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    Date changes for new certificate-based authentication requirements on domain controllers
    New security requirements are coming to Windows Servers. These changes increase certificate mapping security requirements to address vulnerabilities discussed in CVE-2022-26923 and others. Servers that run Active Directory Certificate Services, as well as Windows domain controllers that service certificate-based authentication, will need to meet new certificate mapping requirements in order for authentication operations to succeed. Administrators should be aware of two key dates in 2023:
     
    • April 11, 2023: Updates released after this date will remove the ability to allow domain controllers to continue relying on weak certificate mapping, known as Disabled mode.
    • November 14, 2023: Updates released after this date will mandate that the new certificate security requirements are met, known as Full Enforcement mode.
    Beginning with updates released May 10, 2022 and later, warning messages are logged for authentication scenarios which will fail once the new security requirements are in place. This can help administrators identify compatibility issues ahead of the November 14, 2023 date. To help protect your environment, update all servers with the May 10, 2022 or later security release, and enable Full Enforcement mode on all domain controllers if no audit error logs are created on domain controllers.
     
    2023-02-06
    14:00 PT
    New widget features available February 2023, only on Windows 11
    Windows continues to improve widgets experiences on Windows 11. New this month, you can expand the size of the widgets board via Expanded View. This feature enables allows you see more widgets and news content by increasing the widgets board from 2 columns to 4 columns. Expanded View builds on last year's improvements to widget notification settings, and updates to the widget board margins and visuals.

    To get this updated feature, you should update the Windows Web Experience Pack from the Microsoft Store. This occurs automatically for most devices.

    Please note, if you have installed the latest quality updates for Windows 11, versions 21H2 or 22H2, but still don’t see all the new widgets features, it might be because some are being made available over several weeks, and might not be available to everyone at once. Learn more about the newest widgets experiences in Stay up to date with widgets.
    2023-02-03
    11:00 PT
    Final Reminder: Changes for the Windows Diagnostic data processor configuration
    As was previously announced, the January 2023 non-security preview release for Windows 10, versions 20H2, 21H2 and 22H2, and Windows 11, versions 21H2 and 22H2, introduced a significant change for enterprise Windows devices that have diagnostic data turned on. This change will also be included in the February 2023 security update and all future security updates for these Windows versions.

    In support of our plan to store and process EU Data for European enterprise customers in the EU, policies such as the “Allow commercial data pipeline” policy will no longer be used to configure data processor options. Instead, an organization-wide configuration based on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) will determine Microsoft’s role in the data processing.

    For information on these changes and details on how to enable the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration option, see Significant changes coming to the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration.
    2023-02-02
    14:00 PT
    Take action: OOB update to address issues with XPS documents in WPF-based readers
    Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band (OOB) updates today, January 31, 2023 for some versions of .Net Framework. This update addresses a known issue which might cause XPS documents which utilize structural or semantic elements like table structure, storyboards, or hyperlinks to not display correctly in WPF-based readers. The standalone packages for these out-of-band (OOB) updates are available on Microsoft Update Catalog. You can manually import these updates into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. For WSUS instructions, see WSUS and the Catalog Site. For Configuration Manger instructions, see Import updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Note: The updates are not available from Windows Update and will not install automatically.

    For information on this issue and the Out-of-band updates to resolve it, please see KB5022083 Change in how WPF-based applications render XPS documents.
    2023-01-31
    10:00 PT
    January 2023 Windows non-security preview release available for all supported versions for Windows
    The January 2023 non-security preview release is now available for all supported versions of Windows. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from Windows 11 and Windows 10 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT After March 2023, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for the supported editions of Windows 10, version 20H2 and Windows 10, version 21H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for these versions. Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, version 22H2 update:
     
    • This update changes the experience for preview .NET Framework updates. After you install this update, all future preview (optional) .NET Framework updates will display on the Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options > Optional updates page.
    • Addresses an issue that affects searchindexer.exe, which randomly stops you from signing in or signing out.
    • Addresses a resource conflict issue between two or more threads (known as a deadlock). This deadlock affects COM+ applications.
    • Addresses an issue that might occur when the Input Method Editor (IME) is active. Applications might stop responding when you use the mouse and keyboard at the same time.
    • Addresses an issue that affects picture files you find using search on the taskbar. This issue stops you from opening those pictures.
    • Addresses an issue that stops you from searching for a file based on the file’s contents.
    2023-01-26
    14:00 PT
    Microsoft Edge extends support on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 to October 2023
    Microsoft Edge version 109 released on the week of January 12th, 2023, will be the last supported version on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 (version 110 and later will be unavailable). Microsoft Edge version 109 on these platforms will receive critical security fixes and fixes for known exploit bugs until October 10, 2023. WebView2 Runtime version 109 will be supported in the same way on these platforms.

    As a reminder, Microsoft Edge version 109, and WebView 2 version 109 are the last versions to support Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU) and Windows 8/8.1. Microsoft Edge and WebView2 versions 109 will not receive new features or future security updates on Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. To get new versions of Microsoft Edge or the WebView2 Runtime with up-to-date functionality and security, upgrade to Windows 10 or later.

    2023-01-26
    14:00 PT
    January 2023 Windows non-security preview release is available for some versions of Windows
    The January 2023 non-security preview release is now available for Windows 11, version 21H2, and all supported versions of Windows 10. The preview update for Windows 11, version 22H2, will be available in the near term. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from Windows 11 and Windows 10 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT After March 2023, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for the supported editions of Windows 10, version 20H2 and Windows 10, version 21H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for these versions. Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, version 21H2 update:
     
    • This update combines Windows Spotlight with Themes on the Personalization page. This makes it easier for you to discover and turn on the Windows Spotlight feature.
    • This update displays storage alerts for Microsoft OneDrive subscribers on the Systems page in the Settings app. You can also manage your storage and purchase additional storage, if needed.
    • This update provides the full amount of storage capacity of all your OneDrive subscriptions. It also displays the total storage on the Accounts page in the Settings app.
    • This update improves the Microsoft Account experience in Settings. For example, you can manage OneDrive subscriptions and storage alerts.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects searchindexer.exe. It randomly stops you from signing in or signing out.
    2023-01-19
    14:00 PT
    Reminder: The IE11 desktop application will be permanently disabled February 14, 2023
    As previously communicated, the out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application is scheduled to be permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 devices on February 14, 2023, through a Microsoft Edge update. Devices that have not already been redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge are scheduled to be redirected with the Microsoft Edge update scheduled for this date. This change is intended to provide a better user experience and help organizations transition their last remaining IE11 users to Microsoft Edge. As a reminder, IE11 has been out of support since June 15, 2022. 

