Windows 11 Build 22621.754 (KB5018496) Allows You To Delete Biometric Data

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The Release Preview channel has been updated with KB5018496 for Windows 11, installing which will upgrade your operating system’s build to 22621.754.

This update does not include any significant features, but minor improvements and fixes for the operating system. Let’s take a look at the improvements before the Insiders begin to upgrade to this build.

Windows 11 Build 22621.754 Summary

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

Complete Release BuildCumulative Update for Windows 11 22H2 (KB5018496)
ChannelRelease Preview (Flight Hub)
Release DateWednesday, October 19th, 2022
Official Announcement
System Requirements
Download and installFirst Download the stable version of Windows 11 22H2 (2022 Update)
Then join the Windows Insider program
Windows 11 Build 22621.754 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 22621.754

The following list of improvements have been made with this flight:

  • A new consent form has been added for those enrolled in “Windows Hello Face and Fingerprint.” You have new choices for your biometric data. You can keep storing your biometric data or open Settings to delete the data if you have not used your face or fingerprint for authentication in over 365 days.
  • Improvements have been made to the Microsoft Account experience in the Settings app. For instance, you can manage your Microsoft OneDrive subscription and related storage alerts.
  • The search visual treatments on the taskbar have been enhanced to improve discoverability.
  • The backup experience has been enhanced when using your Microsoft Account (MSA).
  • The Task Manager has been added to the context menu when right-clicking the taskbar. This feature will be rolling out in the coming weeks.
  • The ms-appinstaller Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) has been enabled to work for the DesktopAppInstaller.
  • The daylight saving time in Jordan will not be starting at the end of October 2022.
  • An issue that affects Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) authentication hardening is fixed. Windows will automatically raise the authentication level for all non-anonymous activation requests from DCOM clients to RPC_C_AUTHN_LEVEL_PKT_INTEGRITY.
  • An issue that affects the Windows Search service is addressed. Indexing progress used to be slow when you use the service.
  • An issue that affects cached credentials for security keys and Fast Identity Online 2.0 (FIDO2) authentications is fixed. On hybrid domain-joined devices, the system removed these cached credentials.
  • An issue that might affect some types of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections is fixed. These connections occasionally had handshake failures.
  • An issue that affects the Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD) Application Proxy connector is fixed. It could not retrieve a Kerberos ticket on behalf of the user.
  • An issue that affects certificate mapping is addressed. When it failed, lsass.exe would stop working in schannel.dll.
  • An issue that affects Microsoft Edge when it is in IE Mode is fixed. The titles of pop-up windows and tabs were wrong.
  • An issue that affects Microsoft Edge IE mode is addressed. It stopped users from opening web pages.
  • An issue that affects title bars when you use third-party tools to customize them is addressed. The title bars did not render properly. However, Microsoft cannot guarantee all text customizations will work as before at the moment.
  • An issue that might cause vertical and horizontal line artifacts to appear on the screen is now fixed.
  • An issue that affects Input Method Editors (IME) from Microsoft and third parties is fixed. They stopped working when you close the IME window. This happened if the IME uses Windows Text Services Framework (TSF) 1.0.
  • An issue that might fail to sync the audio when you record gameplay using the Xbox Game Bar is fixed.
  • DriverSiPolicy.p7b has been updated for the Windows kernel vulnerable driver blocklist. This update includes drivers that are vulnerable to Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver (BYOVD) attacks.
  • The Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) control of Hypervisor-Protected Code Integrity (HVCI) enforcement has been extended for targeted hardware configurations.
  • An issue that affects File Explorer has been fixed.
  • An issue that affects the button style BS_PUSHLIKE is addressed. Buttons that have this style are difficult to identify against a dark background.
  • An issue that stops the credential UI from displaying in IE mode when you use Microsoft Edge is fixed.
  • An issue that affects Server Manager is fixed. It used to reset the wrong disk when several disks have the same UniqueId.
  • An issue that affects the CopyFile function is fixed. It returned ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE instead of ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND when it was called with an invalid source file.
  • An issue that affects the Start menu is addressed. It stopped working when you used keyboard commands to move pinned items to a folder at the end of a list.

With these fixes and improvements, Microsoft has currently not disclosed any known issues with the update.

How to Install Windows 11 Build 22621.754 (KB5018496)

To install this update, you need to be running Windows 11 22H2 and subscribed to the Release Preview channel. If you have enabled Windows updates, you will automatically get a “New features are ready to install” prompt.

If not, follow these steps to install the 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 downloading and installing automatically:

    2022-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2
     for x64-based Systems (KB5018496)

    When it finishes installing, click Restart now to finalize the installation.

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    Restart PC

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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KB5018496 successfully installed

Rollback/Remove Windows 11 Insider Preview Update

If you do not wish to keep the installed preview 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 before the end of the 10 days.

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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