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Windows 10 Updates for 2021 - Ball of Confusion?

Doing windows 10 updates for the last 3 months. Seemed kinda strange how it was going on. So I backed tracked to 2020. Did a new install on a I7-8600 and Z370 chipset. And when I did the update all I got was the 2021/01 monthly updates. No 2021/02. And the 2021/03 was listed as optional. Very confusing. What is going on????????????????????????????????????

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Don’t worry, for Windows update, the later updates will include all contents of previous updates, so install the latest update and SSU is enough.
For your device, just check for updates until your system is up to date, don’t need to care which update is installed and which is not.
Go to this website to check the latest build number, for 20H2 version, it’s March 18, 2021—KB5001649 (OS Builds 19041.870 and 19042.870)
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/march-18-2021-kb5001649-os-builds-19041-870-and-19042-870-out-of-band-ebbe0617-3a63-467a-aaaa-2a4c68a6de33


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Please expand on what happened to cause 2 months worth of cumulative updates to go down the drain so I can accept this answer.

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I did a rebuild from scratch and came up with version 19042.867. So it appears the out of bounds update posted above is not mandatory? But what is really jaw dropping is that the new rebuild stops with January cumulative update KB4023057. Meanwhile all my other machines have some bogus cumulative updates from February (KB4601319) and March (KB 5000802). I can see one month of retractions for updates but here we have two? What happened? Testing and quality control is supposed to take place within the company and NOT WITH YOUR CLIENTS.

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Yes, KB5001649 Out-of-band is not mandatory, but if we check for updates it will show and allow us to install. This KB is aimed at address an issue that fails to print the graphical content in a document after installing the March 9, 2021 update, if your device didn’t occur print issue, install this KB later is no problem.
About your concern: two CU has been skipped and install the March CU directly. It is strange but can happen. Microsoft now give users option to choose whether install cumulative updates of the month, depending on network or policy factors, your missed this message and didn’t click check for updates button for a long time, when you find that computer have not get CU for two months, the previous Feb CU has been replace by the later March CU, then your device direct and installed March CU directly.

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Unfortunately it still appears there are no controls or GPO that manage preview updates for .NET.
Add that to the 'ball of confusion'. But that you for your response. I am looking forward to the April
patch Tuesday which will hopefully clean things up.

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