Microsoft releases KB5014697 update for Windows 11

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As usual, Microsoft has started rolling out a new KB5014697 update for Windows 11 to stable users as part of its Patch Tuesday update. This means that stable Windows 11 users should receive a new OTA update in the form of KB5014697. This update is a mandatory update and all Windows 11 users will have to install it. Let’s take a look at the details of it below.

What does Microsoft have to say?

Microsoft doesn’t offer much in the way of information about what to expect from the update, saying simply that it “Addresses security issues for your Windows operating system.” 

The company points out, however, that “this security update includes improvements that were a part of update KB5014019 (released May 24, 2022)”. This means that it adds Spotlight on the desktop, with Microsoft adding:

This update contains miscellaneous security improvements to internal OS functionality. We will learn additional issues further in this article.

Microsoft has previously said of the Windows Spotlight on the desktop feature:

New! Windows Spot on the desktop brings the world to your desktop with new background pictures. With this feature, new pictures will automatically appear as your desktop background. This feature already exists for the lock screen. To turn on this feature, go to Settings > Personalization > Background > Personalize your background. Select Windows spotlight.

As KB5014697 is a security update, it will be automatically installed for anyone who has automatic updates enabled.

Windows 11 KB5014697 update: What’s New?

KB5014697 update for Windows 11
Windows 11 KB5014697 update: What’s New?

The new KB5014697 update takes the Windows 11 build number to 22000.739 and adds a few new features and changes. For starters, users will be getting Windows Spotlight for Desktop with this update. This means that they will be able to set Windows Spotlight as their desktop background and get a new wallpaper with additional information every day.

This feature has existed for the Windows lock screen since Windows 10 and was rolled out to Windows 11 Insiders last month. Even non-Insiders received the feature with an optional cumulative update late last month.

There are other improvements too, such as the widget panel now appearing on the right monitor when you are using multiple displays. Microsoft has also fixed blurry icons in search results. Plus, the file transfer speed has improved with this update.

Other than these, the Redmond giant has addressed various security issues in Windows 11 and added their fixes. You can check out the official changelog on Microsoft’s website to learn more about it. Most of the changes are the ones introduced with the KB5014019 update. So, you can check it out on changelog too for a better idea.

So, if you are a Windows 11 user, you can go to the Settings menu and check for updates in the Windows Update section to get the new KB5014697 update. You can also get it from  Microsoft’s Update Catalog and manually install it on your system to take the Windows 11 build number to 22000.739.

Problems with the new update KB5014697 of Microsoft

Microsoft says there is an issue with a recent Windows 11 and Windows 10 update from this week’s June 2022 Patch Tuesday cumulative update. In an update to the Windows Health Dashboard, the company says the issue causes problems when using Wi-Fi hotspots.

Specifically, when a user attempts to connect to a hotspot, Windows will drop the connection and not access the internet.

This is a problem coming from the Patch Tuesday release on June 14. That means anyone who has already installed KB5014697 could be affected. The problem is happening across all Windows server and client versions, including both Windows 11 and Windows 10. Not even Windows 7 has escaped this bug.

Microsoft does currently offer a workaround until a permanent fix is available:

“After installing KB5014697, Windows devices might be unable to use the Wi-Fi hotspot feature.” When attempting to use the hotspot feature, the host device might lose the connection to the internet after a client device connects.

Workaround: To mitigate the issue and restore internet access on the host device, you can disable the Wi-Fi hotspot feature. For instructions, please see “Use your Windows PC as a mobile hotspot.”

Rolling Back

Of course, some users may need to use the Wi-Fi hotspot, so their only course is to roll back to before the Patch Tuesday update. This is a common issue with Patch Tuesday cumulative updates and leaves users in a tricky situation.

On the one hand, these updates often solve critical problems and even shore up urgent security issues. On the other hand, Patch Tuesday updates break other components so frequently that users are becoming increasingly reluctant to install them instantly.

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