KB5000842 improves Windows 10 File Explorer and kills old Edge browser

In March, a Windows 10 version 21H1 preview update
addressed several long-running problems with File Explorer,
including a bug that can break search filters if you use
November 2019 Update or newer.

With the KB5000842 update, Microsoft has ported these fixes to
Windows 10 version 20H2 and version 2004 in an effort to
improve the File Explorer experience for more users. After the
update, the search filter is working again and it looks like
the tech giant has also addressed reliability issues.

For those uninitiated,
Windows 10 November 2019 Update broke the search feature in
File Explorer whereby the filter panel can become unresponsive
when performing a local file search.

File Explorer bug

As you can see in the above screenshot, File Explorer stops
responding when attempting to filter the search results using
the date, file size and date modified. This bug affects the
column heading only when you try to access the filters on a
search page.

In our tests, we observed that Windows 10 KB5000842 has finally
fixed the ‘Computing Filters’ error and performance issues when
filtering the search results in File Explorer.

File Explorer bug fixed

Furthermore, Microsoft has also addressed performance issues
caused by Explorer.exe whereby a memory leak bug could make the
explorer window unresponsive and consume additional system
resources.

KB5000842 update kills Microsoft Edge

KB5000842 is also the first update that will remove the old
Microsoft Edge from Windows 10.

As you may be aware, Windows 10 still carries the legacy
Microsoft Edge even if you’ve already installed Chromium Edge.
In other words, old Edge is essentially present in the
background of your system but hidden.

However, this patch will completely remove the retired browser
from Windows 10, and users will be upgraded to Chromium Edge if
they’re still using the old version.

It’s also worth noting Microsoft has already confirmed that
your default browser preference will remain unchanged after
applying the optional or the upcoming mandatory April Patch
Tuesday patch.

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