsoft just pushed the third update, Preview Build 19044.1200 to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel today. Microsoft notes that Insiders who’re already flighting Windows 10 21H2 will receive this update automatically in the Release Preview Channel. Interestingly enough, users who’re not on 21H2 will have to manually update to this build. But, there’s more to it.
Apparently, only Insiders that were downgraded from the Beta Channel to the Release Preview Channel because their hardware couldn’t meet the minimum requirements for Windows 11 will be able to receive today’s update. So, not only do you need to be in Release Preview Channel regardless, if you’re not already on 21H2, you also need to have been moved from Beta Channel in order to be eligible for this update.
To update to the latest build manually,
- Go to Settings
- Click on Update & Security
- Click on Windows Update
- Then, install the 21H2 update from there. If you meet the merit, the installed update will be Build 19044.1200 aka the latest Preview Build in the Release Preview Channel.
Changes In The New Build
There are no new changes in the latest build, but it does come with the same set of improvements introduced in the first 21H2 build released in July. You can check out the full blog post from Microsoft’s Vice President of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery, John Cable announcing 21H2 for a look at the features. And, for an in-depth look at the fixes in the 21H2, click here for today’s blog post by the Windows Insider Team.
As for the most prominent new features, Microsoft has added WPA3 H2E standards to enhance the Wi-Fi security on your device. Furthermore, “Cloud Trust” has been added to Windows Hello For Business. Cloud Trust is a new deployment method that allows easier and more streamlined password deployments. This helps you execute a deploy-to-run state in a matter of just a few minutes, according to Microsoft. Lastly, for intensive workflow deployments such as machine learning, GPU compute support has been added in both Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).