Windows 11 KB5027303

Windows 11 build 22621.1928 (KB5027303) outs as preview on version 22H2

Microsoft rolls out a preview update for Windows 11 22H2 that continues enabling the new features that began rolling out with the Moment 3 update in June.

  • Microsoft is rolling out a preview of Windows 11 22H2 (build 22621.1928).
  • The update is available in the Stable Channel as KB5027303.
  • This non-security update continues enabling the features and changes part of the Moment 3 rollout.
  • This update was previously available as build 22621.1926 in the Release Preview Channel.

UPDATE 6/27/2023: Microsoft is rolling out the Windows 11 build 22621.1928 as the update KB5027303 in the Stable Channel. The update is available as an optional update with new changes, non-security fixes, and improvements that the company plans to make available as an automatic install on July 11 during the Patch Tuesday rollout.

According to the announcement on the official support website (Release Preview Channels notes), it enables the new feature as part of the Moment 3 update, such as badge notifications for Microsoft accounts in the Start menu, and it enables the VPN shield badge in the System Tray.

Furthermore, it improves the sharing of a local file in File Explorer with Microsoft Outlook contacts, rolls out Live Captions in more regions, and redesigns the help app for voice access. Also, the update KB5027303 ships with a bunch of fixes and improvements.

Windows 11 22H2 update KB5027303

These are all the new features rolling out with the update KB5027303 for Windows 11 22H2:

