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    (Updated) CrowdStrike issue impacting Windows endpoints causing an error message on a blue screen
    Updated on July 22, 2024: Microsoft has released a third mitigation option for the CrowdStrike Falcon agent issue impacting Windows clients and servers. If devices are unable to recover with the two previous options, IT admins can use PXE to remediate. See the revised New Recovery Tool to help with CrowdStrike issue impacting Windows endpoints for detailed instructions on prerequisites and configurations to use PXE Recovery.

    Updated on July 21, 2024: As a follow-up to the CrowdStrike Falcon agent issue impacting Windows clients and servers, Microsoft has released an updated recovery tool with two repair options to help IT admins expedite the repair process. Based on customer feedback, this new release includes a new option for recovery using safe boot, the option to generate ISO or USB, a fix for ADK detection when the Windows Driver Kit is installed, and a fix for the USB disk size check. See the revised New Recovery Tool to help with CrowdStrike issue impacting Windows endpoints for detailed instructions on using the signed Microsoft Recovery Tool.

    Updated on July 20, 2024: Microsoft has released KB5042426, which contains step-by-step guidance for Windows Servers hosted on-premises that are running the CrowdStrike Falcon agent and encountering a 0x50 or 0x7E error message on a blue screen. We will continue to work with CrowdStrike to provide the most up-to-date information available on this issue. 

    A new USB Recovery Tool is available to help IT admins expedite the repair process. The new tool can be found in the Microsoft Download Center. Read more about the new recovery tool and usage instructions at New Recovery Tool to help with CrowdStrike issue impacting Windows endpoints.

    Updated on July 19, 2024: A new Knowledge Base article, KB5042421, with additional step-by-step guidance is now available for Windows 11 and Windows 10 clients. We will continue to work with CrowdStrike to provide up-to-date mitigation information as it becomes available.

    Microsoft has identified an issue impacting Windows endpoints that are running the CrowdStrike Falcon agent. These endpoints may encounter an error message on a blue screen and experience a continual restarting state.

    We have received reports of successful recovery from some customers attempting multiple restart operations on affected Windows endpoints.

    To mitigate this issue, follow these steps:
    1. Start Windows into Safe Mode or the Windows Recovery Environment.
    2. Navigate to the C:\Windows\System32\drivers\CrowdStrike directory
    3. Locate the file matching “C-00000291*.sys” and delete it.
    4. Restart the device.
    5. Recovery of systems requires a Bitlocker key in some cases.

    For Windows Virtual Machines running on Azure follow the mitigation steps in Azure status.

    Additional details from CrowdStrike are available here: Statement on Windows Sensor Update - CrowdStrike Blog.
    2024-07-19
    04:06 PT
    Introducing Windows 11 checkpoint cumulative updates
    In late 2024, checkpoint cumulative updates will be introduced for devices running Windows 11, version 24H2 or later and Windows Server 2025. This means that updating your Windows devices will involve smaller update files, resulting in a quicker and more efficient update experience. You will begin to receive checkpoint cumulative updates automatically, with no action required from you. Today, you can preview this experience in Windows Insider’s Preview Build 26120.1252 (Dev Channel).

    2024-07-15
    14:00 PT
    90-Day Reminder: The second phase of Kerberos PAC signature validation vulnerability mitigation begins October 15, 2024
    Starting October 15, 2024, the Enforced by Default phase of Kerberos PAC signature validation mitigation begins. This second phase will move all Windows domain controllers and clients in the environment to Enforced mode, enforcing the secure behavior by default. The Enforced by Default settings can be overridden by an Administrator to revert to Compatibility mode.

    2024-07-15
    10:00 PT
    How to install WMIC Feature on Demand on Windows 11
    If you’re an IT pro using Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC), learn how to install it as a Feature on Demand (FoD). It’s a temporary solution while you migrate to PowerShell or a similar tool as WMIC undergoes deprecation. A new article shows you how to check if you have WMIC as a FoD and how you can install it if you don’t. Remember that later this year, WMIC FoD will be disabled by default on the next version of Windows 11 and Windows Server. Read more at How to install WMIC Feature on Demand on Windows 11.
    2024-07-12
    10:00 PT
    (Updated) The July 2024 Windows security update is now available
    Updated on July 16, 2024

    The July 2024 security update is now available for all supported versions of Windows. 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 Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5039302 (released June 25, 2024). 
    • We are advancing the Copilot experience on Windows. The Copilot app is now pinned to the taskbar and behaves like an app. This gives you the benefits of a typical app experience. For example, you can resize, move, and snap the window. For existing Windows 11 PCs, the timing of availability and delivery method will vary. This might not be available to all users because it will roll out gradually. 
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Remote Desktop MultiPoint Server. A race condition causes the service to stop responding.
    Short on time? Watch our Windows 11 release notes video for this month's tips.

    REMINDER The October 2024 security update is the last security release for Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 11, version 21H2 and Home and Pro editions of Windows 11, version 22H2. After this date, devices running these editions will no longer receive monthly security and preview updates containing protections from the latest security threats. Supported editions of Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 will continue to have support through their specific lifecycle dates, which can be found at the Windows 11 release information page.

    Note: This post was updated as we previously shared that a resolution for a Windows Installer issue was available in this update. This resolution will be available in a future update.
    2024-07-09
    10:00 PT
    90-Day Reminder: Upcoming end of servicing date for some editions of Windows 11, versions 21H2 and 22H2
    On October 8, 2024, Windows 11, version 21H2 (Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions) and Windows 11, version 22H2 (Home and Pro editions) will reach end of servicing. The upcoming October 2024 security update, to be released on October 8, 2024, will be the last update available for these editions. After this date, devices running these editions 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 for Windows 11 business devices not managed by IT departments when these are nearing end of servicing. Moving to Windows 11, version 23H2 keeps your device supported and receiving monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health.

