With the release of the Windows 10 January 21 update, which is now rolling out to version 1909, Microsoft is resuming the rollout of optional updates. The direct download links for Windows 10 KB4598298 offline installers have also been published by the company.
KB4598298 from Windows 10 is an optional update and will not download or install automatically. You can only apply this update to Windows 10 version 1909, but the changes included in this update will be released later this month for those running version 20H2 / version 2004. You will see the following patch if your device is compatible with the update: 2021-01 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 10 Version 1909 for x64-based systems (KB4598298).
Remember that this is an optional update and can be skipped at all times. Via the mandatory February Patch Tuesday updates, the fixes included in the optional patch will be delivered to everyone. You can always grab the offline installer from the Microsoft Update Catalog if you can’t apply the patch to Windows 10 version 1909.
Download Links for Windows 10 KB4598298
Windows 10 KB4598298 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and 32-bit (x86).
Windows 10 KB4598298 (Build 18363.1350) Full Changelog
Microsoft has fixed a problem where Windows 10 generates a weird error message titled “The name of the directory is invalid.” According to the changelog, when users tried to open a document pinned as a shortcut to the desktop, the problem was experienced. Another bug has been fixed where, when you right-click an online-only ZIP file, Windows cannot extract files.
In the operating system, Microsoft is also improving existing features. For example, a problem has been solved where users are greeted after their device resumes from the hibernation state with a blank screen.
A further noticeable change is the new Windows Update page feature that will notify you when your device reaches the status of End of Service (EOS). As you may know, Microsoft plans to terminate support for version 1909 of Windows 10 and to forcefully upgrade older devices to version 2004. The way DirectX 12 runtime components are loaded on Windows will also change with Windows 10 Build 18363.1350. Microsoft is splitting the d3d12.dll binary into two pieces as part of the patch, allowing these components to be updated more quickly.