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Microsoft released the monthly "C" release preview cumulative updates with non-security improvements and fixes for Windows 11, Version 22H2.

Following are the highlights for KB5022360 (OS Build 22621.1194) for Windows 11:

  • This update addresses an issue that might occur when the Input Method Editor (IME) is active. Applications might stop responding when you use the mouse and keyboard at the same time.
  • This update addresses an issue that might occur when you convert or reconvert Japanese Kanji using a multibyte character set (MBCS) app. The cursor might move to the wrong location when you type.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects picture files you find using search on the taskbar. This issue stops you from opening those pictures.
  • This update addresses an issue that stops you from searching for a file based on the file's contents.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects some game controllers. When the game controller is connected to the computer, the computer might not go to Sleep mode.

See the referenced KB article for the long list of improvements and fixes included in the update.

Update: To get the update, go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. The link to download and install the update can be found in the Optional updates area.  To get the standalone package for this update, go to the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

Windows 11 update history
Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.1245 and 22623.1245

Releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.1245 and Build 22623.1245 (KB5022358) to the Beta Channel.

  • Build 22623.1245 = New features rolling out.
  • Build 22621.1245 = New features off by default.

Screen recording in Snipping Tool

We are beginning to roll out screen recording in Snipping Tool to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel (version 11.2212.24.0). And as part of the most recent Snipping Tool update, we have also added the ability to pause while recording and you should notice improved performance and reliability.

Fixes in Build 22623.1245

[Taskbar & System Tray]
  • Fixed a high hitting ShellExperienceHost crash related to interacting with Quick Settings.
[Task Manager]
  • Fixed a few issues causing Task Manager crashes.
  • You now shouldn't have to make Task Manager be as wide before the navigation pane appears.
  • If text scaling has been increased, the search box shouldn't overlap with the title bar text anymore.
  • Made some tweaks to address cases where text in dialogs was getting cut off when text scaling was increased.
  • Fixes an issue where certain parts of the title bar couldn't be used to drag the window.

Fixes for BOTH Build 22621.1245 & Build 22623.1245

  • New! This update changed the experience for preview .NET Framework updates. After you installed this update, all future preview (optional) .NET Framework updates would be displayed on the Settings > Windows Update > Advanced options > Optional updates On that page, you could control which optional updates you wanted to install.
  • We fixed an issue that affected the ReFS. The issue caused high nonpaged pool usage, which depleted system memory.
  • We fixed an issue that affected copying from a network to a local drive. Copying was slower than expected for some users.
  • We fixed an issue that caused Windows Server 2022 domain controllers (DC) to stop responding. This occurred when they processed Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) requests.
  • We fixed an issue that affected a Group Policy for Expanded Toasts.
  • We fixed an issue that might have occurred when the Input Method Editor (IME) was active. Applications might have stopped responding when you used the mouse and keyboard at the same time.
  • We fixed an issue that affected conhost.exe. It stopped responding.
  • We fixed a resource conflict issue between two or more threads (known as a deadlock). This deadlock affected COM+ applications.
  • We fixed an issue that affected devices that are subject to Microsoft Exploit Protection Export Address Filtering (EAF). Some applications stopped responding or did not open. These included Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader.
  • We fixed an issue that stopped you from searching for a file based on the file's contents.
  • We fixed an issue that affected searchindexer.exe. It randomly stopped you from signing in or signing out.
  • We fixed an issue that might have occurred when you converted or reconverted Japanese Kanji using a multibyte character set (MBCS) app. The cursor might have moved to the wrong location when you typed.
  • We changed how you enabled the Windows diagnostic data processor configuration in preparation for EU Data Boundary To learn more, see Enable Windows diagnostic data processor configuration.
  • We fixed an issue that affected mstsc.exe. It stopped responding while connecting to a RemoteApp and Desktop Connection.
  • We fixed an issue that might have affected FindWindow() or FindWindowEx(). They might have returned the wrong window handle.
  • We fixed an issue that affected picture files you found using search on the taskbar. This issue stopped you from opening those pictures.
  • We fixed an issue that might have affected applications that used Microsoft Edge WebView2 to display content. Applications that used WebView2 included Microsoft Office and the Widgets app. The content might have appeared blank or greyed out.
RDCMan v2.92, Sysmon v14.14, and ZoomIt v6.12

RDCMan v2.92
This update to RDCMan, a tool for managing and connecting to Remote Desktop sessions, fixes a naming error impeding plugin operation, updates the icon set, and fixes mstscax.dll load on some systems where initialization would previously fail.

