Windows 11 KB5013943 is now rolling out to the general public with a handful of bug fixes and improvements, but it doesn’t come with any new features. After installing the patch, more users will see a new interface for Windows Search. The patch is offered through Windows Update, but you can also try direct download links for the offline installer KB5013943.
Windows 11 KB5013943 is part of May 2022 Patch Tuesday and it’s a security release meaning it can’t be skipped but you can delay it for a week or two. Attempts to defer security updates multiple times may force the patch to be installed, depending on Windows Update settings.
As mentioned above, the May 2022 update doesn’t seem to be a mass release, but there are plenty of fixes worth mentioning. According to the release notes, numerous bugs have been fixed, including an issue where Safe Mode starts to flicker when you open Explorer.exe, Start menu, Notification Center, etc.
In addition, now more users will see Windows Search highlights – a new interface search interface powered by Bing. This feature is being rolled out in phases and more people will be able to access search highlights after each major cumulative update to Windows, so it is likely that more users will see the update after installing the patch.
If you check for updates to Windows 11, you will see the following patch:
2022-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems (KB5013943)
Download Links for Windows 11 KB5013943
Windows 11 KB5013943 Direct Download Links: 64 bit†
You can visit the link above to open the Microsoft Update Catalog and then click the download button next to the appropriate Windows 11 version. Once done, click on the .msu link to start the download.
Windows 11 KB5013943 (Build 22000.675) major changelog
Windows 11 Build 22000.675 fixes a critical bug that causes apps based on the .NET Framework 3.5 to crash. As you probably know, a Windows 11 bug prevented certain apps from opening and this issue was recently recognized by the tech giant.
According to the company, this only affects apps that use certain optional components in the .NET Framework 3.5, such as Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow components.
Fixed a bug that could cause the Windows 11 screen to flicker (blink) when using Windows Safe. This is noticeable when you open components that rely on explorer.exe, such as Explorer, the Start menu, and the taskbar. Safe mode apps can be affected and appear unstable.
Microsoft is preparing Windows 11 Sun Valley 2
These cumulative updates are currently only focused on bug fixes, but the tech giant has already started work on the next update – version 22H2 ‘Sun Valley 3’. According to sources, Windows 11’s major update for 2022 – known as 22H2 – will now reach RTM status at the end of May.
For those who don’t know, RTM stands for ‘Release to Manufacturers’, and it means that the bits of the upcoming Windows 11 update will be sent to the OEM partners. By indicating RTM status, Microsoft can encourage OEMs to prepare their future and existing devices for Windows 11 version 22H2.
Keep in mind that the development of Windows 11 22H2 is still ongoing, but the focus is now completely on fixing bugs and improving existing features. The rumor of RTM build makes sense as the latest preview builds have removed the preview watermark from the desktop, suggesting the next update is imminent.
Microsoft says the absence of a watermark “doesn’t mean we’re done,” but Windows 11 22H2 is moving internally to RTM and the candidate could be finalized by the end of May. If it misses the May deadline, RTM could well happen in early June.
22H1 could still arrive earlier than later this year, with a public release likely in September or October 2022. We don’t know anything for sure as Microsoft won’t communicate these changes in advance, but we do know Windows 11 Sun Valley 2 is a anniversary update, so it should be out in October.