Windows Update Service components update KB4023057, the zombie is still alive (Oct. 2022)

Windows[German]Microsoft has released update KB4023057 (Update for Windows Update service components) for machines with Windows 10/11 in an updated version in October 2022. The update is intended to improve the reliability of the Windows Update Service, in other words: to find any update problems on home users' Windows 10/11 systems that prevent them from upgrading.


It's a bit crazy, yesterday on a walk the thought "is the Windows preparation update KB4023057 actually still alive" went through my head, when I was thinking about a certain topic. Today I read at the colleagues of that this update has been updated (probably to October 6, 2022) for Windows 11 22H2. 

Update KB4023057 for Windows 10/11

The purpose of this update KB4023057  is to fix problems in the update process, which can prevent the installation of important Windows updates, in Windows 10/11. These improvements are intended to help ensure that updates are installed seamlessly on the Windows client in question. Additionally, Microsoft claims to improve the reliability and security of devices running Windows 10.

The update will be distributed via Windows Update, according to this support article. It is available for all Windows 10 versions, from RTM (1507) to version 22H2, as well as Windows 11. However, all Windows 10 versions up to and including 2004 are already out of support for the addressee. And the update is only available for unmanaged environments – that is, in the consumer space, not in the enterprise environment.

The update is distributed cyclically in updated versions. However, I remember the last update from November 2021 (see links at the end of the article). So the update frequency has dropped badly and I thought the update has been discontinued. Microsoft gives the following information in the support post:

  • This update may prompt your device to stay awake longer to enable the installation of updates.
  • This update may attempt to reset network settings if problems are detected, and it cleans up registry keys that may prevent updates from installing successfully.
  • This update may repair disabled or corrupted Windows operating system components that determine the applicability of updates for your version of Windows 10/11.
  • This update may compress files in your user profile directory to free up enough space to install critical updates.
  • This update can reset the Windows Update database to fix the issues that might prevent successful installation of updates. Therefore, you may see that your Windows Update history has been cleared.

This forum post refers to the new feature in Disk Cleanup. The Microsoft support post states:


When this update is installed, new disk cleanup options are available to make it easier to update your device when you're running low on disk space. If a feature update fails due to low storage space, you can help increase storage space by using the Disk Cleanup tool or selecting " Free up space now " under Settings > Storage.

Disk Cleanup

So directly I can only see the DirectX Shader Cache as a new item in the above figure, but I'm unsure if this wasn't already available in previous versions. Further details about the current features can be read in the support article for KB4023057. I only ever remember comments about this update reporting problems (see also articles below). Anyone who has received the update? Were there any problems during or after installation?

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