Windows 11 KB5006746 fixes these critical performance issues

Windows 11 KB5006746

Windows 11 KB5006746 has been released with several critical
bug fixes, including a proper fix for
performance issues on AMD hardware. Additionally, Windows
11’s first optional update also addresses Blue Screen of Death
errors, File Explorer bugs, and improves visual design and
animations of Microsoft Chat on the taskbar.

Windows 11 KB5006746 is officially being termed as an optional
update and it is not part of the company’s Patch Tuesday cycle.
The optional update, which is not downloaded automatically,
contains bug fixes and improvements that will be released to
everyone with November 2021 Patch Tuesday.

As you’re probably aware, Windows 11 has been suffering from an
annoying bug affecting the performance of games and apps, and
after a week of testing in Insider channels, Microsoft has
finally rolled out what will be a definitive solution for the
performance issues in the operating system.

With KB5006746, Microsoft has finally fixed an L3 caching issue
that could have affected the performance of apps and games on
devices with Ryzen processors. In addition to a dedicated fix
aimed at Ryzen processors, Microsoft has patched other bugs
affecting the overall experience of Windows 11.

On your devices, when you check for updates today, the
following update will appear on your screen:

2021-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based
Systems (KB5006746)

To download and install Windows 11 Build 22000.282, you can
check if it’s available in Windows Update. To do this, follow
these steps:

  • Open Windows Settings > Windows Update.
  • Check for updates.
  • Click on the “Download now” button to install the optional
    patch.
  • Reboot when required.

Remember that patch is still rolling out and it may or may not
show up when you check for updates right now. If you don’t see
it listed on the Windows Update page, you can check back later
or simply download the offline installer from Microsoft Update
Catalog, and deploy it manually as you do on Windows 10.

Download Links for Windows 11 KB5006746

Windows 11 KB5006746 Direct Download Links: 64-bit and
32-bit (x86).

The above link will open Microsoft Update Catalog in your
browser and from there you can access the direct download link
to the offline installers. Simply select the “Download” button
for x64 if you have a device with a 64-bit processor. If you
download the incorrect version (ARM64), the installation will
end abruptly.

A new window will open when you tap on the “Download” button.
Right-click and copy the .msu link and paste it into another
tab to start the download.

Windows 11 KB5006746 (Build 22000.282) Full Changelog

  1. Microsoft has fixed AMD-specific performance issues.
  2. Design and animation improvements for Teams chat on the
    taskbar.
  3. A bug has been fixed that prevented the new taskbar and
    Start menu from appearing on devices upgraded from Windows 10.
  4. A bug has been fixed that causes apps to run slower than
    usual.
  5. Microsoft is improving Windows Update’s ability to predict
    the installation time.

Windows 11 Build 22000.282 has fixed a race condition where the
startup screen might fail with a Blue Screen of Death error.
Another bug has been fixed where the Start menu might stop
working and launching apps that use non-ASCII text to crash the
operating system with Blue Screen of Death error.

Microsoft has also patched an issue that might crash devices
when handling certain processes on Windows 11.

For File Explorer, Microsoft has addressed a design bug with
renaming files using folder view in File Explorer. The Explorer
fails to handle inline composition when you’ve Japanese IME
installed.

Likewise, File Explorer performance has been fixed and moving
the Explorer window is no longer slow.

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