Windows 11 KB5034123 Brings Dynamic Lock Screen Weather Widget, Fixes Known Wi-Fi Issue

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It is time for the first Patch Tuesday release of the year from Microsoft , and Windows 11 versions 23H2 and 22H2 have received KB5034123. This update includes minor improvements and fixes, where the majority are only fixes. This is because Windows 11 did not receive an optional non-security update last month due to the holiday season.

Installing KB5034123 upgrades the OS builds to 22631.3007 and 22621.3007 for Windows 11 23H2 and 22 H2, respectively.

The highlight of this update is that it includes a dynamic and interactive weather widget on the lock screen, which will expand and show the full weather forecast using MSN weather when clicked upon.

Additionally, KB5034123 also addresses a total of 53 security vulnerabilities, out of which only 1 is of critical importance, and Microsoft has also published 2 security advisories. The security patches focus on Remote Code Execution, Information Disclosure, Elevation of Privilege, as well as Denial of Service.

Release Summary: KB5034123

  • KB Article: KB5034123
  • Update Type: Cumulative Update (Patch Tuesday)
  • OS Version: Windows 11 versions 22H2, 23H2
  • OS Build: 226X1.3007
  • Size: 638.4 MB
  • Release Date: 9th January 2024

What’s new in KB5034123

The most highlighted change in KB5034123 is the inclusion of a new weather widget on the lock screen. After installing KB5034123, I noticed that it has not yet been rolled out since Microsoft plans to deliver it gradually to the users over the next week.

This new widget will be an interactive and intuitive weather widget, giving a richer look to the lock screen. After clicking on the weather card and signing in, the full forecast will appear in MSN weather.

To get the latest weather widget on the lock screen, go to Settings > Personalization > Lock screen, and select “Weather” from the drop-down menu in front of “Lock screen status.”

Show weather as the lock screen status
Show weather as the lock screen status

Other than this, KB5034123 also makes a few fixes.

Fixes

The following list of fixes has been included with this release:

  • This update fixes a Wi-Fi issue where education and corporate devices were unable to connect to wireless networks using the 802.1x authentication. This problem occurred after installing either KB5033375 or KB5032288.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the spellchecker.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the ActiveX scroll bar. It did not work in IE mode.
  • This update addresses an issue that causes the device to shut down after 60 seconds. This occurred after using a smart card to authenticate on a remote system.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the display of a smart card icon. The icon did not appear when you signed in. This occurred when there were multiple certificates on the smart card.

With these improvements, there are also some known issues that you ought to be aware of before installing this update. To learn in detail what the issues are and their workarounds, read the dedicated post linked below:

Windows 11 known issues

Download and Install KB5034123

You can install these updates on a Windows 11 PC through Windows Update as well as a standalone installer.

Download and install Windows 11, or check if your system meets the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11.

KB5034123 direct download (Offline installer)

Click on the respective link in the “Downloads” column to download the KB article for your OS version:

KB articleWindows 11 versionDownloads
KB503412323H2x64
ARM64
KB503412322H2x64
ARM64
Download KB5034123 for Windows 11

To install the update, simply run the downloaded MSU file and Windows will automatically install the update. To download any other updates related to any of the above, please check the Microsoft Catalog.

Windows Update

To install this update via Windows Update, you need to be running Windows 11 version 22H2 or 23H2. To check your version of the operating system, run the “winver” command in the Run Command box.

If you have the right Windows version, go to Settings > Windows Update, and click “Check for updates.” KB5034123 will then begin downloading and installing. When finalized, click “Restart now“, and then check again whether the update has been successfully installed through the OS build number.

KB5034123 successfully installed
KB5034123 successfully installed

Windows 11 KB5034123 hands-on experience

After having installed the Patch Tuesday update for January 2024 on my Windows 11 23H2 device, I felt no difference when compared to the older build, as a regular home user. The only new feature that Microsoft added was the improved weather widget on the lock screen, and that is still to appear on my PC.

Additionally, other improvements, like having the ability to use Copilot on multi-display devices were already incorporated in last month’s Patch Tuesday update.

