How to install Moment 3 feature drop update on Windows 11

Microsoft releases the Moment 3 update for Windows 11, and here's how to get it early.

Windows 11 Moment 3 install
Windows 11 Moment 3 install

UPDATED 5/25/23: On Windows 11, you can now install the “Moment 3” feature drop update, and in this guide, you will learn how. Although the operating system only receives one feature update per 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.

The Moment 3 update (build 22621.1778) is available starting May 24, and it’s expected to be fully available on June 13 as part of the Patch Tuesday update for devices running Windows 11 22H2. Since the update doesn’t require reinstallation and only includes a small scope of changes, it doesn’t have an official name. It’s simply known as update KB5026446 (build 22621.1776) and introduces various new features and improvements. 

For example, in the Taskbar, you can now show seconds for the System Track clock, and the network icon now shows a VPN shield status for an active connection. Notification toasts now provide an option to copy two-factor authentication (2FA) codes. Also, the Windows 11 Moment 3 update expands Live Captions to more regions and rolls out various improvements for Voice Access. Furthermore, there’s a new kiosk multi-app mode feature, Task Manager now offers the ability to create live kernel memory dumps, and the Settings app rolls out with various improvements.

The Moment 3 update will download and install automatically during the June 2023 Patch Tuesday, but you can always force it manually through Windows Update in the Stable Channel or by enrolling your device in the Release Preview Channel.

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

Install Moment 3 update on Windows 11 (final)

To install the Windows 11 Moment 3 update (KB5026446), use these steps:

  1. Open Settings on Windows 11.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Turn on the “Get the latest updates as soon as they are available” option.

    Enable latest features updates

  4. Click the “Check for updates” button.

  5. Click the “Download and install” option (if applicable).

  6. Click the Restart now button.

After you complete the steps, the update KB5026446 (build 22621.1778) will download and install the Moment 3 components on Windows 11 22H2.

Install Moment 3 update on Windows 11 (preview)

To download and install the Moment 3 update on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Click the Windows Insider Program tab.

  4. Click the Get started button.

    Windows 11 Insider Program settings

  5. Click the “Link an account” button.

    Windows 11 insider link account

  6. Sign in with your Microsoft account.

  7. Select the “Release Preview” preview option.

    Windows 11 enroll Release Preview

  8. Click the Continue button.

  9. Click the Continue button again.

  10. Click the Restart button.

  11. Open Settings after the restart.

  12. Click on Windows Update.

  13. Turn on the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” toggle switch.

    Enable latest features updates

  14. Click the “Check for updates” button.

  15. Click the “Download & install” button (if applicable).

  16. Click the Restart button.

After you complete the steps, the Windows 11 build 22621.1776 will install on your computer to enable the new features part of the Moment 3 update for June 2023.

Enable Moment 3 features

Once you install the update, the new features and changes should enable automatically. However, if this isn’t the case, you’ll have to enable features manually.

To enable the features for the June 2023 update on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open GitHub website.

  2. Download the file to enable the new features.

  3. Double-click the zip folder to open it with File Explorer.

  4. Click the Extract all button.

    Extract ViveTool files

  5. Click the Extract button.

  6. Copy the path to the folder.

  7. Open Start.

  8. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  9. Type the following command to navigate to the ViveTool folder and press Enter:

    cd c:\folder\path\ViveTool-v0.x.x

    In the command, remember to change the path to the folder with your path.

  10. Type the following command to enable the Moment 3 features on Windows 11 22H2 and press Enter:

    vivetool /enable /id:41655236
  11. Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the next time you need to add or remove the widgets, you will find a new interface similar to the Settings app to manage widgets in the dashboard.

If you change your mind, you can revert the changes with the same instructions, but on step 10, make sure to use the  vivetool /disable /id:41655236 command and then restart the computer.

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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 14 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 20 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].