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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Patch Tuesday August 2021 Updates

Microsoft today is releasing Patch Tuesday updates which include a fix for the PrintNightmare vulnerability and other fixes. Here’s what to expect.

It’s that time of the month again when Microsoft releases new cumulative updates for all supported versions of Windows 10 as part of Patch Tuesday. This is the eighth round of updates for the OS this year and follows last month’s Patch Tuesday updates which were in the form of KB5004237. Today’s updates come as KB5005033 and will cover versions 2004, 20H2, and 21H1.

Windows 10 August Patch Tuesday

These updates will bump your build to 19041.1165, 19042.1165, or 19043.1165 based on the version you are currently running. The main thing these updates include is security and quality improvements. Including three zero-day vulnerabilities and fixes the nagging PrintNightmare vulnerability that allows bad actors to gain access to system-level privileges by connecting to a remote print server.

In addition, the patch also includes the following fixes:

  • Changes the default privilege requirement for installing drivers when using Point and Print. After installing this update, you must have administrative privileges to install drivers. If you use Point and Print, see KB5005652, Point and Print Default Behavior Change, and CVE-2021-34481 for more information.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from entering text using the Input Method Editor (IME). This might occur, for example, after startup if you have set the power options to shut down a laptop by closing its lid.
  • We fixed an issue with an MDM service that fails to correctly apply certain junk mail rules.
  • We fixed an issue that always reports the update build revision (UBR) as zero (0) on a device during enrollment to an MDM service.
  • We fixed an issue with auditing events 4624 and 5142 that display the wrong event template when Dutch is the display language.
  • We fixed an issue that causes System Integrity to leak memory.
  • We fixed an issue that plays the sound for selecting something in a game loudly when you press the trigger button on a game controller.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. This results in lower frame rates and reduced performance while
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from accessing a network drive that maps to a Distributed File System (DFS) root after you sign out.

Get Windows 10 Updates

If automatic updates are enabled on your system, you should see the new updates in the next couple of days. Or you can stay on top of things by manually heading to Settings > Update & Security > Microsoft Update to check and download the updates.

Older versions of Windows 10 may receive updates today, too. Make sure to read the documentation on the Windows 10 Update History page for your version’s full release notes.

If something breaks after you install today’s updates and cannot be resolved by Microsoft’s documented workarounds you can roll them back.

For more on how to do that, makes sure to read our article: How to Uninstall a Windows 10 Cumulative Update.

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