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Windows 10 update history

Microsoft has pushed out a cumulative update for Windows 10 for PCs, and also published a dedicated Windows 10 update history page for changelogs.

Updates for the Windows 10 is coming thick and fast with the latest being a cumulative update – KB3135173 – for PCs. With the latest update, the OS build gets bumped to 10586.104.

Also, the .104 update released on February 9 is what has come to be known over the years as the Patch Tuesday update and comes with a whole lot of bug fixes and optimizations targeted at Windows 10 PC users.

Microsoft has listed the following improvements and enhancements that the latest update comes with:

  • Fixed issues with authentication, update installation, and operating system installation.
  • Fixed issue with Microsoft Edge browser caching visited URLs while using InPrivate browsing.
  • Fixed issue that didn’t allow simultaneous install of apps from the Windows Store and updates from Windows Update.
  • Fixed issue that delayed the availability of songs added to the Groove Music app in Windows 10 Mobile.
  • Improved security in the Windows kernel.
  • Fixed security issues that could allow remote code execution when malware is run on a target system.
  • Fixed security issues in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 that could allow code from a malicious website to be installed and run on a device.
  • Fixed additional issues with the Windows UX, Windows 10 Mobile, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, and taskbar.
  • Fixed additional security issues with .NET Framework, Windows Journal, Active Directory Federation Services, NPS Radius Server, kernel-mode drivers, and WebDAV.

In addition, Windows maker has also published a new Windows 10 update history page — similar to Surface update history page — where the company will provide more details about Windows 10 cumulative updates.

Moreover, the Windows 10 update history page also mentions there being two Windows 10 updates being released simultaneously. Apart from the above update that applies to Windows 10 Version 1511 (Build 10586) that was released on November 12th, 2015, the other update applies to Windows 10 Build 10240 (the initial release) that was launched in July 2015.

Speaking of the latter, the KB3135174 for Build 10240 bumps the OS build to 10240.16682 and comes with the following improvements:

  • Improved installation time of updates.
  • Fixed issue with Microsoft Edge browser caching visited URLs while using InPrivate browsing.
  • Improved Silverlight performance.
  • Fixed issue that didn’t allow a Windows 10 PC to remotely configure a server.
  • Fixed issue with pictures and tables not displaying in Windows Journal.
  • Fixed security issues that could allow remote code execution when malware is run on a target system.
  • Fixed security issues in Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11 that could allow code from a malicious website to be installed and run on a device.
  • Fixed additional issues with Input Method Editors (IMEs), Direct Access, assigned access, peripheral device detection, barcode scanning, Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, and scripting.
  • Fixed additional security issues with .NET Framework, PDF library, Windows Journal, kernel-mode drivers, Remote Desktop, and WebDAV.

Since both updates are all about fixes and enhancements and do not introduce any new features, there is the new Windows 10 update history site to look forward to that contains all the detailed changelogs pertaining to the cumulative updates being rolled out. This marks a complete reversal of the strategy Microsoft previously adopted that ruled out revealing any information about its updates.

As for owners of the Microsoft Surface range of 2-in-1 devices, there are no firmware updates made available which are as per the usual Microsoft policy of releasing Patch Tuesday updates separately from the Surface firmware updates.

Windows 10 Mobile Insiders though can expect the latest build 10586.104 very soon even though Microsoft is yet to announce anything definitive on this. However, with the said update finding mention in the changelog does point to the .104 build reaching Windows 10 mobiles as soon as perhaps the next few days itself.

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