Microsoft, with its emphasis on “Windows as a service,” keeps
improving Windows 10 with monthly updates. On February 27,
Microsoft released a new optional patch via Windows Update and
Windows 10 KB4535996 offline installers are also
Windows 10’s latest patch updates v1909 PCs to Build 18363.693
and v1903 PCs to Build 18362.693. Windows 10 Build
18363.693/18362.693 is an optional quality update that
addresses performance and reliability issues and does not
include new features.
During the third and fourth week of each month, Microsoft
releases “C” and “D” releases, which are the previews of the
next month’s Patch Tuesday release. KB4535996 is a non-security
update for Windows 10 version 1909/1903 and it contains a long
list of improvements.
Even if you skip this particular patch, you can install March’s
Patch Tuesday cumulative update and you will be completely up
to date with all these fixes.
Download Links for Windows 10 KB4535996
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Windows 10 KB4535996 (Build 18363.693) Full Changelog
KB4535996 for Windows 10 is a huge update and it includes a
number of improvements for everyone. For example, Microsoft
says it’s updating Windows Search to address a bug causing
blank search page and other rendering problems for some
Windows Search can now render the results properly in the space
allotted for it. Similarly, another bug that prevents the
Windows Search box from showing results has been resolved.
This patch also improves the battery performance of laptops
that use Modern Standby mode.
Modern Standby is a Windows 10 feature that provides a
smartphone-like always-connected experience where you could
sync your device when it is on low power.
Unfortunately, some people reported that the power mode causes
their laptops to overheat while they’re not being used and
Microsoft said it’s working with partners to improve Modern
With today’s update, it looks like Microsoft has finally
delivered a new version of Modern Standby that actually works.
Another bug where Microsoft enables an unwanted keyboard layout
as the default after system reboot has been addressed.
Microsoft is also rolling out changes to address bugs with
printers and an issue that prevents apps from printing to
certain network printers.
How to get it
Windows 10’s optional updates are not installed automatically,
but you can install the patch by manually checking for updates
in the Windows Update page. You can also update your computer
manually by downloading the offline installer from the links
In the release notes, Microsoft has stated that it’s not aware
of any known issues.