Microsoft has released the Windows 11 22H2 KB5018496 preview cumulative update with twenty-six fixes or improvements, including the roll-out of a feature allowing you to launch Task Manager by right-clicking on the taskbar.
This Windows 11 update is part of Microsoft’s October 2022 monthly “C” update, allowing users to test upcoming fixes in the November 2022 Patch Tuesday.
As preview updates do not contain security fixes, they are optional and will not be installed automatically.
Windows users can install the KB5018496 update by going into Settings, clicking on Windows Update, and selecting ‘Check for Updates.’
As this is an optional update, you will be prompted to click on the ‘Download and install’ button before Windows 11 installs the update.
Windows 11 users can also download and manually install the KB5018496 update from the Microsoft Update Catalog.
What’s new in Windows 11 KB5018496
After installing the KB5018496 update, the Windows 11 build number will be changed to 22621.755 and includes 26 improvements or fixes.
The eleven fixes or improvements highlighted by Microsoft are listed below:
New! It enhances search visual treatments on the taskbar to improve discoverability. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow. Some devices might notice different visual treatments as we gather feedback. To learn more about why you might be seeing these changes, see Search for anything, anywhere.
New! It enhances the backup experience when using your Microsoft Account (MSA). Some devices might notice visual treatments for this enhancement. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow.
New! It adds improvements to the Microsoft Account experience in Settings. For instance, you can manage your Microsoft OneDrive subscription and related storage alerts.
New! It adds Task Manager to the context menu when you right-click the taskbar. This feature rolls out in the coming weeks.
It addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Edge when it is in IE Mode. The titles of pop-up windows and tabs are wrong.
It addresses an issue that might cause vertical and horizontal line artifacts to appear on the screen.
It addresses an issue in that stops the credential UI from displaying in IE mode when you use Microsoft Edge.
It addresses an issue that might fail to sync the audio when you record game play using the Xbox Game Bar.
It addresses an issue that affects File Explorer. It is less dependable when you browse for Microsoft OneDrive folders.
It addresses an issue that affects the Start menu. It stops working when you use keyboard commands to move pinned items to a folder at the end of a list.
It stops the start of daylight saving time in Jordan at the end of October 2022. The Jordan time zone will permanently shift to the UTC + 3 time zone.
While this update includes the long-awaited ability to launch the Windows Task Manager from the Windows 11 taskbar, you may still have to wait until this feature is enabled on your device.
Microsoft says this feature is rolling out over the next few weeks, and in BleepingComputer’s tests, it has yet to be available on our devices.
There are also two known issues in Windows 11 that are not fixed by the update, which are provisioning packages not working as expected and performance issues when copying large files over SMB.
You can find a complete list of improvements and fixes in the KB5018496 support bulletin.