Windows 11 KB5025239 update
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Windows 11 KB5025239 can now be downloaded on PCs running version 22H2. It is now heading to PCs via Windows Update, with many minor tweaks. Microsoft says update can be downloaded from Settings, but you can also use Update Catalog. The company has posted direct download links for Windows 11 KB5025239 to its portal.

Windows 11 KB5025239 is a mandatory Microsoft Patch Tuesday security update for all devices on version 22H2. This update isn’t as big as the previous updates, which added new features to Task Manager, Start menu, desktop, Settings, taskbar and other areas of the OS. Still, it comes with plenty of quality improvements.

Build 22621.1555 for Windows 11 has a couple of noteworthy changes. For example, the search bar on the taskbar now handles light mode better. The search bar will be lighter when Windows configures custom colour mode. In other words, when the system theme is dark, the app mode is set to light in Settings > Personalization > Colors.

April 2023 update for Windows 11 is also a bit controversial for the Start menu. As per the official release notes, Microsoft is introducing a new feature that brings adverts to the Start menu. The “notifications for Microsoft accounts” feature reminds users to back up their files.

The reminder isn’t the problem, but the notifications try to sell OneDrive subscriptions and encourage you to use a Microsoft account if you’re on a local account. The tech giant told us the feature is available to select users and will begin rolling out to more customers in the coming months.

According to our sources, Microsoft will let you turn off these ads in the Start menu in a future update.

Those on 21H2, the original version of Windows 11, will be getting a different cumulative update instead. The update is titled “2023-04 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5025239)“, and features highlighted in this article are exclusive to this only.

(On Windows 10, Microsoft has published KB5025221 with different bug fixes. On Windows 11 version 21H2, you’ll get KB5025224).

Download Links for Windows 11 KB5025239

Windows 11 KB5025239 Direct Download Links: 64-bit.

KB5025239 (Build 22621.1555) important changelog

This Windows 11 update comes with several under-the-hood improvements. Once change ensures Windows does not ignore policy settings. In other words, a bug has been fixed where Fast Identity Online 2.0 (FIDO2) PIN credential icon disappears from the credentials screen of an external monitor.

This issue was observed when we connected to a closed laptop.

KB5025239 Windows 11 update

Additionally, Microsoft has patched an issue with Clustered Shared Volumes (CSVs). As per reports, the CSVs program failed to come online when enabling BitLocker. This occurred when the system recently rotated the BitLocker keys.

Microsoft has fixed an issue that affects Active Directory Users & Computers. If affected, the feature stops working when users try to launch TaskPad view. This happens when users configure multiple objects simultaneously.

Microsoft has fixed an issue where Windows Search would not work inside Windows container images.

Here’s the full changelog of the update:

  • Microsoft is introducing Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 support. You can configure it in the Group Policy Editor.
  • For the Arab Republic of Egypt, the government’s daylight saving time has been updated.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue where jscript9Legacy.dll stops working. Users had also observed a bug where MHTML would not respond due to ITracker.
  • A bug affecting the Group Policy tool has been fixed. This bug resulted in a scripting error.
  • A bug has been fixed where the WinRM client does not return an HTTP server error status (500).
  • A bug has been fixed to ensure DHCP works correctly.
  • A known issue with the kiosk that users first flagged up last year is finally getting fixed in the update. As a result, Autopilot did not work correctly.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue with Xbox Adaptive Controller. This bug broke controller remapping preferences on Windows PCs.
  • Modern Standby, remember this feature from Windows 10? It had several issues, including a bug that prevented WDAC from working and crashed several Win32 and UWP apps when devices entered Modern Standby.

Lastly, Windows 11 update also includes fixes to improve audio quality. A bug causes audio glitches when the system’s resources are actively used in games when you wake the device from sleep.

Watch out for new issues in April 11 Windows update

Microsoft has warned users: this month’s Patch Tuesday update could break explorer.exe or result in performance issues if they use third-party tools to customize File Explorer or taskbar.

If you use third-party customization tools, uninstall the apps before installing the update.

Thankfully, ExplorerPatcher and StartAllBack have released new updates to address potential compatibility issues.

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