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Windows 11 KB5015814: Beware of these issues in the latest update

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Windows 11 KB5015814 is now available to everyone with lots of improvements, fixes and a few new issues. This cumulative update brings the Windows Search highlights feature to everyone and fixes an issue where users cannot upgrade to Windows 11 (original release) from Windows 10.

KB5015814 is a security update and will be downloaded to your device automatically in the future or when you manually check for updates. Of course, you can pause updates for up to a week if you are aware of potential issues with this particular update. Otherwise, KB5015814 is a decent update in most cases.

Late Tuesday, Microsoft released the security patch for the July 2022 Update of Windows 11 for version 21H2 which at first glance doesn’t seem to change much. However, after downloading the patch, fully updated Windows 11 users found that they were unable to install the cumulative update.

According to reports, KB5015814 installation fails with error messages such as 0x8000ffff, 0x8007007e and 0x80073701.

“I keep getting an installation error 0x8000ffff with this update even after restarting the computer. I’m not sure if I installed KB5014668 because I don’t see it in the update list,” commented one of the affected users in the Feedback hub.

“Something is wrong with this update, a boot loop has occurred. Fortunately, Windows managed to unmount itself. Advise not to install it,” commented another user.

On Reddit, some users have also reported performance issues with the Start menu, but this doesn’t seem to be a widespread problem.

We are not aware of any workaround at this time, but you can pause the updates to avoid installation errors. Note that the issue can also be resolved by downloading the update package from the Microsoft Update Catalog.

Windows 11 KB5015814 new features and fixes

KB5015814 enables support for a new feature called ‘Find Highlights’. For those who don’t know, Search Highlights rolled out earlier this year, providing access to noteworthy or interesting moments from Microsoft Bing.

The moments can be holidays, anniversaries and other moments both worldwide and in your region. Enterprise customers also see updates from your organization, and Windows 11 can present people, files, and more. While the feature is included in the patch itself, Microsoft says it could be “in the next few weeks” before it appears on all PCs.

Microsoft is reportedly taking a phased and metered approach. Availability will only take place in the coming months.

List of fixes in KB5015814:

  • Microsoft has fixed an issue where Windows 11 incorrectly displays Japanese characters in PowerShell.
  • Fixed another bug where the Cloud Clipboard service would stop working and prevent synchronization between machines.
  • Fixed a bug where Windows 11 could not hide the Windows Sandbox splash screen after Sandbox started.
  • Fixed another bug that could cause consecutive video clip playback to fail.

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