Microsoft rolls out Windows 11 22H2 update with new Start menu, gaming, and security features

midian182

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In a nutshell: Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 11 2022 update, also known as the 22H2 update, in over 190 countries. It introduces several upgrades and new features to the company's most recent operating system, including an updated Start menu, better search, and a revamped File Explorer. Microsoft is also adding improved security and gaming-focused tools to the OS.

The most noticeable changes the update brings are in the Start Menu, some of which former Windows 10 users will be happy to see: being able to drag icons from the menu and drop them onto the taskbar and the introduction of folders, which are created by dragging and dropping apps on top of each other.

Users can also add more personalization to the Start menu panel by choosing to have either more pinned files/apps, more recommended ones, or stick with the default layout. Microsoft promises a "faster and more accurate search," too.

The 22H2 update gives File Explorer an overhaul. There's a new homepage that allows you to pin files for quick access, similar to the Start menu, and Microsoft is introducing browser-like tabs, though they aren't arriving until the end of October.

Video editors might appreciate the new Clipchamp coming to Windows 11 as an inbox app. There's also the promise of improved video calls through the new Windows Studio camera, offering features such as Voice Focus and Background Blur.

Some elements of the update are focused on gaming. Microsoft writes that the update will deliver performance optimizations to improve latency and unlock features like Auto HDR and Variable Refresh Rate for DirectX 10 and DirectX 11 windowed games—these features were previously only available with full-screen games or DirectX 12 titles. Speaking of which, the update also offers DirectX 12 Ultimate and DirectStorage support.

There's a new HDR Calibration app, and accessing the Xbox Game Bar using an Xbox controller brings up a quick launcher for recent games and game launchers, so you don't have to keep swapping between the keyboard/mouse and a controller.

The update gives Windows 11 security a boost via Smart App Control. Based on Windows Defender Application Control, it tries to predict if an app is safe—and automatically prevents it from opening—using an AI model based on the 43 trillion security signals it collects daily. There's also a new Microsoft Defender SmartScreen that lets users know if they are entering their Microsoft credentials into a malicious app or compromised website.

Microsoft says it has taken on board user feedback regarding the update delivery process. Feature updates are now smaller. Compared to Windows 11 21H2, the new update's download size has been reduced by around 450MB, while download and installation times for monthly cumulative updates have also been reduced. The company added that it will now be scheduling update installations at specific times of day when doing so may result in lower carbon emissions.

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dangh

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I bet I still wont be able to uninstall most of the included, never used apps, like 3d printing or game bar...
probably more things will appear so I'd have to dive deeper into regexp. I'm already dualbooting with suse, I guess it's time to keep pushing for that change.
 

Uncle Al

Posts: 9,096   +8,132
Until their update allows me to run it on an older machine I won't upgrade. The minute you allow a software company to FORCE you to upgrade, you will forever be enslaved to them ....... just another reason to move to Linux .....
 

hahahanoobs

Posts: 4,601   +2,563
I bet I still wont be able to uninstall most of the included, never used apps, like 3d printing or game bar...
probably more things will appear so I'd have to dive deeper into regexp. I'm already dualbooting with suse, I guess it's time to keep pushing for that change.
If that's the dealbreaker, you weren't interested in it anyway. You can remove those apps with ccleaner if right-click > uninstall doesn't work from start menu.
 

corvard

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Just updated my PC, a bit annoying that Microsoft installed old video drivers for AMD video.
 

Bullwinkle M

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Until their update allows me to run it on an older machine I won't upgrade. The minute you allow a software company to FORCE you to upgrade, you will forever be enslaved to them ....... just another reason to move to Linux .....
What do you mean "Older Machine" ?

I'm running Windows 11 - 22H2 on a Sandy Bridge with an MBR partition

It installs and runs fine

The PROBLEM is making a working backup

Acronis Backup has never failed on any version of Windows until it met 22H2

Whether I make a backup directly from within Windows, or boot to an Acronis boot disk, Windows 11 22H2 ALWAYS restores to a black screen during boot

If you ask the "Experts" over at Microsoft how to fix it, they tell you to press Ctrl+Shift+F10 and open the Task manager, then simply........Wait......WHAT........ITS A BLACK F*%$*%) SCREEN !

There is no Task manager or anything else, and there is no F&$%*$* fix

I simply restored Win 10 and now everything works fine

I always install new copies of Windows to separate drives for testing so I still have a working copy of 22H2
I just cannot make a working backup
It's a black screen every time
 
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Soulburn74

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What do you mean "Older Machine" ?

I'm running Windows 11 - 22H2 on a Sandy Bridge with an MBR partition

It installs and runs fine

The PROBLEM is making a working backup

Acronis Backup has never failed on any version of Windows until it met 22H2

Whether I make a backup directly from within Windows, or boot to an Acronis boot disk, Windows 11 22H2 ALWAYS restores to a black screen during boot

If you ask the "Experts" over at Microsoft how to fix it, they tell you to press Ctrl+Shift+F10 and open the Task manager, then simply........Wait......WHAT........ITS A BLACK F*%$*%) SCREEN !

There is no Task manager or anything else, and there is no F&$%*$* fix

I simply restored Win 10 and now everything works fine

I always install new copies of Windows to separate drives for testing so I still have a working copy of 22H2
I just cannot make a working backup
It's a black screen every time
Your expecting your backup software to work on day 2 of a new OS update. I'm sure Acronis will release an update soon that supports 22h2......
 

Bullwinkle M

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Your expecting your backup software to work on day 2 of a new OS update. I'm sure Acronis will release an update soon that supports 22h2......
There is nothing wrong with my Acronis software and I will not be updating the version I use for several reasons

My backups are interchangeable, meaning that I can restore any version of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 11 directly to an MBR partition and hot swap drives without entering the BIOS to select a drive or change settings

Optical drive's are the first boot device and USB is the second
In fact, SATA drives are not selected in the BIOS at all
With no hard drive selected, any sata drive attached becomes the primary boot device as long as there is no optical disk or thumb drive connected

Also, Acronis 2012 is FREE, simple to use, does not connect to the EvilNet and works with WD Sata SSD's

The solution is to try a few more installs and then stop using 22H2 if it fails to work correctly

Acronis WORKS / 22H2 does not (yet)
A simple drive wipe and re-install might fix it though
We'll see
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Update on 9-25-2022
A simple drive wipe and re-install actually did fix it
Backups work fine now
 
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