Windows 10 Build 19042.985 is now available, download offline installers

Windows 10 KB5003173

The fifth cumulative update of the year is now available for
Windows 10 20H2 and version 2004. This month’s Patch Tuesday
update is rolling out via Windows Update, WSUS and MS Catalog.
Microsoft has also published direct download links for Windows
10 KB5003173 offline installers.

KB5003173 is a Patch Tuesday update and it comes with security
improvements, but it also includes non-security fixes if you
haven’t applied last month’s optional patch. If you’re using
version 20H2, you’ll be getting Windows 10 Build 19042.985 with
a fix for a high CPU usage bug.

For those on version 2004, the patch would include the same set
of fixes, but the system will advance to Windows 10 Build
19041.985 instead. If you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10’s
May 2021 Update via the Insider channels, you’ll be getting
Build 19043.985 and the changelog remains the same.

On supported devices, users will see the following cumulative
update when they check for updates:

2021-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 20H2
for x64-based Systems (KB5003173)

Download Links for Windows 10 KB5003173

Windows 10 KB5003173 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and
32-bit (x86).

To download the offline installer, click on the above link to
open the Update Catalog. On the next screen, locate the Windows
10 edition and version installed on your PC, and click on the
“Download” button. In the next pop-up window, simply
right-click and copy the .msu link and open it in a new tab to
start the download.

Windows 10 KB5003173 (Build 19042.985) Full Changelog

Key highlights:

  1. Enables News and Interests feed.
  2. Fixes security issues.
  3. Fixes a high CPU usage bug.
  4. Fixes NTFS deadlock bug.
  5. Fixes issues with File Explorer.

This cumulative update adds the news and interests feature to
the taskbar. However, it may not show up for everyone as this
functionality is still rolling out (more on that later).

KB5003173 update

In addition to the new taskbar feature, Microsoft has also
fixed a nasty problem that causes high CPU usage. As we
reported recently, there have been reports of performance
issues after recent monthly updates, especially after the last
month’s cumulative update.

Users reported that they’re facing high CPU usage and PCs have
slowed down considerably.

Windows 10 Build 19042.985 has cured this performance problem,
according to reports from some users and our own tests.
Microsoft hasn’t revealed how they fixed the problem, but it
seems to be a ‘race condition’ where two processes crashed at
the same time or conflicted with other running processes.

The “News and Interests” feed in the taskbar

Microsoft recently
confirmed that it’s bringing the “News and Interests”
feature that’s been available in the preview builds to older
versions of Windows 10.

News and Interests feature is taskbar widget and it is similar
to Google Discover, which means it can give users quick access
to recent news, weather, finance and other information you may
be interested in.

You can also view weather information from the desktop as it is
displayed directly on the taskbar.

With today’s update, Microsoft has enabled the feature in
Windows 10 version 20H2 and version 2004 for everyone. However,
it may not show up immediately due to Microsoft’s staged
rollout process.

Although the feature itself is included in the May 2021 update,
users will not get it even after applying the patch. According
to Microsoft, everyone will receive it in the next “several”
weeks, as the company wants to assess the quality of the
taskbar news widget before enabling it for everyone.

If you’ve already received the widget and you don’t like it,
you can right-click on the icon and turn it off. Once turned
off, it won’t use your internet or system resources to deliver
curated news stories.

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