Microsoft Releases November 2021 Optional Updates for Windows 11 and Windows 10

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Non-security, "C" release Windows 11 update is now available for the new operating system, along with the supported versions of Windows 10. These Windows updates are in preview, which means they aren't recommended to be installed on primary devices. Microsoft will deliver them to you through next month's Patch Tuesday updates.

Windows 11 update KB5007262 (Build 22000.348) Preview - highlights

  • Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working when you copy and paste text while using the Input Method Editor (IME).

  • Updates an issue that displays the incorrect background for the iFLY Simplified Chinese IME icon in the notification area.
  • Updates an issue that prevents the display of File Explorer and desktop shortcut menus. This issue often occurs when you choose to use a single click to open an item.
  • Improves the animation performance of icons on the taskbar.
  • Updates volume control issues that affect Bluetooth audio devices.
  • Updates an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working after you close a File Explorer window.
  • Updates an issue that displays incorrect closed-caption shadows for some videos.
  • Updates an issue that automatically removes the Serbian (Latin) Windows display language from a device.
  • Updates an issue that causes flickering when you hover over icons on the taskbar; this issue occurs if you’ve applied a high contrast theme.
  • Updates an issue that, under certain conditions, prevents the keyboard focus rectangle from being visible when you use Task View, Alt-Tab, or Snap Assist.
  • Updates an issue that might cause Windows Mixed Reality to start when you put on a headset. This issue occurs even when you’ve turned off the option “Start Mixed Reality Portal when my headset's presence sensor detects that I'm wearing it”.
  • Updates an issue that might cause your device to report that it doesn't detect a printer after you plug it in.
  • Updates an issue that might cause a temporary loss of audio on your device.
  • Updates an issue that that causes some variable fonts to display incorrectly.
  • Updates an issue that displays letters or characters at the wrong angle when you use the Meiryo UI font and other vertical fonts. These fonts are frequently used in Japan, China, or other countries in Asia.
  • Updates an issue that causes certain apps to stop responding to input. This issue occurs on devices that have a touchpad.
  • Adds an option for you to choose whether to automatically turn on Focus Assist for the first hour after a Windows feature update.
  • Updates an audio distortion issue that affects Xbox One and Xbox Series Audio peripherals and occurs when you use them with spatial audio.
  • Updates several aspects of Windows emoji. As part of an iterative and ongoing work, we have made the following improvements for this release:
    • Updates all emoji from the Segoe UI Emoji font to the Fluent 2D emoji style windows 11
    • Includes support for Emoji 13.1, which:
      • Updates the emoji dictionary
      • Adds the ability to search for Emoji 13.1 in all supported languages
      • Updates the Emoji and more panel so you can enter emoji in your applications

For the complete release notes (and it's a long list), head over to this support document.

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Windows 10 KB5007253 (Builds 19041.1382, 19042.1382, 19043.1382, and 19044.1382) Preview for v2004, v20H2, v21H1, and v21H2 - highlights

  • Updates an issue that that causes some variable fonts to display incorrectly.

  • Updates an issue that might cause the 32-bit version of Microsoft Excel to stop working on certain devices when you export to PDF.
  • Updates an issue that displays letters or characters at the wrong angle when you use the Meiryo UI font and other vertical fonts. These fonts are frequently used in Japan, China, or other countries in Asia.
  • Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working when using the Input Method Editor (IME) to insert elements.
  • Updates an issue that causes the Settings page to unexpectedly close after you uninstall a font.
  • Updates an issue that affects your ability to rename a file using folder view in File Explorer when you use the new Japanese IME.
  • Updates an issue that turns off screen capture and recording functionalities on the Windows Game Bar after a service failure.
  • Updates an issue that prevents the applications that you use often from appearing on the Start menu as they should.
  • Updates an issue that causes Internet Explorer to stop working.

Head over to this support document for the complete list of fixes coming with this optional Windows 10 update. The Windows maker has also released KB5007266 (Build 17763.2330) for version 1809.

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