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As it is the second Tuesday of the month, it's time to patch all supported versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. Being the fifth patch of the year, Microsoft now started rolling out the Windows 10 May 2023 Patch Tuesday (KB5026361) update for versions 20H2, 21H2, 22H2, and Windows 11 May 2023 Patch Tuesday (KB5026368, KB5026372) update for version 21H2 and 22H2.


This update adds security improvements to your Windows operating system. To know more about the fixes in this build, and to download the Windows 10 KB5026361 update offline installer, continue reading further.


Windows 10 Patch Tuesday (KB5026361) update is now available
Windows 10 Patch Tuesday (KB5026361) update is now available


Windows 10 is a service, as you are already aware, and it is constantly improved through the use of Windows Updates. The majority or all of the updates are downloaded and updated automatically if you have already turned on automatic updates.


This update applies to each of the Windows 10 versions 20H2, 21H2, and 22H2 because they all share the same core operating system and collection of system files.


Windows 10 KB5026361 Update is now rolling out to Windows 10 version 20H2, Windows 10 version 21H2, and Windows 10 version 22H2 bringing the build number to 19042.2965, 19044.2965, and 19045.2965, respectively. Continue reading for additional details and to download the offline installer for the Windows 10 KB5026361 Update.



What's new and improved in Windows 10 KB5026361 update

Microsoft has recently released the Windows 10 May 2023 update (KB5026361), which contains an important fix for a race condition in Windows Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). This update addresses an issue that has been affecting some users where the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) might stop responding when the system processes multiple local account operations at the same time.


The LSASS is a crucial component of the Windows operating system that manages security policies and authentication processes. When LSASS stops responding, it can lead to significant disruptions in system performance and potentially even cause data loss or corruption.



The root cause of this issue was a race condition in the LAPS code that was causing LSASS to become unresponsive. This problem was particularly prevalent when multiple local account operations were being processed simultaneously, leading to an access violation error code of 0xc0000005.


Fortunately, the Windows 10 May 2023 update includes the necessary fixes to address this issue. Users who have experienced LSASS-related issues in the past are strongly encouraged to update their systems as soon as possible to take advantage of these improvements.



Microsoft takes the security and stability of its products seriously, and this latest update is just one example of the company's ongoing commitment to providing a reliable and secure operating system for its users. By downloading and installing the Windows 10 May 2023 update (KB5026361), users can ensure that their systems are protected against this particular vulnerability and are operating at peak performance.



How to download Windows 10 KB5026361 update (offline installer)

You should have received this update notification if your Windows Update service is enabled. 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 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 KB5026361 update.


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