Microsoft is now rolling out the last optional patch of the year to Windows 10 version 20H2 and version 2004. Microsoft has also published the direct download links for Windows 10 KB4586853 offline installers.
Windows 10 KB4586853 is an optional update, which means two things – it will not download or install automatically and it comes with a long list of fixes. If you’re not interested, you can skip the patch and get these fixes next week as part of the mandatory Patch Tuesday release.
Windows 10 Build 19042.662 is rolling out to systems running version 2004 and 20H2. To install the update, you need to follow these steps:
- Open Settings > Update & Security > Windows Updates.
- Click on ‘View optional updates’.
- Select the patch you want to apply and click on ‘Download and install’.
In the update screen, you’ll see the following patch today:
2020-11 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 10 Version 20H2 for x64-based Systems (KB4586853).
If you’re unable to install the patch via the Settings app, you can also grab the offline installer from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
Download Links for Windows 10 KB4586853
Windows 10 KB4586853 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and 32-bit (x86).
Windows 10 KB4586853 (Build 19042.662) Full Changelog
The screen-reading tool ‘Narrator’ that’s built into the operating system is getting improvements in this release. The patch, according to Microsoft, has fixed an issue that causes stability problems with Windows Narrator. The bug causes the Narrator to freeze when you unlock your device.
For gamers, Microsoft is fixing an issue that prevents users from locating their connected Xbox consoles on Windows 10. Another bug has been resolved where the Xbox Game Bar doesn’t work properly.
Microsoft is also patching an issue that breaks USB 3.0 hubs. The problem was first reported after Microsoft started rolling out November cumulative update to users and it was observed when users restart their device or set it to hibernate.
Windows 10 Build 19042.662 also comes with fixes for the Windows 10 Mail app and Windows Mixed Reality headsets.
By default, Windows 10 shows the recent items in the jump list (a menu which can be accessed when you right-click on taskbar icons). With today’s patch, Microsoft says it has finally fixed an issue that prevents jump list items from functioning properly.
The optional cumulative update also addresses black screen bug, system crashes and fixes problems with legacy tools including the Microsoft Management Console (MMC).
As we mentioned above, the above fixes will be included in the mandatory Patch Tuesday updates next week, so you can choose to not this ‘optional preview’ release if you’re not interested.