    If your organization still has dependencies on IE11, you must take steps now to complete your transition before February 14, 2023, or risk business disruption at scale when users lose access to IE11-dependent applications. Organizations that have already transitioned from IE11 to Microsoft Edge with IE mode will not be impacted when the IE11 desktop application is permanently disabled on this date. IE11 visual references, such as the IE11 icons on the Start Menu and taskbar, will be removed by the June 2023 Windows monthly security update release (‘B’ release) scheduled for June 13, 2023, and will also be removed by the non-security preview release on certain Windows 10 versions scheduled for May 23, 2023. 

    For more information, please see the Internet Explorer 11 desktop app retirement FAQ.
    2023-01-12
    14:00 PT
    Take action: January 2023 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The January 2023 security update release, referred to as our "B" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update: 
    • Addresses issues that affect the Local Session Manager (LSM). These issues might allow users who do not have admin rights to perform actions that only an admin can.
    • Addresses a known issue that affects apps that use Microsoft Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) SQL Server Driver (sqlsrv32.dll) to connect to databases, which might result in connection failures.
    Short on time? Watch our short Windows 11 update release notes video for this month's tips.
    2023-01-10
    10:00 PT
    Take action: Additional guidance in CVE-2022-41099 for devices with WinRE
    Devices with Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) will need to update the WinRE partition to address security vulnerabilities in CVE-2022-41099. Installing the update normally into Windows will not address this security issue in WinRE. For guidance on how to address this issue in WinRE, please see CVE-2022-41099.
    2023-01-10
    10:00 PT
    Windows 8.1 has reached end of service
    As previously announced, Windows 8.1 has reached end of support. Technical assistance and software updates will no longer be provided beyond January 10, 2023. If you have devices running Windows 8.1, we recommend upgrading them to a more current, in-service, and supported Windows release. If a device does not meet the technical requirements to run a more current release of Windows, we recommend that you replace the device with one that supports Windows 11. Microsoft will not be offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1.

    Continuing to use Windows 8.1 might increase an organization’s exposure to security risks or impact its ability to meet compliance obligations. Review the details and answers to questions at the Microsoft Support entry Windows 8.1 support will end on January 10, 2023.
    2023-01-10
    10:00 PT
    Take action: OOB update to address issues with new VMs managed by SCVMM and using Software Defined Networking (SDN)
    Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band (OOB) updates today, December 20, 2022. This update addresses a known issue which might cause new virtual machines (VMs) or new network adapters for existing VMs to have issues when using Software Defined Networking (SDN) managed by System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). To resolve this issue, you will need to install one of the updates below on all Hyper-V hosts in your environment which are affected by this issue. You do not need to install any update or make any changes to other servers or client devices in your environment to resolve this issue.

    To get the standalone package for these out-of-band (OOB) updates, search for the KB number in the Microsoft Update Catalog. You can manually import these updates into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. For WSUS instructions, see WSUS and the Catalog Site. For Configuration Manger instructions, see Import updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Note: The updates below are not available from Windows Update and will not install automatically.

    Cumulative updates:
    Note: You do not need to apply any previous update before installing these cumulative updates. If you have already installed updates released December 13, 2022, you do not need to uninstall the affected updates before installing any later updates including the updates listed above.
    2022-12-20
    14:00 PT
    New details on IE11 desktop application permanent disablement scheduled for February 14, 2023
    The out-of-support Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application is scheduled to be permanently disabled on certain versions of Windows 10 devices on February 14, 2023, through a Microsoft Edge update, not a Windows update as previously communicated. All remaining devices that have not already been redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge are scheduled to be redirected with the Microsoft Edge update scheduled for February 14, 2023. The change to use Microsoft Edge update to disable IE is intended to provide a better user experience and help organizations transition their last remaining IE11 users to Microsoft Edge. As a reminder, IE11 has been out of support since June 15, 2022. 
     
    Organizations that have already transitioned from IE11 to Microsoft Edge with IE mode will not be impacted when the IE11 desktop application is scheduled to be permanently disabled on February 14, 2023. Note: If you would like to remove the IE visual references such as on the taskbar or Start Menu, you will need to use the Disable IE policy before February 14, 2023. If your organization still has dependencies on IE11, you must take steps now to complete your transition before February 14, 2023, or risk business disruption at scale when users lose access to IE11-dependent applications. 
     
    IE11 visual references, such as the IE11 icons on the Start Menu and taskbar, will be removed by the June 2023 Windows monthly security update release (‘B’ release) scheduled for June 13, 2023. They will also be removed by the non-security preview release on certain Windows 10 versions scheduled for May 23, 2023. For more information, please read the FAQ.
    2022-12-16
    08:00 PT
    Feature and expedited update management generally available in Intune
    The general availability of feature and expedited quality updates in Microsoft Intune brings with it new features that allow you to easily manage updates and accompanying reports. These features use the Windows Update for Business deployment service to provide greater control over specifying updates to devices. Additional rich reporting provides detailed status and error state for each device in the policy. Learn about these capabilities and best practices for managing Windows updates in Intune in the new blog post Generally available: feature and expedited updates in Intune.
    2022-12-16
    08:00 PT
    Microsoft Edge version 109 will be the last version to support Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8
    The upcoming Microsoft Edge version 109 - scheduled for release on the week of January 12th, 2023 - will be the last version to support Windows 7 Extended Security Update (ESU) and Windows 8/8.1. This also applies to WebView2 Runtime version 109, which is releasing this same week and is also ending support on these Windows versions.

    This aligns with the end of support for Windows 7 ESU and Windows 8/8.1 on January 10th, 2023. 
     
    Microsoft Edge and WebView2 versions 109 and earlier will continue to work on Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1, but will not receive new features or future security updates. To get new versions of Microsoft Edge or the WebView2 Runtime with up-to-date functionality and security, please upgrade to Windows 10 or later. For additional details on support for various operating systems, see Microsoft Edge and WebView2 ending support for Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1.
    2022-12-14
    14:00 PT
    Recommendations for scenarios requiring Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.1 and below
    Beginning September 2022, Microsoft disabled Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 by default for Internet Explorer and EdgeHTML. Please note, Microsoft has not deprecated these versions of TLS - they are only disabled by default. 

