Microsoft is rolling out a new cumulative update for the initial release of Windows 11 to Windows Insiders who have subscribed to the Release Preview channel. This update brings the OS to version number 22000,829, and the highlight here is that you’ll soon be able to install new major updates for Windows 11 during the initial setup.
When you set up your Windows 11 PC for the first time, there are several steps and at a time the PC will check for updates. However, only smaller updates are installed for now to keep your PC safe. Starting with this build, you’ll also be given the option to update to the next version of Windows 11, so you can get up to speed right out of the box. With Windows 11 version 22H2 getting closer and closer, it looks like Microsoft is preparing for that and making it easier for anyone to install it right out of the box. This makes sense because many laptops will likely still be sold with the original release of Windows 11 when version 22H2 comes out, so this makes it possible for you to get all those new features. No need to wonder if you have the latest updates.
Of course, that’s not all that’s new in Windows 11 build 22000,829, and the changelog is actually quite extensive. Lots of fixes, plus the ability to agree to receive emergency notifications when you enable focus assist. Here is the full list of changes:
- New! We’ve provided the ability for you to agree to receive emergency notifications when focus assist is enabled.
- New! We’ve provided the option for eligible devices to update to a newer version of Windows 11 during the factory experience (OOBE) when you first sign in. If you choose to update to a newer version, the update will begin as soon as the update is installed on your device.
- New! We’ve restored functionality for Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios that were impacted by security mitigations for hardware reuse. This update removed the single-use limitation for self-deployment (SDM) and pre-provisioning (PP) mode. This update also re-enables any User Primary Name (UPN) display in user-driven mode (UDM) deployments for approved manufacturers.
- We fixed the problem in UIAutomation() cause the application to stop working.
- We fixed an issue that prevented the Startup Tasks API from working as expected for certain apps.
- We improved the reliability of the push button reset after the OS upgrade.
- We fixed an issue that made the event logging channel of the tenant limit inaccessible if you removed the EN-US language pack.
- We fixed an issue that caused certificate-based machine account authentication to fail in some scenarios after you installed the May 10, 2022 security update on a domain controller.
- We fixed an issue affecting Arm64EC code that you create with the Windows 11 software development kit (SDK).
- We have updated Remove item cmdlets to properly interact with Microsoft OneDrive folders.
- We fixed an issue that prevented the troubleshooter from opening.
- We fixed an issue that caused port mapping conflicts for containers.
- We fixed an issue that caused code integrity to continue to trust a file after it was modified.
- We fixed an issue that could cause Windows to stop working when you enable Windows Defender Application Control with Smart Security Graphs enabled.
- We’ve implemented search highlights for devices. To access the search highlights policy (on devices that have the June 2022 Cumulative Update Preview or the July 2022 monthly quality update installed), visit C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and locate admx. For your convenience, we are publishing an updated version of the Admin Template (.admx) for Windows 11, version 21H2 coming to the Microsoft Download Center.
- We fixed the problem that caused exe stops working when you use the play and pause keyboard buttons on certain devices.
- We fixed the problem that caused exe stops working when you use Start menu context menu (Win + X) and external monitor is connected to your device.
- We fixed an issue that showed a blank window that you couldn’t close when hovering over the search icon on the taskbar.
- We’ve reduced resource contention overhead in high input/output operations per second (IOPS) scenarios where multiple threads compete on a single file.
- We fixed an issue that caused the Windows profile service to crash frequently. Errors may occur when logging in. The error message is “gpsvc service could not be logged in. Access is denied”.
Microsoft actually highlighted a known issue, that the Widgets panel might crash in the background and the taskbar icon might return to the default icon instead of displaying the current weather information.
Windows 11 build 22000.829 or later will likely be made available to the public in a few weeks as an optional update. These changes and more will then become mandatory with next month’s Patch Tuesday, which happens on August 9.