Microsoft has released the optional KB5004296 Preview aggregate update for Windows 10 2004, Windows 10 20H2, and Windows 10 21H1. This update fixes Windows 10 gaming issues that have been afflicting users since March. This aggregate update is also part of Microsoft’s July 2021 monthly “C” update, which permits the users to test the upcoming fixes scheduled for next month’s August 2021 Patch Tuesday.
Unfortunately Patch Tuesday aggregate updates, this preview update only contains bug fixes, performance enhancements, and improvements to existing features and does not include any of the security updates. Windows users can directly install this update by navigating into Settings. Tap on Windows Update, and choose ‘Check for Updates.’
This is an optional update, one will be convinced to click on the download and install button before Windows 10 will install the updates, as displayed in the below image:
Users of Windows 10 can also download and install the KB500496 preview update manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
What are the Gaming Fixes included?
Since March, Windows 10 users have reported some issues such as stuttering, performance issues, and low frames rates when playing games. It was so widely reported at the time the NVIDIA suggested users should roll back to older Windows 10 updates to resolve the gaming issues.
Microsoft released a Known Issue Rollback (KIR) to Windows 10 users in April, to sort the gamming issues, but the major concern persisted for many users. Today, as part of the KB500496 update, Microsoft has now resolved an issue that avoided power plans and games mode from working, caused lower FPS, and decrease performance for gamers.
“Addresses an issue that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. This result in lower rates and reduce the performance while gaming,” the organization noted in the changelog.
What’s Advance in Windows 10 KB500496?
After installing this update, Windows 10 2004 will be updated to build 19041.1151, Windows 10 20H2 will be updated to build 19042.1151, and Windows 10 21H1 will be updated to build 19043.1151. The Windows 10 KB5004296 aggregate update preview consists of multiple enhancements or fixes, with the highlighted ones mentioned below:
- Updates a concern that bypasses gaming services from launching certain games for desktop users.
- Updates an issue that prevents you from entering text using the Input Method Editor (IME). This might occur, such as, after startup if you have set the power options to shut down a laptop by closing its lid.
- Updates an issue that enables the sound for selecting something in a game loudly when you press the trigger button on a game controller.
- Updates a flaw that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. These outcomes in lower frame rates and decrease performance while gaming.
- Updates an issue that lacks in detecting that you are connected to the internet after you connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
- Updates an issue that causes printing to bypass or prints the wrong output. The issues occur when you print using a USB connection after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 or later.
You can go through the full lists of fixes in the KB5004293 support bulletin. Microsoft also released today the KB00493 aggregate release preview for Windows 10 1909. Installing the Windows 10 1909 update will enhance the build number to 18363.1714. The complete list of fixes in KB500493 can be found in the associated support bulletin.