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KB5015882 for Windows 11 delivers recent improvements to the production version

Microsoft has released a new optional "C" update to everyone. As you may already know, such optional updates have a "Preview" tag, and bring up the most recent changes to the stable branch of the OS. This way, interested users can test the new features and fixes a few days before they land in the Windows Update in form of Patch Tuesday updates.

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Today's update delivers notification improvements, OOBE upgrade offer, and Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios you could already seen in Insider channels. Now they come to the stable release of Windows 11 as KB5015882. According to Microsoft, it should raise the OS version to Build 22000.829, but actually the patch makes Windows 11 version look like 10.0.22000.832 (co_release_svc_prod3.220715-1440). Here are the changes.

Windows 11 KB5015882 Build 22000.829 and 22000.832

What's new in KB5015882, Windows 11 Build 22000.829/22000.832

New features

  • Includes the option to receive urgent notifications when focus assist is on. Focus assist is like a do not disturb mode that hides notifications.
  • Includes the option to update to a newer Windows 11 version at the very first startup of Windows if your device is eligible.
  • Adds back functionality for Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios that are affected by the security mitigation for hardware reuse. This update removes the one-time use restriction for self-deploying mode (SDM) and pre-provisioning (PP). This update also re-enables any User Principal Name (UPN) display in user-driven mode (UDM) deployments for approved manufacturers.

Important fixes

  • Addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when you use the play and pause keyboard buttons on certain devices.
  • Addresses an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working when you use the Start menu’s context menu (Win+X) and an external monitor is connected to your device.
  • Addresses an issue that displays a blank window that you cannot close when you hover over the search icon on the taskbar.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents certain troubleshooting tools from opening.
  • Updates the Remove-Item cmdlet to properly interact with Microsoft OneDrive folders.
  • Deploys search highlights to devices. To access the policy for search highlights (on a device that has installed the June 2022 Cumulative Update Preview or July 2022 monthly quality update), go to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and locate Search.admx. Microsoft will soon update the Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 11, version 21H2 on the Microsoft Download Center soon.

Microsoft has released this patch to Windows Update, WSUS, and Microsoft Update Catalog.  You can use the latter to download and install it manually. The full change log is available here.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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