Microsoft has released the April 2023 optional non-security cumulative updates for all editions of Windows 11 22H2 with a new option to prioritize non-security and feature Windows updates.
After applying today KB5025305 update preview, you can configure your PC to prioritize installing the latest available updates.
To configure your device to install non-security updates as soon as possible, go to Start > Settings > Windows Update and enable the “Get the latest updates as soon as they are available” setting.
“Whether you set the toggle to Off or On, you’ll still get regular security updates as usual. The toggle determines how quickly you get updates, fixes, feature updates, and additional enhancements non-security related”, Microsoft explain.
“With the Get the latest updates as soon as they are available button enabled, you can be sure that you will have access to the latest changes as soon as they are available for your device, you will be prioritized for future updates, and you will still receive security updates as usual.”
For commercial customers, on devices managed by Windows Update for Business or WSUS, the toggle is disabled by default. The latest changes will be monitored and deployed by the IT administrators in their organizations.
KB5025305 is a monthly “C” update that allows Windows users to test fixes and improvements, which will roll out to all customers with the May 2023 patch on Tuesday.
Unlike Patch Tuesday updates, non-security updates like KB5025305 are optional and do not contain security updates.
You can install this preview update by going to Settings > Windows Update and clicking the “Check for updates” button.
However, since this is an optional Windows update, you must install it manually by clicking the “Download and Install” button (preview updates only install automatically on versions of Windows Insider).
You can also manually download and install KB5025305 from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
What’s new in this preview update
Windows 11 KB5025305 Preview Build comes with 19 additional fixes and improvements, some of the most notable are highlighted below:
- This update fixes an issue that affects Microsoft Edge IE mode. Pop-up windows open in the background rather than in the foreground.
- This update modifies firewall settings. You can now configure application group rules.
- This update fixes an issue that affects the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process. He might stop responding. As a result, the machine restarts. The error is 0xc0000005 (STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION).
- This update fixes an issue that affects signed Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) policies. They are not applied to the Secure Kernel. This happens when you enable Secure Boot.
- This update fixes an issue that affects Resilient File System (ReFS). A Stop error occurs which prevents the operating system from starting properly.
Microsoft revealed in March that optional, non-security updates for Windows would be released in the fourth week of the month starting in April 2023.
“We’ve found this to be the optimal time for us to release and for you to consume these updates,” said Chris Morrissey, senior director of Windows and Device Communications at Microsoft.
“That’s two weeks after your last monthly security update and about two weeks before you’ll see these features part of the next mandatory cumulative update.”