Windows 11: A guide to the updates

When it comes to Windows 11, it’s not just a one-time installation — it’s an ongoing process. Microsoft is constantly working on improving the operating system by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features. In this article, we’ll summarize the most recent updates for Windows 11 and give you the key information you need to know about each one.

KB5034204 (OS Builds 22621.3085 and 22631.3085) Preview
Release date: January 23, 2024
This build focuses on fixing bugs, including issues with the Start menu search and devices intermittently stopping responding after installing a print support app. There is one known issue with this build, in which Windows devices using more than one monitor might experience issues with desktop icons moving unexpectedly between monitors.

KB5034123 (OS Builds 22621.3007 and 22631.3007)
Release date: January 9, 2024
This build fixes several bugs, including issues with devices shutting down after 60 seconds when using a smart card to authenticate on a remote system, and some Wi-Fi adapters not being able to connect to certain networks.

KB5033375 (OS Builds 22621.2861 and 22631.2861)
Release date: December 12, 2023
This build includes a wide variety of security updates and should be applied relatively soon. It also has four known issues, including one affecting ID admins in which BitLocker policy settings might incorrectly show errors for some devices.

KB5032288 (OS Builds 22621.2792 and 22631.2792) Preview
Release date: December 4, 2023
This update introduces some new features, including improvements to Copilot in Windows. However, it also has four known issues, one of which affects BitLocker policy settings.

KB5032190 (OS Builds 22621.2715 and 22631.2715)
Release date: November 14, 2023
In addition to security updates, this build introduces a preview of the Copilot for Windows AI assistant and File Explorer with a new interface. It also includes a new Windows Backup app.

KB5031455 (OS Builds 22621.2506 and 22631.2506) Preview
Release date: Oct. 31, 2023
This build introduces some interface changes and a preview of the Copilot for Windows AI assistant. There is one known issue that affects BitLocker policy settings.

KB5031455 (OS Build 22621.2506) Preview
Release date: Oct. 26, 2023
This build introduces the same features as the previous one, including the Copilot for Windows AI assistant and new File Explorer interface. It also has one known issue with BitLocker policy settings.

KB5031354 (OS Build 22621.2428)
Release date: October 10, 2023
This build includes a wide variety of security updates that should be applied relatively soon.

KB5030310 (OS Build 22621.2361) Preview
Release date: September 26, 2023
This update adds websites to the resources you can access using local intranet configurations in internet settings.

Key takeaways
– Windows 11 is constantly being updated with bug fixes, security patches, and new features.
– It’s important for IT admins to stay on top of these updates and apply them in a timely manner.
– Some updates also introduce previews of new features like Copilot for Windows and new File Explorer interfaces.

Conclusion
Keeping your Windows 11 system up to date is essential for maintaining security and functionality. By paying attention to the updates and known issues, you can ensure that your system runs smoothly and securely.

Frequently asked questions
Q: How do I install Windows 11 updates?
A: The easiest way to install updates is via Windows Update.

Q: What if I’m still using Windows 10?
A: If you’re still using Windows 10, you can refer to our guide on Windows 10 updates for relevant information.

Q: Should I update to Windows 11?
A: If your device is compatible with Windows 11, updating to the latest version will ensure that you have access to the newest features and security updates.

Lists and tables
– List of recent updates for Windows 11, including release dates and key information.
– Known issues and what IT admins need to know about each update.

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