    Although organizations and home users have the option to turn it back on through Group Policy or Internet Options, we do not recommend doing so. TLS 1.1 and below are vulnerable to various attacks, and are no longer considered secure. If an application fails due to the new TLS default, please check if a newer version of the application is available before enabling TLS 1.1 and 1.0. If one is not available, consider asking the app developer to make configuration changes in the app to remove dependency on these versions of TLS.

    TLS fallback is also an option to help keep devices secure by enabling applications to fall back to TLS1.0 and below if connections are made using a TLS version with secure protocols (TLS 1.2 and above). To enable TLS fallback, changes are required on the Windows registry. For instructions on these changes, see our updated documentation at KB5017811 - Manage Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 after default behavior change in September 20, 2022.
    2022-12-14
    14:00 PT
    December 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The December 2022 security update release, referred to as our "B" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate

    IMPORTANT: There will be no preview, non-security “C” releases for Windows 10 or Windows 11 during the month of December. The "C" releases normally target the third week of the month.

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update: 
    • Addresses a known issue that might affect Task Manager, which might display certain elements in unexpected colors if you have "Choose your mode" set to "Custom" in the Colors section of Settings.
    • Includes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates.
    Short on time? Watch our short monthly release notes video for a summary of this month’s Windows 11 update.
    2022-12-13
    10:00 PT
    Windows 10, version 21H1 has reached end of servicing
    As of December 13, 2022, all editions of Windows 10, version 21H1 have reached end of servicing. The December 2022 security update, released on December 13, is the last update available for this version. Devices running this version will no longer receive monthly security and preview updates containing protections from the latest security threats.

    To help keep you protected and productive, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update to Windows 10, version 22H2 for consumer devices and non-managed business devices when they are nearing or have reached end of servicing. This allows your device to continue to receive monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health. For this automatic installation, you can choose a convenient time for your device to restart and complete the update.

    As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 10, or upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11. For detailed information, see the entry for Windows 10, version 21H1 end of servicing at the learn.microsoft.com lifecycle page, and Reminder: End of servicing for Windows 10, version 21H1 at Windows IT Pro blog. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 10 release informationWindows 11 release informationLifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2022-12-13
    10:00 PT
    Try an improved Quick Assist experience
    Install the Windows 11 or Windows 10 December 2022 quality update for a seamless and improved Quick Assist experience. Whether you use the Microsoft Store app or the original app, you can help your clients, colleagues, family, and friends with their PC problems over a remote connection. This update ensures the best experience no matter the source of your app and introduces a new requirement: Edge WebView2. Learn about the details and resources that you need to start using the improved Quick Assist in our new IT Pro blog post Try an improved Quick Assist experience.
    2022-12-13
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Windows 8.1 support ends on January 10, 2023
    As previously announced, Windows 8.1 will reach the end of support on January 10, 2023. Technical assistance and software updates will no longer be provided beyond this date. If you have devices running Windows 8.1, we recommend upgrading them to a more current, in-service, and supported Windows release. If a device does not meet the technical requirements to run a more current release of Windows, we recommend that you replace the device with one that supports Windows 11. Microsoft will not be offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1. Continuing to use Windows 8.1 after January 10, 2023, might increase an organization’s exposure to security risks or impact its ability to meet compliance obligations.

    Review the details and answers to questions at the Microsoft Support entry Windows 8.1 support will end on January 10, 2023.
    2022-12-12
    14:00 PT
    New features coming to Windows 11 widgets
    Windows 11 continues to improve widgets experiences with additions to widget viewing options, badging, and layout.

    • Adjust widgets taskbar settings for badging, rotation, and hover: you can control whether widget notifications appear on your taskbar through the widgets settings. Select the profile icon in the top right corner of the widgets board and use the toggles to adjust your notification settings. 
    • Updates to the header, margins, and greetings: you might see some different positions for the widgets board header. The new layout aims to bring consistent, clean, and accessible icons to communicate action and features with simple visuals. 
    To get this updated feature, you should update the Windows Web Experience Pack from the Microsoft Store. This occurs automatically for most devices.

    Please note, if you have installed the latest quality updates for Windows 11, versions 21H2 or 22H2, but still don’t see all the new widgets features, it might be because some will roll out over several weeks, and might not be available to everyone at once. Learn more about the newest widgets experiences in Stay up to date with widgets.
    2022-12-12
    14:00 PT
    Reminder: January 2023 changes for the Windows Diagnostic data processor configuration
    Beginning with the January 2023 release preview cumulative update for Windows 10, versions 20H2, 21H2 and 22H2, and Windows 11, versions 21H2 and 22H2, we’re introducing a significant change for enterprise Windows devices that have diagnostic data turned on. In support of our plan to store and process EU Data for European enterprise customers in the EU, we will stop using policies, such as the “Allow commercial data pipeline” policy, to configure data processor options and introduce an organization-wide configuration based on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to determine Microsoft’s role in the data processing.

    For information on these changes and details on how to enable the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration option, see Significant changes coming to the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration.
    2022-12-09
    14:00 PT
    Advance your security posture with Microsoft Intune from chip to cloud
    Advance your security posture with Microsoft Intune from chip to cloud is now available on MS Learn to IT admins, security engineers, and security operations analysts for up to 1200 experience points. This new learning module encourages a proactive approach to Windows servicing by providing step-by-step guidance with screenshots and assessments. After completing this module, you will better understand Microsoft Intune as one of the modern device management tools, learn how to enable Zero Trust from chip to cloud, and advance and measure your organization's security posture. Visit our IT Pro Blog summary at New on Microsoft Learn: Advance your security posture from chip to cloud.
    2022-12-09
    14:00 PT
    Update Compliance is no longer available. Use Windows Update for Business reports.
    Update Compliance is no longer an active solution, giving way to Windows Update for Business reports instead. We no longer allow new enrollments into Update Compliance nor the option to regenerate or generate a new CommercialID. To facilitate transition, current users can continue to use Update Compliance until March 31, 2023.

    Windows Update for Business reports is built based on the feedback of many Update Compliance users and all who have participated in the preview. With a revamped user experience, richer update deployment data and better alert monitoring, we are confident that these new reports will help you better manage your update compliance goals. Learn how to transition to the new and improved solution at Now generally available: Windows Update for Business reports.
    2022-12-08
    14:00 PT
    Reminder: Windows Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) hardening changes as of November 8, 2022
    As previously announced, security requirements have increased for Windows devices that use the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) or Remote Procedure Call (RPC) server technologies. DCOM clients attempting to establish connections to DCOM servers which have applied updates released June 14, 2022, or later, must either support an authentication level of RPC_C_AUTHN_LEVEL_PKT_INTEGRITY and higher.

