It’s that point of the month to provide the ultimate 2020 all-clear for putting in updates.

Microsoft has already fastened the difficulty with KB4592438 for Home windows 10 20H2 and 2004, the place in the event you have been fortunate, or fairly, unfortunate sufficient to carry out a chkdsk c: /f in your system after putting in the December updates you may need been pressured to rebuild your system — not precisely the best vacation current from Microsoft.  As I famous final week, this situation was fastened with a cryptic behind-the-scenes replace for individuals who get their updates from Home windows replace. 

For those who patch through Home windows Software program Replace Providers (WSUS), SCCM or another third-party program, the repair installs a gaggle coverage that units the next registry key:  HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetPoliciesMicrosoft
FeatureManagementOverrides, with a Dword “2372249226” = 0″.  I nonetheless am not clear about what this registry key triggers, apart from maybe blocking a function enablement. (Keep in mind, as a substitute of utilizing the chkdsk c: /f choice, you need to use the chkdsk /scan command.  This can be a a lot safer command to make use of on an SSD drive.)

KB4529964 might be put in on Home windows 10 1909 and on 1903; I’m not monitoring any main points with these releases. If you’re nonetheless working Home windows 10 1903, keep in mind that as of this launch it would not obtain safety updates.  You will want to just be sure you have moved on to a later model (akin to 1909) to keep up safety by January 2021.

Within the December Home windows 10 updates, Microsoft slipped in a brand new function within the job bar known as “Meet now.” Many customers questioned why they the icon was put in within the first place, what it was and methods to eliminate it. It permits customers to host and attend conferences remotely utilizing Skype. Luckily, there are loads of methods to take away the Meet now icon in your job bar — particularly in the event you don’t plan to make use of it. 

Microsoft didn’t launch elective updates this month in a nod to the vacation season. Sometimes, there’s a preview launch throughout the third week of the month however Microsoft historically skips these in December. As Ed Tittel explains, elective updates in Home windows 10 now additionally embody driver updates. I often skip each the elective preview updates and the driving force updates supplied to my system.

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