Update KB5000842, which is part of the March 2021 update cycle, is available on computers running versions 20H2 and 2004. For those who wish to update their systems manually or for those who have installation problems, there are direct links below.
KB5000842 is an optional update and will raise the build number on your system to Windows 10 Build 19042.906. There are no new features in this update, but it looks like it could be the first update with performance enhancements for File Explorer.
To update visit Windows Update and click on "Check for Updates". The following update will appear
2021-03 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 10 Version 20H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5000842)
If you encounter problems when applying the cumulative update you can download the installer from the link below.
Windows 10 KB4601382 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and 32-bit (x86).
With this update, Microsoft is finally fixing the "Computing Filters" message when you use filters in File Explorer search results.
Fixed another error where the search filter freezes or stops responding when users try to change the type of filter being used (for example, file type or date).
Microsoft has also fixed some performance issues caused by explorer.exe, which is responsible for File Explorer, Taskbar, Action Center, and other important operating system components.
In addition to File Explorer fixes, Microsoft has also fixed a problem where some screens display darker colors than expected. This only happens when you use the HDR feature, a feature only available for selected monitors.
Fixed another error where video playback sync does not work when using multiple monitors.
This cumulative update will also address an issue where the system stops responding to mouse or keyboard inputs when users delete files / folders that are synchronized with OneDrive.
As with any other optional update, you should avoid it unless you are experiencing the problems listed above. You can even wait until the next Patch Tuesday to receive the optional updates, mandatory along with the security updates.
The next Patch Tuesday is scheduled to be released on April 13, 2021.