    Updates released November 8, 2022, and later automatically raise authentication level for requests from DCOM clients to RPC_C_AUTHN_LEVEL_PKT_INTEGRITY. Most Windows DCOM client applications will automatically work with the server side DCOM hardening change without modification to the DCOM client applications. As a reminder, it's possible to temporarily disable this authentication level enforcement by creating a registry key in the DCOM server. However, this will no longer be possible beginning March 14, 2023. We strongly recommend that IT administrators conduct testing by enabling hardening changes before this date to confirm normal operations.

    Our documentation has been updated with a new summary, as well as expanded details on the installation of the registry key implementation. See KB5004442—Manage changes for Windows DCOM Server Security Feature Bypass (CVE-2021-26414)
    2022-12-07
    13:30 PT
    We welcome your feedback
    Please take a moment and participate in this quick survey we’ve prepared as part of our continued effort to evolve the design and utility of the Windows release health hub. We greatly appreciate your feedback so we can focus on what matters most! Windows release health offers you official information on Windows releases and servicing milestones, known issues and safeguards, and helpful resources. This survey should only take about five minutes of your time to complete and will be available to fill out for a few extra days. Get started here.
    2022-12-07
    13:30 PT
    November 2022 Windows non-security preview release available for all supported versions for Windows
    The November 2022 non-security preview release is now available for all supported versions of Windows. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from Windows 11 and Windows 10 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: There will be no preview, non-security releases for Windows 10 or Windows 11 during the month of December. Preview releases normally target the third week of the month. There will be a December security update release, as usual.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, version 22H2 update:
     
    • Gives Microsoft OneDrive subscribers storage alerts on the Systems page in the Settings app. The alerts appear when you are close to your storage limit.
    • Provides the full amount of the storage capacity of all your OneDrive subscriptions. It also displays the total storage on the Accounts page in the Settings app.
    • Combines Windows Spotlight with Themes on the Personalization page. This makes it easier for you to discover and turn on the Windows Spotlight feature.
    • Addresses a known issue that affects the Input Method Editor (IME). Certain applications might stop responding. This occurs when you use keyboard shortcuts to change the input mode of the IME.
    • Addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working. This occurs when you close context menus and menu items.
    2022-11-29
    10:00 PT
    Fiji 2022 time zone update now available
    On October 27, 2022, the Fijian government announced that Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the Republic of Fiji will not be observed in 2022. This DST change is included in the November 2022 non-security preview updates for the latest versions of Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows Server 2022. For organizations with devices in the Republic of Fiji on other Windows versions, a manual workaround is available between November 13, 2022 and December 13, 2022. Please visit Fiji 2022 time zone update now available for further details around specific Windows versions and temporary solution guidance.
    2022-11-22
    11:00 PT
    Take action: OOB update to address an issue with sign in and Kerberos authentication
    Updated November 18, 2022: Added update information for Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.

    Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band (OOB) updates today, November 17, 2022 and November 18, 2022 for installation on all the Domain Controllers (DCs) in affected environments. This update addresses a known issue which might cause sign in failures or other Kerberos authentication issues. You do not need to install any update or make any changes to other servers or client devices in your environment to resolve this issue. If you used any workaround or mitigations for this issue, they are no longer needed, and we recommend you remove them.

    To get the standalone package for these out-of-band updates, search for the KB number in the Microsoft Update Catalog. You can manually import these updates into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. For WSUS instructions, see WSUS and the Catalog Site. For Configuration Manger instructions, see Import updates from the Microsoft Update Catalog. Note The below updates are not available from Windows Update and will not install automatically.

    Cumulative updates:
    Note: You do not need to apply any previous update before installing these cumulative updates. If you have already installed updates released November 8, 2022, you do not need to uninstall the affected updates before installing any later updates including the updates listed above.

    Standalone Updates:
    Note: If you are using security only updates for these versions of Windows Server, you only need to install these standalone updates for the month of November 2022. Security only updates are not cumulative, and you will also need to install all previous Security only updates to be fully up to date. Monthly rollup updates are cumulative and include security and all quality updates. If you are using Monthly rollup updates, you will need to install both the standalone updates listed above to resolve this issue, and install the Monthly rollups released November 8, 2022 to receive the quality updates for November 2022. If you have already installed updates released November 8, 2022, you do not need to uninstall the affected updates before installing any later updates including the updates listed above.
    2022-11-17
    14:00 PT
    Organizational messages for Windows 11 (public preview)
    Organizations can now communicate with employees natively on their Windows 11 devices. Messages can be delivered just above the taskbar, in the Windows notifications area, or in the Get Started app. Keep employees informed of important information. Integrate onboarding information for employees on new device. Explore the messaging capabilities available in the public preview, then learn how to get started configuring messages in Microsoft Intune. 
    2022-11-17
    14:00 PT
    Migrate from .NET Core 3.1 to .NET 7 or other supported version by December 13, 2022
    .NET Core 3.1 (LTS) will reach end of support on December 13, 2022. If you’re using .NET Core 3.1 (LTS), please migrate to .NET 6 (LTS) or .NET 7 as soon as possible. .NET 7 is Available Today Read more at .NET Core 3.1 will reach End of Support on December 13, 2022.
    2022-11-16
    16:30 PT
    Now generally available: Windows Update for Business reports
    Windows Update for Business reports is now generally available. This evolution of Update Compliance combines organizational and device-level reporting with actionable data and insights. The new blog post provides guidance on how to enroll in or transition to Windows Update for Business reports from Update Compliance by January 15, 2023. Take an inside look at revamped reporting capabilities for quality and feature updates and follow guidance to transition as soon as possible. Read Now generally available: Windows Update for Business reports.
    2022-11-15
    15:00 PT
    November 2022 Windows non-security preview release is available for some versions of Windows
    The November 2022 non-security preview release is now available for Windows 11, version 21H2, and all supported versions of Windows 10. The preview update for Windows 11, version 22H2, will be available in the near term. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from Windows 11 and Windows 10 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    IMPORTANT: There will be no preview, non-security releases for Windows 10 or Windows 11 during the month of December. Preview releases normally target the third week of the month. There will be a December security update release, as usual.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, version 21H2 update:

    • Introduces the new Quick Assist application.
    • Addresses some persistent update failures for the Microsoft Store.
    • Addresses an issue that affects some devices that are managed by an enterprise. It improves the reliability of app installations for them.
    • Addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Direct3D 9 (D3D9). It causes D3D9 to stop working when you use Microsoft Remote Desktop.
    • Addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Automated investigation blocks live response investigations.
    • Addresses an issue that affects pinned apps on the Start menu, wherein the Start menu stops working when you move between pages of pinned apps. This issue occurs when the language is a right to left (RTL) language.
    2022-11-15
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Windows 8.1 support ends on January 10, 2023
    As a reminder, Windows 8.1 will reach the end of support on January 10, 2023, at which point technical assistance and software updates will no longer be provided. If you have devices running Windows 8.1, we recommend upgrading them to a more current, in-service, and supported Windows release. If a device does not meet the technical requirements to run a more current release of Windows, we recommend that you replace the device with one that supports Windows 11. Microsoft will not be offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1. Continuing to use Windows 8.1 after January 10, 2023, might increase an organization’s exposure to security risks or impact its ability to meet compliance obligations.

