Microsoft Releases KB5032288 Windows 11 Preview Update A Week Later; Makes Improvements To Copilot

A Windows 11 preview update has been published by Microsoft, which is KB5032288. Microsoft was supposed to roll out an optional update in November 2023, however, that update never came. I guess that the update wasn’t ready at the time, and are now rolling it out a week late.

Since this is an optional update, it needs to be installed manually using the given steps below.

Mind you, KB5032288 was already published for the Insiders on the Release Preview channel. However, that update focused on making Windows 11 more compliant with the Digital Markets Act . The optional update rolled out to the stable channel does not include those same improvements and features and does not make it compliant with the European Union (EU). This is also why perhaps the update was not ready a week ago.

Instead, KB5032288 makes several changes to Copilot, which further conveniences the end users. Additionally, Microsoft also intimates the users that after 27th February 2024, Windows 11 22H2 will no longer receive non-security optional updates. Moreover, there will be no optional updates for December 2023 either because of the holiday season.

KB5032288 is not installed as a regular optional update from the Windows Update instead. Instead, it needs to be installed from the dedicated “Optional Updates” settings page, for which the method is given below. If you install this update, your OS build will upgrade to 22621.2792 (22H2) or 22631.2792 (23H2).

What’s new in KB5032288

The following list of changes and improvements are introduced to Windows 11 with KB5032288 :

  • Changes and improvements to Copilot

    • You can use Copilot in Windows across multiple displays. Press the Copilot in Windows taskbar button on the taskbar of the display where you want Copilot in Windows to appear. To show Copilot in Windows on the last display that it was on, press the Windows key + C shortcut keys. If you use a keyboard, press the Windows key + T key combo to put the keyboard focus on the taskbar. Then go to the Copilot in Windows button to open it on any display. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow.
    • You can use Copilot in Windows (in preview) with Alt + Tab. When you press this key combination, the thumbnail preview for Copilot in Windows appears among other thumbnail previews of open windows. You can switch between them using the Tab keystroke. This is available to a small audience initially and deploys more broadly in the months that follow.
    • You can ask Copilot in Windows (in preview) for help ten times when you sign in to Windows using a local account. After that, you must sign in using a verified account. These include a Microsoft account (MSA) and Azure Active Directory (Azure AD).
    • This update improves how fast Copilot in Windows (in preview) opens from the taskbar.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the Copilot in Windows (in preview) icon on the taskbar. It does not show as active when Copilot in Windows is open.
  • Other improvements and fixes

    • In the coming weeks, you might see Windows Spotlight set as the default background. This might occur when your background is set to an inbox Windows image.
    • This update starts the rollout of account-related notifications for Microsoft accounts in Settings >Home.
    • This update addresses an issue that causes IE mode to stop responding. This occurs if you press the left arrow key when an empty text box has the focus and caret (cursor) browsing is on.
    • This update addresses an issue that causes IE mode to stop responding. This occurs when you have multiple IE mode tabs open.
    • This update affects Dynamic Lighting. It reduces the amount of power it uses on your device.
    • This update addresses an issue that might affect the cursor when you write in Japanese. The cursor might move to an unexpected place.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the cursor. Its movement lags in some screen capture scenarios.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the Widgets notification badge. It is in the wrong position on the taskbar.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects File Explorer. When you press Shift + F10, the shortcut (context) menu does not open.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects File Explorer windows. When you do not expect them, they appear in the foreground.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects File Explorer. The options in the left pane show the wrong state.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects apps that you download from Microsoft Store. They stop responding and will not update.
    • This update affects the shortcut (context) menu. Its performance is now better when you open it on the desktop and in File Explorer.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the Narrator. It fails to open on the Setup screen when you install Windows.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects .RAR files. They display as if they are empty in File Explorer.
    • This update affects the Netherlands time zone. It adds the recent man-made landmass outside of Rotterdam to the shape files.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the Trusted Sites Zone logon policy. You cannot manage it using mobile device management (MDM).
    • This update addresses an issue that affects IE mode. A webpage stops working as expected when there is an open modal dialog.
    • This update addresses app cursor issues. The cursor changes from a hand to a cursor when it should not, or the cursor disappears. These issues occur when apps use the WebView2Standalone XAML control.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects remote direct memory access (RDMA) performance counters. They did not return networking data on VMs in the right way.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects 32-bit GDI-based applications. They stop responding. This occurs when they run on 64-bit Windows OSs that use more than 2 GB of memory.
    • This update addresses an issue that might affect Microsoft OneNote. When you use a pen right-click to open it, that might fail.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) decoder. It does not work well on some websites that set the wrong input sampling rate.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects hardware that uses the PresentAt feature. Power use grows when you play a video in full screen.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects the Systems Settings application. It stops responding after you turn off Device Encryption.
    • This update affects Microsoft Defender for Endpoint (MDE). It enables Conditional Access (CA) scenarios.
    • This update addresses an issue that stops you from reconnecting to an existing Remote Desktop session. Instead, you get a new one.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows LAPS. Its PasswordExpirationProtectionEnabled policy fails to turn on the setting.
    • This update addresses a leak in volatile notifications. This might stop you from signing in to your machine.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Sandbox. If the locale of your machine is not US English, File Explorer stops responding.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects Remote Desktop web authentication. This issue might stop you from connecting to sovereign cloud endpoints.
    • This update addresses an issue that affects certain PCs. It stops them from downloading speech recognition packages.

This concludes the new improvements and fixes with this update. However, there are also a few known issues with this release which you should consider before installing it.

Known issues in KB5032288

KB5032288 carries some old issues with Windows 11 and also introduces a few new ones. Make sure to go through them to ensure that they do not affect you, before upgrading to this Windows update.

