Microsoft are preparing to ship the latest update to Windows 10, the Windows 10 November 2021 Update. The update which is also known as 21H2 will be available for Windows 10 devices not being offered Windows 11. Microsoft say the build will be 19044.1288 and its available via Windows Update and available as an ISO. I am not sure why its 1288 since 19044.1319 was released this week to the release preview ring for Windows Insiders.

What are the changes to Windows 10 21H2?

There are only a few changes with Microsoft saying they focused on security and productivity:

Windows 10, version 21H2 will have a scoped set of features focused on productivity and security, prioritized to meet our customers’ needs based on feedback. New features focused on productivity, management and security include:

Adding WPA3 H2E standards support for enhanced Wi-Fi security

Windows Hello for Business introduces a new deployment method called cloud trust to support simplified passwordless deployments and achieve a deploy-to-run state within a few minutes

GPU compute support in the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux on Windows (EFLOW) deployments for machine learning and other compute intensive workflows

We added a new policy that creates generic strings and removes branding-specific terms, such as “Windows” or “PC”, for IoT Enterprise editions. For example, we changed “computer” to “device”. Instead of “Getting Windows ready,” we changed that to “Getting things ready” and so on. These generic strings are displayed on a user’s screen when an update is in progress

There will also be security fixes in the release.

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