    Review the details and answers to questions at the Microsoft Support entry Windows 8.1 support will end on January 10, 2023.
    2022-11-10
    14:30 PT
    Take action: November 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The November 2022 security update release, referred to as our "B" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate

    IMPORTANT: There will be no preview, non-security “C” releases for Windows 10 or Windows 11 during the month of December. The "C" releases normally target the third week of the month. There will be a December "B" security update release, as usual.

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update: 
    • Addresses security issues for your Windows operating system
    • Includes improvements that were a part of update KB5018483 (released October 25, 2022)
    • includes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates
    Short on time? Watch our short monthly release notes video for a summary of this month’s Windows 11 update
    2022-11-08
    10:00 PT
    Take action: Security hardening for Netlogon and Kerberos starting with November 2022 security update
    The November 2022 security update release is the start of phased security hardening changes which will require organizations to monitor their environment and make adjustments to comply with these security hardening changes.

    Important: It is recommended to move to enforcement mode or to make the necessary changes explained in the KB articles below, as soon as possible, to enable all parts of the security hardening in your environment.

    For more information on these security hardenings and how to detect issues in your environment, see the following articles:
    2022-11-08
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: End of servicing for Windows 10, version 21H1, on December 13, 2022
    On December 13, 2022, all editions of Windows 10, version 21H1 will reach end of servicing. The upcoming December 2022 security update, to be released on December 13, 2022, will be the last update available for this version. After that date, devices running this version will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates containing protection from the latest security threats.

    To help keep you protected and productive, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update for Windows 10 consumer devices and non-managed business devices that are at, or within several months of reaching end of servicing. This keeps your device supported and receiving monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health. For these devices, you will be able to choose a convenient time for your device to restart and complete the update.

    For detailed information, see the entry for Windows 10, version 21H1 end of servicing at learn.microsoft.com lifecycle page, and Reminder: End of servicing for Windows 10, version 21H1 at Windows IT Pro blog.

    As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 10, or upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 10 release informationWindows 11 release information, Lifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2022-11-08
    10:00 PT
    Try Windows Update for Business with Microsoft Graph
    Microsoft Graph allows IT admins to flexibly manage device workflows in the Windows Update for Business deployment service. With this service, you can manage devices and view, deploy, and expedite updates in a manner that best achieves your business goals. Get visual and step-by-step instructions on how exactly to use Graph Explorer or PowerShell SDK, and even how to build your own custom application from within Teams. Learn more about these experiences and your readiness to leverage them for your organization in Try Windows Update for Business with Microsoft Graph
    2022-10-31
    14:00 PT
    Deliver organizational messages with Windows 11 and Microsoft Intune
    IT admins can soon configure native Windows 11 onboarding and information update messages for improved user engagement. The public preview of organizational messages with Microsoft Intune and Windows 11, version 22H2 is coming in November. This includes a variety of templated messages with your organization’s logo delivered through the user’s taskbar, Notification center, and Get Started app.

    For additional capabilities and Microsoft Intune instructions, please read Deliver organizational messages with Windows 11 and Microsoft Intune.
    2022-10-31
    14:00 PT
    Take action: Understand domain join hardening changes and avoid potential operational issues
    Windows updates released on and after October 11, 2022, contain additional protections introduced by CVE-2022-38042. These protections intentionally prevent domain join operations from reusing an existing computer account in the target domain in some scenarios. See KB5020276 - Netjoin: Domain join hardening changes to learn more about the new behavior, including additional security checks and the steps to avoid operational issues.

    Domain join operations might intentionally fail with error "0xaac (2732): NERR_AccountReuseBlockedByPolicy" and text "An account with the same name exists in Active Directory. Re-using the account was blocked by security policy." If you encounter this message, see KB5020276 to understand how to address the error. We have added insights to this KB, and are evaluating whether optimizations can be made in a future Windows update.
    2022-10-28
    14:00 PT
    Take action: Out-of-band update to address issues with OneDrive after installing the October 2022 updates
    Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band updates today, October 28, 2022, for some versions of Windows. This update addresses a known issue in which Microsoft OneDrive app might unexpectedly close. If you are not encountering the issue described in Microsoft OneDrive app might unexpectedly close, you do not need to install these out-of-band updates.

    All versions are available only on the Microsoft Update Catalog and will not be offered through Windows Update. For instructions, see the release notes for your OS listed below. Note: Organizations can manually import these updates into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager.

    Cumulative updates:
    • Windows 10, version 20H2; Windows 10, version 21H1; Windows 10, version 22H1; Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021: KB5020953
    Note: You do not need to apply any previous update before installing these cumulative updates.
    2022-10-28
    14:00 PT
    Reminder: Important changes coming January 2023 for the Windows Diagnostic data processor configuration
    As previously announced, we’re introducing a significant change for enterprise Windows devices that have diagnostic data turned on. In support of our plan to store and process EU Data for European enterprise customers in the EU, we will stop using policies, such as the “Allow commercial data pipeline” policy, to configure data processor options and introduce an organization-wide configuration based on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to determine Microsoft’s role in the data processing.

    The change will roll out with the January 2023 release preview cumulative update for Windows 10, versions 20H2, 21H2 and 22H2, and Windows 11, versions 21H2 and 22H2. 

    For information on these changes and details on how to enable the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration option, see Significant changes coming to the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration.
    2022-10-28
    14:00 PT
    The Internet Explorer 11 desktop app will be permanently disabled as part of February 2023 updates
    As previously announced, the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop app has been retired as of June 15, 2022. IE11 retirement is occurring through two phases: (1) a redirection phase, currently in progress with devices progressively redirected from IE11 to Microsoft Edge, and (2) an upcoming Windows Update phase that includes IE11 being permanently disabled. This permanent disablement of IE11 is scheduled to begin with the January non-security preview release (also known as 1C) scheduled for January 17, 2023, and the February security release (also known as 2B) scheduled for February 14, 2023. Disablement will be included in all subsequent Windows Updates after these releases.

