Windows 10 KB5008212 released for 21H2, 21H1 with major bug fixes

Windows 10 KB5008212

This year’s last Windows Update is now available for Windows 10
2004, v20H2, v21H1, and version 21H2. The patch is available
via Windows Update or WSUS, but Microsoft has also published
direct download links for Windows 10 KB5008212 offline
installers.

KB5008212 is a security-only update if you have already applied
last month’s optional cumulative update. However, if you only
have November 2021 Patch Tuesday update installed, this
cumulative update will also fix non-security issues with your
Windows installation.

That’s because a “cumulative” update includes fixes from
previous months in a single package. If you skipped the last
few updates or November 2021’s optional patch, installing
today’s update will also apply fixes from those updates.
Windows as a service approach ensure that a single monthly
update is enough for all missing updates.

If you’ve already updated to Windows 10 version 21H2 (November
2021 Update), you will get Build 19044.1415 as part of today’s
patch. If you’re on 21H1 aka May 2021 Update you’ll receive
Build 19043.1415 with the same set of bug fixes and
improvements.

For those on version 20H2, the build number is 19042.1415 and
it makes no difference to changelog.

Microsoft has also published the update for Windows 10 version
2004, but remember that this would be the last patch for the
old OS. As you’re probably aware, Windows 10 consumer editions
are supported for 18 months and enterprise or education
editions can get updates for 30 months. Windows 10 v2004
consumer edition has reached EOL today.

If you check for updates today, you’ll see the following
update:

2021-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 21H2
for x64-based Systems (KB5008212)

Or

2021-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 21H1
for x64-based Systems (KB5008212)

Download Links for Windows 10 KB5008212

Windows 10 KB5008212 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and
32-bit (x86).

Windows 10 KB5008212 (Build 19044.1415) Full Changelog

Key highlights:

  • Fixes issues with File Explorer’s folder view.
  • Fixes a bug crashing apps after the update.
  • Fixes font rendering issues on Windows 10.
  • Fixes issues with Start Menu, including a bug where apps
    won’t appear on the menu.
  • Fixes issues with the Windows Search process.

What’s new and fixed in Windows 10 Build 19044.1415

According to official release notes, Windows 10’s December
update fixes security issues in the OS and it also contains
“miscellaneous security improvements” to the OS functionality.

KB5008212 Windows Update

In terms of non-security fixes, Microsoft has fixed an issue
where some fonts may not appear correctly on Windows machines.

Another bug has been fixed where the 32-bit version of
Microsoft Excel could stop working on devices when you export
to PDF. Likewise, another bug affecting the letters or
characters of certain fonts has been fixed in this update.

Windows 10 Build 19044.1415 also addresses an issue that
crashes Internet Explorer when users try to use Input Method
Editor (IME) to insert elements. A bug has been fixed that
causes the Settings page to close after you uninstall a font

If you had issues with File Explorer’s folder view, this patch
finally includes a fix.

As per the release notes, Microsoft has made changes to File
Explorer to address an issue that affects your ability to
rename a file using folder view. Additionally, Microsoft has
also fixed issues with Windows Game Bar that turns off screen
capture and recording functionalities after the service has
stopped responding.

Microsoft has patched a bug that could prevent apps from
appearing on the Start Menu, especially if you use those apps
frequently.

Other fixes and improvements in Windows 10 Build
19044.1415
:

  • Microsoft has fixed an issue that affects the
    SearchFilterHost.exe process.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue where searchindexer.exe stops
    working, and Windows creates profiles with duplicate names.
  • Microsoft has also added –cd argument to wsl.exe. This will
    allow you to specify starting directory for WSL for a Windows
    or Linux path.
  • Microsoft has fixed issues with Group Policy objects.
  • Microsoft has fixed issues with some variable fonts.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue that could crash Microsoft
    Excel (32-bit) version on devices with certain processors.

It’s worth noting that Windows 10 update has finally fixed an

issue that could crash certain apps from companies like
Kaspersky. This can happen when the OS attempts to repair or
update the apps using the Microsoft Installer (MSI).

Version 2004 reaches the end of support

Microsoft has confirmed the end of support for Windows 10
version 2004, a version of the OS that was announced in early
2020. Microsoft has already started upgrading users to the most
recent version of the OS, and the company will ignore your
Windows Settings if you’re on Home or Pro edition.

For those unaware, Microsoft changed its approach towards
Windows 10’s support and update process in 2019. Microsoft
confirmed newer feature updates will be forced onto users PC
when the company is about to cease support for a particular
Windows version.

In other words, if you’re still on Windows 10 version 2004 for
whatever reason, you’re going to be automatically upgraded to
version 21H1.

Microsoft is also planning to push Windows 10 version 21H2 and
Windows 11 to more users in the coming weeks.

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