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Windows 10 has a new optional update that makes important fixes

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Windows 10 has a new optional update that makes important fixes, including resolving some performance issues and crashes with File Explorer, a major part of the operating system.

For the uninitiated, File Explorer simply refers to the windows on the desktop that you use to browse your folders and files.

The KB5000842 patch cures a memory leak problem with this central part of the UI, which can slow down the operation of your PC. It also fixes some freezing problems when filters are used for an inline search in File Explorer. KB5000842 is an optional update (preview) for the two most recent versions of Windows 10 that were deployed over the past year, namely the May 2020 update and the October 2020 update.

Windows 10 has a new optional update that makes important

As it is optional, you will have to search for it manually on Windows Update to install the patch – otherwise, it will not reach your PC.

These fixes have already been seen in a recent preview of the 21H1 update, but can now be applied to non-tester PCs (but remember: they are still in preview form).

HDR

In addition to the important work of tuning the performance of File Explorer, the patch offers a useful solution for those who have HDR monitors and are facing a problem where the colors look ‘much darker’ than they should.

KB5000842 also solves some problems with 7.1 surround sound, out-of-sync video playback when using duplicate mode on multiple monitors, as well as a nasty bugbear where a device may stop working when you delete things that are synced to OneDrive.

As always, with any optional upgrade, it is best to just dive in if your machine is frustratedly affected by one of the problems mentioned above. As a visualization update, it is still in testing, so installing it can have unintended consequences.

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