Microsoft today released the latest KB5025297 preview update for Windows 10 22H2, internal version number 19045.2913, which includes a number of non-security fixes and improvements. This update was previously rolled out in the Release Preview channel under version number 19045.2908 and is now available to users as an optional update in the Stable channel.
According to an announcement on the official website, the update adds the ability to sync language and locale settings when changing language settings, introduces changes to firewall settings and brings back the search box experience on the taskbar. Various issues with Xbox Adaptive Controller, Microsoft Edge, Windows Hello authentication, Resilient File System (ReFS) and more have also been addressed.
Key highlights of this update include:
- Added synchronisation of language and region settings, so that when a user changes the display language or region format for a Microsoft account, Windows will save those settings to the account if the user has turned on synchronisation of language preferences in Windows Backup settings.
- Firewall settings have been changed and application group rules can now be configured.
- The search box experience on the Windows 10 taskbar has been restored and users will see the search box appear if they are using the taskbar in top, bottom, regular or small icon mode. The search box allows users to easily access apps, files, settings and more on Windows and the web. Users can also use the latest search updates, such as the search highlighting feature. If users want to revert to the original search experience, they can easily do so via the right-click menu or by using the dialogue box that pops up when searching.
A number of issues that affected the user experience have been addressed, such as:
- Fixed an issue where incorrect password expiration notifications were being sent
- Resolved an issue where the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process, which caused the machine to reboot, stopped responding.
- Resolves an issue affecting Microsoft Edge IE mode where pop-up windows open in the background instead of the foreground.
- Resolved an issue affecting the Tab window manager stopping responding.
- Resolves an issue affecting protected content being displayed even when minimizing a window.
- Resolves an issue affecting configuration packages that could not be applied when elevated permissions were required.
- Resolved an issue affecting Mobile Device Management (MDM) clients that prevented them from printing.
- Resolves an issue affecting Xbox Elite users who were unable to apply controller remapping preferences when using the Xbox Adaptive Controller.
- Resolves an issue affecting the potential failure of Remote Desktop Services when logging in to Windows Hello for Business using a PIN.
- Addressed an issue affecting the possibility of keyboard layouts being reset to the system default when logging into a console session.
- Addressed an issue affecting News and Interests flickering on the taskbar and causing File Explorer to stop responding.
- Addressed an issue affecting Microsoft Edge WebView2 that could cause an infinite loop of restarting processes.
- Addresses an issue affecting the lockout policy for administrator accounts that were not reported by the GPResult and result in set policies.
- Resolves an issue affecting Active Directory users and computers that stop responding.
- Addresses an issue affecting the possibility of devices stopping responding when the Unified Write Filter (UWF) is turned off.
- Addressed an issue affecting the Resilient File System (ReFS) causing the operating system to not boot correctly.
- Resolves an issue affecting MySQL commands failing in Windows Xenon containers
- Resolved an issue affecting SMB Direct Connect that caused endpoints to be unavailable on systems using multi-byte character sets.