Microsoft is offering a new Windows 10 cumulative update, KB5004296. It is intended for PCs under 21H1, v20H2 and v2004. Its deployment is ensured by the Windows Update service. We also have direct download links for installation offline.
KB5004296 is an optional update. Clearly, its download and installation are not automatic. Manual intervention is required. Microsoft offers a “Preview” of an update that will be offered as part of the next Patch Tuesday. The focus is on performance especially for players. It provides solutions to the problems of frame rates and graphics rendering. If you are a victim of these failures and a wait until the big monthly maintenance of August is impossible, you can try its installation now.
Windows 10 and KB5004296, what’s new?
Regarding the concerns in “gaming” Redmond specifies that they lead to a drop in framerate (number of frames per second) so that overall performance is observed below expectations in games. The problem is not new, it has been known for several months.
The installation of KB5004296 upgrades Windows 10 21H1 (May 2021 Update) to version 19043.1151, 20H2 (October 2020 Update) to version 19042.1151 and 20H1 to version 1941.1151. These numbers are important. They are used to ensure that the installation was successful. You can find it by running “winver.exe” in Execute (WIN + R).
To download and install this update, go to this address
Tous les paramètres > Mise à jour et sécurité > Windows Update
Then a search for an update should show KB5004296 accompanied by an option to trigger its download and installation.
Here is also the direct download link via the Microsoft Update Catalog online service: 64-bit and 32-bit (x86).
Note that this content also addresses the correction of other bugs. For example “balanced” or “high performance” power profiles should now work correctly. Malfunctions have been observed on certain configurations following the installation of previous updates.
Under Windows 10 Build 19043.1151 we have fixes correcting issues with launching certain games and activating the IME (Input Method Editor) if the laptop is configured to shut down when its screen is in the closed position. Microsoft also fixes an Internet access detection problem with the use of a virtual private network (VPN). Finally the printing problems with some USB devices are resolved.
Note that Windows 10 Build 19043.1151 removes the synchronization function of “Timeline” on different devices. Clearly after installing KB5004296 the activity history is no longer synchronized between the different devices using the same Microsoft account.