Windows 11 Release Preview (KB5020044) Fixes High CPU Usage in File Explorer and More

Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel are updating to Windows 11 version 22H2 Build 22621.898 (KB5020044). This build includes a fix that could cause high CPU usage in File Explorer whenever a file is selected, as well as a fix for modern apps that refused to open, among other important fixes listed below in the changelog.

While there aren’t any exciting new UI-related features in this build, Microsoft has now bundled the Windows Spotlight feature, which adds new wallpapers from Bing to your desktop every day, with the themes on the Personalization page. There are also some OneDrive improvements, such as storage alerts in the System Preferences app, as well as OneDrive subscription details on the Accounts page in the Settings app to further integrate Microsoft services in Windows 11.

The full list of changes is below:

  • New! We have provided Microsoft OneDrive subscribers with storage alerts on the Systems page in the Settings app. Alerts appear when you are approaching your storage limit. You can also manage your storage and purchase additional storage as needed.
  • New! We have provided the full amount of storage from all your OneDrive subscriptions. It also displays your total storage on the Accounts page in the Settings app.
  • New! We’ve combined Windows Spotlight with themes on the Personalization page. This makes it easier to detect and enable the Windows Spotlight feature.
  • New! We have added the function of organizational messages. With it, third-party companies can now provide content to their employees. They don’t need to use the default Windows behavior.
  • Fixed an issue that affected some modern apps. This prevented them from opening up.
  • We fixed an issue affecting some enterprise managed devices. We’ve improved app installation reliability for them.
  • Fixed an issue affecting Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the Republic of Fiji. He canceled daylight saving time for 2022.
  • We fixed an issue that affected distributed component model (DCOM) authentication hardening. We will automatically raise the authentication level for all non-anonymous activation requests from DCOM clients to RPC_C_AUTHN_LEVEL_PKT_INTEGRITY. This happens if the authentication level is below Packet Integrity.
  • We fixed an issue affecting local Unified Update Platform (UUP) clients. This removed the lock that prevented them from receiving offline language packs.
  • Fixed an issue that affected process creation. It failed to generate security audits for it and other related audit events.
  • Fixed an issue that affected Cluster Name Objects (CNOs) or Virtual Computer Objects (VCOs). Failed to reset password. Error message: “An error occurred while resetting the AD password… // 0x80070005.”
  • Fixed an issue that affected transparency in layered windows. This happened while you were in High Definition Remote Applications Integrated Locally (RAIL) mode.
  • We have fixed an issue that affected some applications. They stopped working. This happened when you used keyboard shortcuts to change the input mode for the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
  • We fixed an issue that impacted microphone streams that used the eavesdropping feature to route to the speaker’s endpoint. The microphone stopped working after rebooting the device.
  • We fixed an issue that could affect applications running under the Windows Lockdown Policy (WLDP). Perhaps they have stopped working.
  • We fixed an issue that was affecting Microsoft Defender when it wasn’t the primary antivirus. Microsoft Defender was unable to disable passive mode. This issue occurred when you disabled Smart App Control (SAC).
  • We added. wcx to the list of dangerous extensions that are not allowed by some application control policies.
  • We fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Automated investigation blocked real-time investigations.
  • We fixed an issue affecting landscape mode printing in Microsoft Edge. The printout was incorrect. This issue occurred while using Microsoft Defender Application Guard.
  • We fixed an issue that caused File Explorer to stop working. This happened when you closed context menus and menu items.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause some apps to stop responding. This happened when you opened the “Open File” dialog box.
  • We fixed an issue that sometimes affected File Explorer when opening a file. This resulted in high CPU usage.
  • Fixed an issue that affected protocol activation in the Settings app. The application was unable to open a page in the Accounts category.
  • We fixed an issue that affected the computer account. Using non-standard characters has stopped the cleaning of Out of Box Experience (OOBE) accounts.
  • Fixed an issue that affected CopyFile . Sometimes it could return error 317: ERROR_MR_MID_NOT_FOUND.

Microsoft reported no known issues with this build.

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This build doesn’t appear to include any staged rollouts as it’s not mentioned in this month’s Release Preview update, so all new OneDrive integrations, Windows Spotlight in Themes, and the Organization Messaging feature should be available to everyone right after the update.

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