Windows 11 KB5017383 Hands-On: Dynamic Widgets and More


Windows 11 KB5017383 is now available for original version 21H2 with several improvements. This patch is being rolled out through Windows Update, but Microsoft has also posted direct download links for Windows 11 KB5017383 offline installers on the Update Catalog.

KB5017383 is an optional update and it will not install or download even on your device unless you manually select and install it. Note that this particular cumulative preview update is only available on Windows 11 version 21H2 machines (Windows 11 22H2 is excluded) and it upgrades PCs to version 22000.1042.

The update will appear as “Preview of Cumulative Update 2022-09 for Windows 11 Version 21H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5017383)” on Windows Update. To download and install it, just click the download button and reboot the system when prompted. This is quite a big update and bugs including installation issues are expected.

Build 22000.1042 is an optional cumulative update and the changes included in this hotfix will begin rolling out to everyone with the October 2022 Hotfix Tuesday cycle. In other words, you can skip the update safe if you don’t need these patches.

Download links for Windows 11 KB5017383

Windows 11 KB5017383 direct download links: 64 bit

The update link opens Microsoft’s update catalog where you can click the “Download” button next to the operating system version installed on your machine.

Windows 11 Changelog KB5017383 (Build 22000.1042)

Microsoft is introducing a new feature called “dynamic widgets”. This was previously exclusive to Windows 11 22H2, but has been backported to 21H2. With dynamic widgets, Microsoft hopes to make the widget icon on the taskbar more attractive with regular updates.

Update KB5017383 Windows 11

For now, the widgets icon sits quietly at the bottom left of your screen/taskbar. You can customize it to your liking. For example, if you prefer news alerts, you can rely on the icon for notifications.

A badge will automatically appear when there is a news update or a score update for your favorite game. Similarly, financial updates will also appear directly on the taskbar. The purpose of dynamic widgets is to make information available to users at a glance without even needing to open Edge.

In addition to the integration of dynamic widgets, Microsoft also fixed several issues with Windows 11. For example, the company fixed an issue where some apps would require reinstallation if you didn’t receive the app from the Microsoft Store.

A blue screen of death error has been fixed. Microsoft reports that the operating system generated a blue screen error when users changed the display mode while using multiple monitors. Another bug has been fixed where IE mode tabs were forced to reload a session. Similarly, Microsoft also fixed an issue affecting IE mode after opening a PDF file.

Here is a list of all other important bugfixes:

  • Fixed an issue that caused a black screen when using a stylus to activate the high dynamic range feature.
  • Fixed an issue where the touch keyboard crashes when switching apps.
  • Fixed an issue affecting summer time in Chile.
  • Fixed an issue with Desktop Window Manager (DWM) that could cause your device to become unresponsive when using certain video graphics drivers.
  • Fixed an issue affecting graphics drivers.
  • Fixed an issue affecting URLs generated by JavaScript.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause an app to become unresponsive.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a black screen.
  • Fixed an issue that could affect Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) path rules.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented LogonUI.exe from working.

As you can see, there are several important bugfixes in this release. Microsoft says the company is not currently aware of any known potential issues, nor have we found any reports of new issues.

It’s safe to assume that the new Windows 11 September 2022 Update is fairly stable, but it’s always best to skip optional updates unless you really need those fixes right now.


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