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    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
    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.

    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
    Safeguard holds with the Windows Update for Business deployment service
    Safeguard holds are one of several protection features of the Windows Update for Business deployment service. This feature is informed by partners, customers, and the latest Microsoft machine learning efforts to protect device populations not only from known issues, but also from likely issues. The new blog post offers a closeup look at what known issues and likely issues are, how the safeguard holds work behind the scenes, and how IT pros can enable and monitor safeguard holds. Learn more in Safeguard holds with the Windows Update for Business deployment service.
    2022-08-03
    17:00 PT
    Reminder: Active Directory Domain Services Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability hardening changes as of April 11, 2023
    In 2021, Microsoft addressed a security vulnerability bypass Active Directory Domain Services Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability This bypass allows certain users to set arbitrary values on security-sensitive attributes of specific objects stored in Active Directory (AD). To exploit this vulnerability, a user must have sufficient privileges to create a computer account, such as a user granted CreateChild permissions for computer objects. That user could create a computer account using a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) Add call that allows overly permissive access to the securityDescriptor attribute. Additionally, creators and owners can modify security-sensitive attributes after creating an account.

    Enforcement of new security requirements will be enabled by default in an upcoming update no sooner than April 11, 2023. Action may be required in order to prevent outages and system interruptions. For more information, see KB5008383: Active Directory permissions updates (CVE-2021-42291).
    2022-07-28
    10:30 PT
    Reminder: Significant changes coming to the Windows Diagnostic data processor configuration
    To enable efficiencies and help us implement our plan to store and process EU Data for European enterprise customers in the EU, we will be introducing a significant change for enterprise Windows devices that have diagnostic data turned on.

    We’ll stop using policies, such as the “Allow commercial data pipeline” policy, to configure the processor option. Instead, we’ll be introducing an organization-wide configuration based on Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to determine Microsoft’s role in the data processing. 

    This change is releasing to Windows devices enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider program the week of July 24, 2022. Any Windows build on or after 25169 will contain the changes. For other Windows devices (not in the Dev Channel), additional details on supported versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10 will be announced at a later date. These changes will roll out no earlier than the last quarter of the calendar year 2022.

    For information on these changes and how to enable the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration option, refer to the Significant changes coming to the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration documentation topic.
    2022-07-27
    14:00 PT
    July 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for all supported versions of Windows
    The July 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 the Windows 11 and 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.

    For instructions on how to install this update for your operating system, see the KB for your OS listed below:

    • Windows 11, version 21H2 (original release): KB5015882
    • Windows 10, version 21H2: KB5015878
    • Windows 10, version 21H1: KB5015878
    • Windows 10, version 20H2, Windows Server, version 20H2: KB5015878
    • Windows 10, version 1809, Windows Server, version 1809, Windows Server 2019: KB5015880
    • Windows Server 2022: KB5015879
    2022-07-26
    14:00 PT
    Preview Unified Update Platform for on-premises update management
    Sign up for the private preview of the Unified Update Platform (UUP) for on-premises update management for commercial organizations. UUP on premises is an integration with Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) and Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager, and it will be generally available in early 2023. This new capability simplifies Windows content management and streamlines the process for upgrading to Windows 11 for those who manage Windows devices with these update management platforms. For further background and details on how to sign up for the private preview, see Preview Unified Update Platform for on-premises update management.
    2022-07-22
    17:00 PT
    July 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for Windows 11 and Windows 10, version 1809
    The July 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11, and Windows 10, version 1809. 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 and Windows 10 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer.

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update:

    • New! Gives you the option to receive urgent notifications when focus assist is on. Focus assist is like a do not disturb mode that hides notifications. 
    • New! Gives you the option to update to a newer Windows 11 version at the very first startup of Windows if your device is eligible.
    • Addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when you use the play and pause keyboard buttons on certain devices.
    • Addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when you use the Start menu’s context menu (Win+X) and an external monitor is connected to your device.
    • Addresses an issue that displays a blank window that you cannot close when you hover over the search icon on the taskbar.
    2022-07-21
    14:00 PT
    Reminder: Removal of temporary mitigation in Windows updates will require compliant printing and scanning devices
    As previously announced, Microsoft released hardening changes for CVE-2021-33764 in Windows updates starting on July 13, 2021. When these updates are installed on a domain controller (DC), smart card (PIV) authentication might cause print and scan failures. A temporary mitigation, released in Windows Updates between July 29, 2021, and July 12, 2022, was made available for organizations that encountered this issue and couldn't bring devices into compliance as required for CVE-2021-33764.