    For detailed information, see the Windows 11 Enterprise and Education, Windows 11 IoT Enterprise and Windows 11 Home and Pro lifecycle pages. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 11 release information, Lifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2024-07-08
    10:00 PT
    WSUS driver synchronization is on its way out
    If your organization uses driver synchronization updates via Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), get ready for change. WSUS is planning to deprecate its driver synchronization feature on April 18, 2025. This lifecycle update is due to the availability of today’s cloud-based driver services. 
      
    Drivers will continue to be made available on the Microsoft Update catalog, but you will no longer be able to import them into WSUS. If you wish to continue operating your network on-premises, you will need to use an alternative means to import drivers and distribute them across your devices. We recommend Device Driver Packages for this purpose.  
      
    Read the full announcement at Deprecation of WSUS driver synchronization.
    2024-06-28
    10:30 PT
    Get started with June 2024 improvements in Windows 11
    If you’re an IT professional or decision maker, start using the newest Windows 11 capabilities with helpful tips and actionable steps summarized in one place. Read this month’s recap of improvements in Windows security, device management, Windows Server, and productivity and collaboration. And since you’ve asked, we’ve included sections on lifecycle milestones and preview opportunities. You can now improve your management and security strategy with innovations across Microsoft Intune, Windows Hello, Windows Autopatch, Windows Server, Copilot+ PCs, Windows Settings, and more. 
    2024-06-28
    10:30 PT
    Introducing Config Refresh for mobile device management
    A new Windows 11 feature is available to help you manage your company’s policies using mobile device management (MDM). Starting with the May 2024 non-security update, you can now use Config Refresh to configure policy refresh timing to be as short as 30 minutes or as long as 24 hours. This helps improve security and compliance as you monitor that settings don’t drift from your intent. Learn how you can use the Microsoft Intune Settings Catalog to manage Config Refresh and troubleshoot it in the Event Viewer. Find more details in Intro to Config Refresh – a refreshingly new MDM feature.
    2024-06-27
    10:00 PT
    June skilling snacks: Bite-sized learning for IT pros
    Visit our updated learning series on all things Windows. This month, we published the following learning bites: 
    Our growing skilling snack library now contains 40 learning journeys. Each one of these consists of specially selected articles, videos, and other resources, designed for you to consume in about two hours or less. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels and is updated every other week. 
    2024-06-26
    13:00 PT
    The June 2024 Windows non-security preview update is now available
    The June 2024 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 and Windows 10, version 22H2. 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 the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update:
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Snipping Tool. When you use it to record videos on some PCs, the audio has distortions.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the touch keyboard. You cannot use it to enter special characters. This occurs when you use the Japanese 106 keyboard.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects USB devices. Ejecting them using the Safely Remove Hardware option fails. This occurs when Task Manager is open.
    • This update adds a new Game Pass recommendation card on the Settings home page. This home page shows on Home and Pro editions when you sign in to Windows using your Microsoft account.
    • The show desktop button is on the taskbar again by default. To change this, right-click the taskbar and choose Taskbar settings. At the lower part of the page, you will find Taskbar behaviors.
    2024-06-25
    14:00 PT
    We welcome your feedback on the Windows release health website
    Please take a moment to participate in this quick survey to help us improve the design and utility of the Windows release health site. Windows release health offers official information on Windows announcements, releases and servicing milestones, known issues and safeguards, and helpful resources. This anonymous survey will help us focus on what matters most to you. Get started here: Windows release health website feedback.
    2024-06-24
    14:00 PT
    Out-of-band updates to address Azure Synapse SQL issue caused by Windows updates
    Microsoft has identified an issue wherein Azure Synapse SQL Serverless Pool databases enter a "Recovery pending" state, and has expedited a resolution. This issue is observed after installing the June 2024 Windows security update on Windows Server 2022 (KB5039227), Windows Server, version 23H2 (KB5039236), and Azure Stack HCI versions 23H2 and 22H2 (KB5039227). An out-of-band (OOB) update has been released for Windows Server 2022 and Azure Stack HCI, version 22H2 today, June 20, 2024, to address this issue. The resolution for the other platforms affected by this issue will be available in future Windows updates. 

    The OOB updates for Windows Server 2022 and Azure Stack HCI, version 22H2 are available on the Microsoft Update Catalog only. These are cumulative updates, so you do not need to apply any previous update before installing them, and they supersede all previous updates for affected versions. Installation of this OOB will require a device restart. If you haven’t deployed the June 2024 Windows security update yet, we recommend you apply this OOB update instead. For more information and instructions on how to install this update on your device, consult the below resources for your version of Windows:

    2024-06-20
    14:00 PT
    How to unlock new experiences on your Copilot+ PC
    Today, we’re excited to share more information about our new advanced AI experiences that enable you to do things you can’t on any other PC, helping you be more productive, creative and communicate more effectively. These experiences are only available on new Copilot+ PCs, which are generally available beginning today, June 18.

    2024-06-18
    06:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: June 20th, 2024
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the June 20th session of Office Hours? RSVP on the event page and click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you.
    2024-06-13
    10:00 PT
    The June 2024 Windows security update is now available
    The June 2024 security update 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 Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5037853 (released May 28, 2024). 
    • This update addresses a known issue that affects the taskbar. It might briefly glitch or not respond. It might also disappear and reappear.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects lsass.exe. It stops responding. This occurs after you install the April 2024 security updates on Windows servers.
    • This update addresses an issue that might stop your system from resuming from hibernate. This occurs after you turn on BitLocker.  
    • This update addresses an issue that affects lsass.exe. It leaks memory. This occurs during a Local Security Authority (Domain Policy) Remote Protocol (LSARPC) call.
    Short on time? Watch our Windows 11 release notes video for this month's tips.

