Windows 10 KB5011831 is now available with a fix for an issue where the operating system can crash with a black screen. The patch is offered via Windows Update (WU) and users can download the offline installer for Windows 10 KB5011831 to update multiple PCs without downloading the same package, also useful if the WU fails for some reason.
KB5011831 is another update that will not be installed or even downloaded unless you explicitly give Windows Update permission. Remember that optional updates are safe and tested by the tech giant, and the changes will eventually be communicated to everyone as part of a patch Tuesday next month.
In other words, it might be a good idea to skip the optional updates if you don’t really need these fixes today. The same patch will be coming to your device as part of the May 2022 patch. It’s worth noting that the company won’t fix bugs in the optional update when you ship the same set of changes to everyone with the May 2022 patch Tuesday.
If you’re looking for today’s updates, you’ll see the following patch under the Optional Updates section:
2022-04 Preview of Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 21H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5011831)
Windows 10 KB5011831 Download Links
Windows 10 KB5011831 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and 32-bit (x86).
Windows 10 KB5011831 (Build 19044.1682) full changelog
There are no new features in the Windows 10 cumulative update, but the company says it has made improvements to the Windows Secure Boot Component service.
In terms of reforms, more changes are aligned towards institutions. For example, Microsoft changed the Azure Active Directory logging timeout from 60 minutes to 90 minutes. This also fixes an issue where it causes an exception when it times out.
According to the release notes, Microsoft has addressed an issue where the remote desktop session could close or the operating system might try to reconnect if it stopped responding while waiting for the Accessibility Shortcut Wizard.
This patch also addresses a strange bug where a startup delay of up to 40 minutes has been resolved in this release. The same patch was previously released to users in Windows 11’s Insider Preview channel.
As the headline indicated, Microsoft has fixed a critical bug where the operating system displays a black screen when logging in or logging out.
Other bug fixes in Windows 10 Build 19044.1682:
- Microsoft fixed an issue that prevented users from changing a password if it had expired during the sign-in process.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that caused the operating system to stop working when a Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) policy was applied.
- Fixed an issue where the operating system might fail to copy the security portion of Group Policy.
- Microsoft has made changes to reduce GPU load balancing across remote desktop.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that could cause a OneDrive file to lose focus.
- Microsoft has fixed issues with News and Interests where they will appear on your screen even if you don’t click, click, or hover over the icon pinned to the taskbar.
- Updated an issue where the Shift KeyUp event causes issues with certain apps when using the Korean IME.
- Microsoft fixed an issue showing the wrong IME mode indicator.
- Microsoft has fixed network drive issues for Server Message Block version 1 (SMBv1) share.
- Fixed an error where the Virtual Computer Object (VCO) password setting did not work properly.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that could cause the server to shut down.
Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 21H2 for everyone
While Windows 11 appears to be the focus, Microsoft is still actively working on Windows 10 to address potential issues.
The company recently announced that Windows 10 version 21H2 is “ready for large scale deployment,” which means it’s now safe to install the feature update if you don’t want to upgrade to Windows 11.
This move is not surprising since the tech giant takes nearly six months to announce an update that is ready for widespread deployment.
Microsoft noted that “As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 10 as soon as possible.”
Microsoft previously said that the company will continue to support Windows 10 until October 2025. This means that another feature update with a limited set of improvements will be released in the fall.