    Starting on July 21, 2022, this temporary mitigation will not be usable in security updates. The Windows July 2022 preview update will remove the temporary mitigation and will require compliant printing and scanning devices. To learn more, see KB5005408: Smart card authentication might cause print and scan failures.
    2022-07-21
    14:00 PT
    Reminder: End of servicing for Windows Server, version 20H2 on August 9, 2022
    On August 9, 2022, all editions of Windows Server, version 20H2 will reach end of servicing. The upcoming August 2022 security update, to be released on August 9, 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.
     
    This will also be 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.
    2022-07-20
    17:00 PT
    July 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for Windows Server 2022
    The July 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 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 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.
    2022-07-19
    14:00 PT
    Hardening changes coming 07/2022: Smart card authentication might cause print and scan failures
    On July 13, 2021, Microsoft released hardening changes for Windows Key Distribution Center Information Disclosure Vulnerability, CVE-2021-33764. With these changes, smart card (PIV) authentication might cause print and scan failures when you install updates released on July 13, 2021, or later versions on a domain controller (DC). The affected devices are smart card authenticating printers, scanners, and multifunction devices that don’t support either Diffie-Hellman (DH) for key exchange during PKINIT Kerberos authentication or don’t advertise support for des-ede3-cbc ("triple DES”) during the Kerberos AS request.
     
    A temporary mitigation, released in Windows Updates between July 29, 2021, and July 12, 2022, was made available for organizations that encountered this issue and couldn't bring devices into compliance as required for CVE-2021-33764. However, starting in July 2022, this temporary mitigation will not be usable in security updates. The Windows July 2022 preview update will remove the temporary mitigation and will require compliant printing and scanning devices. 

    As of July 19, 2022, there will be no further fallback option in later updates, and all non-compliant devices must be identified using the audit events starting in January 2022 and updated or replaced by the mitigation removal. To learn more, see KB5005408: Smart card authentication might cause print and scan failures. 
    2022-07-13
    14:00 PT
    Take action: July 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The July 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 security issues for your Windows operating system.
    • Addresses an issue that redirects the PowerShell command output so that transcript logs do not contain any output of the command. Consequently, the decrypted password is lost.
    Short on time? Watch our short monthly release notes video for a summary of this month’s Windows 11 update.
    2022-07-12
    10:00 PT
    June 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for all supported versions of Windows
    The June 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all other supported versions of Windows. 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 our Windows quality updates primer.
    2022-06-28
    14:00 PT
    June 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for Windows 11 and some versions of Windows 10
    The June 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11, Windows 10 version 1809. 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 the Windows 11 and 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.

    Highlights for the Windows 11 update:

    • New! Introducing search highlights.
    • Addresses an issue that causes certain games to stop working if they use certain audio technology to play sound effects
    • Changes the name of the Your Phone app to Phone Link on the Settings page.
    • Addresses an issue that causes the Microsoft Surface Dial customization settings page to stop working.
    2022-06-23
    14:00 PT
    New! Introducing the search highlights feature
    We’ll be introducing the search highlights feature to Windows 11 over the next several weeks. The search highlights feature presents notable and interesting moments of what’s special about each day, —like holidays, anniversaries, and other educational moments in time both globally and in your region. To see search highlights, click or tap on the search icon on your taskbar.
     
    For enterprise customers, search highlights will also feature the latest updates from your organization and suggest people, files, and more.
     
    For group configuration information, see Group configuration: search highlights in Windows.
    2022-06-23
    14:00 PT
    Take action: Out-of-band security update to address an issue with Azure Active Directory services on Arm-based devices
    Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band (OOB) security updates today, June 20, 2022, only for Arm-based Windows devices. This update addresses a known issue that only affects Windows Arm-based devices and might prevent you from signing in using Azure Active Directory (AAD). Apps and services that use AAD to sign in, such as VPN connections, Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Outlook, might also be affected. 

    Important This issue only affects Windows devices that use Arm processors. No other platforms will receive this out-of-band update. This OOB update is cumulative. We recommend that you install this OOB update instead of the June 14, 2022 security update for affected devices.