    REMINDER The June 2024 security update is the last security release for Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2. Windows 10, version 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security updates through October 14, 2025. Enterprise and IoT Enterprise LTSB/LTSC editions will continue to have support through their specific lifecycle dates, which can be found at the Windows 10 release information page.
    2024-06-11
    10:00 PT
    Windows 10, version 21H2 (Editions: Enterprise & Education) has reached end of servicing - June 11, 2024
    As of June 11, 2024, Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2 have reached end of servicing. The June 2024 security update, released on June 11, 2024, is the last update available for this version. After this date, 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 for Windows 10 business devices not managed by IT departments when these are at, or within several months of reaching, end of servicing. Moving to Windows 10, version 22H2 keeps your device supported and receiving monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health.

    As always, we recommend that you upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11. For detailed information, see the Windows 10 Enterprise and Education and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise lifecycle pages. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 10 release informationWindows 11 release informationLifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.

    Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2021 will continue to have mainstream support until January 12, 2027.
    2024-06-11
    10:00 PT
    Myths and misconceptions: Windows 11 and cloud native
    If you’re an IT admin considering moving to Windows 11 and cloud-native management, you can effectively pursue both efforts in parallel. See five misconceptions and practical steps that you can take to help move your organization forward. First, there’s the misconception that to deploy Windows 11, you must also go full cloud native. Secondly, many wrongly think that a name change must mean a bigger change. The third myth is about application compatibility risks. The final two ideas involve business productivity and cost of ownership. Make informed decisions to modernize your environment by reading Myths and misconceptions: Windows 11 and cloud native.
    2024-06-11
    10:00 PT
    Update on the Recall Preview Feature for Copilot+ PCs
    Today, we are sharing an update on the Recall (preview) feature for Copilot+ PCs, including more information on the setup experience for Recall, privacy controls, and additional details on our approach to security. 

    Recall is a new way to instantly find something you’ve previously seen on your PC. To create an explorable visual timeline and find content on your Copilot+ PC with Recall, Windows periodically takes a snapshot of what appears on your screen. These images are encrypted, stored, and analyzed locally using on-device AI capabilities to understand their context.  

    We are updating the set-up experience of Copilot+ PCs to give you a clearer choice to opt in to save snapshots using Recall. If you don’t proactively choose to turn it on, it will be off by default. Additionally, Windows Hello enrollment is required to enable Recall. To learn more about privacy controls and protections in Copilot+ PCs, read Update on the Recall Preview Feature for Copilot+ PCs
    2024-06-07
    09:00 PT
    Changes coming to the Azure Update Delivery service tag
    If you use the Azure Update Delivery service tag to scan for Windows updates at your organization, get ready for change. Azure Firewall service tags are collections of IP addresses and ranges associated with a named resource. The Azure Update Delivery tag is being deprecated starting July 1, 2024. Instead, we recommend using Azure Firewall application rules. Read a new article that provides further context and next steps for various scenarios. 
    2024-05-31
    10:00 PT
    Get started with May 2024 improvements in Windows 11
    If you’re an IT professional or decision maker, start using the newest Windows 11 capabilities with helpful tips and actionable steps summarized in one place. This May, there are several new ways to help you improve your management and security strategy. Read this month’s recap to get started with improvements in Windows security, device management, Copilot, Windows Server, and productivity and collaboration. There are innovations across many of your familiar tools, including Microsoft Intune, Windows Autopatch, Windows Server, Copilot in Windows, and Windows Settings. 
    2024-05-30
    14:00 PT
    The May 2024 Windows non-security preview update is now available
    The May 2024 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. 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 the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 update:
    • This update adds a feature that stops you from accidentally closing the Windows share window. Clicking outside of the window will no longer close it. To close it, select the close button at the upper-right corner.
    • You can now use your mouse to drag files between breadcrumbs in the File Explorer address bar. A breadcrumb shows the path to your current file location in the address bar.
    • This update adds a page to Settings > Accounts called Linked devices. On it, you can manage your PCs and Xbox consoles. This page only shows on Home and Pro editions when you sign in to Windows using your Microsoft account (MSA).
    • This update starts the rollout of the new account manager on the Start menu. When you use a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows, you will get a glance at your account benefits.
    • You can now create quick response (QR) codes for webpage URLs and cloud files from the Windows share window. Select the share button in the Microsoft Edge toolbar and choose “Windows share options.”
    REMINDER The June 2024 security update is the last security release for Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2. Windows 10, version 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security updates through October 14, 2025. Enterprise and IoT Enterprise LTSB/LTSC editions will continue to have mainstream support until January 12, 2027.
    2024-05-29
    14:00 PT
    May skilling snacks: Bite-sized learning for IT pros
    Visit our updated learning series on all things Windows. In April and May, we published the following learning bites: 
    Our growing topics library for personalized learning now contains 38 learning journeys: Windows skilling snacks: bite-sized learning for IT pros. This is where we package available resources on different topics in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours each. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels and is updated every other week. 
    2024-05-28
    15:00 PT
    Finding missing devices in Windows Update for Business reports
    If you use Windows Update for Business reports, you may have noticed that devices will occasionally fail to send diagnostic data and end up missing from your reports. A newly released “DeviceDiagnosticDataNotReceived” alert helps you identify missing devices so that they are not overlooked for important troubleshooting. You can use either Log Analytics or Windows Update for Business reports to locate your missing devices. Learn how in Missing devices in Windows Update for Business reports?
    2024-05-24
    10:00 PT
    Out-of-band update to address failure to install the May 2024 Windows security update
    Microsoft has identified an issue wherein the May 2024 Windows security update might fail to install and has expedited a resolution. An Out-of-band (OOB) update has been released for the affected versions of Windows today, May 23, 2024, to address this issue. This issue is observed only in Windows 10 Enterprise and IoT LTSC 2019 editions and Windows Server 2019.

