Update Windows 10 KB5003214 Cumulative Update Preview Released

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Microsoft has released the optional KB5003214 Preview cumulative update for Windows 10 2004, Windows 10 20H2, and Windows 10 21H1.

This cumulative update is part of Microsoft's May 2021 monthly "C" update, allowing users to preview the upcoming updates and fixes scheduled for the forthcoming June 2021 Patch Tuesday.
What's new in Windows 10 KB5003214

After installing this update, Windows 10 2004 will be updated to build 19041.1013, Windows 10 20H2 will be updated to build 19042.1013, and Windows 10 21H1 will be updated to build 19043.1013.

The Windows 10 KB5003214 cumulative update preview includes 35 improvements or fixes, with the highlighted ones listed below:
  • News and interests on the taskbar is now available to anyone who installs this update!
  • Improves the hover experience by adding the Open on hover option (checked by default) on the News and interests submenu that appears when you right-click the Windows taskbar.
  • Updates an issue that might prevent users from opening phone apps that are pinned to the taskbar. This issue occurs after they update to Windows 10, version 2004 and then use the Your Phone app.
  • Updates an issue that prevents a touch device from working as a serial mouse in multiple monitor situations.
  • Updates an issue that might display items on the desktop after you have deleted them from the desktop.
  • Updates an error that might cause video playback to fail when you switch from an external high-dynamic-range (HDR) display to a built-in non-HDR display.
  • Updates an issue that fails to apply the spatial audio effect to sounds when you enable spatial audio.
  • Updates an issue with noise when you enable spatial audio and use Bluetooth USB headphones.
  • Updates an issue that prevents users from receiving geographic location information.
When cumulative updates are released, Microsoft also shares the known issues or conflicts that exist with the update.

With this release, there are five known issues with KB5003214:
  • A long-standing disappearing certificate issue.
  • Problems with the Input Method Editor (IME) and Furigana characters.
  • Performance issues in games.
  • High-pitched noises when playing 5.1 Dolby Digital audio
  • Microsoft Edge Legacy may be removed without it being replaced by the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge.
 

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Microsoft has addressed some of the annoyances reported by users of the newly released Windows 10 'News and Interests' feature in the latest preview update released for Windows 10 2004, 20H2, and 21H1.

Using News and Interests, Windows 10 displays news stories and articles matching a profile of the logged-in users' interests based on their historically read content and various widgets with 'snackable' local forecast, sports, stocks, and traffic information.

Microsoft improved the News and Interests hover experience this week by adding an 'Open on hover' option (checked by default) to its taskbar submenu to prevent accidentally opening the News and Interests user interface.

By unchecking this option, you can make sure that the widget will not pop up every time you hover your mouse over it.

If you still find the new feature annoying even after toggling off the hover pop-ups, you can disable it altogether by right-clicking on any empty portion of your taskbar, selecting 'News and interests,' and then clicking 'Turn off.'

The company also added a "Reduce taskbar updates' option to the taskbar submenu to further improve the users' experience.
News and interests update

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Windows 10 KB5003214 update causes taskbar display glitches​

The latest Windows 10 2004, 20H2, and 21H1 preview update is causing display issues and glitches on the taskbar's system tray.

Since installing this update, numerous users report that the system tray in the Windows 10 taskbar began having display glitches where tray icons disappear, get pushed to the right, overlay each other, or get pushed off the edge of the screen.

"I'm experiencing an issue that I've traced to the new "News and interests" taskbar feature. I got this feature recently - within the last few weeks, I don't recall exactly because I shut it off immediately - and things were fine," a user posted on Reddit.

"But after a few updates yesterday (21H1, KB5003214, KB5003254), the notification area in the far right edge of the taskbar began behaving strangely."

An example of these display glitches is shown below, where you can see the system tray icons all overlaying each other in a mess.

System tray display glitches

System tray display glitches
Source: Reddit
 
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