Microsoft brings its last Patch Tuesday update of the year in the form of Windows 11 build 22621.963. This is a cumulative update available in the Standard channel. This means it is available to anyone who hasn’t enrolled for Insider. The new monthly update comes with some changes and improvements.
Patch Tuesday updates are released on the second Tuesday of each month. These updates are also known as ‘B’ releases. Patch Tuesday updates include security fixes as well as non-security changes from last month’s preview, in this case from build 22621.900.
With this update, Microsoft also releases a statement that they will not be releasing the preview update for this month because of less resources during the holidays. So that makes the update a holiday treat for Windows 11 users from Microsoft. Users can kick off the holidays with the latest Windows 11 build 22621.963.
The latest Windows 11 update comes with build number 22621.963 which is tagged as KB5021255. This is the third Windows 11 release after the 22H2 update which was released in September. The update comes with some new features and some bug fixes as well.
What’s New in Windows 11 build 22621.963:
- Storage alerts for OneDrive subscribers in Settings > System
- See total OneDrive storage for your account in Settings > Account
- Windows Spotlight can be enabled from Personalization page
And there are some bug fixes such as issues with opening apps, keyboard shortcut issues with the Input Method Editor, File Explorer stops working, and more.
Here are the official highlights:
- This update addresses a known issue that might affect Task Manager. It might display certain elements in the user interface (UI) in unexpected colors. Some parts of the UI might not be readable. This issue might occur if you have “Choose your mode” set to “Custom” in the Personalization > Colors section of Settings.
- This update addresses security issues for your Windows operating system.
This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5020044 (released November 29, 2022). When you install this KB:
- This update addresses an issue that might affect Data Protection Application Programming Interface (DPAPI) decryption. The decryption of a certificate private key might fail. Because of this, virtual private network (VPN) and other 802.1 certificate-based authentication might fail. This issue might occur when you encrypt the DPAPI master key with a wrong value.
The latest Windows 11 update is available for everyone, so if you haven’t opted for Insiders you will receive the cumulative update on your Windows PC. To check for the update head over to Settings > Windows Update. If you don’t see the new build, click on Check for Update.
After downloading the update, you need to restart your device after charging it to at least 50%.