Windows 10 KB5000842 (20H2) released with performance boost

Windows 10 KB5000842, which is part of the March 2021 update
cycle, is now rolling out to PCs running v20H2 and 2004. For
those who wish to update their systems manually or those who
have installation issues, direct download links for Windows 10
KB5000842 offline installers are also available.

Windows 10 KB5000842 is an optional update and it will advance
your system to Windows 10 Build 19042.906. As you may be aware,
there are no new features in this update, but it appears that
this could be the first patch to ship with performance
improvements for File Explorer.

To get this update, head to the Windows Update page and click
on “Check for updates”, and the following update will appear on
your screen:

2021-03 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 10
Version 20H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5000842)

To download and install Windows 10 Build 19042.906, simply
follow these steps:

  1. After checking for updates, click on “Download and
    install”.
  2. Select “Restart now” once the download is complete.
  3. Reboot your PC to apply the update.

For different and unknown reasons, some of you may experience
problems when applying the cumulative updates, such as failures
during installation with vague error messages or update could
get stuck for a long time at a certain percentage.

Thankfully, if you run into an issue or an error, you can apply
this optional update by manually downloading the offline
installer from the link given below.

Download Links for Windows 10 KB5000842

Windows 10 KB5000842 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and
32-bit (x86).

Windows 10 KB5000842 (Build 19042.906) Full Changelog

With this update, Microsoft is finally fixing the “Computing
Filters” message when using filters in File Explorer search
results. Another bug has been fixed where the search filter
freezes or stops responding when users try to change the type
of filter used (file type, file date, for example).

KB4601382 update

Microsoft has also fixed performance issues caused by
explorer.exe, which is responsible for File Explorer,
Taskbar, Action Center, and other important elements.

As we reported recently, a bug in Windows 10 causes
explorer.exe to consume high amounts of memory, particularly
when other apps are running in the background, which obviously
affects the system performance.

This has been addressed with today’s update.

In addition to File Explorer fixes, Microsoft has also patched
an issue where some monitors will produce colours darker than
expected. This is experienced only when you’re using HDR mode,
a feature available for select monitors only.

Another bug has been fixed where video playback sync
doesn’t work when you use multiple monitors.

This cumulative update will address an issue where the system
will stop responding to mouse or keyboard inputs when users
delete files/folders synced to OneDrive.

Windows 10 Build 19042.906 is also expected to address
problems:

  • Unexpected issues when using the touch keyboard and
    changing device orientation
  • A bug where users cannot dismissing the toast Notifications
    using the Close button.

Like every other optional update, you should avoid it unless
you’ve been having the problems highlighted above. You can
always wait until the next Patch Tuesday to apply both security
and these non-security fixes.

The next Patch Tuesday is currently scheduled for April 13,
2021.

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