    For organizations which have not yet transitioned away from IE11, continued reliance on IE11 when the Windows Update becomes available may cause business disruption. For organizations that are ready to remove IE11, it is strongly recommended to use the Disable IE policy to remove IE11 while controlling the timing of permanent IE11 disablement before the Windows Update. Visit Techcommunity to learn how to Control IE retirement on your own schedule with the Disable IE Policy and read our FAQ to help answer questions.
    2022-10-27
    16:00 PT
    October 2022 Windows non-security preview release available for all supported versions of Windows
    The October 2022 non-security preview release is now available for all supported versions of Windows. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from Windows 11 and Windows 10 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, version 22H2 update:
     
    • Adds a new consent form for users enrolled in Windows Hello Face and Fingerprint. You have new choices for your biometric data.
    • Enhances search visual treatments on the taskbar to improve discoverability. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow.
    • Enhances the backup experience when using your Microsoft Account (MSA). This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow.
    • Improves the Microsoft Account experience in Settings. For instance, you can manage your Microsoft OneDrive subscription and related storage alerts.
    • Adds Task Manager to the context menu when you right-click the taskbar. This feature rolls out in the coming weeks.
    • Addresses an issue that might cause vertical and horizontal line artifacts to appear on the screen.
    • Addresses an issue in that stops the credential UI from displaying in IE mode when you use Microsoft Edge.
    2022-10-25
    14:00 PT
    Public preview of Unified Update Platform on premises
    The public preview of the Unified Update Platform is now available to help you manage updates on premises. This improvement involves a seamless integration with Configuration Manager and Windows Server Updates Services (WSUS). See how UUP simplifies quality and feature update deployment, including upgrading your devices from Windows 10 to Windows 11. In preparation for complete transition to UUP servicing in early 2023, follow enclosed instructions to enroll in Public preview of Unified Update Platform on premises
    2022-10-24
    13:00 PT
    Expedite Windows quality updates: Troubleshooting tips
    Bookmark these troubleshooting tips to take full advantage of the existing Intune capability to expedite Windows quality updates. Those enrolled in Windows Update for Business deployment service can fast-track installation of security updates without modifying the existing configurations of Windows update rings. To do so, the article Expedite Windows quality updates: Troubleshooting tips provides guidance on checking the prerequisites, monitoring and resolving common issues, and best practices. Follow the step-by-step guides, screen shots, and additional reference links for your one-stop self-help to expedite Windows quality updates.
    2022-10-24
    13:00 PT
    DCOM authentication hardening: What you need to know
    A new blog article tells a comprehensive story of Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) authentication hardening. Historical and contextual details inform the timeline of the phased rollout, ultimately leading to default enablement and security of servers and client devices. Review the steps to keep your organization protected with the latest Windows updates, enable or test DCOM authentication hardening, and monitor for compatibility. Follow the troubleshooting guidance for several common scenarios for Windows devices right from DCOM authentication hardening: What you need to know
    2022-10-19
    14:00 PT
    Announcing Windows Update for Business reports
    Update Compliance is being rebranded to Windows Update for Business reports, which was previously announced as Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance. With the general availability coming up in early November, current Update Compliance users are reminded of new eligibility requirements and the steps necessary to get ready for the upcoming improvements. See how to get ready for general availability in the new blog post Announcing Windows Update for Business reports.
    2022-10-19
    14:00 PT
    Making the everyday easier with new experiences available in Windows 11
    Today we are announcing the availability of new features in Windows 11 along with some exciting new app experiences to help you be your most productive and creative. Last month, we launched the Windows 11 2022 Update in over 190 countries. At that time, we reinforced our promise to deliver new features into Windows 11 more frequently, in addition to our annual update.

    Check out the new features made available today and coming in the next weeks including the Tabbed File Explorer, Taskbar Overflow and easy access to Task Manager, Memories on the Photos app, and new sports and entertainment apps. To learn more about what’s new, see Making the everyday easier with new experiences available in Windows 11.
    2022-10-18
    10:00 PT
    Windows 10, version 22H2 is now available
    The Windows 10 2022 Update – also known as Windows 10, version 22H2 – is now available. This version is a scoped release focused on quality improvements to the overall Windows experience in existing feature areas such as quality, productivity and security, and is delivered via a familiar and reliable update experience. Version 22H2 will continue the recent Windows 10 feature update trend of being delivered in an optimized way using servicing technology.

    The 2022 Update is available to users with devices running Windows 10, version 20H2 or later. If you would like to install the new release, open your Windows Update settings and select Check for updates. If the update appears, select Download and install to get started. For consumer and commercial users with devices running version 20H2 or later, the 2022 Update will have a fast installation experience. We recommend that organizations begin targeted deployments to validate that their apps and infrastructure work as expected with the new release.

    Learn more about this feature update in How to get the Windows 10 2022 Update. If you are an IT administrator, check out IT tools to support Windows 10, version 22H2 for information on commercial release channels, deployment tools, and enhancements for commercial organizations.
    2022-10-18
    10:00 PT
    Take action: Out-of-band update to address issues after installing the October 2022 Windows security updates
    Updated October 18, 2022

    Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band updates today, October 17, 2022, for some versions of Windows. This update addresses a known issue that might cause SSL/TLS handshakes to fail. Windows devices used by consumers in their home or small offices are not likely to be affected by this issue. If you are not encountering the issue described in SSL/TLS handshakes to fail, you do not need to install these out-of-band updates.

    All versions are available only on the Microsoft Update Catalog and will not be offered through Windows Update. For instructions, see the release notes for your OS listed below. Note: Organizations can manually import these updates into Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager.

    Cumulative updates:
    • Windows 11, version 21H2: KB5020387
    • Windows Server 2022: KB5020436
    • Windows 10, version 20H2; Windows 10, version 21H1; Windows 10, version 22H1; Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021: KB5020435
    • Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019; Windows Server 2019: KB5020438
    • Windows 10 2016 LTSB; Windows Server 2016: KB5020439
    • Windows 10 2015 LTSB; KB5020440
    Note: You do not need to apply any previous update before installing these cumulative updates.