    The OOB update released to address this issue is available on all usual release channels. This update is cumulative, so customers do not need to apply any previous update before installing it, as it supersedes all previous updates. This update does not contain any additional security updates from those available in the 5B update. Installation of this OOB will require a device restart. If you haven’t deployed the May 2024 security update yet, we recommend you apply this OOB update instead. For more information and instructions on how to install this update on your device, consult the below resources for your version of Windows:

    • KB5039705: Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2019, Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2019, Windows 10 IoT Core 2019 LTSC, Windows Server 2019
    2024-05-23
    16:00 PT
    VBScript deprecation: Timelines and next steps
    VBScript is being deprecated. VBScript is a coding language that has been widely used by developers to add dynamic interactivity and functionality to web pages.

    Deprecation will happen in three phases, beginning in the second half of 2024, in which VBScript will be available as features on demand (FODs). The following phase is not planned until 2027 or later, allowing websites and apps running on VBScript ample time to migrate. We recommend moving your VBScript-dependent resources to either PowerShell or JavaScript before this time. Learn more in VBScript deprecation: Timelines and next steps.
    2024-05-22
    07:00 PT
    More flexible Windows feature updates
    If you’re an IT admin using the Windows Update for Business deployment service, you now have greater control over how feature updates are rolled out to your organization. You can now designate Windows feature updates as optional, allowing for more flexible installations, greater risk management, and minimal disruption to workflow. This feature is rolling out between May 21-24, 2024. Learn how to use Microsoft Intune to configure these deployments in More flexible Windows feature updates.
    2024-05-21
    14:00 PT
    A new era of AI at work begins
    Microsoft is revolutionizing the PC for AI era with the Copilot+ PC. Utilizing powerful new silicon with a neural processing unit (NPU) capable of more than 40 trillion operations per second, Copilot+ PCs can give you time back in your day so you can be more creative, more strategic, and more innovative. They can also unlock productivity with features like Recall, live captions with translation, and Windows Studio Effects. Get to know these new, business-ready devices and the benefits they can provide for organizations of all sizes. 
    2024-05-20
    11:00 PT
    Watch now: Microsoft Graph brings you programatic access to Windows information
    Learn how to use the Windows updates API, which is part of Microsoft Graph, to programmatically access Windows information that is published here on the Windows release health site. The recording of our recent webinar is now available on the Windows IT Pro YouTube channel.

    In response to customer feedback about the need for faster, automated access to information about Windows updates, two new data classes have been released for Windows updates API, allowing access to Windows known issues and product lifecycle in Graph API. In our webinar, we review use cases, helpful resources to get started, and discuss how this feature can work for you and your organization. Watch now on YouTube: Windows known issues and product lifecycle in Graph API.
    2024-05-17
    14:00 PT
    The May 2024 Windows security update is now available
    The May 2024 security update 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 Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5036980 (released April 23, 2024). 
    • This update addresses a known issue that might cause your VPN connection to fail. This occurs after you install the update dated April 9, 2024, or later.
    Short on time? Watch our Windows 11 release notes video for this month's tips.

    REMINDER The June 2024 security update is the last security release for Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2. Windows 10, version 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security updates through October 14, 2025. Enterprise and IoT Enterprise LTSB/LTSC editions of version 21H2 will continue to have mainstream support until January 12, 2027.
    2024-05-14
    10:00 PT
    30-Day Reminder: Windows 10, version 21H2 end of servicing (Enterprise & Education)
    On June 11, 2024, Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2 will reach end of servicing. The upcoming June 2024 security update, to be released on June 11, 2024, will be the last update available for this version. After this date, 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 for Windows 10 business devices not managed by IT departments when these are nearing end of servicing. Moving to Windows 10, version 22H2 keeps your device supported and receiving monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health.

    As always, we recommend that you upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11. For detailed information, see the Windows 10 Enterprise and Education and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise lifecycle pages. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 10 release informationWindows 11 release informationLifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.

    Windows 10 Enterprise LTSC 2021 and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise LTSC 2021 will continue to have mainstream support until January 12, 2027.
    2024-05-10
    10:00 PT
    TLS server authentication: Deprecation of weak RSA certificates
    Weak RSA key lengths for certificates will be deprecated on future Windows OS releases later this year. We recommend you use a stronger solution of at least 2048 bits length or an ECDSA certificate, if possible. Support for the RSA algorithm itself won’t be affected. Find details and recommended next steps in TLS server authentication: Deprecation of weak RSA certificates
    2024-05-09
    10:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: May 16th, 2024
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the May 16th session of Office Hours? RSVP on the event page and click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you.
    2024-05-09
    10:00 PT
    Get started with April 2024 improvements in Windows 11
    If you’re an IT professional, find helpful tips on getting started with the newest Windows 11 capabilities that just came out in April. Catch up on the newest in policies and information access, cloud management, and security. This month, you can do more with Microsoft Graph, Microsoft Intune, Government Community Cloud, Windows Server, and Microsoft Copilot for Security. Read this month’s recap and start taking advantage of Windows 11 continuous innovation and delivery today.
    2024-04-30
    10:00 PT
    Revoking vulnerable Windows Boot Managers
    Windows is making updates to address a known security vulnerability exploited by BlackLotus to bypass Windows Secure Boot. You now have the option to revoke trust of the Microsoft Windows Production PCA 2011. Get the details in our latest article, Revoking vulnerable Windows Boot Managers.
    2024-04-24
    14:00 PT
    Reducing Windows 10, version 22H2 monthly LCU package size
    The security and quality update packages that Windows 10 receives every month are becoming smaller and more efficient. This means that systems operating on Windows 10 can enjoy the low demands on network bandwidth previously only available to Windows 11. 

