Windows 11 Release Preview (KB5020044) resolves File Explorer’s high CPU use, among other issues.

The Release Preview Channel is updating Windows Insiders to Windows 11 version 22H2 build 22621.898. (KB5020044). In addition to the critical adjustments noted in the changelog below, this release also fixes modern programmes that would not open when a file was selected and could result in high CPU utilisation in File Explorer.

Although this release doesn’t include any novel UI-related features, Microsoft has merged Themes on the Personalization page with Windows Spotlight, which updates your desktop wallpaper with a new image from Bing each day. To further integrate Microsoft’s services with Windows 11, there are also certain OneDrive enhancements, such as storage alerts in the System Settings app and OneDrive subscription information in the Accounts tab.

Here is the complete changelog:

  • New! On the Systems area of the Settings app, we provided storage alerts to Microsoft OneDrive members. When your storage space is almost full, alarms start to surface. Additionally, you may control your storage and, if necessary, buy more space.
  • New! We gave you access to all of your OneDrive memberships’ total storage space. The Accounts screen in the Settings app also shows the entire storage.
  • New! On the Personalization page, Windows Spotlight and Themes were unified. You will find it simpler to find and activate the Windows Spotlight feature as a result.
  • New! The capability for organisational messaging was added. With it, independent businesses may now give their staff access to material. They are not required to employ Windows’ default settings.
  • We resolved a problem that existed in a few contemporary applications. They were prevented from opening by it.
  • We resolved a problem that affected a few business-managed devices. For them, we increased the dependability of app installations.
  • We resolved a problem that had an impact on the Republic of Fiji’s DST. DST was dropped for 2022.
  • We resolved a problem that interfered with the hardening of DCOM (Distributed Component Object Model) authentication. All non-anonymous activation requests from DCOM clients will automatically have their authentication level raised to RPC C AUTHN LEVEL PKT INTEGRITY. If the authentication level is lower than Packet Integrity, this happens.
  • We resolved a problem that was affecting on-premises users of Unified Update Platform (UUP). The barrier preventing them from obtaining offline language packs was removed.
  • We resolved a problem that interfered with process formation. For it and other relevant audit events, it failed to produce security audits.
  • We resolved a problem that affects virtual computer objects (VCO) or cluster name objects (CNO) (VCO). Unable to reset password. There was a problem changing the AD password, and the error code was “0x80070005”.
  • We resolved a problem with stacked windows’ transparency. You were using the High Definition Remote Applications Integrated Locally (RAIL) mode at the time that this happened.
  • We resolved a problem that affected a few applications. They ceased to function. This happened when you changed the input mode for the Japanese Input Method Editor using keyboard shortcuts (IME).
  • We resolved a problem that affected microphone streams that went to the speaker endpoint via the Listen To feature. You reset the gadget, however the microphone was no longer functional.
  • We corrected a problem that might have had an impact on programmes that use the Windows Lock Down Policy (WLDP). They might have ceased to function.
  • We resolved a problem that occurred when Microsoft Defender wasn’t the primary antivirus. Passive mode was not turned off by Microsoft Defender. You encountered this problem after disabling Smart App Control (SAC).
  • The list of dangerous extensions that some app control rules forbid has been updated to include.wcx.
  • We resolved a problem with Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Live response investigations were barred by automated investigation.
  • We resolved a problem that prevented Microsoft Edge from printing in landscape mode. The print result was flawed. When you used Microsoft Defender Application Guard, this problem happened.
  • We resolved a problem that prevented File Explorer from operating. When you closed context menus and menu items, this happened.
  • We resolved a problem that could have made certain apps stop responding. When you clicked on the Open File dialogue, this happened.
  • We resolved a problem that occasionally occurred when you opened a file in File Explorer. The result was a high CPU utilisation rate.
  • We resolved a problem that had an effect on the Settings app’s protocol activation. The Accounts category page in the app did not load.
  • We resolved a problem that had an effect on a computer account. Use of non-standard characters prevented the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) accounts from being cleaned up.
  • We resolved a problem with the CopyFile. Error 317, or ERROR MR MID NOT FOUND, might have occasionally been returned.

There are no known problems with this build, according to Microsoft.

As stated in this month’s Release Preview update, this build does not appear to include any staggered rollouts, so all of the new OneDrive integrations, Windows Spotlight in Themes, and organisational messages feature ought to be accessible to everyone right away after updating.

Christopher Woodill

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