    Standalone Updates:
    Note: If you are using security only updates for these versions of Windows Server, you only need to install these standalone updates for the month of October 2022. Security only updates are not cumulative, and you will also need to install all previous Security only updates to be fully up to date. Monthly rollup updates are cumulative and include security and all quality updates. If you are normally using Monthly rollup updates, you will need to install both the standalone updates listed above to resolve this issue, and install the Monthly rollups released October 11, 2022 to receive the quality updates for October 2022.
    2022-10-17
    14:00 PT
    Expediting quality updates
    The expedite capability in Windows Update for Business deployment service effectively responds to zero-day vulnerabilities by fast-tracking installation of security updates. See how IT pros in general IT services, banking, and education quickly and easily maintain a secure environment with this capability, adaptable to a variety of complex contexts and business goals. Learn more about our existing and upcoming features in Expediting quality updates in the real world
    2022-10-14
    15:00 PT
    Take action: October 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The October 2022 security update release, referred to as our "B" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update: 
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5017389 (released September 29, 2022). 
    • This update contains miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality.
    • This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates.
    Short on time? Watch our short monthly release notes video for a summary of this month’s Windows 11 update
    2022-10-11
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Windows 8.1 support ends on January 10, 2023
    As a reminder, Windows 8.1 will reach the end of support on January 10, 2023, at which point technical assistance and software updates will no longer be provided. If you have devices running Windows 8.1, we recommend upgrading them to a more current, in-service, and supported Windows release. If a device does not meet the technical requirements to run a more current release of Windows, we recommend that you replace the device with one that supports Windows 11. Microsoft will not be offering an Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 8.1. Continuing to use Windows 8.1 after January 10, 2023, might increase an organization’s exposure to security risks or impact its ability to meet compliance obligations.
    2022-10-11
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: End of servicing for Windows 10, version 21H1, on December 13, 2022
    On December 13, 2022, all editions of Windows 10, version 21H1 will reach end of servicing. The upcoming December 2022 security update, to be released on December 13, 2022, will be the last update available for this version. After that date, devices running this version will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates containing protection from the latest security threats.

    As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 10, or upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 10 release informationWindows 11 release information, Lifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2022-10-11
    10:00 PT
    The September 2022 preview release for Windows 11, version 22H2, is now available
    The September 2022 preview release for Windows 11, version 22H2 – also referred to as the Windows 11 2022 Update – is now available. This release is designed only for devices already running the Windows 11 2022 Update and adds dynamic Widgets content to your taskbar with notification badging. It also addresses issues with Microsoft Store, adjusts daylight savings time in Chile, and reduces power consumption during Sleep mode for some devices. 

    For information about the contents of this update, along with instructions on how to install this update, see the release notes which are accessible from the Windows 11 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
    2022-09-30
    14:00 PT
    Faster. Smaller. Windows 11, version 22H2 update fundamentals
    The latest version of Windows 11, 22H2 brings sizeable improvements to feature and quality updates. A new IT Pro Blog post presents some results of complex engineering and testing behind smaller, faster, more reliable, and simpler updates. While quite technical, this “every byte counts” story is meant for IT pros and decision makers whose organizations are the motivators and the beneficiaries of these multiple savings. Read Faster. Smaller. Windows 11, version 22H2 update fundamentals
    2022-09-28
    14:00 PT
    The Windows 11 2022 Update is now available
    The Windows 11 2022 Update is now available for eligible Windows 10 and Windows 11 devices. If you have an eligible device and are interested in experiencing the latest feature update, open Windows Update Settings and select Check for updates. For detailed guidance on how to get the 2022 Update and our gradual rollout approach, visit the Windows Experience Blog and watch this video.
    If you are an IT administrator, see What's new for IT pros in Windows 11, version 22H2 for information on commercial release channels, deployment tools, and enhancements for commercial organizations.
    2022-09-20
    10:00 PT
    September 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for all supported versions of Windows
    The September 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for all supported versions of Windows. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from Windows 11 and Windows 10 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
    2022-09-20
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Disabling Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 by default for Internet Explorer and EdgeHTML
    As previously communicated, Microsoft has disabled Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 by default for Internet Explorer and EdgeHTML starting today, September 20, 2022. This is the rendering engine for the WebView control.

    Please note, Microsoft is not deprecating TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 support. It is being disabled by default, and organizations have the option to turn it back on through Group Policy if needed for compatibility reasons. Users have the option turn it back on for their personal devices by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced in Internet Explorer.

    2022-09-20
    10:00 PT
    Take action: September 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The September 2022 security update release, referred to as our "B" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    Improvements for the Windows 11 update: 
    • Addresses security issues for your Windows operating system.  
    • Addresses a known issue that affects Microsoft accounts (MSA). The web dialog that you use to sign in or sign out might not appear.
    Short on time? Watch our short monthly release notes video for a summary of this month’s Windows 11 update
    2022-09-13
    10:00 PT
    Adding file types for Unified Update Platform on premises
    Two file types are required for IT admins enrolled in the private preview of Unified Update Platform (UUP) for on-premises update management. Those using Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) must add .msu and .wim MIME file types to support the private preview capabilities. The new blog post outlines steps you can follow to add these file types manually or using PowerShell. If your organization is not yet enrolled in this private preview, consider joining it before you start getting Windows updates in a unified format through various channels. Learn more about the preview of UUP for on-premises update management in the Windows IT Pro Blog, at Preview Unified Update Platform for on-premises update management. For detailed information on the file type requirements for UUP, please see Adding file types for Unified Update Platform on premises.
    2022-09-08
    14:00 PT
    Guidance for installing the security update for Secure Boot DBX: August 9, 2022
    Microsoft released KB5012170 on August 9, 2022, a standalone security update that provides support for Secure Boot Forbidden Signature Database (DBX). Windows 8.1 and newer clients and Windows Server 2012 and newer servers must install this update regardless of whether BitLocker is enabled or supported on these devices. When attempting to install the update, you might receive error “0x800f0922”. See the known issues section in KB5012170: Security update for Secure Boot DBX: August 9, 2022. Your device might start up in BitLocker recovery mode after the update is installed. If you encounter this situation, check the following articles for guidance: Some devices might start up into BitLocker Recovery and Finding your BitLocker recovery key in Windows.
    2022-08-26
    17:00 PT
    August 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for all supported versions of Windows
    The August 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for all supported versions of Windows. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from Windows 11 and Windows 10 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
    2022-08-26
    14:00 PT
    Reminder of helpful resources for Windows 11 upgrade and experience
    Leverage three existing resources to help you plan for, test, and validate Windows 11 in your environment. The Windows 11 and Office 365 Deployment Lab Kit contains a complete lab environment including evaluation versions of Windows 11 Enterprise, Windows Server 2022, and a collection of tools which allow you to test and conduct a proof of concept for Windows 11 deployment. The Windows 11 Onboarding Kit provides a collection of materials that you can use to help prepare your users and ensure that they get the most out of Windows 11. Finally, review the July blog post to experience Windows 11 improvements and productivity in an interactive and visual way. 
    2022-08-26
    14:00 PT
    August 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for Windows 11
    The August 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11. The preview update for other supported versions of Windows 10 will be available in the near term. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from Windows 11 history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
     
