Microsoft released Windows 11 KB5034204 (Preview) update for PCs running 22H2, and 23H2 with several bug fixes and improvements including fixes for Bluetooth audio issues, Start menu search, File Explorer Gallery, and more. Windows 11 KB5034204 is an optional update, you must click ‘Download and install’ after checking for updates from Settings > Windows Update to install the KB5034204 update on your computer. Microsoft has also published direct download links for Windows 11 KB5034204 offline installers. Well, You can always skip optional updates and wait until the next Patch Tuesday, i.e. “February 2024 Patch Tuesday”, which will include today’s all changes.
Download Windows 11 KB5034204
As discussed, Windows 11 KB5034204 is an optional update that needs to be downloaded and installed manually.
- Press the Windows key + I to open the settings app
- Go to Windows Update then hit the check for Updates button, If you see the following patch, click on Download and Install.
2024-01 Cumulative Update Preview for Windows 11 Version 23H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5034204)
- Once the download and installation are complete, restart your computer to apply the change.
Windows 11 KB5034204 Direct Download Links: 64-bit.
Note: This link opens the Microsoft update catalog, this is where you can find all cumulative updates published for offline download.
Windows 11 KB5034204 what’s new?
According to Microsoft, this preview update resolves various issues, including fix for Start menu search, enhancing video call reliability, issue preventing device freezing from print support apps, enabling tooltip closure in File Explorer Gallery, addressing Bluetooth audio problems and more.
It resolves file visibility problems, such as certain 7-Zip files appearing empty in File Explorer. Additionally, it address Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) issues affecting HTML preview rendering in the Group Policy editor.
Furthermore, the update fixes caching issues in Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), ensuring accurate timezone changes. The update enhances system reliability during power transitions, reducing the likelihood of stop errors.
Text rendering for third-party applications sees improvement with fixes to the OpenType font driver. Moreover, it corrects rendering glitches in color font formats, enhancing emoji display.
Bluetooth-related issues, including sound loss with Bluetooth LE audio earbuds and audio routing problems during Bluetooth phone calls answered on the PC, are addressed.
These fixes aim to streamline user interactions and improve the overall performance of Windows 11 systems. You can read the complete changelog Microsoft’s official site here.
Also, Microsoft noted one known issue, Windows devices using multiple monitors may encounter problems with desktop icons shifting unexpectedly between monitors or experiencing alignment issues when attempting to use Copilot in Windows (in preview).
Another issue, Microsoft note confirmed yet where Windows 11 KB5034204 fails to install or crashes the taskbar and File Explorer. Users report encountering taskbar problems, and some cannot use File Explorer.
If you also encounter such problem after installing the update, you can safely uninstall the update to bypass this issue.
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