    All updates listed below are available on Windows Update, Windows Update for BusinessWindows Server Update Services (WSUS), and Microsoft Update Catalog. For instructions, see the release notes for your OS listed below.
    2022-06-20
    14:00 PT
    IE11 desktop application has retired and is out of support as of June 15, 2022 (non-LTSC, non-Server)
    As previously communicated, the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application has retired and is out of support as of today, June 15, 2022. Following industry best practices, the IE11 desktop application will be progressively redirected to Microsoft Edge over the next few months and after will ultimately be permanently disabled via a future Windows Update, to help ensure a smooth retirement. 
     
    If you have not set up IE mode in Microsoft Edge, we recommend doing so as soon as possible to help avoid business disruption. If you’ve already set up IE mode, follow these final steps
     
    Note: The IE11 desktop application is not available on Windows 11. To continue using legacy IE-based sites and apps on Windows 11, IE mode in Microsoft Edge must be configured before deploying Windows 11.  
    2022-06-15
    06:00 PT
    Reminder: Windows Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) hardening changes as of June 14, 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. Windows update releases starting June 2021 address a vulnerability in the DCOM remote protocol by progressively increasing security hardening in DCOM. Starting today, June 14, 2022, all 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 or temporarily disable that enforcement by using the RequireIntegrityActivationAuthenticationLevel registry key in the DCOM server.
     
    Note: We recommend that you update your devices to the latest security update available to take advantage of the advanced protections from the latest security threats.
     
    Refer to the below timeline to understand the progressive hardening coming to DCOM.
    • June 8, 2021 security update: Hardening changes are disabled by default but with the ability to enable them using a registry key.
    • June 14, 2022 security update: Hardening changes are enabled by default but with the ability to disable them using a registry key.
    • March 14, 2023 security update: Hardening changes are enabled by default with no ability to disable them. By this point, you must resolve any compatibility issues with the hardening changes and applications in your environment.
    We recommend that IT administrators conduct testing by enabling hardening changes as soon as possible to confirm normal operations. To learn more, see KB5004442: Manage changes for Windows DCOM Server Security Feature Bypass (CVE-2021-26414)
    2022-06-14
    16:00 PT
    Take action: June 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The June 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 security issues for your Windows operating system.
    • 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.
    2022-06-14
    10:00 PT
    Preview app and driver compatibility insights in Endpoint Manager
    Two new reports are now in public preview to assess app and driver compatibility for feature updates and Windows 11. Beginning June 8, 2022, eligible Microsoft Endpoint Manager users can proactively utilize the Windows feature update device readiness report and the Windows feature update compatibility risks report. Leverage these additional insights to proactively prepare for a Windows upgrade or update. The blog post, Preview app and driver compatibility insights in Endpoint Manager, offers a closer look at these reports, details on prerequisites, and relevant updates.
    2022-06-11
    11:00 PT
    Preview of Windows 11, version 22H2 now available
    Windows 11, version 22H2 is now available for commercial organizations to validate prior to its release later this year. Organizations enrolled in the Windows Insider Program for Business can access these builds through all standard channels, including Windows Update, Windows Update for Business, Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Insider Preview Downloads page, and Azure Marketplace. Along with commercial pre-release availability, learn about free support offerings in the new blog Preview of Windows 11, version 22H2 now available and follow the Windows Insider Blog for further updates.
    2022-06-07
    11:30 PT
    May 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for all supported versions of Windows
    The May 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all other supported versions of Windows. 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 our Windows quality updates primer.
    2022-06-02
    14:00 PT
    Ensuring a successful Windows quality update experience 
    There are several different ways for you to evaluate updates before deploying them to your entire device population. Check out the new post on Ensuring a successful Windows quality update experience for a comprehensive collection of favorites from the Windows Servicing and Delivery team at Microsoft. It covers the strategies and opportunities to test updates early, venues to stay informed on the latest updates and issues, and tried and proven ways for you to share ideas and provide feedback. Bookmark the tools that are most relevant to your organization and partner with us through a variety of interactive opportunities.  
    2022-05-31
    14:00 PT
    May 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for Windows 11 and some versions of Windows
    The May 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11, Windows 10 version 1809, and Windows Server 2022. 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 the Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows Server 2022 update history pages. To learn more about the different types of monthly quality updates, see our Windows quality updates primer.


