Windows 10 KB5014023 is now available as an optional update for users in the production channel. The optional update does not include any new operating system features and is available through the Settings app. As always, you can download Windows 10 offline installer KB5014023 to install the patch without running into Windows Update issues.
KB5014023 will not install automatically and there is a reason why it is marked as a cumulative ‘preview’ update. Optional updates come with specific non-security fixes and you should only install these updates if you need the bug fixes in the patch immediately.
In other words, it’s generally a good idea not to install these optional updates unless you have a good reason to do so. If your computer is working properly and you are not experiencing any issues listed in the release notes below, do not install any of these optional updates.
If you have an issue mentioned in the release notes but can’t wait until the next Patch Tuesday update, you’ll have to wait. That’s the advice we give based on our analysis of previous optional updates, and it’s the same advice the company gives to enterprises. In general, however, optional updates are stable for most configurations.
If you check for updates today, you will see the following patch under the optional updates section:
2022-05 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 10 Version 21H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5014023)
Download Links for Windows 10 KB5014023
Windows 10 KB5014023 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and 32-bit (x86)†
Windows 10 KB5014023 (Build 19044.1741) Full changelog
As part of Windows 10’s May 2022 Optional Update, Microsoft is updating the built-in sorting feature that addresses the sorting issue that may affect Japanese half-width katakana.
Fixed another bug that could have prevented enrollment by disconnecting from the Internet.
Microsoft also patched an issue that the AnyCPU app may run as a 32-bit process and fixed another bug where adding a trusted user, group, or computer fails with an error saying “The selected object does not match.” with the type of the destination source”.
The aforementioned bug fixes are aimed at enterprises, but Microsoft has fixed a number of issues that would directly affect consumers.
For example, Windows 10 Build 19044.1741 fixed an issue that caused file copying to be slower than usual. Copying files between partitions or drives is essential for everyone, but an operating system bug has slowed down the copying process.
Microsoft says that miscalculation of write buffers in the cache manager has caused problems for users and has been resolved in this release.
Similarly, a rare issue where Excel and Outlook crashed in the update has been fixed. A related memory leak bug has also been fixed.
Here is a list of bug fixes in Windows 10 Build 19044.1682:
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that affects the Internet Explorer mode window frame.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that prevents Internet shortcuts from updating on Windows.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that causes printing errors at a low integrity level (LowIL).
- Microsoft has resolved an issue that could affect the reliability of the Terminal Services Gateway (TS Gateway) service.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue where the system would stop responding when a user signs out of a Microsoft OneDrive account that is in use.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue where BitLocker encryption does not work on a device that uses the silent encryption option.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue that affects the mouse cursor in Microsoft Defender Application Guard (MDAG), Microsoft Office, and Microsoft Edge. This bug is apparently linked to a feature called virtual graphics processing unit (GPU), which is apparently optional and the bug is not as widespread as it may sound.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue where a yellow exclamation mark was displayed in the Device Manager. This bug apparently affects external Bluetooth devices with Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP).
In addition to the bug fixes above, Microsoft has also addressed an issue where users are unable to restore their operating system using recovery discs (CD or DVD), especially if you created them using the Windows 7-era backup and restore feature in the Control Panel.
A widespread issue affecting certain GPUs and causing apps that rely on Direct3D 9 to crash has been resolved. According to Microsoft’s release notes, your apps should no longer crash after deploying the cumulative update.
There is another major bug related to the performance of the issue. According to the release notes, Microsoft has resolved an issue where the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) provider (ClustWMI.dll) causes high CPU usage.