Microsoft just outed a new cumulative update for Windows 10 devices. The patch is rolling out via Windows Update and the direct download links for Windows 10 KB4345421 are also available on Microsoft’s website.
Windows 10 KB4345421 is the second such update published this month after the first one landed six days ago on Patch Tuesday. The patch for Windows 10 April 2018 Update bumps the system to Build 17134.166, and unlike the previous patch, this one is focused on non-security fixes.
Most of the changes are however aimed at enterprises and businesses but the performance related improvements are included in this package. The users are recommended to install the patch by navigating to Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update. You can also download the offline installers from the below links and upgrade multiple PCs.
KB4345421 Download Links for Windows 10
Windows 10 KB4345421 Direct Download Links: 32-bit (x86) and 64-bit.
KB4345421 Windows 10 17134.166 Full Changelog
Microsoft says that the patch for Windows 10 April 2018 Update has addressed an issue that may cause some devices with network monitoring workloads to receive an unexpected error. As noted above, most of the changes are aimed at enterprises and businesses.
For example, deploying this update will address issues with DHCP Failover server which resulted in a loss of connectivity for enterprises. In addition to the aforementioned changes, the fix for an issue that may cause the restart of the SQL Server service to fail has been deployed.
There are no known issues this time, which means that your computer should be able to install the patch correctly without breaking anything.
It is worth noting that the security updates are typically rolled out on Patch Tuesday and the next batch of security fixes will be released on second Tuesday of August. Microsoft uses Patch Tuesday to address major security vulnerabilities in its products.
Windows 10 April 2018 Update is available for everyone
Microsoft recently announced that Windows 10 now has more than 700 million active devices and over 250 million PCs are already running the April 2018 update. Microsoft says that the update is being operated by 35% of the user base and this number would grow pretty quickly now that the update is available for everyone regardless of the region and other factors.
“Artificial Intelligence continues to be a key area of investment for Microsoft, and we’re pleased to announce that for the first time we’ve leveraged AI at scale to greatly improve the quality and reliability of the Windows 10 April 2018 Update rollout,” explained John Cable, Director of Program Management, Windows Servicing and Delivery.
The road towards the release of the April 2018 update was quite a bumpy one but the company has since released several patches to address issues with File Explorer, Intel SSDs, Toshiba SSDs, Alienware PCs and more.