    Highlights for the Windows 11 update:
    • Improves the Family Safety verification experience for a child account when you send a request for additional screen time.
    • Addresses an issue that fails to maintain the display brightness after you change the display mode.
    • Addresses an issue that affects the IE mode window frame.
    • Addresses an issue that prevents internet shortcuts from updating.
    • Addresses an issue that causes an Input Method Editor (IME) to discard a character if you enter the character while the IME is converting previous text
    2022-05-24
    14:00 PT
    Final Notice: Microsoft "G1" Root Certificate removal - May 24, 2022
    As was previously announced, the United States Federal PKI team formally requested the removal of the "Federal Common Policy" root certificate, also known as the "G1" root certificate, from the Microsoft Trusted Root Program. Beginning, May 24, 2022, the "G1" root certificate is being removed by an out-of-band update. Environments which use the "G1" certificate must replace it with the "G2" certificate in order to prevent issues with important scenarios including SSL connections, VPN connections, and secure internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME). For details on the changes taking place along with detailed migration instructions, see Removal of the U.S. Federal Common Policy CA certificate from the Microsoft trusted root, and Migrate to the Federal Common Policy CA G2.
    2022-05-24
    14:00 PT
    Take action: Out-of-band update to address issues after installing the May Windows update
    Microsoft is releasing Out-of-band updates today, May 19, 2022, for some versions of Windows. This update addresses a known issue that might cause authentication failures for some services and an issue that might cause Microsoft Store app installation issues.

    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.

    Cumulative updates:
    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 May 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 May 10, 2022 to receive the quality updates for May 2022.
    2022-05-19
    14:00 PT
    Windows release notes survey
    Do you use the Windows 11 and Windows 10 release notes? Would you like to help us shape the next generation of our update documentation experiences? If so, we would like to hear from you. We have created an anonymous survey for you to share your feedback. Visit https://aka.ms/Windows/RelNotesSurvey and help us invest in the improvements that matter most to you!
    2022-05-16
    10:00 PT
    Microsoft Evaluation Center availability has been resolved
    Updated May 20, 2022:  The issue related to Microsoft Evaluation Center availability has been resolved. Please visit www.microsoft.com/EvalCenter to access trials and evaluations for Windows client, Windows Server, and other Microsoft products and kits.

    The Microsoft Evaluation Center enables organizations, and the IT professionals that support them, to download evaluation versions of Microsoft products. This experience is currently unavailable and work is underway to restore it. In the meantime, we have published an article with links to download the evaluation software for Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows Server 2022, Windows Server 2019, and related kits. See Accessing trials and kits for Windows for more details.
    2022-05-11
    16:00 PT
    Take action: May 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The May 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 cause issues for some .NET Framework 3.5 apps or prevent those apps from opening. The affected apps use certain optional components in .NET Framework 3.5, such as Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and Windows Workflow (WWF) components.
    • 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 updates.
    2022-05-10
    10:00 PT
    Windows 10, version 1909, and Windows 10, version 20H2 have reached end of servicing
    As of May 10, 2022, the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10, version 20H2, and all editions of Windows 10, version 1909 have reached end of servicing. The May 2022 security update, released on May 10, is the last update available for these versions. After that date, devices running these editions will no longer receive monthly security and quality 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 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 more information on end of servicing dates for currently supported versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10, see the Windows 10 Home and Pro Lifecycle pageWindows 10 Enterprise and Education Lifecycle page, and the Windows lifecycle FAQ.
    2022-05-10
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: Internet Explorer 11 desktop application retires on June 15, 2022
    Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) provides legacy browser support within Microsoft Edge. Because of this, the IE11 desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022, on certain versions of Windows 10. This means that the IE11 desktop application will no longer be supported and will be progressively redirected to Microsoft Edge over the following months, and ultimately disabled via Windows Update.

    Note: The IE11 desktop application is not available on Windows 11. To continue using legacy IE-based sites and apps on Windows 11, IE mode in Microsoft Edge must be configured before deploying Windows 11.

    To prepare for Internet Explorer disablement and re-direction, we recommend that you retire IE before June 15, 2022, following the steps in Don’t wait for June 15th! Set your own IE retirement date.
    2022-05-10
    10:00 PT
    Action required: Microsoft Root Certificate removal taking place May 24
    The Microsoft Root Certificate Program supports the distribution of root certificates, enabling customers to trust Windows products. As previously announced, the United States Federal PKI team formally requested the removal of the "Federal Common Policy" root certificate, also known as the "G1" root certificate, from the Microsoft Trusted Root Program.

    On May 24, the "G1" root certificate is being removed by an out-of-band update. It's important that system administrators implement the "G2" root certificate, which replaces the "G1" certificate, before this date. Applications and operations which depend on the "G1" root certificate will fail after the retirement of the certificate on this date. 

