Microsoft has released the last cumulative update of the year for Windows 11, which fixes, among other things, an issue with the Task Manager colors.
We’re on the second Tuesday of December and that means it’s time for the last patch Tuesday of 2022. Indeed, today Microsoft is releasing the last cumulative updates of the year for Windows 11, because the optional C and D updates have been suspended for the holiday season. Both supported versions of Windows 11 will receive updates, including the first release and Windows 11 version 22H2.
Windows 11 Version 22H2 – Build 22621.963
Starting with users on Windows 11 version 22H2, the update rolling out today is labeled as KB5021255, and it brings the build number to 22621.963. You can download the update manually here if you are interested in installing it that way.
The highlight of the update is that it is a issue where colors are displayed incorrectly in Task Managerwhat is a problem that popped up with the optional update released in late November. There is also a fix for an issue that affected the decryption of the Data Protection Application Programming Interface (DPAPI), which may have caused some VPN connections to malfunction.
Furthermore, this update contains all the fixes and changes from that optional update in November, but this time they are mandatory. This includes new storage alerts for OneDrive cloud storage, which appear in the Settings app, as well as the ability to see all of your OneDrive storage across all your subscriptions.
Microsoft has also merged Windows Spotlight with the global theme settings in the Personalization page of the Settings app. That means you can now choose the Windows Spotlight theme to get daily rotating desktop wallpapers, without having to specifically go into the wallpaper settings (although you still have that option). There’s a lot more to that optional November update, like support for org messages.
Windows 11 (first release) – build 22000.1335
Meanwhile, users who are still using the first release of Windows 11 will get an update labeled KB5019157, which brings the build number to 22000.1335. You can download the update manually here.
This update doesn’t pack that much on its own, although it does have the same fix for the DPAPI decryption issue mentioned above, so it should fix some VPN connection issues you may be having.
Otherwise, all updates will be from the optional update released in mid-November. This includes an updated Quick Assist app to help other users remotely, along with several other fixes and improvements, including a fix for an issue where the Microsoft Store continually fails to install updates. The full changelog can be found below.
- New! It provides the Quick Assist application for your client device.
- New! It provides a way to authenticate devices joined to Azure Active Directory to determine if they are on a trusted network. This helps the Windows Defender Firewall apply the correct policy as configured by your organization. This feature is for business customers only. An IT administrator must configure this feature using mobile device management (MDM) policies. For more information about configuring a configuration service provider (CSP), see . Policy CSP – NetworkListManager.
- It fixes some stubborn update errors for the Microsoft Store.
- It covers the suspension of daylight saving time (DST) in the Republic of Fiji for this year.
- It fixes an issue that affects some enterprise-managed devices. It improves the reliability of app installs for them.
- It resolves an issue that affects Unified Update Platform (UUP) on-premises customers. It removes the block preventing them from getting offline language packs.
- It resolves an issue that affects cluster name objects (CNO) or virtual computer objects (VCO). Reset password failed. The error message is “There was an error resetting the AD password… // 0x80070005”.
- It fixes an issue affecting Microsoft Direct3D 9 (D3D9). It causes D3D9 to stop working when you use Microsoft Remote Desktop.
- It resolves an issue affecting the Windows Firewall service. It does not start when you enable the Override Blocking Rules option.
- It fixes an issue that could affect applications running on the Windows Lock Down Policy (WLDP). They can stop working.
- It fixes an issue affecting Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Automated survey blocks live response surveys.
- It deals with an issue that affects TextInputHost.exe. It stops responding.
- It fixes an issue that affects pinned apps in the Start menu. The Start menu stops working when you scroll between pages of pinned apps. This issue occurs when the language is a right-to-left (RTL) language.
Since these are mandatory updates, they are installed automatically when your computer is on and connected to the Internet. You can install them manually if you want to avoid unexpected restarts, but they will install sooner rather than later. Again, these should be the last updates of the year, aside from any urgent out-of-band updates that may arise.