Microsoft has now released the Windows 11 December update KB5021255 with Build 22621.963 to everyone running version 22H2. Build 22621.963 brings new Spotlight and OneDrive storage features. It also enables organizational messaging functions aimed at business customers. The December update also provides an important fix for the Task Manager issue.
Coming to details now, the update combines Windows Spotlight with themes on the Personalization page, making it easier to discover and turn on the Windows Spotlight feature. OneDrive subscribers’ storage notifications and the full amount of storage capacity from all OneDrive subscriptions are now displayed in the Windows 11 Settings app. Third-party companies can now provide content to their employees via a new organizational messaging feature.
This update also fixes a known issue affecting Task Manager. Because of this issue, Task Manager may display certain UI elements in unexpected colors. Here is the full changelog for Windows 11 update KB5021255 by Microsoft.
This non-security update includes quality improvements. When installing this KB:
- New! It provides Microsoft OneDrive subscribers with storage notifications on the Systems page of the Settings app. The alerts appear when you are approaching the storage limit. You can also manage your storage and purchase additional storage if needed.
- New! It provides the full storage capacity of all your OneDrive subscriptions. It also shows the total storage space on the Accounts page of the Settings app.
- New! It combines Windows Spotlight with themes on the personalization page. This makes it easier for you to discover and turn on the Windows Spotlight feature.
- New! It adds a new mobile device management (MDM) policy for organizational messaging. It gives your business the ability to register tenant devices so that they receive customized messages from you. For example, you can use Intune to write the messages. They will render in Windows.
- This update resolves a known issue that may affect Task Manager. It may display certain user interface (UI) elements in unexpected colors. Some parts of the user interface may not be readable. This issue can occur if you have “Select Mode” set to “Custom” in the Personalization > Colors section of Settings.
- It fixes an issue affecting some modern applications. It stops them from opening.
- It fixes an issue affecting some devices managed by an enterprise. We improve the reliability of app installs for them.
- It deals with the suspension of Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the Republic of Fiji for this year.
- It addresses an issue affecting Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) authentication hardening. We will automatically raise the authentication level of all non-anonymous activation requests from DCOM clients to RPC_C_AUTHN_LEVEL_PKT_INTEGRITY. This happens if the authentication level is below packet integrity.
- It resolves an issue affecting Unified Update Platform (UUP) on-premises customers. It removes the block that prevents them from getting offline language packs.
- It addresses an issue affecting process creation. It fails to create security audits for that and other related audit events.
- It resolves an issue affecting cluster name objects (CNOs) or virtual computer objects (VCOs). Password reset fails. The error message is “An error occurred resetting the AD password … // 0x80070005”.
- It fixes an issue affecting transparency in layered windows. This happens when you are in High Definition external applications integrated locally (RAIL) mode.
- It fixes a known issue affecting the Input Method Editor (IME). Some programs may stop responding. This happens when you use keyboard shortcuts to change the input mode of the IME.
- It fixes an issue affecting microphone streams that use the Listen feature to route to the speaker endpoint. The microphone stops working after restarting the device.
- It addresses an issue that could affect applications running on Windows Lock Down Policy (WLDP). They can stop working.
- It fixes an issue that affects Microsoft Defender when it is not the primary antivirus. Microsoft Defender is unable to turn off passive mode. This issue occurs when you turn off Smart App Control (SAC).
- It adds .wcx to the list of dangerous extensions that some app control policies don’t allow.
- It addresses an issue affecting Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Automated investigation blocks direct response investigations.
- It fixes an issue that affects printing in landscape mode in Microsoft Edge. The printout is incorrect. This issue occurs when you use Microsoft Defender Application Guard.
- It fixes an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working. This happens when you close context menus and menu items.
- It fixes an issue that could cause some apps to stop responding. This happens when you use the Open File dialog box.
- It fixes an issue that sometimes affects File Explorer when opening a file. Because of this, there is high CPU usage.
- It fixes an issue affecting protocol activation of the Settings app. The app is unable to open a page under the account category.
- It fixes an issue affecting a computer account. Using non-standard characters can stop the cleanup of the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) accounts.
- It addresses an issue that affects Copy file function. It may sometimes return error 317: ERROR_MR_MID_NOT_FOUND.
- It addresses an issue affecting the Windows Firewall service. It doesn’t start when you turn on the Override Blocking Rules option.
- It fixes an issue affecting some games and applications. This issue is related to GPU performance debugging features. This lowers the expected game performance.
- It fixes an issue affecting cumulative update installations. They fail and the error code is 0x800f0806.
If you installed previous updates, only the new updates in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.
You can download and manually install Windows 11 update KB5021255 by clicking here. If you need help understanding how to manually install these updates on your PC, check out our noob-friendly step-by-step guide.