Windows 11 KB5009566 is now rolling out to PCs outside of the Windows Insiders program and is part of the company’s Patch Tuesday cycle. Microsoft has also posted direct download links for the offline installers of Windows 11 KB5009566. As you know, anyone can use these msu installers to manually patch systems.
Today’s Patch Tuesday release is mostly about fixes and security improvements. This is because Microsoft skipped the optional December 2021 update due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. If you’re still using the November 2021 patch for some reason, you’ll also get the December 2021 fixes as part of the January 2022 Patch Tuesday.
If you missed the latest security patch, the January 2022 release will introduce a new emoji experience for your operating system. The new emoji are Fluent-style with a modern design and will remain exclusive to Windows 11, according to sources familiar with the development.
Remember that these emojis arrived as part of the last major update for Windows 11 and Microsoft has been testing the new look for a while now. In addition to a design update, there’s also a new “Clippy” emoji, an iconic Microsoft Office assistant, replacing the traditional clip emoji.
In terms of security fixes, Windows 11 KB5009566 fixes several issues. If you check for updates today, you will see the following update:
2022-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems (KB5009566)
Download Links for Windows 11 KB5009566
Windows 11 Direct Download Links – 64-Bit.
Windows 11 Breaking Changelog (Build 22000.434)
- Security updates for your Windows operating system.
- Fixed Japanese input method editors (IME) issues.
At the moment, the official changelog is pretty vague and no details are currently available on what exactly changed in this version. The Windows 11 update is likely to include fixes for internal operating system functionality.
Known issues in Windows 11 update
Microsoft has acknowledged at least one known issue in build 22000.434. According to the changelog, a bug in the operating system could lead to color reproduction issues where editing programs may not render graphics correctly on certain monitors (particularly high dynamic range (HDR) displays).
Microsoft says that problems are experienced only with white colors, which could result in bright yellow or other colors. According to the tech giant, the Windows 11 color rendering bug is linked to Win32 APIs. Apps seem to return unexpected information when viewing photos or errors under specific conditions.
Fortunately, the Windows 11 HDR bug is not widespread and only certain apps are affected. Not all color profile management features are affected. For example, Windows 11 Settings or Control Panel will reproduce colors correctly.
Although it’s usually rare, it’s always possible for a Windows update to break your device or connected devices. In the past, some updates caused problems running certain applications. If you notice any strange issues, you will be able to revert your device to its previous state, so you can fix Windows 11 issues.
To uninstall KB5009566, follow these steps:
- Open configuration’.
- From the ‘Settings’ screen, go to the updates and security page.
- Locate the update using the “View Update History” page and uninstall it.
Other improvements for Windows 11
In addition to cumulative updates, Microsoft has also started rolling out a new Media Player for Windows 11, which replaces Groove Music. It’s reminiscent of the existing Groove Music and Movies & TV app, and appears to be a successor to Groove Music rather than the iconic Windows Media Player.
Media Player was officially released in late 2021 and was first shown off by accident during a Microsoft Insider show live stream. Media Player is finally out of beta and is now available for systems running Windows 11 Build 22000.
After applying the update from the Microsoft Store, Windows Media Player will take the place of Groove in the Start menu or in the list of applications. Unlike Groove, Media Player features a color scheme of white and orange or black/dark and orange. The orange accent is called Zest, and Microsoft will also allow users to switch to a system accent color in a future release.
Your Groove Music data will be automatically migrated to Media Player and users can also specify the default storage location for media files. In addition, there is also HDR support here, so the new media player will have no problem playing high-quality media content.
If you haven’t received the new media player yet, you can also check out Microsoft’s redesigned photos. Microsoft has officially started pushing a new image editing experience for Windows 11 21H2 Build 22000 systems. Like Media Player, the Photos app has been redesigned and features advanced crop or filter options.
Also, the Microsoft Photos app has gained better support for transparent images (.png), so you’ll see a gridded background if the transparency value is declared.