Windows 11 KB5020044 (22621.900) build is out with new features

Microsoft has released a third incremental upgrade for Windows 11 22H2 update. The latest gradual release goes official as the Windows 11 KB5020044 and is widely available for everyone on Windows 11 version 22H2. Just like the previous upgrades, this also comes with new features and improvements.

Usually, Microsoft kicks off the non-security preview releases as an optional upgrade, due to the holiday season, there will be no non-security preview build coming next month. This incremental build will be downloaded automatically. Microsoft also shared the direct download links for Windows 11 KB502044 offline installers on its update catalog, you can download it by navigating to this page.

The newly released update comes as a “Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 (KB5020044)” upgrade. It is a small gradual build weighing between 250-350MB depending on your system’s architecture.

The new Windows 11 upgrade brings Windows Spotlight to the Themes section in the Personalization Settings which helps users quickly enable the Spotlight as a theme. If you are a Microsoft OneDrive subscriber then you will the storage alerts directly on the System page in Settings and total storage will display on the Accounts page.

Apart from these changes, the upgrade addresses many issues facing by users on Windows 11 22H2. Here’s the complete changelog shared by Microsoft.

  • It addresses an issue that affects some modern applications. It stops them from opening.
  • It addresses an issue that affects some devices that are managed by an enterprise. We improve the reliability of app installations for them.
  • It addresses the suspension of daylight saving time (DST) in the Republic of Fiji for this year.
  • It addresses an issue that affects Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) authentication hardening. We will automatically raise the authentication level for all non-anonymous activation requests from DCOM clients to RPC_C_AUTHN_LEVEL_PKT_INTEGRITY. This occurs if the authentication level is below Packet Integrity.
  • It addresses an issue that affects Unified Update Platform (UUP) on-premises customers. It removes the block that stops them from getting offline language packs.
  • It addresses an issue that affects process creation. It fails to create security audits for it and other related audit events.
  • It addresses an issue that affects cluster name objects (CNO) or virtual computer objects (VCO). Password reset fails. The error message is, ” There was an error resetting the AD password… // 0x80070005”.
  • It addresses an issue that affects transparency in layered windows. This occurs when you are in High Definition remote applications integrated locally (RAIL) mode.
  • It addresses a known issue that affects the Input Method Editor (IME). Certain applications might stop responding. This occurs when you use keyboard shortcuts to change the input mode of the IME.
  • It addresses an issue that affects microphone streams that use the Listen To feature to route to the speaker endpoint. The microphone stops working after you restart the device.
  • It addresses an issue that might affect applications that run on the Windows Lock Down Policy (WLDP). They might stop working.
  • It addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Defender when it is not the primary antivirus. Microsoft Defender fails to turn off passive mode. This issue occurs when you turn off Smart App Control (SAC).
  • It adds .wcx to the list of Dangerous Extensions that some app control policies do not allow.
  • It addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Automated investigation blocks live response investigations.
  • It addresses an issue that affects printing in landscape mode in Microsoft Edge. The print output is incorrect. This issue occurs when you use Microsoft Defender Application Guard.
  • It addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working. This occurs when you close context menus and menu items.
  • It addresses an issue that might cause certain apps to stop responding. This occurs when you use the Open File dialog.
  • It addresses an issue that sometimes affects File Explorer when you open a file. Because of this, there is high CPU usage.
  • It addresses an issue that affects protocol activation of the Settings app. The app fails to open a page under the Accounts category.
  • It addresses an issue that affects a computer account. Use of non-standard characters can stop the cleanup of the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) accounts.
  • It addresses an issue that affects the CopyFile function. It might sometimes return error 317: ERROR_MR_MID_NOT_FOUND.
  • It addresses an issue that affects the Windows Firewall service. It does not start when you turn on the Override block rules option.
  • It addresses an issue that affects some games and applications. This issue is related to GPU performance debugging features. This lowers the expected game performance.
  • It addresses an issue that affects cumulative update installations. They fail, and the error code is 0x800f0806.

You can check for the update manually by going to Settings > Windows Update. And once you click on check for updates, it will show the new build which you can download and install on your PC. Connect your PC to charger during update.

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