  • Improves several simplified Chinese fonts and the Microsoft Pinyin Input Method Editor (IME) to support GB18030-2022. You can enter and display characters from conformance level 1 or 2 using the additions to Microsoft Yahei, Simsun, and Dengxian. This update now supports Unicode Extensions E and F in the Simsun Ext-B font. This meets the requirements for level 3.
  • Expands the roll out of notification badging for Microsoft accounts on the Start menu. A Microsoft account is what connects Windows to your Microsoft apps. The account backs up all your data and helps you to manage your subscriptions. You can also add extra security steps to keep you from being locked out of your account. This feature gives you quick access to important account-related notifications.
  • Improves the sharing of a local file in File Explorer with Microsoft Outlook contacts. You now have the option to quickly email the file to yourself. In addition, loading your contacts from Outlook is better. This feature is not available for files stored in Microsoft OneDrive folders. OneDrive has its own sharing functionality.
  • Adds many new features and improvements to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. For more information, see Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.
  • You can now authenticate across Microsoft clouds. This feature also satisfies Conditional Access checks if they are needed.
  • Adds live captions for Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French (France, Canada), German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil, Portugal), Spanish, Danish, English (Ireland, other English dialects), and Korean.
  • Redesigns the in-app voice access command help page. Every command now has a description and examples of its variations. The search bar allows you to quickly find commands. The new categories provide further guidance. You can access the command help page on the voice access bar from Help > View all commands or use the voice access command “what can I say?” Note that the help page might not include all commands. Also, the supplementary information might be inaccurate.
  • Adds voice access command support for English dialects, including United Kingdom, India, New Zealand, Canada, and Australia.
  • Adds new text selection and editing voice access commands. 
  • Adds a VPN status icon, a small shield, to the system tray. It displays when you are connected to a recognized VPN profile.
  • You can now choose to display seconds in the clock on the system tray. To turn this on, go to the Taskbar behaviors section in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
  • Provides a copy button for you to quickly copy two-factor authentication (2FA) codes. These are in notification toasts you get from apps installed on your PC or from phones linked to your PC. Note that this feature only works for English.
  • Adds access key shortcuts to File Explorer’s context menu. An access key is a one keystroke shortcut. You can use it to quickly run a command in a context menu using your keyboard. Each access key corresponds to a letter in the display name of the menu item.
  • Adds multi-app kiosk mode, which is a lockdown feature. If you are an administrator, you can specify the apps that can run on a device. Other apps will not run. You can also block certain functionalities. You can configure distinct types of access and apps to run for different users on one device.
  • Introduces live kernel memory dump (LKD) collection from Task Manager.
  • Replaces the settings for Show the touch keyboard when there’s no keyboard attached. These are located at Settings > Time & language > Typing > Touch keyboard. A new dropdown menu gives you three options to control whether tapping an edit control should open the touch keyboard. The options available, include “Never” to suppresses the touch keyboard even when no hardware keyboard is attached. “When no keyboard attached” shows the touch keyboard only when you use the device as a tablet without the hardware keyboard, and “Always” shows the touch keyboard even when the hardware keyboard is attached.
  • Enables Content Adaptive Brightness Control (CABC) to run on laptops and 2-in-1 devices. This feature dims or brightens areas of a display based on the content.
  • Adds a USB4 hubs and devices Settings page. You can find it at Settings > Bluetooth & devices > USB > USB4 Hubs and Devices. This new page provides information about the system’s USB4 capabilities and the attached peripherals on a system that supports USB4.
  • Adds a presence sensor privacy setting in Settings > Privacy & security > Presence sensing. If you have a device that has compatible presence sensors, you can now choose the apps that can access those sensors.
  • Improves the performance of search within Settings.
  • Changes the default print screen (prt scr) key behavior. Pressing the print screen key opens the Snipping Tool by default. You can turn off this setting from Settings > Accessibility > Keyboard. If you have previously changed this setting, Windows will preserve your preference.
  • Introduces a limit of 20 most recent tabs in Settings > Multitasking. This affects the number of tabs that appear when you use ALT + TAB and Snap Assist.
  • Improves the cloud suggestion and the integrated search suggestion. This helps you to easily type popular words in Simplified Chinese using the Input Method Editor (IME).
  • Improves your computer’s performance when you use a mouse that has a high report rate for gaming.
  • Affects virtual memory ranges. They are now added to kernel-generated minidumps after a stop error. These ranges are marked by a KbCallbackTriageDumpData BugCheck Callback Routine.
  • Affects the reliability of Windows. It improves after you update the OS.
  • Addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Intune push notifications. The issue stops devices that have less than 3.5 GB of RAM from getting them.
  • Addresses an issue that affects certain apps. It stops working when it tries to scan a barcode.
  • Addresses an issue that affects Narrator. The issue stops Narrator from retaining your scan mode when you switch between browsers.
  • Addresses an issue that affects Narrator. It reads the wrong state when you cancel the selection of an option button you have selected.
  • Addresses an issue that affects Teams. The issue stops Teams from alerting you about missed calls or messages.
  • Addresses an issue that affects the on-screen keyboard. The issue stops it from opening after you lock the machine.
  • Addresses an issue that affects a scheduled monthly task. It might not run on time if the next occurrence happens when daylight savings time occurs.
  • Addresses an issue that affects certain applications that use IDBObjectStore. They do not work in Microsoft Edge and IE mode.
  • Addresses an issue that affects all the registry settings under the Policies paths. They might be deleted. This occurs when you do not rename the local temporary user policy file during Group Policy processing.
  • Gives user accounts the ability to open an elevated Windows Terminal. This only works if they use an admin account that has not signed in before.
  • Addresses an issue that might affect your computer when you are playing a game. Timeout Detection and Recovery (TDR) errors might occur.
  • This update affects the Desktop Window Manager (DWM). It improves its reliability.
  • Addresses an issue that affects certain apps. In some instances, video flickering occurs.
  • Addresses an issue that affects .msi files. A minor update is not installed. This occurs when you use the EnterpriseDesktopAppManagement configuration service provider (CSP) to distribute the .msi file.
  • Addresses an issue that affects msftconnecttext.net. It gets excessive HTTP traffic.
  • Addresses an issue that affects the Spooler service. It stops working. This issue occurs when you print using a certain workspace.
  • Addresses an issue that affects devices that use the Network Protector for BitLocker. The device will not resume after it has been suspended.
  • Addresses an issue that affects a tib.sys driver. It does not load. This occurs when HyperVisor-protected Code Integrity (HVCI) is enabled.
  • Addresses an issue that affects TextInputHost.exe. It stops working.
  • Addresses an issue that affects File Explorer (explorer.exe). It stops working.
  • Addresses an issue that affects Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365 users. You might not see the right location for a Remote Desktop session in your virtual machine or Cloud PC.
  • Addresses an issue that affects HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders. You can now set and maintain the correct default permissions for this directory path. When the permissions are wrong, Start menu, search, and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) authentication fails.
  • Addresses an issue that affects File Explorer windows. They unexpectedly appear in the foreground.
  • Addresses an issue that affects some earbuds. They stop streaming music.
  • Addresses an issue that affects the Recommended section of the Start menu. When you right-click a local file, it does not behave as expected.
  • This update affects Active Directory event ID 1644 processing. It now accepts events of greater than 64 KB in length. This change truncates Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) queries contained within event 1644 to 20000 characters by default. You can configure the 20K value using the registry key “DEFAULT_DB_EXPENSIVE_SEARCH_FILTER_MAX_LOGGING_LENGTH_IN_CHARS.”
  • Addresses an issue that affects those who enable the “Smart Card is Required for Interactive Logon” account option. When RC4 is disabled, you cannot authenticate to Remote Desktop Services farms. The error message is, “An authentication error has occurred. The requested encryption type is not supported by the KDC.”

The new features are now available for devices enrolled in the Stable Channel. However, the update is expected to roll out to everyone sometime in July 2023. If you are still in the original version of Windows 11, you can use these instructions to upgrade to version 22H2.

Update June 27, 2023: This page has been updated to reflect that the update is now available in the Stable Channel as an optional download, and even though the build number is slightly different, the update KB number is the same as the original.

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