November optional updates released for Windows 10 and Windows 11

Microsoft released new monthly optional cumulative updates (C-release) for all supported versions of Windows 10 and 11. The updates bring various improvements, not including security patches. Here is what is new.

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Windows 11 November optional updates

Windows 11 users can download KB5007262, build 22000.348, with an impressive list of fixes. It also includes new Fluent Design emojis.

Windows 11 November Optional Updates  New Emoji

  • Updates all emoji from the Segoe UI Emoji font to the Fluent 2D emoji style.
  • Includes support for Emoji 13.1.
  • Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working when you copy and paste text while using the Input Method Editor (IME).
  • Updates an issue that displays the incorrect background for the iFLY Simplified Chinese IME icon in the notification area.
  • Updates an issue that prevents the display of File Explorer and desktop shortcut menus. This issue often occurs when you choose to use a single click to open an item.
  • Improves the animation performance of icons on the taskbar.
  • Updates volume control issues that affect Bluetooth audio devices.
  • Updates an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working after you close a File Explorer window.
  • Updates an issue that displays incorrect closed-caption shadows for some videos.
  • Updates an issue that automatically removes the Serbian (Latin) Windows display language from a device.
  • Updates an issue that causes flickering when you hover over icons on the taskbar; this issue occurs if you’ve applied a high contrast theme.
  • Updates an issue that, under certain conditions, prevents the keyboard focus rectangle from being visible when you use Task View, Alt-Tab, or Snap Assist.
  • Updates an issue that might cause Windows Mixed Reality to start when you put on a headset. This issue occurs even when you’ve turned off the option “Start Mixed Reality Portal when my headset's presence sensor detects that I'm wearing it”.
  • Updates an issue that might cause your device to report that it doesn't detect a printer after you plug it in.
  • Updates an issue that might cause a temporary loss of audio on your device.
  • Updates an issue that that causes some variable fonts to display incorrectly.
  • Updates an issue that displays letters or characters at the wrong angle when you use the Meiryo UI font and other vertical fonts. These fonts are frequently used in Japan, China, or other countries in Asia.
  • Updates an issue that causes certain apps to stop responding to input. This issue occurs on devices that have a touchpad.
  • Adds an option for you to choose whether to automatically turn on Focus Assist for the first hour after a Windows feature update.
  • Updates an audio distortion issue that affects Xbox One and Xbox Series Audio peripherals and occurs when you use them with spatial audio.

Windows 10 November cumulative optional updates

If you use Windows 10, there is a similar update for you. KB5007253 (1904X.1382) is available for Windows 10 21H2, 21H1, 20H2, and 2004.

  • Updates an issue that that causes some variable fonts to display incorrectly.
  • Updates an issue that might cause the 32-bit version of Microsoft Excel to stop working on certain devices when you export to PDF.
  • Updates an issue that displays letters or characters at the wrong angle when you use the Meiryo UI font and other vertical fonts. These fonts are frequently used in Japan, China, or other countries in Asia.
  • Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working when using the Input Method Editor (IME) to insert elements.
  • Updates an issue that causes the Settings page to unexpectedly close after you uninstall a font.
  • Updates an issue that affects your ability to rename a file using folder view in File Explorer when you use the new Japanese IME.
  • Updates an issue that turns off screen capture and recording functionalities on the Windows Game Bar after a service failure.
  • Updates an issue that prevents the applications that you use often from appearing on the Start menu as they should.
  • Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working.

How to install these updates

Microsoft does not force users to install optional updates. Still, if you need a particular fix from the changelogs, go to Windows Settings > Windows Update > Advanced Options > Optional Updates > Windows Updates. Alternatively, you can download KB5007262 and KB5007253 from the Microsoft Update Catalog for manual installation.

It is also worth mentioning that Microsoft plans to skip C-updates in December 2021. As the holiday season approaches, Microsoft engineers take a break from shipping additional updates for Windows, which most of the time target the third week of a month.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple. You can stay in touch with him on Twitter.

One thought on “November optional updates released for Windows 10 and Windows 11”

  1. Update “KB5007253” for Windows “21H2” seems to be quite large. On one of my PC’s it was just over 700mb, all the changes are “under the hood”, it would seem. So you can see no difference whatsoever !

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