Microsoft has released the package KB5004296 Preview, an optional cumulative update for versions of Windows 10 2004, Windows 10 20H2, and Windows 10 21H1. The update solves, according to the development team, the problems with video games that have plagued some Windows 10 users for several months.
The new KB5004296 is part of the monthly “C” updates, which allow users to test the upcoming fixes scheduled for next month’s Patch Tuesday. Unlike the Patch Tuesday cumulative updates, this update only contains bug fixes, performance improvements, and enhancements to existing features, and does not include any security updates.
Windows users can installare l’update KB5004296 by accessing Settings, clicking Windows Update, and selecting“Check for updates”. As this is an optional update, the user will be prompted to click the download and install button before starting the process. L’update KB5004296 it can also be downloaded manually from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
The problem that KB5004296 solves on Windows 10
As of March, some Windows 10 users have reported performance issues with some video games, such as stuttering and low and unstable frame rates, regardless of the hardware installed. Over time, NVIDIA has advised its users to uninstall all recent updates to resolve the issue, while in April Microsoft released a Known Issue Rollback (KIR). Despite the intervention of the development team, however, the performance problems with the games remained for several users.
Problems should be solved with KB5004296, with Microsoft claiming to have specifically fixed an issue that prevented power settings and Game Mode from working properly, causing lower-than-expected FPS and reduced performance overall. In the changelog Microsoft explains the news as follows: “An issue has been fixed that prevents Power Plans and Game Mode from working as intended. This results in low frame rates and reduced performance during gameplay.”.
The other news of KB5004296
On KB5004296 there are no security fixes, only various types of optimizations. Here is the changelog in English reported by Microsoft (here the complete list of changes):
- Updates an issue that prevents gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
- Updates an issue that prevents you from entering textusing the Input Method Editor (IME).This might occur, for example, after startup if you have set the power options to shut down a laptop by closing its lid.
- Updates an issue that plays the sound for selecting something in a game loudly when you pressthe trigger button on a game controller.
- Updates an issue that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. This results in lower frame rates and reduced performance while gaming.
- Updatesan issue that fails to detect that you are connected to the internet after you connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
- Updates an issue that causes printing to stop or prints the wrong output. This issue occurs when you print using a USB connection after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 or later.