On its Windows 10 21H1 status page, Microsoft announced that it has begun the process of automatically updating selected computers to the new version of the process.
In the early stages, implementation is slow as Microsoft explores the landscape for problems, and Microsoft explains that they use this phase to train their machine learning model to extract combinations of hardware and settings that are likely to create problems.
We also launched the first phase of our machine learning (ML) training, targeting devices to Windows 10, version 2004, to automatically update to Windows 10, version 21H1. We will continue to train our machine learning through all phases to intelligently launch new versions of Windows 10 and provide seamless updates.
This means that at this time the update will not be automatically available to most Windows 10 users, although Microsoft notes that it is still available to searchers, ie. those running Windows 10, version 20H2, and version 2004 who manually select “Check for updates” through Windows Update.
Windows 10 21H1 is a relatively small update with the following features designed to improve the security and safety of corporate data when working from home:
What’s New in Windows 10, Version 21H1:
- Windows Hello support for multiple cameras. For devices with a built-in camera and an external camera, Windows Hello will previously use the built-in camera to authenticate the user, while applications such as Microsoft Teams are set to use the external camera. In Windows 10, version 21H1, Windows Hello and Windows Hello for Business are now the default for the external camera, when the device has both built-in and external cameras that support Windows Hello. When multiple cameras are available on the same device, Windows Hello will give priority as follows:
- SecureBio camera
- External FrameServer camera with IR + color sensors
- Internal FrameServer camera with IR + color sensors
- External camera with IR sensor
- Internal camera with IR sensor
- Sensor or other old camera data service
- Improvements to Microsoft Defender Application Guard. With Windows 10, version 21H1, end users can now open files faster while Application Guard checks for possible security issues.
- Security updates. Windows 10, version 21H1, provides security updates for the Windows platform and framework, Windows applications, Windows deployment and composition, Windows Office Media, Windows basics, Windows cryptography, Windows AI platform, Windows kernel , the virtualization of Windows, Internet Explorer, and Windows Media.
- Windows Management Tools Group Policy (WMI) service updates performance improvements to support remote work scenarios. When an administrator makes changes to a user’s or computer’s membership, those changes will spread slowly. Although the access token is eventually updated, changes will not be reflected in the troubleshooting scenario when gpresult / r or gpresult / h commands were executed. This was particularly experienced in remote work scenarios and was considered.
If you want to update right now, you can check for updates in Settings or update using the Media Creation Tool.