In preview builds, Microsoft has added a new Windows Update
feature called “Update Stack Packages” to Windows 11. Unlike
the feature experience packs or feature updates, these stack
packages include a collection of critical improvements and
shell components that make would major Windows releases less
Microsoft has not given detailed info on how these stack update
packages work, but it could make the operating system more
modular. Using features like “Update Stack Packages” and
“Experience Packs”, Microsoft could push features or
improvements for certain Windows features outside of regular OS
The “Windows Update Stack Packages” will automatically install
outside the typical preview or security releases, and users
will notice its presence when they check for updates. Today,
Microsoft has released a new version of the stack package with
version 8220.127.116.11 and it doesn’t come with new features.
The purpose of Windows Stack Packages isn’t immediately clear,
but it could be used to deliver improvements to the update
experience, according to
These packages will be released before a monthly cumulative
update or feature update, and Microsoft previously said that
the feature will help ensure that your PC remains stable.
At the moment, Update Stack Package is limited to a small set
of update-related improvements, but you can expect additional
improvements in future releases. For now, Microsoft only wants
to test minor update-related system files outside of the major
Update Stack Packages are delivered through Windows Update just
like cumulative updates. In other words, you will find these
stack packages in Settings > Windows Update.
Apart from the Windows Update Stack Package and several other
changes to Windows Update, the next feature update for Windows
11 also packs its usual share of new features and improvements.
For example, the Settings app has been updated to offer more
options for managing Windows Updates you’d usually find in
Right now, if you want to uninstall updates, you need to browse
the Windows Update page in the Control Panel, which has been a
part of Windows since Windows 1.0. With Windows 11 22H2 aka
Sun Valley 2, Microsoft has finally migrated the “Uninstall
Windows Update” feature to the Settings app.
As you can see in the above screenshot, Windows 11’s upcoming
“Uninstall updates” feature isn’t as comprehensive as Control
Panel and features like filters or columns are missing, but
Microsoft has promised improvements in future releases.