With the holidays coming up, this is probably Microsoft’s last Windows update for the year, since there will be no Preview updates either. Microsoft has released KB5008212 for Windows 10 versions 21H2, 21H1, 20H2, and 2004 as part of its Patch Tuesday for December 2021.
This update is going to be the last one for Windows 10 v2004 as it is going out of servicing.
Since KB5008212 is a “cumulative” update, it includes only one new security update which is applicable to all 4 versions mentioned, but also includes all previous non-security updates released over the months.
The table below indicates your updated OS build number after installing KB5008212:
|Update KB||Windows 10 version||Updated OS Build|
You can check your Windows 10 version and build number by typing in winver in Run.
Let’s continue to see what this update has to offer and whether it has any significant issues, and then proceed to how you can install it.
Fixes and Improvements
This update includes quality improvements for the Servicing Stack (SSU), which is responsible for installing the Windows updates. These improvements ensure that the user has a smooth experience while installing these updates.
Apart from that, Microsoft has made a few security updates to the internal operating system functionality. These improvements are applicable to all 4 versions of Windows 10 mentioned above as all share the same core.
If you have not installed Windows updates for the month of November 2021, then you will also experience the improvements made in those. You can read all about those improvements in the following updates:
Let us now move on to the known issue which Microsoft is currently aware of for this update.
An issue with the standalone (clean) installation of Windows 10 with this update is causing Microsoft Edge Legacy to be removed. However, it is not being replaced by the new Chromium-based Edge. This occurs only when Windows has a custom offline media or an ISO image installed that does not include the 29th March 2021 SSU update.
Microsoft suggests that you either install the March SSU update through slipstreaming or simply update an existing OS through Windows Update, so you will not be facing this issue. Alternatively, you can simply download and install the new Microsoft Edge if you have already encountered this problem.
Another issue that users might face with this update is that they are unable to install it entirely. This may be because of a previously installed update KB5003690. If that is the case, you can find a workaround for it here in Microsoft’s post.
Users may also see an error message “Your credentials did not work. The credentials that were used to connect to (device name) did not work. Please enter new credentials” when connecting to devices in an untrusted domain using Remote Desktop while using smart card authentication. Microsoft has found a temporary fix around the issue which you can find here.
Download and Install Windows 10 KB5008212
For Windows 10 Version 21H2
For Windows 10 Version 21H1
For Windows 10 Version 20H2
For Windows 10 Version 2004
To install the update, simply run the downloaded MSU file and Windows will automatically install the update. To download any other updates related to any of the above, please check the Microsoft Catalog.
To install this update via Windows Update, you need to be running Windows 10 version 21H2, 21H1, 20H2, or 2004. To check your version of the operating system, type in winver in Run and press Enter.
Once confirmed, navigate to the Settings app and then click Windows Update on the left. Then click Check for updates on the right side of the page. Once the scan is finished, the respective update will begin to download automatically. Once downloaded, click Install now.
Once installed, click Restart now to finalize the installation.
Once the PC boots up again, you can then confirm that the update has been installed successfully through winver.
Rollback/Remove Windows 10 Cumulative Update
If you do not wish to keep the installed preview update for some reason, you can always roll back to the previous build of the OS. However, this can only be performed within the next 10 days after installing the new update.
To roll back after 10 days, you will need to apply this trick.
Cleanup after installing Windows Updates
If you want to save space after installing Windows updates, you can run the following commands one after the other in Command Prompt with administrative privileges:
dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
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