  • BitLocker might incorrectly receive a 65000 error in Mobile Device Management

    BitLocker is an encryption feature in the Windows OS. While managing this feature from either the “FixedDrivesEncryptionType” or the “SystemDrivesEncryptionType” policies in the BitLocker Configuration Service Provider (CSP) node inside the MDM might incorrectly display an error code “65000” with the statement “Require device encryption.”

    This error does not come up for every device; only some specific devices within an environment. Environments that have “full encryption” or “used space only” selected with the rules “Enforce drive encryption type on operating system drives” or “Enforce drive encryption on fixed drives” set to enabled are affected.

    Microsoft confirms that this issue affects Intune, but may also affect third-party MDMs as well.

  • Desktop icons scatter if more than one monitor is attached

    Opening Copilot may randomly spread and scatter the desktop icons and other experience issues with icon alignment if more than one display device is connected to the computer.

    At the moment, Microsoft is addressing this issue by disabling Copilot on devices that have been used, are are being used in a multi-monitor setup.

  • Emojis may not have a 3D-like appearance because of issues with COLRv1

    COLRv1 is a rich, Opentype text font that supports additional graphic capabilities than its predecessors. On Windows, this is used to display rendered emojis.

    After installing this update, the color font format for COLRv1 does not render properly. At the moment, there is no fix or workaround for this issue. Microsoft will (hopefully) roll out a fix for this issue in a later update.

  • Microsoft Narrator might not start when installing/updating to Windows 11 23H2 with a physical media or ISO file

    The Narrator might not start, or work as it should if you upgrade your operating system to Windows 11 23H2 by using an ISO image file or physical media, like a USB flash drive or a disk.

    Note that this issue does not occur if you upgrade to Windows 11 23H2 through Windows Update or the Installation Assistant.

    Although the Narrator is present, if you install this update and then later upgrade to Windows 11 23H2 from 22H2, then you will experience issues with the Narrator .

    At the moment, there is no fix for this issue. Microsoft is currently working on a permanent fix and an installation media without this problem.

This concludes the known issues with this release. To learn more about this update, read the KB5032288 changelog.

Download and install KB5032288

This non-security update can be installed through Windows Update and standalone installers.

We have given the direct download links to the standalone installers below, using which you can install the update on your respective Windows 11 version , or you can simply update to the latest build using Windows Update through the given guide below.

Offline installers

Click on the link below to download the update for your respective OS version:

KB articleOS versionDownload
Download KB5032288 for Windows 11 23H2, 22H2

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 KB5023388 through Windows Update , you must have Windows 11 22H2 or 23H2. To check your Windows version, run the command “winver” in the Run Command box. Once done, use the following steps to install this update.

Note: If you have enabled the option “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available,” then the update will download and install automatically.

  1. Press the Windows Key + i to open the Settings app.

  2. Click “Windows Update” on the left.

  3. Scroll down and click “Advanced options.”

    Open Advanced update options
    Open Advanced update options
  4. Click “Optional updates” under the “Additional Options” section.

    Open Optional Windows updates
    Open Optional Windows updates
  5. Now select the following available update and click “Download & install.”

    2023-11 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 11 Version
     22H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5032288)
    Download and install KB5032288
    Download and install KB5032288
  6. Now return to the “Windows Update” settings page and wait for the update to install. When installed, click “Restart now.”

    Restart computer
    Restart computer

Once the computer restarts, you can check whether it was successful by confirming the OS build. Type in “winver” in the Run Command box and press Enter.

KB5032288 successfully installed
KB5032288 successfully installed

Cleanup after installing an update

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
Cleanup Windows after Windows Update installation
Cleanup Windows after Windows Update installation

Windows 11 optional non-security update history

KB ArticleOS VersionBuildRelease DateSignificant ChangesAnnouncement
KB503594223H2, 22H222621.3374,
26-Mar-24Widgets on lock screen, improvements to Voice Access, Narrator, Windows Sshare, & Nearby SharingMicrosoft Announcement of KB5035942
KB503484823H2, 22H222621.3235,
29-Feb-24Support for USB4 v2 (80 GBps), ability to edit mobile screenshots with Windows Snipping ToolMicrosoft Announcement of KB5034848
KB503420423H2, 22H222621.3085,
23-Jan-243D emojis restored, bugs fixed in Start menu, File Explorer, and Bluetooth technology.Microsoft Announcement of KB5034204
KB503228823H2, 22H222621.2792, 22631.27924-Dec-23Several improvements for Copilot and File Explorer, Spotlight as the default backgroundMicrosoft Announcement of KB5032288
KB503145522H222621.250626-Oct-23Introduces Moment 4 features that are enabled by default, fixes issues with touchscreen amongst othersMicrosoft Announcement of KB5031455
KB503031022H222621.236126-Sep-23– Introduces new features of Windows 11 23H2
– Made major fixes and resolved issues
Microsoft Announcement of KB5030310
KB502935122H222621.221522-Aug-23– Improves app defaults and app pinning
– Includes hover behavior to search box gleam
Microsoft Announcement of KB5029351
KB502825422H222621.207026-Jul-23– Addresses issues with push notifications
– Fixes issues with VPN connectivity
Microsoft Announcement of KB5028254
KB502730322H222621.192827-Jun-23– Includes all Moment 3 features and improvements, including the option to show seconds in the taskbar clock.
– Improves the sharing of a local file in File Explorer with Microsoft Outlook contacts
– Several additions and changes to the Settings app pages.
Microsoft Announcement of KB5027303
KB502644622H222621.177824-May-23– Fixes speech recognition known issue, adds total OneDrive storage view in Accounts Settings page, adds Bluetooth LE to supported hardware.
– Introduces a new issue with 32-bit apps while saving, attaching, and moving them.
Microsoft Announcement of KB5026446
Changelog for Windows 11 optional non-security preview 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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