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Windows 11 and Windows 10 receive March 2022 security updates

Microsoft today releases March 2022 security updates for all supported versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10. There are a couple of patches that fix several security issues in the OS.

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Traditionally, such updates don't include new features to Windows 11 or any other Windows versions. Instead, they are focused on improving stability and reliability.

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What's new in March 2022 security updates for Windows 11 and 10

  • This update makes quality improvements to the servicing stack, which is the component that installs Windows updates.
  • Miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality.

Released patches

  • Windows 11, KB5011493 (OS Build 22000.556)
  • Windows 10, KB5011487 (OS Builds 19042.1586, 19043.1586, and 19044.1586)

The patches come with the following change log.

Addresses a known issue that occurs when you attempt to reset a Windows device and its apps have folders that contain reparse data, such as Microsoft OneDrive or Microsoft OneDrive for Business. When you select Remove everything, files that have been downloaded or synced locally from Microsoft OneDrive might not be deleted. Some devices might take up to seven (7) days after you install this update to fully address the issue and prevent files from persisting after a reset. For immediate effect, you can manually trigger Windows Update Troubleshooter using the instructions in Windows Update Troubleshooter.

There are no know issues in this release.

KB5011487 is available for Windows 10, version 20H2, Windows 10, version 21H1, and Windows 10, version 21H2. All three versions share the same code and have the same set of system files. Also, all three versions are based on Windows 10, version 2004, but the latter is no longer supported by Microsoft.

The patches are available via Windows Update and Microsoft Catalog. They will be downloaded and installed automatically from Windows Update.

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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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