Windows 11 KB5015814 is now available for everyone with lots of improvements, fixes and some new issues. This cumulative update brings the Windows Search highlight feature to everyone and fixes an issue preventing users from upgrading to Windows 11 (original version) from Windows 10.
KB5015814 is a security update and it will be automatically downloaded to your device at some point or when you manually check for updates. Of course, you can pause updates for up to a week if you are aware of potential issues with that particular update. Otherwise, KB5015814 is a decent update in most cases.
Late Tuesday, Microsoft released the Windows 11 July 2022 Update security patch for version 21H2 which doesn’t appear to change much on the surface. However, after downloading the patch, fully updated Windows 11 users found themselves unable to install the cumulative update.
According to reports, the installation of KB5015814 fails with error messages like 0x8000ffff, 0x8007007e, and 0x80073701.
“I keep getting installation error 0x8000ffff with this update even after restarting the computer. I don’t know if I installed KB5014668 because I don’t see it in the list of updates,” said noted one of the affected users in the Feedback Hub.
“Something went wrong with this update, I had a boot loop. Luckily windows managed to unravel. Recommend not installing this one,” another user noted.
On Reddit, some users have also reported performance issues with the Start menu, but it doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue.
We don’t know of any workarounds at this time, but you can pause updates to avoid installation failures. Remember that downloading the update package from the Microsoft Update Catalog can also fix the problem.
New Features and Fixes in Windows 11 KB5015814
KB5015814 enables support for a new feature called “Find Highlights”. For those unaware, Search Highlights began rolling out earlier this year and provides access to notable or interesting moments from Microsoft Bing.
Moments can be holidays, birthdays, and other times both around the world and in your area. Business customers will also see updates from your organization, and Windows 11 can suggest people, files, and more. Although the feature is included in the patch itself, Microsoft says it may take the “next few weeks” to appear on all PCs.
Microsoft would take a gradual and measured approach. Availability will occur in the coming months only.
List of fixes in KB5015814:
- Microsoft fixed an issue where Windows 11 incorrectly displays Japanese characters in PowerShell.
- Another bug has been fixed where the Cloud Clipboard service stops working and prevents synchronization between machines.
- A bug has been fixed where Windows 11 fails to hide the Windows Sandbox splash screen after starting Sandbox.
- Another bug has been fixed that could cause consecutive video clips to fail to play.