6 Issues Microsoft Tweaked and Fastened on October 2021’s Patch Tuesday

In October 2021, Windows saw a number of new updates as part of Microsoft's monthly tradition called "Patch Tuesday". They will mainly consist of the same few problems we encountered before such as: B. the problems with the printer spool and the notorious driver problems. This time, however, Microsoft decided, among other things, to include its Internet browser in the mix.

So let's explore all of the new things that were introduced on Patch Tuesday October 2021

1. The Microsoft Edge updates

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Since its launch in January 2020, Microsoft Edge has announced some fantastic new features and quickly climbed into the ranks of elite web browsers.

With the latest October update, the developers have decided to add some new elements that will make it easier for users to navigate the tabs.

Usually you would press at the same time Ctrl + Tab to scroll through the tabs. On the other hand, it is also common for a Windows user to browse apps with Alt + Tab. The problem with this is that this can sometimes lead to a mental block; with some users mistakenly using one for the other.

The new update removes that indecision by letting you use Alt + Tab to scroll through apps as well as tabs on Microsoft Edge.

In addition, users can now pin their favorite websites to the system tray for easy access, bypassing web browser paperwork, and saving time in the process.

Move your cursor to the three dots in the upper right corner of your Microsoft Edge browser and select More tools from the drop-down list. Choose here Pin it to the system tray.

2. Revision of the start menu and the taskbar

The start menu has been changed; but only to the extent of its coloring. It now has a sleeker design with all of the icons in the same light tone color to be easy on the eyes.

The menu itself is more transparent than before, so you can see what's in the background and, overall, offers a more immersive experience.

However, if you want to spice things up, you can always go back and personalize the colors of the app icons to your liking. This is a simple process: all you have to do is go Settings> Personalization> Color and you're set.

Another feature of the update is the addition of a small app icon to all notifications. This way, you can seamlessly understand every new notification that pops up.

The X symbol in the notifications is also a bit bigger to make it easier for you to focus on the task at hand. a small addition, but still very helpful.

The taskbar has been refined and can now be adapted to the preferences of the user. The taskbar is now less clear and only shows the apps in use and other hot bar apps. The difference is small, but it stacks with the other performance updates to give you a better experience.

3. Adobe updates

There were also some new updates from third-party apps this month. The leading among them is Adobe; It has released a number of updates that fix certain vulnerabilities in its programs.

Fortunately, all of the threats it has identified and neutralized have been rated as light to moderate threats. However, exploitation can result in arbitrary code being executed in the context of another user; This only provides an additional layer of protection.

4. MysterySnail exploits and other vulnerability patches

As usual with these updates, Microsoft fixed 71 vulnerabilities this month; several of them were zero-day vulnerabilities. This can be very harmful and has only increased this month; The successive series of attacks are referred to as Mystery Snail Exploits.

As a newly discovered Remote Access Trojan (RAT), MysterySnail is able to steal and collect system information from compromised servers.

It also allows other malicious users to take control of the affected system and even lets them launch further attacks. It not only attacks the restarted Windows 11, but also Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7 and other Windows servers.

After Microsoft received reports of this vulnerability, Microsoft protected the Windows operating system against these MysterySnail attacks by updating them in October 2021 Patch Tuesday.

5. Windows 11 updates

The first updates for the Windows 11 operating system were also released this month. Most of the lineup were security updates from textbooks that made the system secure.

Microsoft has also fixed some of the compatibility issues the operating system had with the optimization software from Intel and Dell. In addition to the improved colors and the increased frame rate, the update fixed minor performance issues.

6. Various updates

Along with the several new enhancements Microsoft added to improve the user experience, it also took this opportunity to address some other issues that users were facing.

First, they fixed an issue with DNS cache that caused CPU usage to increase to 100%. This created a problem for some users whose PC was not up to the task.

We also fixed another bug that caused the device to suddenly stop working and apps to crash for no apparent reason.

The cumulative updates also fixed an issue that resulted in some users not being able to attach an input file to the Microsoft Outlook add-in after selecting the Reply button.

An issue that caused the pen to malfunction has also been fixed. Many users complained that their pens happened to stop working. The latency problem, the delay when the pen touches the screen and when it registers on the screen, has also been improved.

A jack-of-all-trades deal

As we know, these updates are released every second Tuesday of the month and are well worth keeping an eye on. especially since many zero-day exploits are becoming more common. All in all, this month's range of updates was jam-packed; Keep Windows 10 and Windows 11 as secure as possible.

Make sure to pause your updates before Windows automatically installs the latest update on its schedule. Backing up your files before scheduling an update for your Windows PC is the safest way to go.

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Maham is a Psychology graduate and is expanding and nurturing her interest in technology with MUO. Outside of work, she enjoys reading books, painting, and traveling whenever possible.

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