    Changes are effective as of the April 23, 2024 preview release. Get more information, including steps you can take to make sure you’re ready for these changes, at Reducing Windows 10, version 22H2 Monthly LCU package size.
    2024-04-24
    10:00 PT
    The April 2024 Windows non-security preview update is now available
    The April 2024 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. 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 the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 update:
    • The Recommended section of the Start menu will show some Microsoft Store apps. If you want to turn this off, go to Settings > Personalization > Start. Turn off the toggle for Show recommendations for tips, app promotions, and more.
    • In the coming weeks, your most frequently used apps might appear in the Recommended section of the Start menu. This applies to apps that you have not already pinned to the Start menu or the taskbar.
    • This update improves the Widgets icons on the taskbar. They are no longer pixelated or fuzzy. This update also starts the rollout of a larger set of animated icons.
    • This update affects Widgets on the lock screen. They are more reliable and have improved quality.
    REMINDER The June 2024 security update is the last security release for Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2. Windows 10, version 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security updates through October 14, 2025. Enterprise and IoT Enterprise LTSB/LTSC editions will continue to have mainstream support until January 12, 2027.
    2024-04-23
    14:00 PT
    Register for the Graph API webinar on April 23
    Learn how you can use Graph API to access information on Windows known issues and product lifecycle. Microsoft has heard your feedback and now gives you faster, programmatic access to Windows update data. Phase one of these changes has already started on April 4, 2024, with further developments planned for the coming months. 
     
    To keep you up to date, we invite you to join us for a Graph API webinar on April 23. You’ll hear common use scenarios, receive important product announcements, and see live demonstrations of how this new functionality can work for you and your organization. Register now
    2024-04-17
    10:00 PT
    New steps have been released to mitigate Kerberos signature validation vulnerabilities
    The April 2024 security update released on April 9, 2024 addresses a security vulnerability in the Kerberos PAC Validation Protocol. New Take Action steps have been released as part of KB5037754 to prevent bypassing PAC signature validation security checks added in KB5020805: How to manage Kerberos protocol changes related to CVE-2022-37967.

    2024-04-12
    13:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: April 18th, 2024
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the April 18th session of Office Hours? Click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you. 
    2024-04-11
    10:00 PT
    The April 2024 security update is now available
    The April 2024 security update 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 Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • You can now use all voice access features on multiple displays. These include number and grid overlays that, in the past, you could only use on the primary display. 
    • This update improves Narrator’s detection of text in images, which includes handwriting.
    • This update affects how Nearby Share turns on and off. You can use quick settings or the Settings app to turn on Nearby Share. 
    • You can now give your device a more friendly name to identify it when sharing. Go to Settings > System > Nearby sharing. There, you can rename your device.
    • This update adds suggestions to Snap Layouts. They help you to instantly snap multiple app windows together.
    Short on time? Watch our Windows 11 release notes video for this month's tips.

    REMINDER The June 2024 security update is the last security release for Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2. Windows 10, version 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security updates through October 14, 2025. Enterprise and IoT Enterprise LTSB/LTSC editions of version 21H2 will continue to have mainstream support until January 12, 2027.
    2024-04-09
    10:00 PT
    Windows known issues and product lifecycle in Graph API
    The Windows updates API in Microsoft Graph now offers faster and more comprehensive data access for building applications and reports. As part of the first phase of this release, you can now access data on Windows known issues and product lifecycle in one place. Before this, you’d have to search for this data via the Microsoft Lifecycle Policy site, known issues, and the Windows release information pages. Further updates are planned for later this year. Learn more and see a few examples in Windows known issues and product lifecycle in Graph API.
    2024-04-04
    10:00 PT
    When to use Windows 10 Extended Security Updates
    Learn how to prepare for Windows 10 End of Support and take advantage of a new offer for those using cloud-based management. If you need temporary help to make the transition to Windows 11, you can enroll in the Windows 10 Extended Security Updates (ESU) program. You have three options to do so: the traditional 5-by-5 activation, through Windows 365, or using a cloud management solution. A new article announces a ~25% discount in the latter case. Read complete information at When to use Windows 10 Extended Security Updates
    2024-04-02
    09:00 PT
    Time zone updates for Kazakhstan, Samoa, and Palestinian Authority
    Three time zone changes have been put into effect as part of the March 2024 non-security preview update and the April 2024 security update. Samoa has abolished the use of DST. Kazakhstan has switched to a single time zone throughout the entire country. The Palestinian Authority has delayed the beginning of DST for 2024 and 2025. Microsoft recommends temporary workarounds for users affected by these changes. Read individual articles on the Daylight Saving Time & Time Zone Blog
    2024-04-01
    10:00 PT
    Configuring "Weather and more" on Windows lock screen
    In the coming weeks, we’re enhancing the lock screen experience on Windows devices, starting with dynamic, interactive weather updates. Organizations with devices running Windows 11, version 23H2 and Windows 10, version 22H2 that have installed the April 2024 monthly security update or later updates will be included in a phased rollout of this new experience. Home devices with the March 2024 preview optional update are also part of this rollout. As the rollout progresses, there will be an option to see more dynamic updates related to finance, sports, traffic, and more.

    Windows Home users can personalize their own lock screen experience on their devices through Settings on the Start menu. IT administrators can manage this experience for their organization’s devices through Mobile Devie Management (MDM) and Group Policies. For more information, see Configuring weather and more on the lock screen in Windows.
    2024-03-29
    16:30 PT
    March skilling snacks: Bite-sized learning for IT pros
    Visit our updated learning series on all things Windows. This month, we’ve published the following learning bites: 
    Our growing topics library for personalized learning now contains 35 learning journeys: Windows skilling snacks: bite-sized learning for IT pros. This is where we package available resources on different topics in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours each. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels and is updated every other week. 
    2024-03-29
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Windows 11, version 22H2 (Home & Pro Editions) will receive non-security preview updates until June 26, 2024
    Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations editions of Windows 11, version 22H2 will receive non-security preview updates until June 26, 2024. Previously, we communicated that the last optional non-security preview update for version 22H2 would be released on February 27, 2024. Based on user feedback, this date has been changed so more customers can take advantage of our continuous innovation quickly.
      
    These devices will continue to receive cumulative monthly security updates until the end of servicing for Windows 11, version 22H2 in accordance with the Windows lifecycle policies. There are no changes to the end of servicing dates for Windows 11, version 22H2.

