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Windows 10 21H2 Build 19044.1618 adds Search Highlights and a good pack of fixes

Microsoft is releasing KB5011543 to Insiders in the Release Preview whose PCs aren't eligible to upgrade to Windows 11 and stay on Windows 10. The patch installs Windows 10 21H2 Build 19044.1618, and features Search Highlights backported from Windows 11.

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Search Highlights in Windows 10

Search Highlights is somewhat controversial change Microsoft introduced a few days ago in Windows 11. The feature rotates various blocks of information right in the search pane. There are 'this day in history', local and global events, recent docs, and similar stuff.

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For corporate users and school accounts it will highlight shared files and display a people chart.

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Now all these things are coming to Windows 10.

Microsoft is again noting that Search Highlights is an optional feature. You can disable it at any moment of time by right clicking the taskbar > Search > select/clear “Show search highlights”. For organization administrators, there are additional controls available in the M365 admin center. You can learn more about those policies here: Policy CSP – Search.

Also, Microsoft does a gradual roll-out of this new feature on domain-joined devices. A select small group of enterprise users will see it in coming month.

The official announcement also includes a huge list of improvements and fixes.

Fixes

  • New! We provided the ability to change the color of toast buttons to identify success and critical scenarios more easily for apps that send notifications using Windows notifications in the OS. This feature also makes notifications more visually compact.
  • New! We added a new policy that expands an app’s top three notifications by default in the Action Center for apps that send notifications using Windows notifications in the OS. This feature displays multiple notifications that you can interact with simultaneously.
  • We fixed an issue that causes searchindexer.exe to stop responding during a dismount operation in the Remote Desktop setup environment.
  • We fixed an issue that affects searchindexer.exe and prevents Microsoft Outlook’s offline search from returning recent emails.
  • We fixed an issue that might deactivate Windows when you change the National Language Support (NLS) version from 6.3 to 6.2.
  • We fixed an issue in which modern browsers fail to correctly render HTML that is generated by gpresult/h.
  • We fixed an issue that causes an “Access denied” exception for a file during a PowerShell test for AppLocker.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause the Group Policy Service to stop processing telemetry information for Group Policy Registry Preferences.
  • We fixed an issue that might prevent a DNS Server query resolution policy from working as expected when you specify a fully qualified domain name (FQDN) and subnet conditions.
  • We fixed a heap leak in PacRequestorEnforcement that degrades the performance of a domain controller.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the Key Distribution Center (KDC) Proxy. The KDC Proxy cannot properly obtain Kerberos tickets for signing in to Key Trust Windows Hello for Business.
  • We added support for Microsoft Account (MSA) Pass-through scenarios in Azure Active Directory (AAD) Web Account Manager (WAM).
  • We fixed an issue that logs Event ID 37 during certain password change scenarios, including failover cluster name object (CNO) or virtual computer object (VCO) password changes.
  • We fixed an issue that might unintentionally add a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) protector when you use the Silent BitLocker enablement policy.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents the User Account Control (UAC) dialog from correctly showing the application that is requesting elevated privileges.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the Move-ADObject command to fail when you move computer accounts across domains. The error message is, “Multiple values were specified for an attribute that can have only one value”.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents Event 4739 from displaying the new values of certain attributes after a policy change.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents Android device users from signing in to some Microsoft applications, such as Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Teams. This issue occurs after rolling over token signing and decrypting certificates, resetting a user’s password, or when an administrator has revoked refresh tokens.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause domain joining to fail in environments that use disjoint DNS hostnames.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents the Back button of the credentials window, where you sign in, from being visible in high contrast black mode.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from accessing Server Message Block (SMB) shares using an IP Address when SMB hardening is enabled.
  • We fixed an issue that occurs when the Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) values for SMB have not been updated for more recent platforms.
  • We fixed an issue that causes stop error 0x1E in the SMB Server (srv2.sys).
  • We fixed an issue that causes a mismatch between NetBIOS and DNS Active Directory domain names when you create a cluster.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the Network File System (NFS) redirector to stop working (error 0x50) when you convert a text file to a PDF.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer 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.

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