Sysmon v14.14
This update to Sysmon, an advanced host monitoring tool, fixes a timeout occurring with FileDelete and FileDeleteDetected events on low-speed media.

ZoomIt v6.12
This update to ZoomIt, a screen magnification and annotation tool, eliminates drawing artifacts occurring when changing magnification, changing pen width, or combining these steps, and improves drawing settings persistence.
Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25284

  • This build will not be available for Arm64 devices due to a known issue (listed below) that is resulting in devices getting stuck at the OS boot logo.
  • We have a new widget for Insiders in the Dev Channel to try!
  • This build includes a small set of fixes.

What's new

New Widget
With the release of Windows App SDK 1.2 developers are now able to create widgets for their apps. Users can access these experiences on their Windows 11 widgets board in current Dev Channel Insider Preview builds.

Ready to try out a new widget? The Messenger app now has a preview version of its widget available. To give it a try, go to the Microsoft Store and update to the latest version of Messenger. Then open the widgets board and navigate to the widgets picker by clicking the "+" button at the top-right of the board to pin your widget.

As you give this widget a try, please let us know what you think through the Widgets feedback link in the widgets picker. You should expect to see additional new widgets as more developers create and release widgets for their apps.


[Taskbar & System Tray]
  • Fixed an issue where right clicking on certain icons in the hidden icons flyout would make the flyout dismiss rather than bringing up the context menu for that icon.
[Search on the Taskbar]
The fixes only apply for Windows Insiders who received one of the different treatments for how search looks on the taskbar that began rolling out to Insiders with Build 25252:
  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash which was impacting some Insiders, related to the search box in the taskbar.
  • When search suggestions are triggered while using the Pinyin IME, keyboard focus will now stay on the current candidate. To move focus to the search suggestions, press Tab.
  • Fixed an issue for PCs with touch, where when using certain apps in full screen mode it wasn't possible to swipe down from the top of the screen to make the title bar appear.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing certain apps to hang or crash when saving files as PDF in the last few builds.
  • Fixed an issue where using the cast option in an app may unexpectedly not show any devices in recent builds.
Dev Channel update to 111.0.1633.0 is live.

Added features:
  • Android:
    • long press on New Tab Page now can enter the Wallpaper center.

Improved reliability:
  • Fixed browser crash related to the Search sidebar.
  • Fixed browser crash related to Search in the Mini menu.
  • Fixed browser crash on an older version of Windows 10 when trying to use a camera.
  • Fixed browser crash when moving a tab into a separate window.
  • Fixed browser crash when dragging a tab out of a Group Tab.
  • Android:
    • Fixed browser crash related to Read Aloud.
  • WebView2:
    • Fixed crashing issue related to Sandbox.

Changed behavior:
  • Fixed links from PWA so they no longer open in Workspace.
  • Fixed can't add current page in Sidebar in certain scenarios.
  • Fixed duplicated MSA sign-in issue.
  • Fixed can't print on printers with names containing Japanese strings.
  • Fixed Quit App on the context menu for Discover and Search Sidebar not working.
  • macOS:
    • Fixed Default workspace for external links setting that caused external links to open in a window that was not the last active window.
  • iOS:
    • Fixed zooming issue on PDFs.
    • Fixed duplicated quick links.
    • Fixed the Restore prompt showing up when there was no crash.
    • Fixed multi-page PDF showing a different page of the PDF when switching from portrait to landscape and vice versa.
  • Android:
    • Fixed duplicated quick links.
  • Xbox:
    • Fixed video corruption playback issue.
  • WebView2:
    • We disabled preconnect to search to stop the SSL connection when opening about: blank page. (#2978)
    • Fixed the open file dialog box not opening. (#3075)
    • Fixed re-installation fails if WebView2 is running (#3137)
  • Enterprise:
    • Fixed top sites data not clearing after changing identity on iOS.

