what you need to know
- Windows 11 just got its monthly set of updates, often known as Patch Tuesday.
- The update includes several security fixes and a long list of other improvements.
- Systems that are upgraded will be upgraded to Windows 11 version 22621.1413.
Windows 11 receives an update on the second Tuesday of every month. Often called Patch Tuesday updates, these include security fixes and general improvements to the operating system. They don’t include major new features, but they are important updates that keep PCs safe.
Microsoft shared the release notes (opens in a new tab) for this month’s Patch Tuesday update, which brings systems up to build 22621.1413. The update is available for all PCs running Windows 11 version 22H2.
Microsoft lists only one highlight of the update, which is pretty general. It says: “This update fixes security issues in your Windows operating system.”
These are the improvements that are included with Windows 11 Build 22621.1413:
- This update implements phase three of the hardening of the distributed component object model (DCOM). See KB5004442 (opens in a new tab). After you install this update, you cannot turn off the changes by using the registry key.
- This update fixes an issue that affects a computer account and Active Directory. When you reuse an existing computer account to join an Active Directory domain, the join fails. This occurs on devices that have installed Windows updates dated October 11, 2022 or later. The error message is, “Error 0xaac (2732): NERR_AccountReuseBlockedByPolicy: ‘An account with the same name exists in Active Directory. The security policy blocked the reuse of the account.’” For more information, see KB5020276 (opens in a new tab).
This month’s Patch Tuesday update also includes changes that were shipped in the KB5022913 update that was released in preview on February 28, 2023. To recap, here are all the improvements included, as described by Microsoft (opens in a new tab):
- New! This update adds new Tamil Anjal keyboard for Tamil language. To add it, make sure Tamil (Singapore), Tamil (Malaysia), Tamil (Sri Lanka), or Tamil (India) appears in settings > time and language > language and region. Select the ellipsis (…) next to the language. Select language options. Add Tamil Anjal (QWERTY) to the keyboard list.
- This update improves the reliability of Windows after you install an update.
- This update affects the United Mexican States. This update supports the government’s DST change order for 2023.
- This update fixes a date information issue. Affects the format of dates sent between Windows and some versions of the Heimdal Kerberos library.
- This update fixes compatibility issues that affect some printers. These printers use Windows Graphic Device Interface (GDI) printer drivers. These drivers do not fully adhere to the GDI specifications.
- This update fixes an issue that affects the software keyboard. Does not appear in OOBE experience after a button reset (opens in a new tab) (factory reset). This type of reset requires an external keyboard to be connected to provide credentials.
- This update fixes an issue that affects AppV. Prevents file names from having the correct case.
- This update fixes an issue that affects Microsoft Edge. The issue removes the conflicting policies for Microsoft Edge. This occurs when you set the MDMWinsOverGPFlag in a Microsoft Intune tenant, and Intune detects a policy conflict.
- This update fixes an issue that affects provisioning packages. They do not apply in certain circumstances when elevation is required.
- This update fixes an issue that affects Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). Using a provisioning package for bulk provisioning fails.
- This update resolves an issue that affects the Universal Print Configuration Service Provider (CSP). A command prompt window appears when you install a printer.
- This update fixes a reliability issue that occurs when you use Task View.
- This update fixes an issue that could affect lsass.exe. It may stop responding. This occurs when you send a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) query to a domain controller that has a very large LDAP filter.
- This update addresses an issue that affects the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS). LSASS might stop responding. This happens after running system preparation on a domain joined machine.
- This update fixes an issue that affects copying from a network to a local drive. The copy is slower than expected for some users.
- This update fixes an issue that affects parity virtual disks. Using Server Manager to create them fails.
The update will be rolled out automatically via Windows Update and Microsoft Update on supported systems. It is also available through the Microsoft Update Catalog. (opens in a new tab).