What’s new in Windows 10 version 21H1

Here's what's new in Windows 10 version 21H1, the feature update to Windows 10 version 20H2 and version 2004.

Microsoft has finished development of Windows 10 version 21H1. It is a matter of a few weeks before we will get our hands on the stable release of this OS. Let's see what's new in this release.

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Windows 10 21H1 is a minor update. It will quickly get installed over the existing 2004/20H2 instance, like a monthly cumulative update. The same process could be earlier seen for 1903 -> 1909 update, and again for the 2004 -> 20H2 transition. However, users who come to 21H1 from versions older than 2004 will experience the full feature upgrade procedure. Windows 10 21H1 has the same hardware requirements as Windows 10 20H2. You will find some visible improvements and new features, but overall you can describe the Windows 10 21H1 update as quite a small one. Let's take a look on its changes.

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What's new in Windows 10 version 21H1

  • Windows Hello multicamera support: You can now set your external camera to be your default camera for user recognition if you have both external and internal Windows Hello cameras connected simultaneously.
  • Windows Defender Application Guard has got performance improvements. This includes faster document opening.
  • Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) Group Policy Service (GPSVC) performance improvements. It now work faster "to support remote work scenarios".

The OS also contains plenty of minor fixes. However, they are also available for all earlier releases and are already available in Windows 10 with cumulative updates. Microsoft describes the release as follows.

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.

Microsoft will release Windows 10 version 21H1 to consumers in March or April 2021 with  KB4598291. It will eventually appear as an optional upd​ate for Windows 10 2004 and Windows 10 20H2. As you may have already guessed, it is an enablement package that turns the mentioned versions into Build 19043.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer from Russia who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

4 thoughts on “What’s new in Windows 10 version 21H1”

  1. There are many complaints about the request for a pin to log in to windows and the difficulty in avoiding that step. Could the next update of winaero configure it to avoid that step.

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