    As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 11. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 11 release informationLifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2024-03-27
    10:00 PT
    The March 2024 Windows non-security preview update is now available
    The March 2024 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. 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 the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 update:
    • This update adds more content to your lock screen. Sports, traffic, and finance content will appear along with weather. To turn on this feature, go to Settings > Personalization > Lockscreen.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the Settings app. It stops responding when you use it to remove Bluetooth devices.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects USB audio. It fails on some processors. This occurs after you pause, play, or resume from sleep.
    • The Windows share window now supports sharing with WhatsApp in the “Share using” section. 
    • This update adds suggestions to Snap Layouts. They help you to instantly snap multiple app windows together.
    REMINDER The June 2024 security update is the last security release for Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2. Windows 10, version 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security updates through October 14, 2025. Enterprise and IoT Enterprise LTSB/LTSC editions will continue to have mainstream support until January 12, 2027.
    2024-03-26
    14:00 PT
    Expedite non-security updates in Windows 11
    If you use Microsoft Intune or Microsoft Graph, you can now expedite non-security updates in Windows 11. Previously, you’ve been able to expedite security updates. Now, you can improve the stability, performance, and functionality of devices by addressing quality issues before the next security update. Check the prerequisites and read about how it works in a new article: Expedite non-security updates in Windows 11.
    2024-03-26
    14:00 PT
    Out-of-band updates to address a Windows Server domain controller issue
    Updated March 25, 2024

    Microsoft has identified an issue that affects Windows Server domain controllers (DCs), and has expedited a resolution that can be applied to affected devices. Out-of-band (OOB) updates have been released for some versions of Windows today, March 22, 2024, to addresses this issue related to a memory leak in the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS). This occurs when on-premises and cloud-based Active Directory domain controllers service Kerberos authentication requests.

    This issue is not expected to impact Home users, as it is only observed in some versions of Windows Server. Domain controllers are not commonly used in personal and home devices.

    Updates are available on the Microsoft Update Catalog only. These are cumulative updates, so you do not need to apply any previous update before installing them, and they supersede all previous updates for affected versions. If your organization uses the affected server platforms as DCs and you haven’t deployed the March 2024 security updated yet, we recommend you apply this OOB update instead. For more information and instructions on how to install this update on your device, consult the below resources for your version of Windows:

    As of March 25, 2024, all affected versions have been addressed via the updates above.
    2024-03-22
    15:00 PT
    Microsoft Copilot in Windows starts to roll out to more Windows 11 and 10 devices
    Starting today, Copilot in Windows (in preview)* begins to roll out to more Windows 11 and Windows 10 devices. In addition, starting this week, you can access up to 10 Copilot requests before signing in with a Microsoft account or Microsoft Entra ID. After reaching this limit, signing in is necessary to continue using Copilot. We recommend signing in with a Microsoft account or Entra ID to access the full capabilities of Copilot.
     
    This new wave of Copilot in Windows availability and sign-in options will start to reach devices running supported editions of Windows 11 today. IT admins should note that Copilot is enabled by default in Windows 11, version 23H2, and disabled by default in Windows 11, version 22H2. If your organization has configured policy settings to manage Copilot in Windows, those policies will be respected during this rollout.  
     
    Eligible devices running Home and Pro editions of Windows 10, version 22H2, and that are not managed by an organization, will start to receive Copilot in Windows later this month. This continues the rollout of Copilot in Windows 10 that began in November of 2023. This current rollout phase will reach most of its targeted Windows 11 and 10 devices by the end of May.
     
    When your device receives Copilot in Windows, you will see the Copilot (preview) icon in the system tray on the taskbar after a reboot. To show or hide this icon on your taskbar, go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. You can also right-click the taskbar and select Taskbar settings.  
     
    To learn more, see Welcome to Copilot in Windows. If you are an IT administrator and want to learn how to configure and manage policy settings for this experience, check out Manage Copilot in Windows. Copilot in Windows is currently in preview; see the terms of use for additional information.
     
    * Copilot in Windows (in preview) is available in select global markets and will be rolled out to additional markets over time. Learn more.
    2024-03-21
    15:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: March 21st, 2024
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the March 21st session of Office Hours? Click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you. 
    2024-03-14
    10:00 PT
    90-Day Reminder: Windows 10, version 21H2 end of servicing (Enterprise & Education)
    On June 11, 2024, Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2 will reach end of servicing. The upcoming June 2024 security update, to be released on June 11, 2024, will be the last update available for this version. After this date, 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 for Windows 10 business devices not managed by IT departments when these are nearing end of servicing. Moving to Windows 10, version 22H2 keeps your device supported and receiving monthly updates that are critical to security and ecosystem health.

    As always, we recommend that you upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11. For detailed information, see the Windows 10 Enterprise and Education and Windows 10 IoT Enterprise lifecycle pages. For information about servicing timelines and lifecycle, see Windows 10 release informationWindows 11 release informationLifecycle FAQ - Windows, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2024-03-13
    10:00 PT
    Take action: March 2024 security update is now available
    The March 2024 security update 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 Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5034848 (released February 27, 2024). 
    • This update addresses a known issue that might affect the February 2024 security and preview updates. They might not install, and your device might stop responding at 96%. The error code is "0x800F0922." The error message is, “Something did not go as planned. No need to worry – undoing changes. Please keep your computer on.”
    • This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates. 
    Short on time? Watch our Windows 11 release notes video for this month's tips.