    Highlights for the Windows 11 update:
    • Addresses an issue related to USB printing that might cause your printer to malfunction after you restart it or reinstall it.
    • Addresses an issue that prevents Windows 11 SE from trusting some Microsoft Store applications. This might prevent you from downloading the untrusted app.
    • Addresses an issue that might cause certain Bluetooth audio headsets to stop playing after a progress bar adjustment.
    • Addresses a known issue that causes Microsoft Edge to stop responding when you use IE mode. This issue also prevents you from interacting with a dialog.
    2022-08-25
    14:00 PT
    August 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for Windows 10, version 1809
    The August 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 10, version 1809. The preview update for Windows 11 and other supported versions of Windows 10 will be available in the near term. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from the Windows 10 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
    2022-08-23
    14:00 PT
    Public Preview of Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance 
    Azure Workbooks for Update Compliance reporting is now available! Easily monitor Windows Updates and patch compliance with this public preview, before transitioning to it as a required solution later this year. Whether you are a generalist, an IT specialist, or a builder, the Update Compliance workbook template is here to make your job easier. See the new blog post to visualize the revamped user experience and Azure AD integration, as well as how to enable the public preview today. 
    2022-08-17
    14:00 PT
    August 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release is available for Windows Server 2022
    The August 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows Server 2022. The preview update for Windows 11 and other supported versions of Windows10 will be available in the near term. Information about the contents of this update is available from the release notes, which are accessible from the Windows Server 2022 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.
    2022-08-16
    14:00 PT
    Introducing Widget notifications
    Last updated: 8/19/22

    Windows 11 is bringing you more live content on your taskbar. This change allows you to see live updates from other widgets such as sports, finance, and breaking news. Your taskbar should show weather most of the time, but when something important happens related to one of your other widgets you may see an announcement from that widget on your taskbar.

    To get this updated feature, you should update the Windows Web Experience Pack from the Microsoft Store. This occurs automatically for most devices.
     
    These announcements are meant to be quick and glanceable, and if you don’t interact with them, the taskbar will return to showing you the weather. Explore the changes in Stay up to date with widgets.

    At this time, Widget notifications cannot be turned off. Microsoft is constantly listening and learning, and welcomes customer feedback that helps shape Windows.

    Note: If you have the latest version of Windows but still don’t see all widgets features, it may be because some features are being rolled out over several weeks and aren't available to all customers at once.
    2022-08-16
    11:00 PT
    Disabling Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 by default for Internet Explorer and EdgeHTML
    Starting September 13, 2022, Microsoft will disable Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0 and 1.1 by default for Internet Explorer and EdgeHTML, the rendering engine for the WebView control. If you wish to disable TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 before that date, you might do so by using Group Policy. The Microsoft Edge Legacy desktop application is no longer in scope for this timeframe, as it reached end of support on March 9, 2021.

    Note: Microsoft is not deprecating TLS 1.0 and TLS 1.1 support. We are disabling it by default, and your organization has the option to turn it back on through Group Policy (if needed, for compatibility reasons). Users have the option turn it back on for their personal devices by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Advanced in Internet Explorer.

    2022-08-15
    10:00 PT
    Take action: August 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The August 2022 security update release, referred to as our "B" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. We recommend that you install these updates promptly. For more information about the contents of this update, see the release notes, which are easily accessible from the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check the Update Windows article. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on Twitter @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update:

    • Addresses a known issue that might prevent some of you from opening the Start menu.
    • Addresses security issues for your Windows operating system.  
    Short on time? Watch our short monthly release notes video for a summary of this month’s Windows 11 update.
    2022-08-09
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Removal of temporary mitigation in Windows updates requires compliant printing and scanning devices
    Firmware on smartcard-authenticating printers and scanners must be compatible with section 3.2.1 of RFC 4556 in order to successfully authenticate with Active Directory domain controllers before installing the August 2022 security update. 

    Windows Updates released on July 13, 2021 introduced protections for CVE-2021-33764 which required all devices with a key exchange during the PKINIT Kerberos authentication, including smartcard authenticating printers, to either support:

    • Diffie-Hellman or,
    • advertise support for the des-ede3-cbc ("triple DES) e-type during the Kerberos AS request.
    Windows updates released between July 27, 2021, and July 26, 2022 supported temporary mitigation that allowed non-RFC compliant devices to authenticate with Active Directory. As of August 9, 2022, or later, Windows update removes all temporary mitigation released to Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 SP2.

    See the complete guidance in KB5005408.
    2022-08-09
    10:00 PT
    Windows Server, version 20H2 has reached end of servicing
    As of August 9, 2022, all editions of Windows Server, version 20H2 have reached end of servicing. The August 2022 security update, released August 9, 2022, is the last update available for this version. Devices running this version will no longer receive monthly security and quality updates containing protection from the latest security threats.
     
    This is also the retirement of Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel (SAC)There will be no future SAC releases of Windows Server. Windows Server is moving to the Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) as the primary release channel.

    Customers using Windows Server SAC should move to Azure Stack HCI. Alternatively, customers may use the Long-Term Servicing Channel of Windows Server. For more information, see Windows Server Release Information.
    2022-08-09
    10:00 PT
    Security update for Secure Boot DBX: August 9, 2022
    The August 9th, 2022 security update makes improvements to Secure Boot DBX for the following supported versions of Windows: Windows Server 2012, Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10, version 1507, Windows 10, version 1607 and Windows Server 2016, Windows 10, version 1809 and Windows Server 2019, Windows 10, version 20H2, Windows 10, version 21H1, Windows 10, version 21H2, Windows Server 2022, Windows 11, version 21H2 (original release), Azure Stack HCI, version 1809, and Azure Data Box, version 1809 (ASDB).

    This security update addresses the vulnerability by adding the signatures of the known vulnerable UEFI modules to the DBX. For more information, see KB5012170: Security update for Secure Boot DBX: August 9, 2022.
    2022-08-09
    10:00 PT