- Windows 11 receives build 22631.2361 (KB5030310) in the Stable Channel.
- This update introduces various new features and experiences coming to version 23H2.
- Including Copilot, redesigned File Explorer, new Windows Backup app, and more.
Microsoft is making available the Windows 11 September 2023 update (build 22631.2361 – KB5030310) in the Stable Channel as an optional install. Although this is still referred to as an update for version 22H2, it includes some of the new features that are part of version 23H2. On October 10, this update will be available automatically for everyone as part of the Patch Tuesday rollout.
Build 22631.2361 for Windows 11, according to the official announcement, introduces the first preview of Copilot for Windows 11 on select markets. Microsoft is also releasing the new Windows Backup app to protect your files, settings, credentials, and passwords in the cloud. In addition, you will find the new version of File Explorer that includes many visual changes, a new Gallery page, an updated Details pane, native support for RAR, 7z, GZ, and TAR file formats, and changes to Nearby Sharing.
Available through the Microsoft Store, this rollout also pushes various updates for inbox apps, including Paint, Photos, Snipping Tool, Clipchamp, and the new version of Outlook for Windows 11.
For example, the Microsoft Paint app is getting the “Creator” feature that uses AI to create images and remove the background from pictures with a single click.
The Photos app now uses Copilot AI capabilities to allow you to blur the background on images, and the technology will also be used to search and find images on OneDrive based on the content of the pictures.
The Snipping Tool gets an update that integrates OCR (optical character recognition) technology with AI to intelligently extract text from a screenshot and redact text to prevent sharing sensitive information on a screen capture.
The update for the Clipchamp app includes auto-compose, an AI feature that will review the videos and quickly suggest filters that will fit your project, and other things like highlighting the best moments, inserting transitions and music, and filling up gaps.
Finally, the Outlook app is a new experience to replace its Mail and Calendar apps. The new version of the email client is identical to the web version of the service but with some additional features, such as a single view for email, calendar, people, and tasks. In addition, the new app includes support for the mica material to match the design style of Windows 11.
The email client includes support for multiple accounts, including services like Outlook, Gmail, and Yahoo. Support for iCloud and IMAP will be coming in future updates. Also, the app includes offline support, but the feature is still under development.
Furthermore, the update KB5030310 includes new text authoring experiences to voice access and new natural voices in Narrator.
Windows 11 September 2023 update fixes and improvements
As part of this non-security update rollout, Microsoft is publishing a number of fixes and improvements with the KB5030310 update:
- Introduces websites to the Recommended section of the Start menu. These websites will be personalized for you and come from your browsing history.
- Addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Excel. It stops responding when you try to share a file as a PDF in Outlook.
- Addresses an issue that affects the Korean touch keyboard. It completes the first character in the search box on the taskbar. This is not expected.
- Addresses an issue that affects the search box tooltip. It does not appear in the correct position.
- Addresses an issue that affects the search button. It disappears when you interact with the search flyout box.
- Addresses an issue that affects sleep mode. After you resume from sleep, a blank window appears that has the title “Windows Input Experience.”
- Addresses an issue that affects iCloud Calendar and Contacts. Outlook fails to properly sync them when you use the iCloud for Windows app. To resume syncing, follow the steps in this Apple Support article.
- Completes the work to comply with the GB18030-2022 requirements. It removes and remaps characters for Microsoft Wubi input and Microsoft Pinyin U-mode input. You can no longer enter character codepoints that are not supported. All the required codepoints are up to date.
- Introduces support for daylight saving time (DST) changes in Greenland.
- Changes the spelling of Ukraine’s capital from Kiev to Kyiv.
- Addresses an issue that affects account lockout event 4625. The format of the event is wrong in the ForwardedEvents log. This occurs when an account name is in the user principal name (UPN) format.
- Affects the Key Distribution Center (KDC) and user security identifiers (SID). KDC now reads the user SID from the Subject Alternative Name (SAN) of a certificate. Because of this, mobile device management (MDM) providers can use offline templates to fill in the user SID. To learn more, see KB5014754.
- Addresses an issue that is related to changes in the forwarding of events.
- Addresses an issue that affects events that have a TAB character. The events do not render, or you cannot forward them.
- Addresses an issue that affects XPath queries on FileHash and other binary fields. It stops them from matching values in event records.
- Addresses an issue that affects an Application Virtualization (App-V) environment. Copy operations within it stop working. This occurs after you install the April 2023 update.
- Addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Print to PDF. It uses the metadata for the name you sign in with as the author of a printed PDF. It should use the display name instead.
- Addresses an issue that affects some USB printers. Microsoft Defender stops them from printing.
- Addresses an issue that affects Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC). AppID Tagging policies might greatly increase how long it takes your device to start up.
- Addresses an issue that affects IMEPad. It stops working. This occurs when you enter end-user-defined characters (EUDC).
- Addresses an issue that affects Remote Apps. The display of some elements is not aligned correctly.
- Addresses an issue that affects the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC). It has a handle leak. Because of this, the system runs out of memory.
- Addresses an issue that might make Windows stop responding. This might occur if you use Microsoft OneDrive files that are compressed by NTFS.
- Addresses an issue that might cause a user-mode memory leak. It might occur when you call CopyFile() or MoveFile().
- Addresses an issue that affects application compatibility. It is related to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.
- Addresses an issue that affects external binding. It fails. This occurs after you install Windows updates dated May 2023 or later.
You can follow these instructions to install the September 2023 update (build 22631.2361) on your device already running Windows 11 22H2. If you have a computer still on version 21H2 or Windows 10, you will have to upgrade to version 22H2 and use the “Windows Update” settings to install the new features.
It’s important to note that, on September 26, Microsoft is making available an update that only includes parts of the features and changes for version 23H2. The update KB5030310 (build 22631.2361) won’t change the version number of the operating system as it will remain as version 22H2. Once the company finishes rolling out most of the features, an enablement package will be released to turn on the remaining features and switch the version number to 23H2. The company says that this first phase of the update should be completed in November. As such, the Windows 11 2023 Update may become available sometime in November or December.