Windows 11 22H2 is almost feature complete

A leak reveals a couple of dates that are "deadlines" for the Windows 11 22H2 releases. According to it, the OS should become feature-complete on February 4, 2022, and will be production ready on March 4, 2022.

As you may already know, for Windows 11 Microsoft is using a "one update per year" release cadence. So, the actual version of the OS is 21H2, and the next one will be called Windows 11 version 22H2.

A variety of leaks suggest that internally "22H2" is known under the Nickel codename. And the latest leak suggests that Insiders are already running a nearly finished software. The dates in a script on the Azure website, found by Deskmodder, clearly show that.

Windows 11 22H2 release dates

The highlight includes two dates. The first one is the "feature complete"  schedule, set on February 4, 2022.

The second date is a "config" time frame. During that time the Dev channel Insiders are suggested to revise their settings and either switch to the Beta channel for the almost finished OS, or stay for new builds from the rs_prerelease branch. The second date is scheduled on March 4, 2022.

So by March Microsoft will probably go with new builds that will include features planned for the 23H2 update. Speaking about 22H2, it doesn't resolve major Windows 11 annoyance. There are the missing taskbar context menu, the inability to remove the "Recommended" section in the Start pane, and a lot of other controversial UI changes that make the OS look like half-baked software.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Windows 11 22H2 is almost feature complete”

  1. Reminds me how MS release the 19H1 update of Windows 10 via Windows Insiders, but they release some patches, two months prior the public release (May 2019).

  2. I think much debate of Windows 11 has to do with the fact it is designed more like the cell phone menu system and less PC. Some of this, probably due to incorporating Linux into it. Microsoft had issues with the Windows 10 style Start which was a very good menu design. Sadly, it didn’t always work right. People also complained about it which caused change. Now, we all seem to be stuck with that change.

  3. Too bad that all of the ISO files downloaded from for Nickel Builds 22H2 up to Build 22581 are useless.
    They all miss the Basic Windows Apps to make a functional clean installation on Windows 11.
    The same problem with ISO files built with the UUP converter using Windows\SoftwareDistribution files downloaded by Windows Update.
    The scripts that build the ISO need to be updated to include all the required basic Windows Apps.
    Official MS Insider ISO 22579 has all the Apps included, but that is not the case for the ISO built with the scripts currently available.

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