Windows 11 22H2 KB5019509 (Build 22621.675) Allows All App Modification From Settings App, Enhances File Explorer

The optional KB5019509 allows you to manage all apps from the Settings app, brings File Explorer tabs and other enhancements, as well as Suggested Actions. This update can be installed from Windows Update and standalone installers.

Windows 11 Cumulative Update

Microsoft has released KB5019509 for Windows 11 to the stable channel as an optional update. This is a type-c release since it is released in the third week of the month.

Before we dig into the details of what this update offers, we would like to bring to your attention that Microsoft had earlier released KB5019509 to the Release preview channel for the Insiders. However, this stable channel release includes the older improvements, as well as a few new ones.

Installing this optional update would upgrade your operating system’s build to 22621.675. It has some interesting features that you can benefit from ahead of these features being publically available in next month’s Patch Tuesday release.

The highlights of this release are that you can now manage all of your applications through the Settings app, which includes uninstalling, repairing, and modifying them. Moreover, many improvements have also been made to File Explorer.

Let’s take a closer look at the features you’ll be getting with this Windows update.

Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Summary

Here are some of the important details about this build for Windows 11.

Complete Release BuildCumulative Update for Windows 11 22H2 for x64-Based Systems (KB5019509)
ChannelStable (Flight Hub)
Release DateTuesday, October 18th, 2022
Official Announcementhttps://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/october-18-2022-kb5019509-os-build-22621-675-out-of-band-4fdf3458-148a-46bd-b163-ecb93c282726
System Requirementshttps://www.itechtics.com/windows-11-requirements-check/
Download and installDownload the stable version of Windows 11 22H2 (2022 Update)
Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Summary

Here is the list of the latest Windows 11 builds and versions for each channel for your information:

Windows 11 Latest Versions Numbers

Windows 11 ChannelRelease DateBuild/Version Information
Windows 11 (22H2) Stable25-Oct-22Windows 11 22H2 Build 22621.755
Windows 11 (21H2) Stable17-Oct-22Windows 11 21H2 Build 22000.1100
Windows 11 22H2 Release Preview19-Oct-22Windows 11 22H2 Build 22621.754
Windows 11 21H2 Release Preview18-Oct-22Windows 11 21H2 Build 22000.1163
Windows 11 Beta20-Oct-22Windows 11 22H2 Build 22623.870/22621.870
Windows 11 Dev27-Oct-22Windows 11 Build 25231
Windows 11 latest versions and builds summary

What’s New and Improved in Windows 11 Build 22621.675

File Explorer Enhancements

The File Explorer has been upgraded to improve several new features.

You can now open multiple tabs in the same Explorer window, just like in a web browser. This is the “File Explorer tabs” feature which was not included in the original Windows 11 22H2 release but was anticipated since it had already been introduced to the Insiders.

Users can now also pin their important files and folders on the File Explorer homepage for convenient access.

Additionally, users will now also be able to see the actions performed by their colleagues on the shared Microsoft OneDrive files.

Enhancements to File Explorer
Enhancements to File Explorer

Suggested Actions

Windows 11 users can now perform actions faster through inline suggestions. These suggestions will be offered by the OS, depending on what you have highlighted or copied.

For example, if you copy a date, you will be advised to save an event in your calendar. If you copy a phone number, an inline suggestion will appear with the methods you can use to make a phone call.

  • When copying the date and time, an inline light dismissible UI will appear suggesting you create a corresponding event in the calendar. When you select an option, the Calendar app will launch automatically to that specific event creation page and the date and time fields will be filled automatically as well.

    Create an event from copied date
    Create an event from copied date
  • When copying a phone number, you will be suggested methods to make a phone call through the Microsoft Teams appSkype, or other installed applications.

    Make a call
    Make a call

Taskbar Overflow

If you have multiple applications open simultaneously, the icons in the taskbar may exceed the allowed limit on your screen. If this happens, the taskbar will automatically transition into the new overflow state, allowing you to access other apps conveniently.

You can click on the ellipses in the taskbar to expand other app icons and access them easily. The overflow menu will adapt to the taskbar behaviors, such as having an extended UI of the taskbar, pinned applications, etc.

Taskbar overflow
Taskbar overflow. Source: Microsoft

Improved Sharing Capabilities

Users will now be able to discover and share with more devices nearby using the improved sharing dialog box. Previously, nearby sharing was only allowed through Bluetooth. However, users can now share data with UDP as well.

If you try sharing a file from the desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox Game Bar, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window, you will now be able to share to nearby devices more conveniently.

Note: For the UDP function to work, you must enable network discovery and set the network type to “Private.”

nearbyshare
Improved “Nearby sharing” window. Source: Microsoft

Moreover, you can now also share/upload items directly to OneDrive from the built-in “Nearby sharing” window. This can be done from the desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox Game Bar, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window.

Uninstall, Repair, Modify All Apps from Settings

You can now manage all of your applications from the Windows Settings app. Previously, you had to use the Programs and Features applet in the Control Panel to uninstall, repair, or modify the applications. Now, you can do so by navigating to the following:

Settings app >> Apps >> Installed apps

Simply click on the ellipses (3 dots) in front of an app to perform an action.

Manage apps from Settings
Manage apps from Settings

Other Improvements

Only one other improvement is remaining in this update.

This release improves the performance of federation authentication, making it slightly quicker.

This concludes all of the new features that have been enabled in this Windows update.

How to Install Windows 11 Build 22621.675 (KB5019509)

This update can be installed through Windows Update as well as using standalone installers.

Offline Installers

Click on the respective link below to download KB5019509 for Windows 11 2022 Update.

Download KB5019509 for Windows 11 22H2 for x64-based Systems [242.7 MB]

Download KB5019509 for Windows 11 22H2 for ARM64-based Systems [324.71 MB]

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. To check your version of the operating system, type in winver in Run and press Enter.

Follow these steps to install the update via Windows Update:

  1. Navigate to the Settings app and then click Windows Update on the left.

  2. Here, click Check for updates on the right side of the window.

    check for updates Windows 11
    Check for pending updates
  3. You will then see the following update available:

    2022-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 for x64/ARM64-based Systems (KB5019509) is available.

    Click Download and install under it.

    Download and install 2
    Download and install KB5019509
  4. When it installs, click Restart now to finalize the installation.

    Restart computer 6
    Restart computer

Once the computer restarts, you can verify that the OS has been updated by typing in winver in the Run Command box.

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KB5019509 successfully installed

Rollback/Remove Windows Cumulative Update

If you do not wish to keep the installed update for some reason, you can always roll back to the previous build of the OS. However, this can only be performed within the next 10 days after installing the new update.

To roll back after 10 days, you will need to apply this trick.

Cleanup After Installing Windows Updates

If you want to save space after installing Windows updates, you can run the following commands one after the other in Command Prompt with administrative privileges:

dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
dism cleanup
DISM cleanup

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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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