Windows 11 Patch Tuesday History

KB ArticleOS VersionBuildRelease DateSignificant ChangesAnnouncement
KB503476523H2, 22H2226X1.315513-2-24Fixed Narrator, search in Start menu, and more. Moved Copilot icon in taskbar to the rightMicrosoft announcement of KB5034765
KB503412323H2, 22H2226X1.30079-Jan-23Improved weather widget on lock screen, fixed Wi-Fi connectivity issue for education and corporate usersMicrosoft announcement of KB5034123
KB503337523H2, 22H2226X1.286112-Dec-23Copilot improvements, Windows Spotlight to be the default backgroundMicrosoft announcement of KB5033375
KB503219023H2, 22H2226X1.2715 14-Nov-23Enable Moment 4 features, addresses zero-day vulnerabilities, introduces issues with Copilot and COLRv1.Microsoft announcement of KB5032190
KB503135422H222621.242810-Oct-23Introduces Copilot and Dev Drives, new voice access commands, improvements to Settings app and File ExplorerMicrosoft announcement of KB5031354
KB503021922H222621.228312-Sep-23Improved Search app, search flyout box on hover, easily tab through search resultsMicrosoft announcement of KB5030219
KB502926322H222621.21348-Aug-23Addresses VPN issues, more accurate brightness levels, notifications more reliableMicrosoft Announcement of KB5029263
KB502925321H222000.22958-Aug-23Addresses VPN issues, reliable notificationsMicrosoft Announcement of KB5029253
KB502818522H222621.199211-Jul-23Share local files with Outlook contacts, 78 vulnerabilities addressesMicrosoft Announcement of KB5028185
KB502818221H222000.217611-Jul-23Announcement of some Windows 11 22H2 editions EOL, share local files with Outlook contacts Microsoft Announcement of KB5028182
KB502723122H222621.184813-Jun-23Fixes a known issue with 32-bit apps, addresses a Windows kernel information disclosure vulnerabilityMicrosoft Announcement of KB5027231
KB502722321H222000.205713-Jun-23Fixes a known issue with 32-bit apps, addresses a Windows kernel information disclosure vulnerabilityMicrosoft Announcement of KB5027223
KB502637222H222621.17029-May-23Option to get the latest non-security updates immediately, new animations in the Widgets iconsMicrosoft Announcement of KB5026372
KB502636821H222000.19369-May-23Addresses issues with LSASS and other fixesMicrosoft Announcement of KB5026368
KB502523922H222621.155511-Apr-23Microsoft account notifications in the Start menu, the search box will be lighter in a custom color theme, and a plethora of fixesMicrosoft Announcement of KB5025239
KB502522421H222000.181711-Apr-23Fixes known issues with kiosk devicesMicrosoft Announcement of KB5025224
KB502370622H222621.141314-Mar-23AI Bing search box, iOS linking, tabbed notepad, screen recording from Snipping Tool, redesigned Quick AssistMicrosoft Announcement of KB5023706
KB502369821H222000.169614-Mar-23Phase three of DCOM hardening, other fixesMicrosoft Announcement of KB5023698
KB502284522H222621.126514-Feb-23.NET Framework updates integrated into UUP-based feature updatesMicrosoft Announcement of KB5022845
KB502283621H222000.157414-Feb-23– Combines Windows Spotlight with Themes on the Personalization page
– Multiple changes to the Accounts Settings page
Microsoft Announcement of KB5022836
KB502230322H222621.110510-Jan-23– ODBC Connectivity with SQL Server fixed.
– Local Session Manager security issues fixed
Microsoft Announcement of KB5022303
KB502228721H222000.145510-Jan-23– ODBC Connectivity with SQL Server fixed.
– Local Session Manager security issues fixed
Microsoft Announcement of KB5022287
KB502125522H222621.96313-Dec-22-UI discrepancies in Task Manager are fixed
-DPAPI decryption issue is fixed
Microsoft Announcement of KB5021255
KB5021234 21H222000.133513-Dec-22-UI discrepancies in Task Manager are fixed
-DPAPI decryption issue is fixed
Microsoft Announcement of KB5021234
KB501998022H222621.8198-Nov-22Task Manager option added to taskbar’s context menuMicrosoft Announcement of KB5019980
KB501996121H222000.12198-Nov-22Task Manager option added to taskbar’s context menuMicrosoft Announcement of KB5019961
Changelog for Windows 11 Patch Tuesday updates
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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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