Windows 10 21H2 is ready: November update released as release preview

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Microsoft has released the November update for Windows 10 alias 21H2 as a release preview in the form of an update and as a system image for Windows Insiders. In addition to the ISO file, which is intended for a new installation of the operating system, the latest build is currently also being distributed to testers via Windows Update.

Microsoft is preparing rollout for Windows 10 21H2

Participants in the Windows 10 Insider Program in the Release Preview Channel are currently receiving the non-security update KB5003791, which raises the operating system to the latest build 19044.1288 and thus imports the November update alias Windows 10 21H2. Also as Download the latest version is already available, an account for the Windows 10 Insider Program is required.

Windows 10 21H2 is already being rolled out Windows 10 21H2 is already being rolled out (Image: Microsoft)

Like Microsoft on the Windows Blog announces, the preparations for the feature update are already in the final stages, so that Windows 10 21H2 can be rolled out across the board as early as the beginning of November.

Little news for Windows 10

Even if this is a function update, the changes are limited. Microsoft’s focus is now clearly on Windows 11, even if Windows 10 will be provided with support and updates until 2025.

  • Windows Hello: As of version 21H2, external cameras are automatically used instead of the integrated camera as the standard device for face recognition with Windows Hello. Requirement: The camera supports Windows Hello.
  • Windows Defender Application Guard: The business version of Defender increases performance and security when opening Office documents.
  • Hybrid working: Microsoft already promised improvements for corporate customers in an earlier announcement. So there should be optimizations for hybrid work with functions such as “Universal Print” and new management functions such as “Windows Autopilot”. In a support document for Windows Autopilot, Microsoft revealed that version 21H2 supports TPM key attestation security technology.
  • WPA 3 H2E: With the publication of the first 21H2 test version, Microsoft announced improved WLAN security in the Windows Insider Blog by supporting the WPA3-H2E standard.

Windows 10 21H2 – What’s New

Users who manually initiate the November update to Windows 10 21H2 (19044.1288) and neither want to switch to the Windows 10 Insider program nor do a new installation can use the KB5003791-x64 (MSU) as KB5003791-x86 (MSU) also download as a single package.

Windows 10 21H2 as build 19044.1288 Windows 10 21H2 as build 19044.1288

In November as an optional update for everyone

By the beginning of November at the latest, all users with Windows 10 20H2 and 21H1 will be offered the optional update to Windows 10 21H2 via Windows Update including the Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3920.0 in waves.

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