Windows 11 KB5008353 is now available to download as an optional update on devices outside of the Insider Program. Unlike the previous cumulative update, today’s optional release actually comes with a new feature and also includes several improvements to the operating system.
Windows 11 KB5008353 is part of the company’s optional update cycle. As you probably know, an optional update is one of the most common optional quality preview releases for Windows, and it’s usually released in the third or fourth week of the month with non-security fixes.
The optional January 2022 update includes a large number of fixes for issues reported in the last few weeks, and there are no security fixes. If you choose to install an optional update, you’re helping Microsoft test for next month’s Patch Tuesday. Microsoft calls people who manually choose to install updates “seekers,” that is, users who check for updates.
With this month’s release, Microsoft says it’s fixed audio and Bluetooth issues, and also added a new page to the Settings app to help people manage their Microsoft account and Office 365 subscriptions, if they have one. Additionally, Microsoft now uses Bing AI to suggest help topics within the Settings page.
Download Links for Windows 11 KB5008353
Windows 11 KB5008353 Direct Download Links – 64-bit.
The optional update is offered through Windows Update and the Microsoft Update Catalog. If you choose to update manually, you can download offline installers in .msu format from the Update Catalog. Generally, it’s a good idea to install manually only if you’re having trouble running Windows Update.
You can open the link above and click the “Download” button for x64 if you have an Intel or AMD processor. Clicking the “Download” button will open a new pop-up window and then you need to copy the .msu link and paste it in another tab to start the download.
Windows 11 KB5008353 Full Changelog (Build 22000.469)
- Improve the Microsoft accounts page in the Settings app
- Enables support for the HelpWith feature, which uses Bing to suggest help topics for each page in Settings.
- Fix Bluetooth problems.
- Fixes Tasbkar issues and a bug where inactive apps may appear as active.
- Fixes HDR issues.
With Windows 11 Build 22000.469, Microsoft is making improvements to the Windows Settings app. This update will allow users to manage their Office and Xbox subscriptions within the Settings app, making things easier for users with personal or business subscriptions to Office.
To try out the new feature, go to Settings > Accounts > Your Microsoft account in Windows 11. As you can see in the screenshot above, you can now manage information related to your Microsoft accounts, such as subscriptions, order history, details payment, and even Microsoft Rewards (available in select regions).
In addition to the updated Settings app, Microsoft has also fixed an issue where wireless audio devices may not work as expected. Fixed another bug where taskbar app icons might appear active as if apps were running in the background.
There is a related fix for a bug that prevents icons from appearing on the secondary display
The taskbar bug where it incorrectly shows the volume icon as muted has also been resolved in this release. Another glitch where the taskbar may not appear when you use the auto hide feature and hover over the primary or secondary screen.
Additionally, Microsoft is making a change that will allow the Settings app to correctly record and report battery percentages for connected Bluetooth devices.
Last but not least, we fixed a known issue where Windows 11 could prevent some image editing programs from rendering colors correctly on certain high dynamic range (HDR) displays.
Should I install optional updates?
As we mentioned at the beginning, Windows 11 Build 22000.469 is an optional release and the fixes will be included with the February 2022 Patch Tuesday release. If you experience an issue highlighted above, you can install the optional update and fix the issue before the next release. of Patch Tuesday.
Remember that the optional updates are much more stable than the Insider Preview builds of the operating system.
However, if you’re not having any issues with Windows 11, you can skip the update as you’ll get the same set of fixes in the next mandatory update. You can always wait a few weeks to get the same fixes after other users have tried them.