Windows 11 KB5017383 Hands-On: Dynamic Widgets and More

Windows 11 KB5017383

Windows 11 KB5017383 is now available for original version 21H2 with several improvements. This patch is deployed via Windows Update, but Microsoft has also posted direct download links for the offline installers of Windows 11 KB5017383 in the Update Catalog.

KB5017383 is an optional update and will not install or download to your device unless you manually select and install it. Please note that this particular cumulative preview update is available only on Windows 11 version 21H2 machines (Windows 11 22H2 is excluded) and advances PCs to build 22000.1042.

The update would be listed as “2022-09 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 11 Version 21H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5017383)” on Windows Update. To download and install it, simply click the download button and reboot your system when prompted. This is a fairly large update and bugs including installation issues are to be expected.

Build 22000.1042 is an optional cumulative update, and the changes included in this patch will start rolling out to everyone with the October 2022 Patch Tuesday cycle. In other words, you can safely skip the update if you don’t need these fixes.

Download links for Windows 11 KB5017383

Windows 11 KB5017383 Direct Download Links – 64-bit

The update link opens the Microsoft Update Catalog, where you can click the “Download” button next to the version of the operating system installed on your machine.

Windows 11 Changelog KB5017383 (Build 22000.1042)

Microsoft is introducing a new feature called “dynamic widgets”. Previously this was exclusive to Windows 11 22H2, but was backported to version 21H2. With dynamic widgets, Microsoft hopes that the widget icon on the taskbar will be more attractive with regular updates.

KB5017383 Update for Windows 11

At the moment, the widget icon sits silently at the bottom left of your screen/taskbar. You can customize it to your liking. For example, if you prefer breaking news alerts, you can rely on the icon for notifications.

A badge will appear automatically when there is a news update or a score update for your favorite game. Likewise, financial updates will also appear directly on the taskbar. The purpose of dynamic widgets is to make information available to users at a glance without opening Edge.

In addition to dynamic widget integration, Microsoft also fixed various issues with Windows 11. For example, the company fixed an issue where some apps required reinstallation if you didn’t get the app from the Microsoft Store.

Fixed a blue screen of death bug. Microsoft says that the operating system generated a blue screen error when users changed the display mode when using more than one screen. Fixed another bug where IE mode tabs were forced to reload a session. Similarly, Microsoft has also fixed an issue that affects IE mode after opening a PDF file.

Here is a list of all the other major bug fixes:

  • Fixed an issue that caused a black screen when using a pen to activate High Dynamic Range.
  • Fixed an issue where the touch keyboard gets stuck when you switch apps.
  • Fixed an issue affecting daylight saving time in Chile.
  • Fixed an issue with the Desktop Window Manager (DWM) that could cause your device to stop responding when using certain video graphics drivers.
  • Fixed an issue affecting graphics drivers.
  • Fixed an issue affecting JavaScript-generated URLs.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause an app to stop responding.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a black screen.
  • Addresses an issue that could affect Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) path rules.
  • Fixed an issue that caused LogonUI.exe to stop working.

As you can see, there are several important bug fixes in this version. Microsoft says the company is currently not aware of any potential known issues and we were also unable to find any reports of new issues.

It’s safe to assume that the new Windows 11 September 2022 Update is pretty stable, but it’s always best to skip the optional updates unless you really need those fixes right now.

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