Microsoft has just started rolling out the January 2021 updates
to Windows 10. Microsoft has also published direct download
links for Windows 10 KB4598242 offline installers, which as the
name suggests doesn’t need an active connection to the
Today’s update will advance your system to Windows 10 Build
19042.746 if you’re using version 20H2. If you’re still on
version 2004, Microsoft says you will receive Windows 10 Build
19041.746 with identical bug fixes and improvements.
When you’re connected to Windows Update or Windows Service for
Business, you’re going to be getting these security updates
automatically. If you don’t want Windows to apply the patch
immediately, you can pause updates for seven days from Settings
> Windows Update.
On January 12 2021, users will get the following Windows
- 2021-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 20H2 for
x64-based Systems (KB4598242)
- 2021-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 2004 for
Download Links for Windows 10 KB4598242
Windows 10 KB4598242 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and
Windows 10 KB4598242 (Build 19042.746) Full Changelog
Windows 10 Build 19042.746 has fixed security issues with game
controllers, keyboard, mouse, printers, and external cameras.
The tech giant has made security updates to Windows Kernel,
Windows Virtualization, Windows Media, Apps and Frameworks, and
basic operations of the OS.
Microsoft has also bundled security improvements for
HTTPS-based intranet servers. This fix applies to businesses
only or devices where admins have not configured a system proxy
on the clients.
Microsoft is currently not aware of any new known issues in
Patch Tuesday updates, but bugs are to be expected when
Microsoft roll out updates.
Automatic updates have to be stable, but it’s something that
hasn’t always happened over the last few months.
A look at the Windows 10 update release history shows that have
been several issues with the operating system over the last six
months. For example, a cumulative update released last
year resulted in
problems with sleep mode and Windows Credentials Manager.
Microsoft is still testing a fix for the frustrating Windows 10
bug that causes issues with passwords stored in Chrome and
Edge. The fix is currently available in the beta channels of
the Windows Insider, but it won’t be released to the general
public until at least February.
Resuming normal Windows Update operations
Back in December at the start of the holiday season, Microsoft
it was pausing optional “C” and “D” updates for Windows 10.
Now, Microsoft has confirmed that it’s resuming normal
operations and new optional updates will be delivered in the
third week of this month.
Unlike the mandatory cumulative updates rolling out today,
Microsoft says optional updates won’t be installed downloaded
or installed automatically.