Microsoft has just started rolling out the Windows 10 update in January 2021. Microsoft also released a direct download link for the Windows 10 KB4598242 offline installer, which, as the name suggests, does not require an active Internet connection.
If you are using version 20H2, KB4598242 update will upgrade your system to Windows 10 Build 19042.746. If you are still using the 2004 version, Microsoft will say that you will receive Windows 10 Build 19041.746, which contains the same bug fixes and improvements.
When you connect to Windows Update or Windows Service for Business, you will automatically get these security updates. If you don’t want Windows to apply the patch immediately, you can pause the update for seven days from “Settings”> “Windows Update”.
On January 12 2021, users will get the following Windows updates:
- 2021-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 20H2 for x64-based Systems (KB4598242)
- 2021-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 2004 for x64-based Systems
Download Links for Windows 10 KB4598242
Windows 10 KB4598242 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and 32-bit (x86).
Windows 10 KB4598242 (Build 19042.746) Full Changelog
- Fixes security issues with external hardware.
- Fixes security issues with core apps, such as virtualization and kernel.
- Protection against a vulnerability in Printer Remote Procedure Call (RPC)
Windows 10 Build 19042.746 fixes the security issues of game controllers, keyboards, mice, printers and external cameras.
Microsoft has made security updates to the Windows kernel, Windows virtualization, Windows Media, applications and frameworks, and basic operations of the operating system.
Microsoft has also bundled security improvements for HTTPS-based intranet servers. This fix only applies to devices where the enterprise or the administrator has not configured the system agent on the client.
Microsoft is not currently aware of any new known issues in the Patch Tuesday update, but when Microsoft rolls out the update, an error is expected.
Automatic updates must be stable, but this has not always happened in the past few months.
Looking at the Windows 10 update release history, you can find that in the past six months, the operating system has had multiple problems. For example, the cumulative update released last year caused problems with sleep mode and Windows Credentials Manager.
Microsoft is still testing a fix for the frustrating Windows 10 bug that causes problems with passwords stored in Chrome and Edge.
The patch is currently available in the Beta channel of Windows Insider, but it will not be released to the public until at least February.
RESUMING NORMAL WINDOWS UPDATES OPERATIONS:
As early as the beginning of the holiday in December, Microsoft announced that it had suspended the optional “C” and “D” updates for Windows 10.
Now that Microsoft has confirmed that it will resume normal operation, new optional updates will be provided in Windows 10. Week of this month.
Unlike the mandatory cumulative update launched today, Microsoft said that optional updates will not be installed, downloaded or installed automatically.