    For details on the changes taking place and detailed migration instructions, see Removal of the U.S. Federal Common Policy CA certificate from the Microsoft trusted root.
    2022-05-09
    12:30 PT
    Reminder: Windows Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) Hardening changes coming June 14
    As previously announced, security requirements will be increasing later this year for Windows devices which use the Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) or Remote Procedure Call (RPC) server technologies. Windows updates released starting September 2021 address a vulnerability in the DCOM remote protocol by progressively increasing security hardening in DCOM throughout 2022. This is a second reminder that some server environments might require action before June 14, 2022, to ensure normal operations.
     
    Refer to the below timeline to understand the progressive hardening coming to DCOM.
    • June 8, 2021: Hardening changes disabled by default but with the ability to enable them using a registry key.
    • June 14, 2022: Hardening changes enabled by default but with the ability to disable them using a registry key.
    • March 14, 2023: Hardening changes enabled by default with no ability to disable them. By this point, you must resolve any compatibility issues with the hardening changes and applications in your environment.
    We recommended that IT administrators conduct testing by manually enabling hardening changes as soon as possible to confirm normal operations. To learn more, see KB5004442: Manage changes for Windows DCOM Server Security Feature Bypass (CVE-2021-26414)
    2022-05-05
    14:00 PT
    Plan for change: Azure AD requirement for Update Compliance
    Current or new Update Compliance users: beginning October 15, 2022, your devices will need to be Azure AD joined (or hybrid Azure AD joined) to be included in Update Compliance reporting. To ensure continuity, we recommend that you start planning for this change by moving the remaining on-premises Active Directory devices to Azure AD or hybrid Azure AD join. For more information on these updated requirements, including steps to enroll in Update Compliance, see Azure AD required for Update Compliance after October 15, 2022.  
    2022-05-04
    09:00 PT
    How to get the best of Windows on the Microsoft 365 admin center
    One year ago, we integrated Windows release health into the Microsoft 365 admin center, giving IT administrators the ability to find additional insights on known issues and view Windows-related notifications in the message center. In addition to setting up email notifications, IT admins can now leverage the service communications API in Microsoft Graph and enable custom workflows to review, assign, and triage communications about Windows from the message center. If you are an IT administrator, we encourage you to learn more about these new capabilities and how to customize your email preferences by visiting the Windows IT Pro Blog
    2022-05-02
    17:00 PT
    Making Widgets content more dynamic
    Windows 11 is bringing you more dynamic content in an upcoming change, which will combine personalized widgets and news into the Widgets board. This change focuses on making widgets discoverable from the feed and helping you stay on top of what’s important with content from your favorite apps and services.
     
    To get this updated feature, you should update the Windows Web Experience Pack from the Microsoft Store. This occurs automatically for most devices.
     
    If you’ve already customized your Widgets board, all your pinned widgets will be exactly where you’d expect them to be. Existing customizations won’t be lost. Explore the new changes and how to try this experience in Stay up to date with widgets.

    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.
    2022-04-29
    14:00 PT
    April 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for all supported versions of Windows
    The April 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11 and all other supported versions of Windows. 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 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:

    • Updates an issue that delays OS startup by approximately 40 minutes.
    • Updates an issue that incorrectly aligns video subtitles.
    • Displays the temperature on top of the weather icon on the taskbar. 
    • Updates an issue that prevents you from using the minimize, maximize, and close buttons on a maximized app window.
    2022-04-25
    14:00 PT
    April 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for Windows 10, version 1809
    The April 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.
    2022-04-21
    14:00 PT
    Take action: April 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The April 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 this 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 update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates.
    • This update contains miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality. No additional issues were documented for this release.
    Short on time? Watch our short monthly release notes video for a summary of this month’s Windows 11 updates.
    2022-04-12
    10:00 PT
    Reminder: End of servicing for Windows 10, version 1909, and Windows 10, version 20H2 - May 10, 2022
    On May 10, 2022, the Home and Pro editions of Windows 10, version 20H2, and all editions of Windows 10, version 1909 will reach end of servicing. The May 2022 security update, released on May 10, is the last update available for these versions. After that date, devices running these editions will no longer receive monthly security and quality 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 home 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.
     
