[German]At the moment, there are more and more signs that Microsoft has the next "big" update for Windows 11 (22H2), which will be released on October 5, 2021, ready and will roll it out soon. There are new PCs that already contain this version – and installation ISO files have already appeared. I had already speculated in August 2022 that the Windows 11 2022 Update would be released on September 20, 2022.
New name Windows 11 2022 Update
Sometime in late September or October 2022, Windows 11, which was released a year ago, will get a feature update. These feature updates will only be made available once a year (see Windows 10: Is Microsoft planning yearly feature updates?). Consequently, this build is internally at Microsoft called version 22H2. But Microsoft will reportedly call it "Windows 11 2022 Update" (see Windows 11: Upcoming version is probably called "Windows 11 2022 Update"). In that blog post, I had also mentioned September 20, 2022 as the release date (but that was a guess, because that's the day preview updates for September 2022 might be released).
Windows 11 22H2 is ready
In the meantime, there are indications that this date may be kept. In the last few days, there have already been various messages and announcements on the web that Microsoft has finished the Windows 11 22H2 feature update and is about to roll it out.
Dell Notebook shipped with Windows 11 22H2
Last Friday, September 16, 2022, there was a report at Neowin that probably a first new PC with Windows 11 22H2 (build 22621.521) was spotted. In the post Windows 11 22H2 apparently already shipping with build 22621.521 (KB5017321) the editors linked to a post in the forum of thurrott.com:
New Dell laptop just arrived with Windows 11 22H2
I was not sure if this was actually shipping or not, but I just received a Dell laptop that has Windows 11 22H2, build 22621.521. I thought something was different as it had the new circle animation on boot.
Has anyone else picked up new hardware with Win11 22H2 installed?
So, the user in question received a new Dell notebook and already noticed differences in the animation when booting the machine. He later discovered that Windows 11 22H2, build 22621.521 was installed on the machine. After all, the OEMs receive the installation images several days in advance, so it is not entirely unlikely that such an installation will already be delivered by an OEM shortly before September 20, 2022.
ISO files on Microsoft's servers
On September 18, 2022, the colleagues from German site deskmodder.de reported in this article that Microsoft is preparing to launch the upgrade to Windows 11 22H2 (22621). The indicator is that Microsoft has already placed the Windows 11 22H2 ISO on the update server. The colleagues have included a screenshot that shows a download option for Windows 11 22H2 [ID:2350].
On Twitter, someone has also posted corresponding hints – and on this Techbench dump page as well as here, the respective links can also be found. A corresponding ISO file for Windows 11 22H2 Build 22621 has been linked by the colleagues from deskmodder.de in this article. Furthermore, they write that hints about the upcoming feature update can also be found in the registry.
Upgrade via Enablement Update
Microsoft will upgrade Windows 11 (build 22000) to version 22H2 (build 22622) via a so-called enablement update, just like the current Windows 10 versions. This is an update of a few hundred kilobytes, which only unlocks the functions of Windows 11 version 22H2. This is because the functions and changes have already been distributed to Windows 11 systems as part of monthly security updates. The Enablement Update then unlocks these features and increases the build number accordingly.
According to deskmodder.de update KB5015669 will be responsible for this upgrade – the colleagues have provided the update here. So, if you have a compatible Windows 11 system, you could already switch to the Windows 11 2022 update. Or you can wait until the Enablement Update KB5015669 is officially rolled out via Windows Update – this could already be the case tonight.
Neuerungen in Windows 11 22H2
Aus den Insider Builds lassen sich folgende Neuerungen für Windows 11 Version 22H2 (Build 22622) ableiten:
- App folder in Start menu
- Customizable pinned area in Start menu
- Drag and drop on the taskbar
- Integration of Focus Assist into the Notification Center
- New wallpaper feature "Spotlight"
- New input assistant "Voice Access"
- New feature for accessible live subtitles
- New gestures and animations for touch users
- New snap layout bar when moving application windows
- Redesigned task manager
- New "Suggested Actions" feature when copying data/numbers
- Tabs in file explorer
- Better OneDrive integration in the file explorer
In addition, the new version includes numerous UI improvements and an improvement in consistency. The "Windows 11 2022 Update" will be free for Windows 11 owners.
Addendum: Windows 11 22H2 has been released – see Windows 11 2022 Update (22H2) released.
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