New must download Windows 11 2H22 update combines several new features and bug fixes

New must download Windows 11 2H22 update combines several new features and bug fixes

Microsoft is rolling out this month’s mandatory updates for Windows 11, which include the first feature drop for version 22H2 and more.


Today is the second Tuesday in November, which means it’s time for Microsoft to roll out a set of mandatory updates for supported versions of Windows, including Windows 11 and Windows 10. In the case of Windows 11, both the first release (version 21H2) ) and version 22H2 are getting updates, although the latter is a bit more exciting.


That’s largely because this marks the final phase of the rollout for the first feature rollout — or “flash” update — for Windows 11 version 22H2. Although it has already been available for a while as an optional update, you have to install it manually if you want the new features. This includes things like tabs in File Explorer, which is something Microsoft has been working on for a few years now. There’s also an overflow menu for the taskbar, among other improvements.

Windows 11 File explorer with tabs and new navigation pane

None of this is mentioned in Microsoft’s changelog for today, as usual. The company shared a highlight video, which mentions things like improvements to Search on the taskbar, as well as some tweaks to the Settings app, including the ability to manage your standalone OneDrive storage subscription. In particular, you can now also access the Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar. However, some of these changes are being rolled out in stages, and Microsoft is still gathering feedback, so not everyone will see them right away.

Screenshot of the context menu when right-clicking on the taskbar in Windows 1 shows Task Manager as an option

Microsoft also says it has fixed some issues, including an issue where audio might not sync properly when recording with the Xbox Game Bar, and a fix for File Explorer, which could fail to locate certain folders. There’s also a fix for an issue where screen output could be broken by black horizontal or vertical lines, and if you’re using IE mode in Microsoft Edge, there are a couple of fixes on that front as well.

All of this is being rolled out with Windows 11 build 22621.819, and the update will be labeled as KB5019980 when you download it. You can also download it manually here if you are interested.


The first release of Windows 11 also gets some improvements

In the meantime, if you’re still rocking the first release of Windows 11, you’ll get build 22000.1219 today. It’s far less exciting, and in fact the changelog published today contains absolutely no information about what’s new and only mentions general security fixes.

However, just like the update above, this is a mandatory update and it includes all the improvements from the previous optional update, which was build 22000.1165. It includes the same shortcut to access the Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar, as well as improvements to Windows search results and performance. There is also a long list of fixes for various issues, including some problems with games using Direct3D 9, among many others.

Today’s update will appear as KB5019961 in Windows Update, and you can download it manually here if you’d rather schedule the installation on your own time.

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