By Delia / Last update January 27, 2022

Windows 10 KB5009596 has been released with a new feature to help you migrate to Windows 11. In addition, the Windows 10 optional update comes with a number of general improvements and fixes, including fixes for issues with all Bluetooth devices.

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KB5009596 brings the new feature "Sync Your Settings"

KB5009596 is an optional update that is much safer than being available as a Windows Insider preview. If you're having problems with your Windows 10 installation and you don't want to wait for the mandatory "Patch Tuesday" rollout in February, you can choose to install this optional update.

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The main highlight of the latest optional update is support for a new feature called "Sync Your Settings". This backup feature allows you to maintain a list of installed applications in your Microsoft account so that you can easily restore them after migrating to Windows 11 on the same device or on another device.

This feature is apparently part of Microsoft's efforts to migrate transitioning users to Windows 11, and it will be rolled out to everyone in the coming weeks. In addition, a bug has been fixed where Get-TPM PowerShell (the command to check TPM information for Windows 11) would show the error message "0x80090011".

What’s new in Windows 10 KB5009596 (Build 19044.1503)

Microsoft is updating the News and interests widget with a new feature that will allow users to manage their Microsoft Edge profiles directly. As usual, you can manage Edge profiles from the News and interests tab of your browser.

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In terms of bug fixes, Windows 10 Build 19044.1503 has fixed an issue where the UI automation feature could break the Outlook desktop client. Similarly, Microsoft has addressed an issue where Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 (WSL2) could stop working properly when you enabled fast boot.

A bug has been fixed where some applications could crash when using the Pen Tactile API. Another bug was that devices were reporting themselves as not meeting the requirements for conditional access.

Microsoft has also fixed an issue that could break printing, where the printer would print the wrong output if you were using USB on Windows 10 version 2004 or later. Another glitch has been fixed that occurred when playing certain surround sound audio in Microsoft Edge, especially when browsing platforms like Netflix.

The Windows 10 update also addresses an issue that affected remote desktop screens, especially when your software uses Advanced Video Coding (AVC).

Other fixes and improvements included in the update.

  • Internet Explorer has been updated with a new banner that will remind users of its pre-announced retirement schedule.
  • Microsoft has fixed a performance issue that caused vpnike.dll and rasmans.dll to deadlock.
  • Microsoft has fixed a critical bug that crashed the operating system with the ambiguous error message IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL.