Windows 11 KB5009566 released – here’s what’s new and improved

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Windows 11 KB5009566 is now rolling out to PCs outside the Windows Insiders program and it is part of the company’s Patch Tuesday cycle. Microsoft has also published direct download links for Windows 11 KB5009566 offline installers. As you’re aware, these msu installers can be used by anyone to manually patch the systems.

Todays’ Patch Tuesday release is mostly about security fixes and improvements. That’s because Microsoft skipped December 2021 optional update due to the Christmas and New Year holidays. If you’re still using November 2021 Patch for some reason, you will also get December 2021 fixes as part of the January 2022 Patch Tuesday.

If you’ve skipped the last security patch, January 2022 release will introduce a new emoji experience for your OS. The new emoji are Fluent-style with a modern-looking design and they will remain exclusive to Windows 11, according to sources familiar with the development.

Remember that these emojis landed as part of the last major update for Windows 11 and Microsoft has been testing the new look for a while now. In addition to a design refresh, there’s also a new emoji of “Clippy” an iconic assistant of Microsoft Office and replaces the traditional paperclip emoji.

In terms of security fixes, Windows 11 KB5009566 fixes multiple issues. If you check for updates today, you will see the following update:

2022-01 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 for x64-based Systems (KB5009566)

Download Links for Windows 11 KB5009566

Windows 11 Direct Download Links: 64-bit.

Windows 11 (Build 22000.376) important changelog

Updates security for your Windows operating system.

At the moment, the official changelog is pretty vague and details are currently unavailable as to what exactly changed in this release. It’s likely that the Windows 11 update includes fixes to the operating system’s internal functionality.

“No additional issues were documented for this release,” the changelog reads.

Known issues in Windows 11 update

Microsoft is currently not aware of any known issues in Windows 11.

Other improvements for Windows 11

In addition to the cumulative updates, Microsoft has also started rolling out a new Media Player for Windows 11, which replaces Groove Music. It is reminiscent of the existing Groove Music and Movies & TV app, and it seems to be a successor to Groove Music rather than the iconic Windows Media Player.

Media Player was officially released in late 2021 and it was first shown off by accident during a live podcast stream. Media Player is finally out of beta and it is now available for systems with Windows 11 Build 22000.

After applying the update from the Microsoft Store, Windows Media Player will take Groove’s place in the Start menu or app list. Unlike Groove, Media Player features a colour scheme of white and orange or black/dark and orange. The orange accent is called Zest and Microsoft will also allow users to switch to a system accent colour in a future release.

Your Groove Music data will automatically appear in Media Player and users can also specify the default storage location for media files. Additionally, there’s also HDR support here, so the new media player will have no issue when playing high-quality media content.