Windows 11 August Patch Tuesday update fixes display and brightness issues

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft released Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 11 this week.
  • PCs running Windows 11 version 22H2 will receive an update to Build 22621.2134.
  • The update includes several improvements and security fixes, but it does not have any new features.

The second Tuesday of August just passed, meaning Microsoft has released another set of Patch Tuesday updates for Windows 11. Those running the latest version of Windows 11 (version 22H2) will receive an update to Build 22621.2134. There aren’t any new features in the update, but there are several improvements.

Screen brightness settings should be more accurate after the update. Widgets should have a smoother experience as well. As is normally the case for Patch Tuesday updates, a long list of improvements adds up to an overall better computing experience.

The August Patch Tuesday update includes all of the changes and improvements that shipped in preview on July 26, 2023 in update KB5028254. Here are the highlights and improvements listed by Microsoft:

August Patch Tuesday Highlights

  • This update makes brightness settings more accurate.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects certain display and audio devices. They are missing after your system resumes from sleep.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Widgets. They unpin from the taskbar when you do not expect it.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects virtual private networks (VPN). There might be excessive Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) requests to the network gateway. This occurs when the VPN is on a wireless mesh network that uses an aggressive throttling algorithm. Because of this, network performance is poor.

August Patch Tuesday Improvements

  • New! This update affects the Handwriting Software Input Panel (SIP), the Handwriting Engine, and the Handwriting Embedded Inking Control. They now support GB18030-2022 conformance level 2. Because of this, they meet the level 3 requirements.
  • This update addresses an issue in the Windows Notification Platform. The issue affects how much power your device uses.
  • This update affects the Windows Push Notification Services (WNS). It makes the connection between the client and the WNS server more reliable.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects hybrid joined devices. You cannot sign in to them if they are not connected to the internet. This occurs when you use a Windows Hello for Business PIN or biometric credentials. This issue applies to a cloud trust deployment.
  • This update affects Windows Autopilot profiles. The process to download the Windows Autopilot policy is more resilient. This helps when a network connection might not be fully initialized. This update increases the retry attempts when you try to download the Windows Autopilot profile.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Event Forwarding Subscriptions. When you add an Event Channel to the subscription, it forwards events you do not need.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) repository. This causes an installation error. The issue occurs when a device does not shut down properly.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects certain CPUs. There is inconsistent reporting of the L2 cache.
  • This update enhances hinting for some of the letters of the Verdana Pro font family.
  • This update affects user mode printer drivers. They unload unexpectedly. This occurs when you print from multiple print queues to the same printer driver.
  • This update affects text edit controls in XAML and browser controls. You cannot make text edit controls editable again after they become read only. This occurs when you use the new Microsoft Input Method Editor for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.
  • This update makes Narrator announce the “Change product key” label.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Defender Firewall Profile. It fails to automatically switch from a LAN that is trusted to a public network.
  • This update makes Country and Operator Settings Asset (COSA) profiles up to date.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects a printing job. An unexpected Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) mode switch can cause the print job to abruptly stop. This occurs when there is an independent hardware vendor (IHV) driver.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects certain wireless wide area network (WWAN) devices. After every restart, a dialog reappears. It asks you to switch to embedded SIM (eSIM) even when you choose “No.”
  • This update addresses a deadlock in Internet Protocol Security (IPsec). When you configure servers with IPsec rules, they stop responding. This issue affects virtual and physical servers.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the MPSSV service. The issues causes your system to restart repeatedly. The stop error code is 0xEF.
  • This update affects the Windows Kernel Vulnerable Driver Blocklist, DriverSiPolicy.p7b. It adds drivers that are at risk for Bring Your Own Vulnerable Driver (BYOVD) attacks.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC). The issue copies unsigned WDAC policies to the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) disk partition. This partition is reserved for signed policies.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects WDAC. The “Disabled: Script Enforcement” option might create audit events you do not need.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the fastfat file system driver. It stops responding because of a race condition.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects I/O over Server Message Block (SMB). It might fail when you use the LZ77+Huffman compression algorithm.