First Windows 11 update rolled out; here’s why you should upgrade now


Windows 11 was released last week, a few months after Microsoft unveiled its most important upgrade to the Windows operating system since 2015 when its predecessor was launched. Since then, Microsoft has been busy working on improvements and updates to the operating system, in the form of bug fixes and patches. These fixes are now making their way to users who have upgraded to Windows 11, and bring important improvements to the OS.

Yesterday was Patch Tuesday, which means that the Redmond company was scheduled to release updates and fixes for its products, as it does every second Tuesday of the month. This means that while Windows 10 and other software from Microsoft have received updates every month, this is the first major bug fix update for users on the stable channel of Windows 11.

With the new update, Windows 11 build number is now 22000.258, up from 22000.194, which was released to the stable channel last week and was in beta over a month ago. The KB5006674 update can be downloaded by users by clicking on this link, and it includes security and bug fixes for Windows 11. Here’s why users should download and install the latest update right away.

Microsoft says that the KB5006674 security update addresses known compatibility issues between the newly released Windows 11 and Intel ‘Killer’ and ‘SmartByte’ networking software. “Devices with the affected software might drop User Datagram Protocol (UDP) packets under certain conditions. This creates performance and other issues for protocols based on UDP,” Microsoft explains. Users might be impacted as some websites could load more slowly, and videos in certain resolutions might stream slowly. Similarly, UDP-based VPN apps may be slower until the update is installed.

Users should install this update right away as Microsoft says that it is not currently unaware of any issues with the latest update, which means it should be safe to install. Microsoft still has two more known issues with Windows 11 that need to be fixed in an upcoming update. If you do not install the update, it will eventually be installed by the system just like other mandatory updates like on Windows 10.