Microsoft released a new cumulative update (KB5004296) for Windows 10 version 21H1, Windows 10 version 20H2, and Windows 10 version 2004. As this came as an optional update, it won't be downloaded automatically. You will have to manually click on the "Download and Install" link from the Windows Update settings page.


The latest cumulative update (KB5004296) build includes performance improvements and bug fixes for Microsoft Windows 10. For a detailed list of improvements, and the offline installer, continue reading below.


Windows 10 update KB5004296 adds new improvements for Windows 10 version 21H1, Windows 10 version 20H2, and Windows 10 version 2004


As you already know that Windows 10 is a service, it gets better through periodic software updates via the Windows Updates. If you have already enabled the automatic updates, its automatically downloads and updates all or most of the updates.


There are some updates that Microsoft feels like an unimportant one but good to have. Microsoft marks those as an Optional Update and that requires user intervention to download and install. The latest Windows 10 cumulative update (KB5004296) is one of them.


As the Windows 10 versions 21H1, 20H2, and 2004 share a common core operating system and an identical set of system files, this update comes to all those listed operating system versions.



Windows 10 update KB5004296 for versions 21H1, 20H2 and 2004

Windows 10 update KB5004296 comes with the following fixes and improvements:

  • Updates an issue that prevents gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
  • Updates an issue that prevents you from entering text using the Input Method Editor (IME). This might occur, for example, after startup if you have set the power options to shut down a laptop by closing its lid.
  • Updates an issue that plays the sound for selecting something in a game loudly when you press the trigger button on a game controller.
  • Updates an issue that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. This results in lower frame rates and reduced performance while gaming.
  • Updates an issue that fails to detect that you are connected to the internet after you connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
  • Updates an issue that causes printing to stop or prints the wrong output. This issue occurs when you print using a USB connection after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 or later.



How to download KB5004296 update for Windows 10

If your Windows Update service is enabled, you should have received this update notification which will be listed as an optional update. If not, open the Windows 10 Settings app, navigate to Windows Update and click "Check for Updates". Then click the "Download and Install" link to start downloading the Windows 10 update KB5004296.


You can also manually download this update by clicking here. This is an official direct download link for Windows 10 KB5004296 update.


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