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KB5014666 optional Windows 10 update fixes Hotspot and adds new features

Microsoft has released a new optional "C" update to everyone running Windows 11 version 21H2 and 21H1. The patch KB5014666 raises the OS version to builds 19042.1806 and 19043.1806. Besides traditional general improvements and fixes, it also resolves the infamous Hotspot bug. Surprisingly for a cumulative update, it adds new printing and networking features.

KB5014668 optional update enables Search Highlights on stable Windows 11

Microsoft has released new "C" updates for Windows 10 and Windows 11. While for Windows 10 the patch reveals the existence of Windows 10 version 22H2, for Windows 11 changes aren't so drastic. KB5014668 brings with it Search Highlights to the production release of Windows 11, and fixes the annoying Hotspot issue introduced in the latest Patch Tuesday. There are several other improvements and fixes.

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 11 Build 25145 to Dev channel insiders

The Redmond firm today released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25145 to the Dev Channel. It adds a number of new features to the OS, including OneDrive storage alert and its subscription management options in Settings, local admin password solution as part of Windows, Narrator improvements. It also includes a good set of general improvements.

What’s new in Windows 11 Build 25145, Dev channel

Narrator Braille Driver Solution

Braille devices will continue working while switching between Narrator and third-party screen readers as narrator will automatically change Braille drivers. Check out the official documentation here to learn how to configure it.

OneDrive storage alert and subscription management in Settings

Earlier, Microsoft added the ability to manage payments methods in Settings > Accounts for the Microsoft 365 subscription. Now, the same is possible for OneDrive Standalone 100GB subscription.Windows 11 Settings OneDrive Storage Alert

This will allow you to view your recurring billing, payment method, and OneDrive storage usage within Windows 11. Additionally, if you are close to or above your OneDrive storage limit, you will see it on the same Settings page. The company is rolling out this change gradually, so it will be initially available to a small group of Insiders.

Local Administrator Password Solution

Starting with this build, Microsoft ships the legacy Local Administrator Password Solution product bundled with Windows 11. It has also got a number of new features and improvements. You can now manage it with the Local Group Policy Editor tool. It also comes with a built-in event logging.

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Other changes

  • The new App usage history gives users a 7-day history of resource access for Location, Camera, Microphone, Phone Calls, Messaging, Contacts, Pictures, Videos, Music library, Screenshots and apps through the Settings experience. You can find this new information under Settings > Privacy & security > App permissions.
  • Suggested Actions are now available to all Insiders in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
  • You can now middle-click on a folder in File Explorer to open it in a new tab.
  • The tab row in File Explorer now receives keyboard focus when you move it with Tab or F6. Once you set focus to the tabs, use the left and right arrow keys to switch between them.

Windows 11 Build 25145 also includes fixes for BsoDs, black screen on Surface Pro X devices then they return from hibernation, Start menu appearance, and more. There is also a list of known issues that you will find in the official announcement.

KB5016138 and KB5016139 fix the login bug in Windows on ARM

Earlier this month, Microsoft released the cumulative patches for all supported Windows versions. But along with fixes, Patch Tuesday introduced two bugs, the broken Hotspot and sign-in process for Microsoft 365 and Azure Active Directory. New out-of-band patches KB5016138 and KB5016139 aimed to fix the login bug.

One more bug: June updates break login process for Windows on ARM

Quickly after releasing June Cumulative updates Microsoft confirmed a bug that prevents the user from enabling a mobile hotspot on Windows 11 and 10. Sadly, it was not the only bug introduced in this update. Another issue affects ARM versions of the OSes and breaks the login process.

This week’s Patch Tuesday breaks Mobile Hotspot in all Windows versions

This week's patches are what users have been waiting for with high expectations. Finally Microsoft brought Desktop Spotlight into the production version of Windows 11 as a stable "B" update (not optional). However, along with new features Windows has got a new portion of bugs. One of them is already confirmed and affects all Windows versions, starting from Windows 11 and ending with Windows 7.

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