Windows 11 KB5013943 is out- here’s everything new (direct download links)

Windows 11 KB5013943 is now rolling out to the general public with a handful of bug fixes and improvements, but it doesn’t come with new features. After installing the patch, more users will see a new interface for Windows Search. The patch is being offered via Windows Update, but you can also try direct download links for KB5013943 offline installer.

Windows 11 KB5013943 is part of May 2022 Patch Tuesday and it is a security release, which means it cannot be skipped, but you can delay it for a week or two. Attempts to delay security updates multiple times may result in the forced installation of the patch depending on Windows Update settings.

As mentioned above, May 2022 update doesn’t appear to be a massive release, but there are plenty of fixes worth highlighting. According to release notes, numerous bugs have been resolved, including an issue where Safe mode starts flickering when you open Explorer.exe, Start menu, notification center, etc.

KB5013943 Windows 11 update

Additionally, more users will now see Windows Search highlights – a new interface search interface powered by Bing. This feature is rolling out in stages and more people get access to search highlights after every major Windows cumulative update, so it’s likely that more users will see the update after installing the patch.

If you check for Windows 11 updates, you’ll see the following patch:

2022-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems (KB5013943)

Download Links for Windows 11 KB5013943

Windows 11 KB5013943 Direct Download Links: 64-bit.

You can visit the above link to open Microsoft Update Catalog and then click on the download button next to the appropriate Windows 11 version. Once done, click on the .msu link to begin the download.

Windows 11 KB5013943 (Build 22000.675) important changelog

Windows 11 Build 22000.675 fixes a critical bug that crashes apps based on .NET Framework 3.5. As you’re probably aware, a Windows 11 bug prevented certain apps from opening and this issue was recently acknowledged by the tech giant.

As per the company, it only affects apps that use certain optional components in .NET Framework 3.5, such as Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow components.

A bug has been fixed that might cause Windows 11 screen to flicker (blink) if you use Windows Safe. This is noticeable when you open components that rely on explorer.exe, such as Explorer, the Start menu, and the taskbar. Apps in safe mode might be affected and appear unstable.

Microsoft is preparing Windows 11 Sun Valley 2

These cumulative updates are currently focusing on bug fixes only, but the tech giant has already started working on the next update – version 22H2 ‘Sun Valley 3’. According to sources, Windows 11’s big update for 2022 – known as 22H2 – is now set to hit RTM status by the end of May.

For those unaware, RTM stands for ‘Release to Manufacturers’, and it means shipping the bits of the forthcoming Windows 11 update to the OEM partners. By declaring RTM status, Microsoft can encourage OEMs to prepare their upcoming and existing devices for Windows 11 version 22H2.

Remember that Windows 11 22H2 development is still ongoing, but the focus is now entirely on fixing bugs and improving existing features. The rumour of RTM build does make sense as the latest preview builds have dropped the preview watermark from the desktop, suggesting that the next update is imminent.

Microsoft says the absence of a watermark “doesn’t mean we’re done”, but Windows 11 22H2 is moving to RTM internally and the candidate could be finalized by the end of May. If it misses the May deadline, RTM could well happen in early June.

22H1 could still arrive sooner than later this year, with public release likely in September or October 2022. We don’t know anything for sure as Microsoft won’t communicate about these changes in advance, but we know that Windows 11 Sun Valley 2 is an anniversary update, so it should come out by October.

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