Windows 11 update

Today Microsoft has released Windows 11 KB5023706 and KB5023698 updates for version 22H2 and 21H2 with a few bug fixes and quality improvements. The latest Windows 11 KB5023706 brings the highly-anticipated Moment 2 update features including tabbed Notepad, Phone Link for iOS, a searchable Task Manager, the tablet-optimized taskbar, screen recording in the Snipping Tool, Voice Assist, and much more. Today’s update KB5023706 for windows 11 22H2 advances the build number to 22621.1413 and being several bug fixes and improvements as well. Both Windows 11 KB5023706 and KB5023698 are mandatory as they contain the March 2023 Patch Tuesday security updates for vulnerabilities discovered in previous months. Here’s the list of fixes, and the Windows 11 KB5023706 official download link.

Cumulative Update KB5023706 brings the so-called Moment 2 update to Windows 11, it follows the preview version of the update, which was curiously released on Tuesday, February 28

The following two updates are now available for Windows 11 devices:

  • Windows 11, version 21H2: KB5023698 (OS Build 22000.1696)
  • Windows 11, version 22H2: KB5023706 (OS Build 22621.1413)

Windows 11 KB5023706 offline installers are also available for download, these MSU installers can be used to manually upgrade the devices to the latest version. The latest update KB5023706 for Windows 11 also includes everything that we got with last month’s ‘D’ week update, which was optional.

Download Windows 11 KB5023706

This is part of the March 2023 patch update for windows 11 that downloads and installs automatically devices running windows 11 version 22H2. Make sure your device has a working internet connection to connect to the Microsoft server and download the latest Windows 11 KB5023706 update.

This patch is currently rolling out to everyone via Windows Update, but you can also download the offline installers of Windows 11 KB5023706 and manually install it.

  • Press the Windows key + S, type settings, and select the first result,
  • Go to windows update and look if the 2023-03 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems (KB5023706) is available for download.

Download windows 11 KB5023706

  • If not hit the check for updates button, and click on the download now button to begin the process.
  • Once done, restart your computer to apply the changes,

And press the Windows key + R, type winver and hit enter key to check the latest build details.

Windows 11 KB5023706 offline installers

Here are windows 11 update offline installer files that you can manually download and install on your device.

  • Windows 11 KB5023706 for version 22H2 Direct Download Links: 64-bit.
  • Windows 11 KB5023698 for version 21H2 Direct Download Links: 64-bit.

Note: The above link opens the Microsoft Update Catalog which is the library of Windows Update offline installers. You need to click on the ‘Download’ button next to the version of the OS installed on your machine and run the .msu files to begin the installation of the update.

Windows 11 offline installer download

Windows 11 KB5023706 changelog

The latest Windows 11 KB5023706 cumulative update (OS Build 22621.11413) brings security updates, and improvements, including fixes for the Microsoft store, Edge browser, windows search issues and more. This update contains miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality. Also brings the so-called Moment 2 update to Windows 11 with new features including Phone Link for iOS, the tablet-optimized taskbar, new search box, tabs in notepad, screenshots in snipping tool and more.

On their release note, Microsoft noted this update addresses an issue that changes the Color filters setting to Grayscale when you select Inverted.

Microsoft noted, Windows 11 KB5023706 implements the third-phase of DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model) hardening. You can read this support article for more information.

Today’s update also addresses an issue that affects computer accounts and Active Directory. When you reuse an existing computer account to join an Active Directory domain, joining fails.

This update improved compatibility with Windows Graphical Device Interface (GDI) printer drivers. These drivers do not exactly follow GDI specifications.

Microsoft fixed an issue with Microsoft Edge, which removes conflicting policies for Microsoft Edge. This occurs when you set the MDMWinsOverGPFlag in a Microsoft Intune tenant, and Intune detects a policy conflict.

Microsoft states that there are a few known issues with this update.

  • Copying large multiple gigabytes (GB) files might take longer than expected to finish on Windows 11, version 22H
  • Provisioning packages may not work as expected. Windows may only be configured partially and the ” Out Of Box Experience might not finish or might restart unexpectedly”.

You can read the complete changelog here.

Windows 11 KB5023698 changelog

The latest windows 11 update KB5023698 (OS Build 22000.1696) is available for version 21H2 which also has a similar changelog. This update contains miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality and Includes security updates and improvements. Microsoft has also addressed a couple of known issues that affect the Color filters setting. When you select Inverted, the system sets it to Grayscale instead.

  • Addresses an issue that stops hyperlinks from working in Microsoft Excel.
  • This update adds an advanced auto-learning feature for facial recognition.
  •  This update addresses an issue that affects IE mode. The text on the status bar is not always visible.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects a certain streaming app. The issue stops video playback after an advertisement plays in the app.

We recommend reading the complete change log on the Microsoft support site here.

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