    REMINDER The June 2024 security update is the last security release for Enterprise, Education, and IoT Enterprise editions of Windows 10, version 21H2. Windows 10, version 22H2, will be the final version of Windows 10, and all editions will remain in support with monthly security updates through October 14, 2025. Enterprise and IoT Enterprise LTSB/LTSC editions will continue to have mainstream support until January 12, 2027.
    2024-03-12
    10:00 PT
    New innovations in Windows 11 make it easier to create and get things done
    Explore the new experiences that are beginning to roll out to Windows 11 devices today. Simplify tasks with new plug-ins and skills for Copilot in Windows. Work and create with greater ease thanks to enhancements for Photos, Clipchamp, Windows Ink, Snap, Widgets, and accessibility. For more details and instructions on how to take advantage of all the new and improved features, read today’s announcement in the Windows Blog.
    2024-02-29
    10:00 PT
    The February 2024 Windows non-security preview update is now available
    The February 2024 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11 and all supported versions of Windows 10. 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 the Windows 11 and Windows 10 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 update:
    • This update adds support for the USB 80Gbps standard. It is the next generation of USB4 that has twice the bandwidth of USB 40Gbps. To use USB 80Gbps, you must have a compatible PC and USB4 or Thunderbolt™ peripheral.
    • The Phone Link settings page has a new name: Mobile devices. Go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Mobile devices.
    • You can now use the Snipping Tool on your PC to edit the most recent photos and screenshots from your Android device. You will get an instant notification on your PC when your Android device captures a new photo or screenshot.
    • This update affects games you install on a secondary drive. Now, they remain installed on the drive.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects networking. A device fails to make the automatic switch from cellular to Wi-Fi when it can use Wi-Fi.
    IMPORTANT New dates have been announced for the end of non-security preview updates for Windows 11, version 22H2. June 24, 2025, will be the date of the last preview updates for all Enterprise editions of Windows 11, version 22H2. June 26, 2024 will be date of the last preview updates for Home and all Pro editions of Windows 11, version 22H2. After these dates, only cumulative monthly security updates will continue for this version of Windows. We previously communicated that the last preview update for 22H2 would be released on February 2024, and this extension allows more customers to experience the continuous innovation in Windows 11.
    2024-02-29
    10:00 PT
    (Updated) Expanding invitations to move to Windows 11 to more people
    Updated April 3, 2024

    If your organization relies on Microsoft to manage Windows updates, you’ll start seeing a new user interface on eligible Windows 10 devices in the coming months. A new message will appear after signing in and usually following a reboot. It will invite users to “Upgrade for free to the latest Windows 11” on business devices with the following characteristics:

    • Windows 10 Pro and Pro Workstation 
    • Cloud-domain joined and domain joined 
    • Not managed by IT departments via tools like Microsoft Intune, Configuration Manager, Windows Autopatch, or other third-party management tools 
    Note: These invitations were originally programmed to start with the April 2024 security update, but this initiative was postponed. We will share a new timeline in the coming months.

    2024-02-28
    12:00 PT
    Non-security preview updates will continue to be released for Windows 11, version 22H2
    If you use or manage Windows 11, version 22H2 devices, your opportunity to receive non-security preview updates has been extended. These updates bring optional fixes and productivity improvements that you can get every fourth week of the month as a preview of what will be available in the next month’s security update . Previously, we communicated that the last optional non-security preview update for version 22H2 would be released on February 27, 2024. Based on user feedback, this date has been changed so more customers can take advantage of our continuous innovation quickly.  
      
    The new end date is June 24, 2025 for Windows 11, version 22H2 Enterprise, Education, IoT Enterprise, and Enterprise multi-session editions. Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstations editions of version 22H2 will receive non-security preview updates until June 26, 2024. This extension will allow IT administrators to test improvements and fixes ahead of the upcoming security update on more devices.  
      
    These devices will continue to receive security updates (known as “B” releases) until the end of servicing for version 22H2 in accordance with the Windows lifecycle policies. There are no changes on the end of servicing dates for Windows 11, version 22H2. For more information on end of servicing dates for all Windows 11 versions and editions, see Windows 11 - release information. 
    2024-02-27
    16:00 PT
    February skilling snacks: Bite-sized learning for IT pros
    Visit our updated learning series on all things Windows. Between January and February, we’ve published the following learning bites with a special focus on security: 
    Our growing topics library for personalized learning now contains 33 learning journeys: Windows skilling snacks: bite-sized learning for IT pros. This is where we package available resources on different topics in a way that is easy to consume in under two hours each. This professional development opportunity is appropriate for all skill levels and is updated every other week.
    2024-02-22
    10:00 PT
    Subscribe to the Windows Community YouTube channel
    Looking for short how-to videos to help you get the most out of Windows 11? Need an easy way to see what's new in the latest Windows 11 security update? Subscribe to the Windows community on YouTube! In addition to short, video summaries of our monthly updates, you’ll find quick tips that will make the things you do every day easier. When it’s time to update to a new version of Windows, find a step-by-step video explaining how to get the latest update. Subscribe, turn on notifications, and explore the Windows community today.
    2024-02-14
    10:00 PT
    Take action: February 2024 security update is now available
    The February 2024 security update 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 Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.
      
    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 23H2 and 22H2 update: 
    • The Copilot in Windows icon will appear on the right side of the system tray on the taskbar. Also, the display of Show desktop at the rightmost corner of the taskbar will be off by default. To turn it back on, go to Settings > Personalization > Taskbar. You can also right-click the taskbar and choose Taskbar settings. Windows 11 devices will get this new functionality at different times.
    • This security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5034204 (released January 23, 2024). 
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Narrator announcements. They are slow when you use Natural Voices.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects explorer.exe. It might stop responding. This occurs when you restart or shut down a PC that has a controller accessory attached to it.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the download of device metadata. Downloads from the Windows Metadata and Internet Services (WMIS) over HTTPS are now more secure.
    Short on time? Watch our Windows 11 release notes video for this month's tips.

    IMPORTANT After February 2024, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for Windows 11, version 22H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for this version. Windows 11, version 23H2 and Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.
    2024-02-13
    10:00 PT
    Interim DST guidance for Kazakhstan, Samoa, and Palestinian Authority
    Three Daylight Saving Time (DST) changes will be released as part of the March 2024 non-security preview update and the April 2024 security update. Samoa has abolished DST. Kazakhstan has switched to a single time zone. The Palestinian Authority has announced a delay in DST dates for 2024 and 2025. Microsoft recommends temporary workarounds for users affected by these changes. Read individual articles on the Daylight Saving Time & Time Zone Blog.
    2024-02-12
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Changes coming to Windows Boot Manager revocations for Secure Boot, April 9, 2024
    Administrators should observe mitigations and security enforcement requirements coming into effect with Windows updates released on and after April 9, 2024. Devices running Windows updates released July 11, 2023 or later include security measures designed to protect vulnerable boot managers against a Secure Boot bypass vulnerability disclosed in CVE-2023-24932. Secure Boot is a Windows security feature designed to protect devices from bootkit malware.

