New optional updates are available for Windows 10 versions 1909, 1903, and 1809

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Microsoft yesterday released new optional updates for older versions of Windows 10, including the November 2019 Update (version 1909) and the May 2019 Update (version 1903). These two versions of the OS, which share a common base, are getting builds 18363.997 and 18362.997, respectively.

Here are the quality fixes that Microsoft highlighted for these two builds:

  • Updates an issue that might cause the Magnifier to stop working in Microsoft Excel in certain scenarios. As a result, Microsoft Excel might also stop working.
  • Updates File Explorer to allow you to delete previous terms from the search box.
  • Updates an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when you browse directories of raw images and other file types.
  • Updates an issue that prevents the system from recognizing the Windows Hello face camera.
  • Updates an issue that might prevent a Windows 10 device from reaching the internet when using a wireless wide area network (WWAN) LTE modem.
  • Updates an issue that prevents family safety features, such as time limits and activity reporting, from working on ARM64 devices.

If you’re still running the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809), this version of the OS is getting build 17763.1369. The new bits include a fix for the issue that might cause the Magnifier to stop working in Microsoft Excel in certain scenarios, plus other quality fixes.

Microsoft will likely release an optional update for the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) before the end of the month, and we’ll see what happens later this week. Keep in mind that these updates are entirely optional, and you will still get all included fixes by installing next month’s Patch Tuesday update.