Microsoft has recently released the October 2023 Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 11 and Windows 10. However, it’s important to note that for Windows 11 users running version 22H2 of the OS, today’s update (KB5030310) does not include all the new features from the Windows 11 Fall Update that was released on September 26. The Fall Update is still considered an optional update that can be obtained by toggling the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” option in Windows Update.
In terms of changes, the Patch Tuesday updates for this month are relatively minor. One notable addition is the inclusion of recommended websites in the Recommended section of the Start Menu for Windows 11 version 22H2. If you prefer not to see these recommended websites, there is an option to disable them in the Settings > Personalization > Start menu. IT professionals also have the option to disable it on managed devices using a dedicated policy.
Furthermore, the KB5030310 update addresses a specific issue where PCs display a blank window titled “Windows Input Experience” upon resuming from sleep. Additionally, Microsoft has fixed a bug that caused the search button in the taskbar to disappear when interacting with the search box flyout.
In relation to Windows 11 versions 22H2 and 21H2, Microsoft has resolved two notable bugs. If Microsoft Defender was previously preventing you from using your USB printer, that issue should no longer persist. Additionally, Microsoft has fixed an issue that caused Windows to become unresponsive while attempting to access OneDrive files that have been compressed by NTFS.
Moreover, it’s important to mention that the Home, Pro, Pro Education, and Pro for Workstation editions of Windows 11 version 21H2 are no longer supported as of today. Microsoft will continue to support the remaining editions of the original version of Windows 11, but users of the aforementioned editions will need to transition to Windows 11 version 22H2. Furthermore, the upcoming version 23H2 of the OS, which is currently available in the Release Preview ring ahead of its public release later this year, will initiate a new support cycle for the operating system.
Thank you for considering these updates, and be sure to stay tuned for more information regarding Windows updates and enhancements.