How to install feature drop (moment 2) update on Windows 11 22H2

Here are two ways to download and install the next feature drop (moment 2) update on Windows 11.

Windows 11 22H2 moment 2 install
Windows 11 22H2 moment 2 install

You can now install the Windows 11 “moment 2” update in at least two ways, and in this guide, you will learn how. Although the operating system only receives one feature update every year, it also receives feature drop updates (also known as moments), which are minor updates that can introduce new features and improvements outside the yearly release. According to the company, Windows 11 can get up to four of these updates per year, and the second one is available starting February 28 as a preview, with a full release on March 14, 2023.

Since the update doesn’t require reinstallation and only a small scope of changes, it doesn’t have an official name. It’s simply known as update KB5023706 (build 22621.1413) and introduces various new features and improvements. For instance, the update brings the new Bing AI with ChatGPT to the search box and several other enhancements for the Taskbar, Quick Settings, Widgets, and Voice Access.

You will also find updated versions of many built-in apps, including Notepad, Snipping Tool, Quick Assist, Phone Link, and Windows 365 apps. And, as part of the touch improvements, Windows 11 now features a redesigned Taskbar that collapses and expands while in tablet mode.

The “moment 2” update will download and install automatically during the March 2023 Patch Tuesday, but you can always force it manually through Windows Update or manual download.

This guide will teach you the steps to force the newest update with new features and improvements for Windows 11.

Install feature drop (moment 2) update on Windows 11 22H2

On Windows 11, you can install the “moment 2” update in two ways. You can force the update from the Windows Update settings or download and install the package manually. However, before you can update, the computer must be running version 22H2.

Windows Update

To force the March 2023 feature on Windows 11 22H2, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Click the Check for updates button.

    Windows 11 KB5022913 update install

  4. Click the Restart now button.

Once you complete the steps, the device will restart and apply the new features and improvements, and checking the Windows 11 version should now read build 22621.1413.

Manual download

To download and install the second update for Windows 11 22H2, use these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Update Catalog.

  2. Click the Download button for the KB5023706 update.

    Microsoft Update Catalog update KB5022913

    Quick note: You must download “x64” for the typical installation or the “arm64” if you have an ARM-based computer.
  3. Click the “.msu” link and save the file on your computer.

  4. Double-click the “.msu” file to launch the automatic installer.

  5. Click the Yes button.

After you complete the steps, the Windows 11 build 22621.1413 will install on your computer to enable the new features for the March 2023 release.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 15 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 21 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].