Microsoft has released the optional KB5014668 cumulative update previews for Windows 11 with fixes for issues leading to game crashes and failed upgrades to the latest Windows version.
This cumulative update is part of Microsoft’s scheduled June 2022 monthly “C” updates that enables Windows customers to test upcoming fixes before they’re released for all users on July 12th as part of the next Patch Tuesday.
Unlike regular Patch Tuesday updates, scheduled Windows non-security preview updates are optional and only provide bug fixes and performance improvements.
Preview cumulative updates released today include:
“The preview update for other supported versions of Windows 10 will be available in the near term,” Microsoft said.
To install today’s preview updates, you have to go to Settings > Windows Update and manually click the ‘Check for updates’ button. Windows will not install them until you also click ‘Download now’ because they’re also optional updates.
You can also manually deploy them from the Microsoft Update Catalog by searching for KB5014668 or KB5014669 and installing the appropriate package for your platform.
KB5014668 fixes upgrade issues, game crashes
Today’s Windows 11 optional update comes with fixes for issues that may cause some games to crash when using specific audio technology.
As Microsoft explained, KB5014668 “addresses an issue that causes certain games to stop working if they use the XAudio API to play sound effects.”
This cumulative update also patches up a race condition “that might cause an upgrade to Windows 11 (original release) to fail.”
It also fixes a bug that could prevent Bluetooth from reconnecting to some audio devices after a device restart.
Last but not least, KB5014668 addresses an issue that might cause Windows 11 (original release) to stop working when installing applications without network connectivity.
What’s new in today’s Windows update
After installing the KB5014668 cumulative update preview, your Windows 11 installation will change the build number to 22000.778.
The Windows 11 update preview includes even more quality improvements and fixes, including:
- Search highlights that will roll out to Windows 11 customers over the next several weeks
- Adds support for Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 in Windows client and server Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) implementations.
- Addresses an issue that fails to hide the Windows Sandbox startup screen after Sandbox starts to run.
- Addresses an issue that causes Microsoft NTLM authentication using an external trust to fail.
- Updates the Start menu to display Windows PowerShell when you right-click (Win + X) the Start button after uninstalling Windows Terminal.
You can find a complete list of all improvements and bug fixes and detailed explanations of known issues in the KB5014668 support bulletin.