We’re a couple of weeks away from the next Patch Tuesday, but today, Microsoft is rolling out a new optional update for Windows 11. This update brings the build number to version 22000.593, and it includes all the changes that were rolled out to Insiders a couple of weeks ago with Windows 11 build 22000.588.
The biggest of those changes has to do with notifications. Now, Windows 11 can display up to three high-priority notifications at the same time, in addition to one standard notification. This is meant to help in situations where you may have incoming calls and an alarm going off at the same time. Until now, only one of those notifications could be displayed at once, which could result in users missing important notifications, but this should solve that problem.
The update itself is labeled KB5011563, and you can download it manually here. In addition to the big notification changes, Microsoft highlights the following improvements:
- New! Displays up to three high-priority toast notifications simultaneously. This feature is for apps that send notifications for calls, reminders, or alarms using Windows notifications in the OS. As a result, up to four toast notifications might appear simultaneously–three-high priority notifications and one normal priority notification.
- Updates an issue that might cause a Microsoft OneDrive file to lose focus after you rename it and press the Enter key. When a file loses focus, you have to select it again before you can use it.
- Returns the corresponding Settings page when you search for the word widgets.
That’s not all that’s new in Windows 11 build 22000.593, however. There are a ton of fixes in this build, and you can find the full list below:
Fixes and improvements in Windows 11 build 22000.593
It’s the exact same changelog as we saw for build 22000.588, if you’ve been enrolled in the Release Preview channel of the Windows Insider program. If you’re in the Beta channel, while you did receive build 22000.588 two weeks ago, you should now have build 22581 which was released last week. As such, this update isn’t available for you.
There are no new issues with this update, but there is one that’s being carried over from previous updates. If you created a recovery disc using the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) feature after the updates released on January 11, those discs may not be able to start. To clarify, this is referring to the Backup and Restore feature that’s available in the Control Panel. This feature was introduced in Windows 7 and it’s still present in Windows 11, and that’s what’s broken. If you created the disc prior to the January updates, they should still work.
As per usual, all the changes in Windows 11 build 22000.593 will likely be rolled into the April Patch Tuesday updates, which are mandatory. If you don’t want to install the optional update, you can just wait a couple of weeks for these changes to roll out to everyone.