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Weekly Digest: Windows 10 May 2021 Update edition

In case you missed it, Windows 10 May 2021 Update launched, Microsoft Teams personal is now a thing, Windows 10X got canceled, IE is retiring, and more tips to get the most out of your PC.

This week on Pureinfotech: Microsoft has finally launched the Windows 10 May 2021 Update (version 21H1) as an optional update for devices running version 20H2 and 2004. This is the eleventh refresh since the original release and is a minor update that includes a small set of features and improvements.

The company is currently throttling the rollout to ensure that only computers known to have a smooth update experience receive the new version. If you know your software and hardware configuration is compatible, you can always trigger the upgrade manually using Windows Update. Alternatively, you can also download and install the enablement package to apply version 21H1 manually.

In the case that you have a device running version 1909 or an older version, you can use the Update Assistant or Media Creation Tool to upgrade to the newest version of Windows 10.

Alongside the rollout, Microsoft published the list of known issues blocking the May 2021 Update, which this time around is not a long list, but it would help you determine whether you should install version 21H1 or wait a little longer. Furthermore, the company also revealed the features that have been removed or deprecated with this release.

In other Windows 10 news, build 21387 was made available in the Dev Channel, which finally removes Internet Explorer and introduces a slew of fixes.

The update KB5003212 was made available as a preview and as an optional update for devices still running Windows 10 versions 1909 and 1809 with several non-security features that users will be getting during the next Patch Tuesday rollout.

Microsoft announced that it will end support for Internet Explorer 11 for Windows 10 on June 15, 2022. However, the company will no disable the browser from older versions, including Windows 10 LSTC, Windows 8.1, and Windows 7.

The company also confirmed this week that it won’t bring the Windows 10X variant of the operating system to market. Instead, it will bring the best features and ideas to the desktop version of Windows 10, and many of these technologies are already expected to arrive with version 21H2 (Sun Valley).

After many months of development, the personal version of Microsoft Teams, which is similar to the business version of the service, but with features tailored to friends and family. The service is available on iOS, Android, web, and desktop.

In case you missed it, you can also download the pick of the week theme: Liquid Jewels to refresh your desktop.

Tech tips roundup

This week, you also learned a bunch of tips to get the most out of Windows 10, including the steps to perform a clean install of the May 2021 Update.

We looked into the steps to uninstall version 21H1 if it is causing problems or when the computer won’t boot after the installation.

Since the new version of Windows 10 is a small update that does not significantly change the overall experience, you can use these steps to confirm whether or not the new version is already installed on your computer.

You now know the steps to download the Windows 10 21H1 ISO file directly from the Microsoft servers without the need for the Media Creation Tool. If you want to download the ISO file for version 20H2, then use these instructions.

In addition, we also looked into the steps to troubleshoot and resolve Wi-Fi problems after installing the Windows 10 May 2021 Update on your laptop or desktop.

If you use the Windows Terminal app, you can use this guide to enable the dark theme or change the color scheme.

Finally, as part of the version 21H2 development, we looked into the steps to enable the new HDR for apps using ICC profiles to display colors more accurately on HDR-capable displays.