Microsoft has now released the Windows 11 August update KB5016629 (Build 22000.856) to all devices running Windows 11. The update KB5016629 brings new Focus assist feature, OOBE update option and restores functionality for some Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios.
The new Focus assist feature provides the ability to receive urgent notifications when focus assist is on. The new OOBE update feature provides the option for eligible devices to update to a newer Windows 11 version during the out-of-box experience (OOBE) at the time of first sign in.
The update KB5016629 (Build 22000.856) also restores functionality for Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios that are affected by the security mitigation for hardware reuse. This update removes the one-time use restriction for self-deploying mode (SDM) and pre-provisioning (PP).
There are many improvements and fixes for Windows 11 issues including fixes for File explorer, search and many other issues. Here is the full changelog of update KB5016629 in terms of new features, fixes and improvements.
This non-security update includes quality improvements. Key changes include:
- New! Provides the ability for you to consent to receive urgent notifications when focus assist is on.
- New! Provides the option for eligible devices to update to a newer Windows 11 version during the out-of-box experience (OOBE) when you first sign in. If you choose to update to a newer version, the update process will begin shortly after the update is installed on the device.
- New! Restores functionality for Windows Autopilot deployment scenarios that are affected by the security mitigation for hardware reuse. This update removes the one-time use restriction for self-deploying mode (SDM) and pre-provisioning (PP). This update also re-enables any User Principal Name (UPN) display in user-driven mode (UDM) deployments for approved manufacturers.
- Addresses a known issue that might prevent some of you from opening the Start menu. On the affected devices, clicking or tapping the Start button or using the Windows keyboard shortcut might have no effect.
- Addresses an issue in UIAutomation() that causes an application to stop working.
- Addresses an issue that prevents the Startup Task API from working as expected for certain apps.
- Improves the reliability of a push-button reset after an OS upgrade.
- Addresses an issue that makes the tenant restrictions event logging channel inaccessible if you remove the EN-US language pack.
- Addresses an issue that causes certificate-based machine account authentication to fail in some circumstances after you install the May 10, 2022 security updates on domain controllers.
- Addresses an issue that affects the Arm64EC code you build using the Windows 11 software development kit (SDK).
- Updates the Remove-Item cmdlet to properly interact with Microsoft OneDrive folders.
- Addresses an issue that prevents certain troubleshooting tools from opening.
- Addresses an issue that causes port mapping conflicts for containers.
- Addresses an issue that causes Code Integrity to continue trusting a file after the file has been modified.
- Addresses an issue that might cause Windows to stop working when you enable Windows Defender Application Control with the Intelligent Security Graph feature turned on.
- Deploys search highlights to devices. To access the policy for search highlights (on a device that has installed the June 2022 Cumulative Update Preview or July 2022 monthly quality update), go to C:\Windows\PolicyDefinitions and locate Search.admx. For your convenience, we will be publishing an updated version of the Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows 11, version 21H2 to the Microsoft Download Center soon.
- Addresses an issue that causes explorer.exe to stop working when you use the play and pause keyboard buttons on certain devices.
- Addresses an issue that causes explorer.exe to stop working when you use the Start menu’s context menu (Win+X) and an external monitor is connected to your device.
- Addresses an issue that displays a blank window that you cannot close when you hover over the search icon on the taskbar.
- Reduces the overhead of resource contention in high input/output operations per second (IOPS) scenarios that have many threads contending on a single file.
- Addresses an issue that causes the Windows profile service to fail sporadically. The failure might occur when signing in. The error message is, “gpsvc service failed to sign in. Access denied”.
If you installed earlier updates, only the new updates contained in this package will be downloaded and installed on your device.
You can download and manually install Windows 11 update KB5016629 by clicking here. If you need help in understanding how to install these updates manually on your PC, you can refer to our step by step noob-friendly tutorial.