Windows 11 23H2/22H2: Preview Update KB5036980 (April 23, 2024)

Windows[German]Microsoft has released the optional cumulative (preview) update KB5036980 for Windows 11 version 22H2 and 23H2 on April 23, 2024. The preview update brings a number of fixes for these Windows 11 versions. It is an optional update whose fixes will be rolled out generally in the following month.


It should be noted that this update is a so-called preview update. It is optional and must be initiated manually for download and installation by default (although Windows 11 22H2 contains options for automatic installation). The update contains the fixes that will be rolled out in the security update for the following month. The list of updates for Windows 11 can be viewed on this Microsoft page.

Preview-Update KB5036980 für Windows 11 22H2-23H2

Preview update KB5036980 has been released for Windows 11 version 22H2-23H2 and provides new features and fixes for this Windows version. I took a look at the list of highlights that this update brings. I noticed a few things:

  • New! The Recommended section of the Start menu will show some Microsoft Store apps. These apps come from a small set of curated developers. This will help you to discover some of the great apps that are available. If you want to turn this off, go to Settings > Personalization > Start. Turn off the toggle for Show recommendations for tips, app promotions, and more.
  • New! In the coming weeks, your most frequently used apps might appear in the Recommended section of the Start menu. This applies to apps that you have not already pinned to the Start menu or the taskbar.
  • New! This update improves the Widgets icons on the taskbar. They are no longer pixelated or fuzzy. This update also starts the rollout of a larger set of animated icons.
  • New! This update affects Widgets on the lock screen. They are more reliable and have improved quality. This update also supports more visuals and a more customized experience for you.
  • This update affects the touch keyboard. It makes the Japanese 106 keyboard layout appear as expected when you sign in.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Settings. It stops responding when you dismiss a flyout menu.

Further quality improvements and fixes are listed in the support article for update KB5036980. This long list of new features and fixes will be integrated into the security update for the following month.

The preview update is optional and is offered if the user explicitly selects optional updates for installation on the settings page. If the option to install optional updates is activated, Windows 11 can also install the update automatically.

The update is offered via Windows Update, but can also be downloaded and installed from the Microsoft Update Catalog. The latest Servicing Stack Update (SSU) is integrated to fix various problems. Further details, e.g. on the installation requirements, can be found in the support article if in doubt. Problems, if known, are also listed there.

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