Windows 11 22H2: March update causes problems

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After the patch day for Windows 11, reports of problems are piling up. Patch KB5023706 for 22H2 can slow down SSDs, trigger blue screens and more.


Windows 11 gets updates again.
Windows 11 gets updates that can cause problems again.

Version 22H2 of Windows 11 is once again the focus of negative headlines. Starting this week, Patchday in March brings important security patches in the form of the KB5023706 download. But in some places there are increasing reports of problems. Various symptoms are mentioned.

At the beginning, the installation of the patch day update can fail. Various error messages like 0x80070103, 0x8000ffff, 0x80073701, 0x8007007e or 0x800f081f can be found in reports like summarizes. A sufficient influence of the patch cannot be determined here.

The situation is different when it comes to memory performance. SSDs can be slowed down under Windows 11 22H2 after the patch day. A workaround is to roll the system back to February’s status in the event of problems. This can be solved in the overview of installed updates by uninstalling KB5023706. Users report a drop in performance of over 50 percent. Transfer rates then dropped from around 7,000 MB/s to 3,000 or even just 1,000 MB/s for a short time in benchmarks. However, not every system has to be affected by this.

In rare cases, blue screens of death are observed when trying to update. Then patch KB5023706 for Windows 11 22H2 can cause problems with certain tools that let you customize the look of the Microsoft operating system. In this case, programs such as Start 11, StartAllBack or ExplorerPatcher should be updated. Appropriate reports can already be found for the optional patch of the previous month. As a rule, this patch serves as the basis for the changes of the patch day update, which reaches machines not voluntarily, but obligatory.

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If you also observe corresponding errors, you can uninstall patch KB5023706. However, since the download contains important security patches – including for Outlook – you should exercise appropriate caution during operation. Yesterday’s patch update provides more information.

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17.3.2023 from
The-Khoa Nguyen

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