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Windows 11 KB5015882 brings new features and more

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KB5015882 is now rolling out in the production channel, bringing new features to Windows 11 version 21H2. Like any other update, today’s optional update is rolling out through Windows Update. You can also download the Windows 11 KB5015882 offline installers.

Please note that the update is marked as ‘optional’ which means it will not be installed or even downloaded unless you click the download button and allow the installation. This patch is apparently part of the Windows July 2022 Cumulative Update and comes with several fixes in addition to some new features.

As mentioned, you can skip Windows 11 Build 22000.829 and get all the bug fixes in the next security update. According to Microsoft’s update cadence schedule, Windows 11 will receive the next major cumulative update on August 9. The August 9 update will include both security and non-security fixes.

One of the new features in Windows 11 Build 22000.829 is the ability to perform feature upgrades directly through the OOBE (out-of-the-box experience) screen. In other words, you can choose to download and install feature updates while setting up a new PC or doing a clean install on an existing device.

Download Links for Windows 11 KB5015882

Windows 11 KB5014668 Direct Download Links: 64-bit

If you are having problems with Windows Update, you can reset the Windows Update service or clear the cache. If nothing works, you can also download the update in the .msu package and run the update manually. This process does not require an active internet connection.

To download the update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog from the given link and click the “Download” button next to the version you are using.

It’s worth noting that it’s a good idea to skip optional cumulative updates. These updates are not intended for stable machines or operating systems. You should only download the optional patch if you need the features and bug fixes now, and you can’t wait for the next Patch Tuesday cycle.

Features of Windows 11 KB5015882 (Build 22000.829)

According to the official release notes, Windows 11 now allows you to receive urgent alerts when focus assist is enabled. This feature is similar to the disrupt mode that hides notifications on your mobile devices.

In addition to a number of new features, Microsoft also fixed an issue where File Explorer stopped working when using the play and pause keys on the keyboard. A bug that causes File Explorer to stop responding when you right-click the Start menu context menu has been fixed.

This menu can be activated using the Win+X hotkey. Fixed another issue where a black window could not be closed when hovering over the search icon on the taskbar.

Fixed a bug that prevents the Windows troubleshooting tools.

Here’s the full changelog:

  • Microsoft is restoring Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios. This feature has been disabled due to hardware security issues.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where apps stopped working when using UIAutomation().
  • Fixed another bug that prevents the Startup Task API from working.
  • Microsoft has improved the reliability of a push button reset after an OS upgrade.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue where the tenant restrictions event registration channel becomes inaccessible.
  • Fixed a bug where certificate-based authentication of computer accounts failed.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue that affects the Arm64EC code.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where the Remove-Item cmdlet could not respond correctly with OneDrive folders.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue that prevented troubleshooting tools from opening.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue that causes code integrity to continue to trust a file after the file has been modified.
  • Fixed a bug where Windows would stop responding when you enable Windows Defender Application Control.

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