Windows 10 May 2022 cumulative update, with various bug fixes and general improvements, is on its way to all consumers and organizations. The Tuesday May 2022 Patch doesn’t look like a major release as it includes less consumer-focused improvements, especially when compared to the April 2022 Update.
Specifically, this patch fixed up to 75 vulnerabilities (which could allow remote code execution or elevation of privileges), eight of which were classified as “Critical”. According to the release notes, Microsoft fixed 21 Elevation of Privilege security issues, Feature Bypass Vulnerabilities, 26 Remote Code Execution bugs, and more.
In addition to the issues mentioned above, the company seems to have focused on three zero-day errors, including an issue with the NTLM Relay Attack, where an unauthenticated attacker could abuse the calling method and use the LSARPC interface to authenticate the attacker using NTLM.
How to Install?
You can follow the steps below to install the May 2022 cumulative updates on your operating system. Additionally, this update will reach Windows 10 version 21H2, 21H1 and 20H2 users.
- Open Windows Settings by right-clicking on the Start icon in Windows 10.
- Click Update & Security.
- Go to the “Windows Update” section.
- Select the “Check for updates” option.
- Click the “Install now” button and reboot the system to complete the installation.
We can say that Windows 10 is now in the background. All cumulative updates and even features are based on the 2004 version of the operating system. All versions after the 2004 version are actually based on this version of Windows 10, as Microsoft has shifted its focus to the development of Windows 11 or Sun Valley.
Although the base version for all later builds is 2004, the build revision number is still different for all versions. For example, Microsoft says you’ll get build number 19044.1645 if you stay on the November 2021 Update. Likewise, if you’re still on the May 2021 Update, your system will be upgraded to build number 19043.1645. The build and version numbers are different, but the bug fixes or changelog are exactly the same.
- KB5013963 for version 1507 (Build 10240.19297).
- KB5013952 for version 1607 (Build 14393.5125).
- KB5013941 for version 1809 (Build 17763.2928).
- KB5013945 (Build 18363.2274) for version 1909.
- KB5013942 for v2004, 20H2, v21H1, 21H2 (Builds 19042.1706, 19043.1706 and 19044.1706).
What Has Changed With The Windows 10 May Patch?
If we look at the official release notes, this update only focuses on security issues, but there are some improvements as well. For example, the company fixed an issue that caused Internet Explorer to break and the browser to crash when you copy and paste text.
A serious bug has been fixed in this release where users could encounter black screen issues when trying to login or logout from the desktop. Additionally, another bug has been fixed that caused the News & Interests panel to appear on the screen without any manual action (clicking, tapping, or hovering).
Windows 10 version 21H2 receives update Build 19044.1706 (KB5013942). Let’s take a look at some notable changes:
- Fixed an issue where Internet Explorer would stop working when you copy and paste text using an Input Method Editor (IME).
- Fixed a crash where some users were experiencing a black screen when they signed in or signed out.
- Fixed an issue that could cause a Microsoft OneDrive file to lose focus after renaming it and pressing Enter.
- Fixed an issue that caused the news and interests panel to appear unintentionally.
- Fixed an issue that prevented you from changing an expired password when you signed in to a Windows device.
- Reduced the load that occurs in high input/output operations per second (IOPS) scenarios when multiple threads are working on a single file.
- Resolved a bug that could cause Windows to stop working when you apply a Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) policy that does not require a reboot.
- Fixed an issue that incorrectly returned Execution Policy settings from the registry.
End of Support for Windows 10 Version 20H2
As of May 10, Microsoft has ended support for Windows 10 version 20H2. Version 20H2 has received its last cumulative update with the KB5013942 update. All consumer editions of Windows 10 20H2 reached end of service today, including Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations editions.