Microsoft has released KB5011831 on the Release Preview channel for Insiders for Windows 10 21H2. The update does not include any new features but includes numerous improvements for the OS, which hints at getting ready for a “type c” optional release to the stable channel in the upcoming weeks.
Significant improvements to this flight will improve the operating system’s startup time, which can occasionally go up to 40 minutes! This would be a relief if you had to wait that long before your computer boots up.
Let us now discuss other improvements in this release before we see how to install it.
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Updates and Fixes
The following lists all the improvements made to KB5011831 for Windows 10:
- Improvements have been made to servicing the Secure Boot component of Windows.
- Microsoft has changed the timeout for Azure Active Directory (AAD) registration from 60 minutes to 90 minutes for hybrid Azure AD-joined Autopilot scenarios. This also addresses a race condition that causes an exception at timeout.
- An issue that causes a remote desktop session to close or a reconnection to stop responding while waiting on the accessibility shortcut handler (sethc.exe) has been fixed.
- An issue that delays OS startup by approximately 40 minutes has been taken care of.
- An issue that incorrectly returns Execution Policy settings from the registry has been fixed.
- An issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working when you copy and paste text using an Input Method Editor (IME) has been addressed.
- An issue that displays a black screen for some users when they sign in or sign out has been mitigated.
- An issue that causes Kerberos authentication to fail, and the error is “0xc0030009 (RPC_NT_NULL_REF_POINTER),” has been fixed.
- An issue that prevents you from changing your password that expired when you sign in to a Windows device has been fixed.
- An issue that could cause Windows to stop working when you apply a Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) policy that doesn’t require a restart has been addressed.
- An issue that might fail to copy the security portion of a Group Policy to a machine has been fixed.
- An issue that causes the Key Distribution Center (KDC) code to incorrectly return the error message “KDC_ERR_TGT_REVOKED” during domain controller shutdown has been addressed.
- An issue that could prevent Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) load balancing over Remote Desktop from working as intended has been fixed.
- An issue that prevents the instantiation of the Microsoft RDP Client Control, version 11 and higher, inside a Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) dialog, has been addressed.
- An issue that could cause a Microsoft OneDrive file to lose focus after you rename it and press the Enter key has been mitigated.
- An issue that causes the news and interest panel to appear when you haven’t clicked, tapped, or moused over it has been taken care of.
- An issue that fails to pass the Shift KeyUp event to an application when you use the Korean IME has been fixed.
- An issue that might occur when you use Netdom.exe or the Active Directory Domains and Trusts snap-in to list or modify name suffixes routing has been addressed.
- An issue that displays the wrong IME mode indicator when the Font Mitigation policy is enabled is fixed.
- The issue that causes the primary domain controller (PDC) of the root domain to generate warnings and error events in the system log is fixed.
- An issue that affects the Multichannel connection of the Server Message Block (SMB) and could generate a 13A or C2 error is addressed.
- An issue that occurs when you map a network drive to a Server Message Block version 1 (SMBv1) share is fixed.
- An issue that damages the pool when the Client-Side Caching (CSC) cleanup method fails to delete a resource created is fixed.
- An issue that could cause the server to lock up because the non-paged pool grows and uses all memory is addressed.
- The overhead of resource contention in high input/output operations per second (IOPS) scenarios with many threads contending on a single file has been reduced.
How to Install Windows 10 KB5011831 (19044.1679)
To install this update, you need to be running Windows 10 and subscribed to the Release Preview channel. If you have enabled Windows updates, you will automatically get a “New features are ready to install” prompt.
If not, follow these steps to install KB5011831:
Open the Settings app, and then click Update & Security.
The app will then scan for pending updates. When scanned, you will then see the following updates available:
2022-04 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 10 Version 21H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5011831)
Once it downloads and installs, click Restart now to finalize the installation.
Once the computer reboots, you can check that it has been updated to build 19044.1618 by typing in winver in Run.
Rollback/Uninstall Windows 10 Insider Preview 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.
You can also resort to uninstalling the update using the method below.
Uninstall KB5011543 Using Command Prompt
Since we have installed this update using Windows Update, it will not be listed in the list of updates but you can see it in the command line, and thus uninstall it. Here is how:
Run the following command:
wmic qfe list brief /format:table
This will show all the updates installed on the computer. Make sure the relevant updates are on the list. Now run the following command to uninstall it:
wusa /uninstall /kb:5011831
Now click Yes from the popup to confirm the action.
The update will now begin uninstalling. When it completes, restart the computer for the changes to fully take effect.
Cleanup After Installing Windows Updates
If you want to save space after installing Windows updates, you can run the following commands in Command Prompt:
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
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