Introducing the next feature update to Windows 10 version 21H1

    Introducing the next feature update to Windows 10 version 21H1

    Introducing the next feature update to Windows 10 version 21H1


    Last Updated: 11 Mar 2021 at 11:15
    Today, we are introducing the next feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1. As people continue to rely on Windows more than ever to work, learn and have fun, we understand the importance of providing the best possible update experience to help people and organizations stay protected and productive. It is a responsibility we do not take lightly and why for the first time an H1 (first half of the calendar year) feature update release will be delivered in an optimized way using servicing technology, while continuing our semi-annual feature update cadence. In today’s blog I will cover details on how we plan to service the release, its scope, and next steps.

    Fast and focused

    Based on feedback and learnings during the past year of extensive remote work, learning and play, version 21H1 will be delivered with servicing technology (like that used for the monthly update process and how 20H2 was delivered). Windows 10, version 21H1 will have a scoped set of features improving security, remote access and quality. The features we are releasing in this update are focused on the core experiences that customers have told us they’re relying on most right now. So, we optimized this release to support our customers’ most pressing needs.

    New features include multicamera support for Windows Hello and security related performance improvements.

    • Windows Hello multicamera support to set the default as the external camera when both external and internal Windows Hello cameras are present.
    • Windows Defender Application Guard performance improvements including optimizing document opening scenario times.
    • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) updating performance improvement to support remote work scenarios.

    Customers running either Windows 10, version 2004 or version 20H2 who choose to update to the new release will have a fast installation experience because the update will install like a monthly update. For consumer or commercial users coming from versions of Windows 10 earlier than the May 2020 Update (version 2004), the process of updating to the new release will be the same as it has been and will work in a similar manner to previous Windows 10 feature updates, using the same tools and processes. As this Windows 10 release is targeted for the first half of 2021, all Windows 10 editions of version 21H1 will receive 18 months of servicing.

    Next steps

    Our multilayered approach to the development and launch of feature updates continues and includes fully leveraging the Windows Insider Program to obtain user feedback and data insights on quality. We will begin releasing 21H1 builds to Windows Insiders in the Beta channel today to those Insiders who seek to opt in, and new features will be offered in future Windows Insider Preview Builds as they are ready. Broad availability of Windows 10, version 21H1 will begin later in the first half of this calendar year, and we will provide more information on the release and how to get it as we get closer to the launch of this next feature update. We look forward to hearing your feedback.


    Source: Introducing the next feature update to Windows 10, version 21H1 | Windows Experience Blog

    See also: KB5000736 Windows 10 Insider Beta Channel Build 19043.844 (21H1)


    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    17 Feb 2021

  1. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 30,010
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #1

    Quite a decent review here - with a long list of specific fixes:
    Windows 10 version 21H1: All the changes so far | Windows Central
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  2. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 53,160
    Multi-boot Windows 10 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #2

    Yes, quite a list. Nowhere in the fixes does it even hint that the Task Manager Startup Impact has been fixed, let alone even acknowledged. I know, have to give them time. It's only been busted since August 2020, so no big hurry.
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  3. Posts : 138
    Windows 10 x64
       #3

    f14tomcat said:
    Yes, quite a list. Nowhere in the fixes does it even hint that the Task Manager Startup Impact has been fixed, let alone even acknowledged. I know, have to give them time. It's only been busted since August 2020, so no big hurry.
    If I may ask....Task Man startup impact?
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  4. Bree's Avatar
    Posts : 18,723
    10 Home x64 (20H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #4

    LovingWindows said:
    If I may ask....Task Man startup impact?

    Exactly what it says on the tin. The 'Start-up impact' and associated columns on Task Manager's Start-up tab never get updated. They either show values from very long ago, or none at all.

    Introducing the next feature update to Windows 10 version 21H1-image.png
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  5. f14tomcat's Avatar
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       #5

    LovingWindows said:
    If I may ask....Task Man startup impact?
    In addition, the files that are used to calculate the Impact Columns are stored in the directory:

    Introducing the next feature update to Windows 10 version 21H1-image.png

    Either the contents are empty, or the files are old, previous data, and giving a false display in Task Manager. When the directory was populated correctly, there would be five rolling xml files, current one used to do the Impact calcs.
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