Windows 11 receives March 2024 update (KB5035853)

On March 12, Microsoft is rolling out the update KB5035853 for Windows 11 23H2 and version 22H2 as the third Patch Tuesday update of 2024, with changes and several fixes and improvements.

The update KB5035853 bumps the version number to build 22631.3296 for version 23H2 and 22621.3296 for version 22H2. According to the official announcement, this package replaces the preview update KB5034848, which the company made available on February 29, 2024.

Yes, this is the “Windows 11 Moment 5 update” officially available for everyone. 

Although this patch includes various fixes and improvements, the most important changes will be available for users in the European Union (EU) since this is the update that brings the enhancements to comply with the Digital Markets Act (DMA). This includes the ability to uninstall Microsoft Edge, Bing, OneDrive, and virtually any app. The update KB5035853 modifies the operating system so that third-party companies can provide news feeds for the Widgets and web search capabilities to replace Bing results. 

In addition, when signing in, your Microsoft account won’t connect automatically to other Microsoft services, and the company is implementing a new workflow to collect user data. 

Furthermore, as part of the Moment 5 update, this release moves Copilot to the right side of the Taskbar and introduces the new Mobile devices feature to edit recent photos from your phone directly into the Snipping Tool. 

Also, the March 2024 update for Windows 11 rolls out improvements for Voice Access, Cast in Quick Settings, Share, and Windows 365 Boot and Switch. Finally, the operating system introduces transfer speeds of up to 80Gbps through the now standard USB-Type C connector, and Snap Layouts now show app suggestions.

You can learn more about all the new features for the Moment 5 update in this guide.

As for the fixes, the builds 22631.3296 and 22621.3296 fix a problem where the Get Help app will fail the troubleshooting process. It fixes a problem with the Remote Desktop Web Authentication and error code 0x800F0922 for devices trying to install the February 2024 update.

Microsoft is rolling out update KB5035854 for Windows 11 21H2. This update also fixes troubleshooting process problems using the Get Help app and the Remote Desktop Web Authentication issue available for versions 23H2 and 22H2. 

March 2024 update installation

You can download KB5035853 from Settings > Windows Update, click the “Check for Updates” button, and restart the computer.

If you prefer manually installing the March 2024 update for versions 23H2 and 22H2, download it from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.

If you downloaded the preview version of the update (KB5034848), only the changes will download and install on your computer.

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