Adobe has released an optional hotfix patch for Acrobat and Acrobat Reader that addresses some important bug fixes.updates for Adobe Acrobat DC and Reader DC for Windows and macOS.

Update or Complete Download:
Reader DC and Acrobat DC were updated to version 22.003.20314.  Updates should become available via the internal updater or checks can be manually activated by choosing Help/Check for Updates.  Reader DC and other versions are available here: Adobe - Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Note: UNcheck any pre-checked additional options presented with the update. They are not part of the software update and are completely optional.

Release Notes
Security Alerts & Briefings / Pale Moon Version 32.0.0 Relea...
Last post by Corrine - January 24, 2023, 12:37:20 PM
Pale Moon has been updated to version 32.0.0.  This is a milestone update. 

The primary focus for this milestone is web compatibility, in particular Regular Expression extensions, standards compliance issues and further JPEG-XL support.  This milestone now offers full coverage of the ECMAScript 2016-2020 JavaScript specifications, with the exception of BigInt primitives.

Most important changes:
  • Implemented Regular Expression named capture groups.
  • Implemented Regular Expression unicode property escapes.
  • Re-implemented Regular Expression lookaround/lookbehind (without crashing this time).
  • Implemented progressive decoding for JPEG-XL.
  • Implemented animation for JPEG-XL.
  • Renamed CSS offset-* properties to inset-* to align with the latest spec and the web.
  • Fixed CSS inheritance and padding issues in some cases.
  • Aligned parsing of incorrectly duplicated HSTS headers with expected behavior (discard all but the first one).
  • Implemented a method to avoid memory exhaustion in case of (very) large resolution animated images.
  • Updated the JPEG-XL and Highway libraries to a recent, stable version.
  • Cleaned up some unused CSS prefixing code.
  • Improved the ability to link on *nix operating systems with other linkers than gcc's default.
  • Stability improvements (potential crash fixes).
  • Security issues addressed: CVE-2023-23598, CVE-2023-23599 and several others that do not have a CVE number.
  • UXP Mozilla security patch summary: 4 fixed, 2 DiD, 19 not applicable.

*DiD: This means that a fix is "Defense-in-Depth": It is a fix that does not apply to a (potentially) actively exploitable vulnerability in Pale Moon, but prevents future vulnerabilities caused by the same code, e.g. when surrounding code changes, exposing the problem, or when new attack vectors are discovered.

**Rejected security patches: This means that patches were theoretically applicable to our code but considered undesirable, which could be due to unwanted changes in behavior, known regressions caused by the patches, or unnecessary risks for stability, security or privacy.

Pale Moon includes both 32- and 64-bit versions for Windows: Pale Moon for Windows downloads.

Update: To get the update now, select "Help" from the Pale Moon menu at the upper left of the browser window.  Select About Pale Moon > Check for Updates.

Release Notes
Web News / 4 ways to protect your privacy...
Last post by Corrine - January 23, 2023, 08:34:09 PM
QuotePrivacy is a right that is yours to value and defend. Article 8 of the Human Rights Act protects your right to respect for your private and family life. One of the pillars of the article is that personal information about you (including official records, photographs, letters, diaries, and medical records) should be kept securely and not be shared without your permission, except under certain circumstances.

See the rest of the article here.

Meet & Greet! / Re: Congratulations, Corrine!
Last post by Corrine - January 21, 2023, 03:46:00 PM
Thank you, Rob.
Meet & Greet! / Re: Congratulations, Corrine!
Last post by xrobwx71 - January 21, 2023, 01:31:42 PM
Nice job Corrine, Congrats!