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As it is the second Tuesday of the month, it's time for patching all supported versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. Being the second patch of the year, Microsoft now started rolling out the February 2022 Patch Tuesday update (KB5010342) for Windows 10 versions 20H2, 21H1, and 21H2.


This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. To know more about the fixes in this build, and to download the Windows 10 KB5010342 update offline installer, continue reading further.


Windows 10 Patch Tuesday (KB5010342) update is now available


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.


As the Windows 10 versions 21H2, 21H1, and 20H2 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 KB5010342 Update is now rolling out to Windows 10 version 20H2, Windows 10 version 21H1, and Windows 10 version 21H2 bringing the builds number to 19042.1526, 19043.1526, and 19044.1526, respectively. For more information, and to download the offline installer for Windows 10 KB5010342 Update, continue reading more.



What's new and improved in Windows 10 KB5010342 update

This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. Servicing stack updates (SSU) ensure that you have a robust and reliable servicing stack so that your devices can receive and install Microsoft updates.


According to the release notes, this build addresses an issue that causes a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) modify operation to fail if the operation contains the SamAccountName and UserAccountControl attributes. The error message is Error: 0x20EF. The directory service encountered an unknown failure.


Apart from this, the build also includes the following fixes:

  • Fixed an issue where lsass.exe could stop working and the device would restart. This issue occurs if you query Windows NT Directory Services (NTDS).
  • Fixed an issue that fails to apply the Group Policy Object (GPO).
  • Fixed an issue that prevents Robocopy from retrying the file copy process.
  • Fixed issues with verbose Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).
  • Fixed a memory leak that occurs when you call WinVerifyTrust().


REMINDER: Windows 10, version 2004 reached the end of servicing on December 14, 2021. To continue receiving security and quality updates, Microsoft recommends that you update to the latest version of Windows 10.



How to download Windows 10 KB5010342 update (offline installer)

If your Windows Update service is enabled, you should have received this update notification. If not, open the Windows 10 Settings app, navigate to Windows Update and click the "Check for Updates" button.


If you own multiple Windows 10 devices or if you would like to patch the systems manually, you can download the offline installer by clicking here. This is an official direct download link for Windows 10 KB5010342 update.


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