    In addition to the changes coming with Windows updates to be released April 9, 2024, additional changes are coming with Windows updates to be released October 8, 2024. These further changes enforce Code Integrity Boot policy and Secure Boot disallow list revocations related to this hardening. There will be no option to disable enforcement after this update.

    To enable protections manually, it's necessary to ensure all devices and bootable media are updated and ready for this security hardening change. Users should determine whether it's important to enable protections now, or wait for a future update from Microsoft. To better assess this, in addition to understanding the options available for configuring these security requirements, see KB5025885: How to manage the Windows Boot Manager revocations for Secure Boot changes associated with CVE-2023-24932.
    2024-02-09
    11:30 PT
    Copilot in Windows: enhanced design rolling out this week
    We’re bringing great enhancements to Copilot in Windows (in preview) this week. The pane launches in an expanded window size to give you even more space to chat. You can also resize it to adjust to your needs. You can easily switch back to a thinner side-by-side window, so that Copilot in Windows works alongside all of your other windows.

    If you want a more immersive experience, continue your conversation on copilot.microsoft.com by using the Open in Microsoft Edge button at the top of Copilot.
     
    When you launch Copilot in Windows, you will see a more streamlined look and feel designed to help you bring your ideas to life. We’ve introduced a cleaner, sleeker experience for answers and a fun new carousel of suggested prompts that showcase the power of Copilot in Windows. Please note that some styling might only be available for users with a Microsoft account.

    These updates are rolling out over time, so check Edge for the latest update if you’re eager to see what’s new in Copilot in Windows. To learn more about this feature, see Welcome to Copilot in Windows.
     
    Note: Copilot in Windows (in preview) is available in select global markets and will be rolled out to additional markets over time. Learn more. Copilot in Windows 10 functionality is limited and has specific system requirements.
    2024-02-09
    10:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: February 15th, 2024
    If you are an IT admin with questions about managing and updating Windows, we want to help. Every third Thursday of the month, we host a live chat-based event on the Tech Community called Windows Office Hours. Members of the Windows, Intune, Windows Autopilot, Windows Autopatch, and Windows 365 engineering teams will be standing by to answer your questions. We also have experts from FastTrack, the Customer Acceleration Team, and Microsoft public sector teams. 

    Want to attend the February 15th session of Office Hours? Click here to add it to your calendar. There is no video or live meeting component. Simply visit the event page, log in to the Tech Community, and leave your questions in the Comments section. You can also bookmark https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours for upcoming dates (and the ability to add this event to your calendar). We look forward to helping you. 
    2024-02-08
    10:00 PT
    Device readiness checks for expedited Windows quality updates
    If you use Windows Update for Business deployment service to expedite quality updates, your workflow is becoming easier. You can now proactively check the readiness of all devices in your organization before deploying an actual security update in an expedited way. A new article describes how you would use Microsoft Graph to call for a device readiness test. Alerts and remediation guidance for any ineligible devices will appear under Windows Update for Business reports. Find out more at Device readiness checks for expedited Windows quality updates.
    2024-01-31
    10:00 PT
    WMI command-line (WMIC) utility deprecation: Next steps
    If you’re an IT admin still using Windows Management Instrumentation Command line (WMIC), you’ll start seeing changes this year. While it has been deprecated for a while, you could still use it as a feature on demand (FoD). Starting January 29th, 2024, it will become “disabled by default” in the insider build of Windows 11. It will become part of the next Windows 11 release later in 2024. To find out more, read WMI command-line (WMIC) utility deprecation: Next steps.
    2024-01-26
    10:00 PT
    The January 2024 Windows non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2
    The January 2024 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2. 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 the Windows 11 update history page. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 update: 
    • This update addresses an issue that stops search from working on the Start menu for some users. The issue occurs because of a deadlock.
    • This update addresses an issue to make video calls more reliable.
    • This update addresses an issue that causes your device to stop responding. This is intermittent and occurs after you install a print support app.
    • This update addresses an issue that makes the troubleshooting process fail. This occurs when you use the Get Help app.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio earbuds. They lose sound when you stream music.
    IMPORTANT After ​February 2024, there are no more optional, non-security preview releases for Windows 11, version 22H2. Only cumulative monthly security updates (known as the "B" or Update Tuesday release) will continue for this version. Windows 11, version 23H2 and Windows 10, version 22H2 will continue to receive security and optional releases.
    2024-01-23
    14:00 PT
    The January 2024 Windows non-security preview update is now available for Windows 10, version 22H2
    The January 2024 non-security preview update is now available for Windows 10, version 22H2. The preview update for Windows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 will be available in the near term. 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 the Windows 10 update history page. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see Windows monthly updates explained. To be informed about the latest updates and releases, follow us on X @WindowsUpdate.

    Highlights for the Windows 10, version 22H2 update: 
    • This update addresses an issue that affects some single-function printers. They might install as a scanner.
    • The coming weeks will bring a richer weather experience to your lock screen. This includes dynamic, interactive weather updates.
    • Microsoft has been working to ensure compliance with the Digital Markets Act (DMA) in the European Economic Area (EEA). To learn more, see Previewing changes in Windows to comply with the Digital Markets Act in the European Economic Area.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects an Internet Explorer shortcut. After you use a policy to remove it, the shortcut reappears.
    • This update addresses an issue that stops you from reconnecting to an existing Remote Desktop session.
    2024-01-23
    10:00 PT