HomeWinBuzzer NewsMicrosoft Releases Optional Windows 10 Updates for July

Microsoft Releases Optional Windows 10 Updates for July

Optional updates are now available for Windows 10 2004, 20H2, and 21H1, but the printing issues are not fixed this time.


is rolling out new cumulative updates covering the three latest versions of . These are optional releases based on the company's “C” schedule of updates, following from automatic updates and optional “D” releases.

Optional is only part of the story. It is more accurate to say the “C” patches for Windows 10 each month are only optional for a short time. Users who do not install these updates now will have them automatically installed via August's automatic Patch Tuesday rollup.

Before jumping into the updates, it is worth noting Microsoft has said it will maintain its servicing schedule on Windows 11. Starting with Patch Tuesday, those updates will continue to launch on the second Tuesday of each month. Optional updates will arrive at a different time of the month with C and D updates landing on the third and fourth weeks of the month.

Getting back to the latest cumulative roll out, Microsoft has sent out the following updates: Windows 10 versions 2004, 20H2, and 21H1 are receiving KB5004296, moving them to build numbers to 19041.1151, 19042.1151, and 19043.1151, respectively.

Microsoft says the patch is also coming to Windows 10 versions 21H2, which is currently in preview on the Windows Insider Program. That will take the preview to build 19044.1151. As for changes, as this is a patch update this is all about bug fixes, performance improvements, and general platform maintenance.

In other words, nothing too exciting. Interesting, the patch has not solved the printing issues currently causing problems on Windows. We guess that will be dealt with either through an out of band fix or on next month's Patch Tuesday.

Changelog for 2004, 20H2, and 21H1

  • “Updates an issue that prevents gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
  • Updates an issue that prevents you from entering text using the Input Method Editor (IME). This might occur, for example, after startup if you have set the power options to shut down a laptop by closing its lid.
  • Updates an issue that plays the sound for selecting something in a game loudly when you press the trigger button on a game controller.
  • Updates an issue that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. This results in lower frame rates and reduced performance while gaming.
  • Updates an issue that fails to detect that you are connected to the internet after you connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Updates an issue that causes printing to stop or prints the wrong output. This issue occurs when you print using a USB connection after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 or later.”

You can check out Microsoft's full blog showing known issues and all fixes at the source below.

Tip of the day: The Windows default font these days is Segoe UI, a fairly simple and no-nonsense typeface that's used across many of Microsoft's products. However, though some like this subdued style, others look to change Windows font to something with a bit more personality.

Thankfully, Microsoft does let you change Windows fonts, but it doesn't make it particularly easy. I our tutorial we show you how to change system font in Windows 10, or restore it again if you don't like the changes.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

Recent News