Microsoft confirms Windows 11 February 2024 update issues

Windows 11’s latest security update, KB5034765, released on February 13, 2024, is causing much trouble among users. In an update to the support document, Microsoft finally acknowledged that many users might face errors while installing this monthly security update.

We spotted these issues soon after installing the February security update. The update installation failed numerous times, File Explorer crashed abruptly, and the taskbar vanished after logging in.

When you try to install the update, you might encounter the “Something didn’t go as planned. No need to worry – undoing changes. Please keep your computer on” error message. If you check the Event Viewer, you will find the 0x800f0922, 0x800f0982, and 0x80070002 error codes.

For some users, the update installation would begin smoothly but get stuck at 96 percent, and the PC would stop responding. But Microsoft’s updated page for this security update also mentions a workaround.

All you need to do is delete the C:\$WinREAgent folder. This folder contains temporary files that help you recover your Windows PC if an update doesn’t go as planned. But this folder is hidden by default, so you must change the File Explorer view settings to reveal the file.

Another way to fix this error is to use the Disk Cleanup tool to purge temporary Windows update and installation files. Select the Windows Update Files checkbox in the Disk Cleanup window and then proceed to delete the files.

use the Disk Cleanup tool to purge temporary Windows update and installation files

Meanwhile, Microsoft is working to release a patch for this Windows update error, which may arrive with the next monthly update. There is another bothering issue with the KB5034765 update, which causes the taskbar to crash and even disappear in some cases. It happens only when you restart or log in to your PC.

KB5034765 taskbar disappears
Taskbar is missing/disappeared in Windows 11 virtual machine after new update | Image Courtesy:

Microsoft doesn’t mention this taskbar issue in the official release note of the KB5034765 update but has released a fix for this in the Windows 11 Insider Beta channel. So, the official patch for the taskbar will arrive soon for the non-Insider users. If you are still on the Windows 11 22H2 version, your PC will soon stop receiving some updates.

Upgrade to Windows 23H2 now

Microsoft issued a statement stating that Windows 11 22H2 will stop receiving non-security updates after June 26, 2024. So, consumer editions will only get monthly security patches until the End of the Support (EOS) date, i.e., October 14, 2024.

So, upgrading is a wise choice if you want to stay protected and get all kinds of updates. Microsoft will soon automatically upgrade the eligible 22H2 devices to 23H2, even if you forget to do so.

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Abhishek Mishra is a skilled news reporter working at Windows Latest, where he focuses on everything about computing and Windows. With a strong background in computer applications, thanks to his master's degree, Abhishek knows his way around complex tech subjects. His love for reading and his four years in journalism have sharpened his ability to explain tricky tech ideas in easy-to-understand ways. Over his career, he has crafted hundreds of detailed articles for publications like MakeUseof, Tom's Hardware, and more in the pursuit of helping tech enthusiasts.