    As always, we recommend that you update your devices to the latest version of Windows 10, or upgrade eligible devices to Windows 11. For more information on end of servicing dates for currently supported versions of Windows 10, see the Windows 10 Home and Pro Lifecycle pageWindows 10 Enterprise and Education Lifecycle page, and Microsoft Lifecycle Policy search tool.
    2022-04-08
    17:00 PT
    Seamless update experience for organizations on Windows 11
    Windows 11 will soon enable you to have an update experience more tailored to your organization and a more user-friendly experience. As part of Windows Insider Preview Build 21277 or later, you can take advantage of new capabilities in the native Windows Update experience and leverage the native update experience with Microsoft Endpoint Configuration Manager. Whichever manager you use, on-premises or on the cloud, learn how to test out the upcoming Seamless update experience for organizations on Windows 11. 
    2022-04-07
    14:30 PT
    Reminder: Windows Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) Hardening changes coming June 14
    In 2021, CVE-2021-26414 was created to track a security vulnerability discovered in the Windows Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) Remote Protocol. The Windows updates that were released in September 2021 and later address this vulnerability by including changes that will progressively increase security hardening in DCOM. We recommended that you verify if client or server applications that use DCOM or RPC work as expected with the hardening changes enabled. Some configurations might require action by June 14, 2022, to ensure normal operations.

    Refer to the below timeline to understand the progressive hardening coming to DCOM in 2022.

    • June 8, 2021: Hardening changes disabled by default but with the ability to enable them using a registry key.
    • June 14, 2022: Hardening changes enabled by default but with the ability to disable them using a registry key.
    • March 14, 2023: Hardening changes enabled by default with no ability to disable them. By this point, you must resolve any compatibility issues with the hardening changes and applications in your environment.
    We recommended that IT administrators conduct testing by manually enabling hardening changes as soon as possible to confirm normal operations. To learn more, see KB5004442: Manage changes for Windows DCOM Server Security Feature Bypass (CVE-2021-26414)
    2022-04-07
    10:00 PT
    Join us April 7th for Tech Community Live: Windows edition
    Yesterday, Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella, and Windows Executive VP and Chief Product Officer Panos Panay—along with makers from the Windows engineering teams—revealed new and upcoming features in Windows that will help your organization (and IT team) support hybrid work across efficiently and securely. If you have questions about these capabilities—or about deploying, securing, and managing Windows in general—join us tomorrow, April 7th, for Tech Community Live! We're offering three Ask Microsoft Anything (AMA) sessions on productivity and collaboration, security, and management, each accompanied by a live stream panel of engineering and product experts. 
     
    Can't attend live? Post your questions now in the Comments section of the AMA pages then check back after the event. We'll also publish a Q&A summary after the event for easy reference.
    2022-04-06
    14:00 PT
    .NET Framework 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1 will reach end of support in 2022
    On April 26, 2022, the .NET Framework 4.5.2, 4.6, and 4.6.1 will reach end of support, and after this date, Microsoft will no longer provide updates including security fixes and technical support for these versions. There is no change to the support timelines for any other .NET Framework version. If you are using .NET Framework 4.5.2, 4.6, or 4.6.1, you will need to upgrade to a later version to stay supported. 

    Microsoft is making this change because the .NET Framework was previously digitally signed using certificates that use the Secure Hash Algorithm 1 (SHA-1), and we are prioritizing support to newer digital certificates. To learn more, see the blog post .NET Framework 4.5.2, 4.6, and 4.6.1 will reach End of Support on Apr 26, 2022.
    2022-04-04
    11:50 PT
    The Windows Update policies you should set and why
    Different devices in different industries have unique characteristics and needs. Whether you manage an array of single-user devices, multi-user devices, education devices, kiosks and billboards, factory machines, or Microsoft Teams Room devices, this easy how-to guide is your go-to reference for setting Windows Update policies that balance security, compliance, and a good user experience. For more information on these policies and how to set them, read The Windows Update policies you should set and why. 
    2022-04-01
    14:30 PT
    Retirement of older Windows Embedded Compact content
    Prepare for changes affecting older Windows Embedded Compact 2013 content. Beginning September 30, 2022, older updates for Windows Embedded Compact and Windows Embedded CE will retire. Learn how to update to the most recent, December 2021, update to be compliant with SHA256 or see additional guidance for manual continuation with the older content. See the Windows Embedded Blog for more information. 
    2022-04-01
    11:00 PT
    March 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for all supported versions of Windows
    The March 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for Windows 11 and other supported versions of Windows. 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 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:

