Windows 11 KB5010386 is now rolling out to users in the production channel (including the beta channel) and this is a pretty big cumulative update. The company also published offline installers of Windows 11 KB5010386 and anyone can use these msu installers to manually update systems.
The Patch Tuesday update contains all the fixes from the previous optional update and also includes security fixes. The Windows 11 Patch Tuesday update resolves a bug that could cause your devices to run more slowly. This is the case if you skipped the last optional update that was released at the end of January.
As you probably know, Microsoft shipped Windows 11 to millions of users with a bug that could make the write/read speed slower. While these issues were supposedly fixed with the January 2022 Cumulative Update, some people have complained about the drive being slow even after installation.
With the Windows 11 February 2022 Update, Microsoft has finally delivered a comprehensive fix for performance issues. In the changelog, Microsoft explained that it fixed a performance regression bug that would occur on some configurations when you enable update sequence number (USN) journaling.
If you check for updates today, you will see the following update:
2022-02 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems (KB5010386)
Download links for Windows 11 KB5010386
Windows 11 KB5010386 Direct Download Links – 64-bit.
Windows 11 Breaking Changelog KB5010386 (Build 22000.493)
- Addresses numerous security issues, including an issue that blocks Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) operation.
- Introduces support for the help feature, which is based on Microsoft Bing technologies and is used to recommend help topics that are relevant to each Windows setup page.
- Fixed an annoying bug where the OS shows outdated battery percentages for connected Bluetooth devices.
- Fixed an issue where some image editing software would display colors correctly on certain high dynamic range displays.
- Microsoft fixed an issue that affects the auto-hide feature of the Windows 11 taskbar.
As mentioned at the beginning, Microsoft has fixed issues with USN journaling, which is a feature that records changes to files on your disk. A bug within the USN settings is apparently related to SSD performance issues and installing the patch should make write speeds significantly faster.
Microsoft says it also made a change that would provide better responsiveness in low-light conditions on all supported devices. According to the changelog, a major issue where HDR monitors won’t be able to get color has also been fixed.
Fixed another issue where the operating system audio service would stop responding on some configurations. Similarly, Microsoft fixed an issue where the app icon appears on the taskbar when apps aren’t running.
Windows 11 Build 22000.493 fixed a bug where the volume icon on the taskbar would appear muted.
- Fixed an issue that causes rendering issues in Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode.
- Fixed an issue where strings cannot be entered in the Input Method Editor (IME).
- Fixed an issue that crashes the audio service in Windows 11 and affects hardware-accelerated Bluetooth audio.
- Fixed issues with VPN profiles.
- Fixed issues that affect applications that are written to work in Azure Active Directory (AAD).
Settings app enhancements
With the February 2022 Update, the Windows 11 Settings app is getting more improvements and will include a new way to manage Microsoft subscriptions. Users will be able to manage their Office subscriptions or Xbox Game Pass personal subscription directly from Settings > Accounts > Your Microsoft account.
As you can see in the screenshot above, Windows 11 can now display your active subscriptions and payment history. Other features include rewards and what you’d find on the Microsoft account web page.
Additionally, Microsoft is adding a new “Help with” section to all pages in the Settings app. This would allow users to learn more about the feature on Bing.
Microsoft is currently not aware of any critical issues in this release, but you should be on the lookout for a rare bug where recent emails may not appear in search results in the Outlook desktop app. This bug affects POP, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange, and Microsoft 365 accounts.
There is always a chance that Windows Update could harm your device. In the past, some updates have caused major issues, including blue screen of death errors and problems running certain apps.
If you experience issues after deploying the update, you can uninstall the update and revert your device to its previous state by following these steps:
- Open configuration’.
- From the ‘Windows Settings’ page, open the Updates & Security page.
- Find the ‘View Update History’ page.
- Locate the package and click the uninstall button.