Windows 10 KB5021233 is now available for version 22H2 and other supported versions of the OS. Unlike the previous Patch Tuesday updates, today’s release comes with a couple of noteworthy changes. Direct download links for Windows 10 KB5021233 offline installers are also available if you wish to install the update manually.
KB5021233 is a security update and it is being pushed as part of this year’s last Patch Tuesday cycle. While Windows 10 is now on the back burner as Microsoft is busy with the development of Windows 11, today’s update actually comes with several noticeable changes, including Cortana getting removed from the taskbar.
If you’re on Windows 11, there’s another cumulative update for your device and most of the critical bug fixes are identical. That’s because Windows 11 and Windows 10 are still the same, so most of the fixes and bugs are shared. If you check for updates, you’ll see the below update.
2022-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 22H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5021233)
2022-12 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 21H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5021233)
Download Links for Windows 10 KB5021233
Windows 10 KB5013942 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and 32-bit (x86).
Changelog of Windows 10 December 12 Update
Windows 10’s taskbar is getting a new feature: the search box is now visible when you move the taskbar to the top. Earlier, the taskbar did not support the search box when you have it pinned to the top. This is finally changing with Windows 10’s December 2022 Patch Tuesday release!
As a result, it is now possible to discover Bing information and features directly on the taskbar even when it is pinned to the top. You can change how search appears on the taskbar by right-clicking anywhere on the taskbar and then selecting search. You can always switch back to the search button or remove the button entirely.
Interestingly, Microsoft is streaming the taskbar experience on Windows 10 by unpinning Cortana.
Microsoft hasn’t had much luck in the digital assistant world, with its Cortana assistant struggling to compete with the likes of Siri, Google Assistant, and Alexa. In fact, Cortana is still not updated with WinUI 3.0 and Fluent Design on Windows 11. Microsoft has already discontinued the mobile apps and Cortana is also taking a step back on Windows 10.
Cortana is no longer pinned to the taskbar, according to the official release notes. The unpinning of Cortana on the taskbar doesn’t come as much of a surprise, not least because it already happened on Windows 11.
Here’s a list of critical bug fixes:
Fixes persistent update failures for the Microsoft Store.
Fixes an issue that affects certain printers.
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