    • Displays up to three high priority toast notifications simultaneously. This feature is for apps that send notifications for calls, reminders, or alarms using Windows notifications in the OS.
    • Updates an issue that might cause a Microsoft OneDrive file to lose focus after you rename it and press the Enter key.
    • Returns the corresponding Settings page when you search for the word widgets.
    2022-03-28
    21:00 PT
    Gradual rollouts with the Windows Update for Business deployment service
    Zoom in on one of the new features in the Windows Update for Business deployment service: gradual rollouts. Learn how you can gradually deploy Windows feature updates in intelligently configured waves, allowing for greater monitoring, control, and security of the entire device population in addition to higher productivity for end users.
    2022-03-22
    17:00 PT
    March 2022 Windows non-security preview "C" release available for all supported versions of Windows 10
    The March 2022 non-security preview release, referred to as our "C" release, is now available for all supported versions of Windows 10. The preview update for Windows 11 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. Please note: Release notes might be published up to one hour after the updates are available for download. 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.
    2022-03-22
    14:00 PT
    Internet Explorer 11 desktop app retires June 15, 2022
    As previously announced, the future of Internet Explorer on Windows is in Microsoft Edge. Internet Explorer mode (IE mode) provides legacy browser support within Microsoft Edge. Because of this, the Internet Explorer 11 (IE11) desktop application will be retired on June 15, 2022, for certain versions of Windows 10. This means that the IE11 desktop application will no longer be supported and afterward will redirect to Microsoft Edge if a user tries to access it. 
    2022-03-16
    10:00 PT
    Windows Office Hours: March 17, 2022
    If you have questions about updating devices in your organization, optimizing the way you manage Windows across onsite and remote workers, or moving to Windows 11, join us for our monthly Windows Office Hours session at 8:00 AM Pacific Time this Thursday, March 17th on the Windows Tech Community. Add it to your calendar or visit https://aka.ms/Windows/OfficeHours to learn more.
    2022-03-15
    00:00 PT
    Announcing search highlights in Windows 11
    Search highlights are coming to Windows 10 and 11, providing a more convenient way to search for content across Microsoft 365 in the Windows search box.
    2022-03-11
    19:00 PT
    Take action: March 2022 security update available for all supported versions of Windows
    The March 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 (Note: Release notes might be published up to one hour after the updates are available for download). For instructions on how to install this update on your home device, check this 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 update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates.
    • Miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality.
    Short on time? Watch our quick monthly release notes video for a summary of this month’s Windows 11 updates.
    2022-03-08
    10:00 PT
    Take action: Microsoft Root Certificate changes starting March 22
    The Microsoft Root Certificate Program supports the distribution of root certificates, enabling customers to trust Windows products. The United States Federal PKI team formally requested the removal of the "G1" root certificate from the Microsoft Trusted Root Program. Administrators should implement the "G2" root certificate before the "G1" root certificate is removed by a future out-of-band root certificate update. Applications and operations that depend on the "G1" root certificate will fail after they receive the certificate update, which is scheduled to be released on the third Tuesday of one of the months between March 22, 2022 and August 23, 2022. For details on the changes taking place and detailed migration instructions, see Removal of the U.S. Federal Common Policy CA certificate from the Microsoft trusted root.
    2022-03-04
    15:00 PT
    Reminder: Our Windows 11 application compatibility promise
    Whether you are a large enterprise or a small business, App Assure can provide application compatibility assistance and help you feel confident upgrading your devices to Windows 11. As part of Microsoft’s commitment to app compatibility, the goal is that all of your apps simply work after the upgrade to Windows 11, with no changes required. If you do encounter a compatibility issue on Windows 11, though, App Assure engineers will work with you to help resolve the issue in addition to working with engineering teams to find and fix the root cause. The best part, there is no cost to use this program! To learn more, visit https://aka.ms/AppAssure and see Mike Adams’ post on the Windows IT Pro Blog.
    2022-03-01
    14:00 PT
    Tools to support Windows 11 deployment
    With Windows 11 generally available, you can now begin to upgrade eligible Windows 10 devices in your organization, procure new devices with Windows 11 pre-installed, and empower your end users with signature experiences tuned for hybrid work. Take note of the tools available to support Windows 11 deployment in your organization so you can start taking advantage of chip to cloud protection, enhanced productivity, and streamlined collaboration capabilities today. Looking for more information on the rollout? Visit the Windows 11 known issues and notifications page.
    2021-10-04
    13:00 PT