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Windows 11 update history tracker

Windows 11 update history information helps you know exactly what's the latest version and current update release.

UPDATED 9/22/22: Microsoft provides different Windows 11, including “quality updates” and “feature updates,” to fix security vulnerabilities, resolve bugs, improve system performance, and deliver new features. Since updates can be challenging to track, this guide will help you understand the difference between quality and feature updates. You’ll also find the history of every update for Windows 11 grouped by releases accompanied by details, such as build and knowledge base (KB) number, release date, and release number.

Windows 11 quality vs. feature update

Quality updates (“cumulative updates”) are those updates that Windows 11 downloads every month through Windows Update. These updates are cumulative and include the new fixes and enhancements and the previously available patches (if the computer needs them).

Typically, Microsoft releases these maintenance updates every second Tuesday of the month. Also referred to as “Patch Tuesday” or “Update Tuesday.” Internally, these updates are known as the “B” release because they roll out during the second week of the month. These types of updates include security fixes and non-security fixes.

In addition to the B release, Microsoft also makes available two more updates, including the “C” and “D” releases that become available in the third and fourth week of the month. These updates are optional and contain non-security fixes expected to arrive in the next Patch Tuesday update.

Microsoft also provides updates outside the regular schedule, referred to as “on-demand updates.” Usually, these are emergency releases containing fixes that can’t wait for the next monthly update.

Finally, there are the “optional updates,” which are updates that are not critical but may be necessary for other functionalities. Usually, these updates include packages for Microsoft and non-Microsoft products and third-party drivers (such as printers, cameras, and network adapters).

Feature updates are released once a year, and they represent new versions of Windows 11. Unlike quality updates, they include new features and enhancements and require reinstallation.

Furthermore, these new versions of Windows are optional, meaning that they don’t automatically download and install until you trigger the process manually through Windows Update. However, the upgrade will automatically happen if you have a version nearing the end of service.

Microsoft makes new versions of Windows 11 available during the fall.

Windows 11 current version

Windows 11 version 22H2 is the latest release today. It’s known as the first feature update, it has been available since September 20, 2022, and the latest quality update is “build 22621.382.” You can use these instructions to check the version installed on your computer. If you want to determine the quality updates already been applied to your computer, use these instructions.

Below you will find the latest Windows 11 update history information for version 22H2 and other releases.

Windows 11 22H2 update history 

Windows 11 version 22H2 is the first feature update of the OS released on September 20, 2022.

In this section, you’ll find the history of all the quality updates and links to the details about each quality update. 

If you have already installed the new feature update, the initial release was “build 22621.382,” and the latest version is Windows 11 build 22621.382

 Release dateBuild numberKnowledge BaseNotes
1September 22, 202222621.607KB5017389RP.
Version 22H2.
Fixes.

Check the Windows Insider Program build release history for version 22H2.

Windows 11 21H2 update history 

Windows 11 version 21H2 (original release) is the first version of the OS released on October 5, 2021.

In this section, you’ll find the history of all the quality updates and links to the details about each quality update. 

If you have already installed the new feature update, the initial release was “build 22000.194,” and the latest version is Windows 11 build 22000.978

 Release dateBuild numberKnowledge BaseNotes
32September 20, 202222000.1042 (Preview)KB5017383Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Widgets dynamic content.
31September 13, 202222000.978KB5017328Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Remote language install.
SMB new policy.
Defender improvements.
30August 26, 202222000.918 (Preview)KB5016691Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Remote language install.
SMB new policy.
Defender improvements.
29August 16, 202222000.917 (Preview)KB5016691RP.
Fixes.
Remote language install.
SMB new policy.
Defender improvements.
28August 9, 202222000.856KB5016629Stable Ch.
Fixes.
OOBE upgrade option.
Start menu fixes.
27July 15, 202222000.829KB5015882RP.
Fixes.
OOBE upgrade option.
26July 12, 202222000.795KB5015814Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Search highlights.
25June 23, 202222000.778 (Preview)KB5014668Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Search highlights.
24June 21, 202222000.740 (Out-of-band)KB5016138Stable Ch.
Azure ARM problem fix.
23June 17, 202222000.776 (Preview)KB5014668RP Ch.
Fixes.
Search highlights.
22June 14, 202222000.739KB5014697Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Spotlight for desktop.
21May 25, 202222000.708 (Preview)KB5014019Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Spotlight for desktop.
20May 19, 202222000.706 (Preview)KB5014019RP Ch.
Fixes.
Spotlight for desktop.
19May 10, 202222000.675KB5013943Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Secure Boot changes.
18April 25, 202222000.652 (Preview)KB5012643Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Secure Boot changes.
17April 14, 202222000.651 (Preview)KB5012643RP Ch.
Fixes.
Secure Boot changes.
16April 12, 202222000.613KB5012592Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Notifications changes.
15March 15, 202222000.593 (Preview)KB5011563 Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Notifications changes.
14March 15, 202222000.588 (Preview)KB5011563 Beta and RP Ch.
Fixes.
Notifications changes.
13March 8, 202222000.556KB5011493Stable Ch.
Fixes.
12February 15, 202222000.527 (Preview)KB5010414Stable Ch.
Fixes.
Taskbar features.
Hello for Business.
11February 10, 202222000.526 (Preview)KB5010414Beta and RP Ch.
Fixes.
Taskbar features.
Hello for Business.
10February 8, 202222000.493KB5010386Fixes.
Your Microsoft Account.
Bing "Help with."
9January 25, 202222000.469 (Preview)KB5008353 Fixes.
Your Microsoft Account.
Bing "Help with."
8January 14, 202222000.466 (Preview)KB5008353 Fixes.
7January 17, 202222000.438 (Out-of-band)KB5010795 VPN Fix.
ReFS fix.
6January 11, 202222000.434KB5009566 Fixes.
5December 14, 202122000.376KB5008215 Fixes.
Emoji update.
Focus assist tweak.
4November 22, 202122000.348 (Preview)KB5007262 Fixes.
3November 9, 202122000.318KB5007215 Initial release.
Fixes.
2October 21, 202122000.282 (Preview)KB5007215 Fixes.
1October 12, 202122000.258KB5006674Initial release.
Fixes.

Check the Windows Insider Program build release history for version 21H2.

Install quality updates on Windows 11

To download and install the latest updates on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Click the Check for updates button.

    Windows 11 updates download

Once you complete the steps, Windows Update will download and install all the available updates on your device.

Install optional updates on Windows 11

To download and install optional updates on Windows 11, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Windows Update.

  3. Click the Advanced options page on the right side.

    Advanced options

  4. Under the “Advanced options” section, click the Optional updates page on the right.

    Optional updates

  5. Check the optional updates to download.

  6. Click the Download and install button.

Once you complete the steps, the package you selected will download and install automatically on the computer.