Microsoft made an important change in the spring: feature updates are no longer only available with the biannual Windows version updates, but also with the optional updates and on patch day. We’ll see what’s new from now on. Microsoft now basically releases important innovations and optimizations at any time, but always along with security and maintenance updates.
The new cycle means that new features will initially be launched with the monthly optional updates. Each user can then choose whether to try out the new features or not. On the regular patch day on the second Tuesday of the month, all content of the optional update will also be distributed to other users. However, according to Microsoft, the intention is not to release the new features to all users at once, but only gradually.
We have already reported on the main new features of the optional July update. This content has now been adopted for August Patch Day. The update will start for users of the original Windows 11 version. An important innovation is the changes in the so-called focus sessions (we reported). The focus assist has generally been revised to display urgent messages even during an activated focus window.
This gives you new setting options, for example when working concentrated. There is also an update/upgrade option at startup so that you can install newer Windows 11 versions directly during the first install (out-of-box experience, OOBE). Microsoft writes about the changes in the Knowledge Base:
Changes from KB5015882
- New! Allows you to opt-in to receive urgent notifications when focus assist is enabled.
- New! Provides the ability for eligible devices to upgrade to a newer Windows 11 version during the out-of-box experience (OOBE) on first sign-in. If you choose to update to a newer version, the update process will begin shortly after the update is installed on the device.
- New! Restores functionality for Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios affected by the hardware recycling protection throttling. This update removes the single-use limitation for Self-Deploying Mode (SDM) and Pre-Provisioning (PP). This update also makes it possible to display user principal names (UPN) in user-driven mode (UDM) implementations for approved manufacturers.
- Addresses an issue in UIAutomation() that causes an application to stop working.
- Fixes an issue that prevents the launch task API for certain apps from working as expected.
- Improves the reliability of a push button reset after an OS upgrade.
- Addresses an issue that causes the tenant restrictions event logging channel to be inaccessible when you uninstall the EN-US language pack.
- Addresses an issue that causes certificate-based authentication of computer accounts to fail under certain circumstances after you install the May 10, 2022 security updates on domain controllers.
- Addresses an issue that affects Arm64EC code that you create with the Windows 11 Software Development Kit (SDK).
- Updates the Remove-Item cmdlet to properly communicate with Microsoft OneDrive folders.
- Fixes an issue that prevents certain troubleshooting tools from opening.
- Addresses issue that causes container port assignment conflicts.
- Addresses an issue that causes a file’s code integrity to remain trusted after the file is modified.
- Addresses an issue that may cause Windows to stop working when you enable Windows Defender Application Control with the Intelligent Security Graph feature enabled.
- Provides search highlights on devices. Go to C:WindowsPolicyDefinitions and search for “Search.admx” to access the search highlights policy (on a device with the June 2022 Cumulative Update Preview or the July 2022 Monthly Quality Update installed). For your convenience, we will soon be releasing an updated version of the Windows 11 Administrative Templates (.admx), version 21H2, to the Microsoft Download Center.
- Fixes an issue that causes explorer.exe to stop working when using the play and pause keys on certain devices.
- Fixes an issue that causes explorer.exe to stop working when you use the Start menu context menu (Win+X) and an external monitor is connected to your device.
- Fixes an issue where a blank window appears that you cannot close when hovering over the search icon on the taskbar.
- Reduces the overhead of resource conflicts in high input/output operations per second (IOPS) scenarios where many threads are fighting over a single file.
- Fixes an issue that caused the Windows Profile service to intermittently fail. The error may occur during login. The error message is “Unable to login to gpsvc service. Access is denied”.
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