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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19044.1149 (21H2)

Written By published July 20, 2021

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10, version 21H2 Build 19044.1149 (KB5004296) to the Release Preview Channel.

As a reminder, this update will apply to Windows Insiders in Release Preview already on Windows 10, version 21H2 (Build 19044.1147) and Insiders who were moved from the Beta Channel to the Release Preview Channel because their PC did not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11. For those Insiders already on Windows 10, version 21H2, this update will come through automatically via Windows Update. For Insiders not yet on 21H2, if this update is available for you, it will be offered via our “seeker” experience which means these Insiders will need to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and choose to download and install Windows 10, version 21H2.

This update includes the following change in addition to all the improvements listed as part of Build 19044.1147:

  • We added a new policy that creates generic strings and removes branding-specific terms, such as “Windows” or “PC”, for IoT Enterprise editions. For example, we changed “computer” to “device”. Instead of “Getting Windows ready,” we changed that to “Getting things ready” and so on. These generic strings are displayed on a user’s screen when an update is in progress.

To check and see if you’re running Windows 10, version 21H2, just type “winver” into the Windows search box on the Taskbar. It should show as “Version 21H2”.

For all the details on the upcoming Windows 10, version 21H2 release – check out John Cable’s blog post.

The Windows Insider Program Team