At the end of September 2023, Microsoft released a new optional cumulative update, KB5030310, for all Windows 11 users. This update contains a couple of new features and several fixes and improvements. As always, you can find the direct link to download the KB5030310 offline installer below. You can use the offline installer to install the update manually without using Windows Update mechanism in the Settings. This is helpful for those who want to install KB5030310 as soon as possible, using an offline computer, or having problems with automatic Windows Update.
What’s new in KB5030310?
The feature introduced in KB5030310 is that the Start menu can now show website recommendations in the Start menu’s recommended section. Just as with app recommendations, the website recommendations are personalized based on your browsing history. As you can guess, this is not much of a feature but rather another type of ad Microsoft shows in your Start menu. I don’t know who is asking for this feature but there it is. Thankfully, you can disable Start menu ads by going to “Settings” > “Personalization” > “Start” page and disabling the “Show recommendations for tips, shortcuts, new apps, and more” option.
If you are wondering, this is not the big upgrade we are expecting this year. That means, installing this update will not give you access to Windows Copilot, Paint background removal, new Snipping tool, etc. That update will be available in the coming weeks. If you wish, you can wait for that update and completely skip this one. Do keep in mind that, even if you skip this update this time, all the new features, improvements, and fixes in this update are automatically installed in the next mandatory cumulative update.
Download KB5030310 offline installer
For users who prefer to download the KB5030310 offline installer, you can find it at the following link:
Once downloaded, double-click on the installer and follow the installation wizard to complete the installation process. Once done, reboot the computer to apply the changes. After rebooting you can enjoy all the goodness of the KB5030310 update.
- This update introduces websites to the Recommended section of the Start menu. These websites will be personalized for you and come from your browsing history. This gives you quick access to the websites that are important to you. You can remove any website URL from the Recommended section using the shortcut menu.
- This update completes the work to comply with the GB18030-2022 requirements. It removes and remaps characters for Microsoft Wubi input and Microsoft Pinyin U-mode input. You can no longer enter character codepoints that are not supported. All the required codepoints are up to date.
- This update supports daylight saving time (DST) changes in Greenland.
- This update changes the spelling of Ukraine’s capital from Kiev to Kyiv.
- This update addresses an issue that affects account lockout event 4625. The format of the event is wrong in the ForwardedEvents log. This occurs when an account name is in the user principal name (UPN) format.
- This update affects the Key Distribution Center (KDC) and user security identifiers (SID). KDC now reads the user SID from the Subject Alternative Name (SAN) of a certificate. Because of this, mobile device management (MDM) providers can use offline templates to fill in the user SID.
- This update addresses an issue that is related to changes in the forwarding of events.
- This update addresses an issue that affects events that have a TAB character. The events do not render, or you cannot forward them.
- This update addresses an issue that affects XPath queries on FileHash and other binary fields. It stops them from matching values in event records.
- This update addresses an issue that affects an Application Virtualization (App-V) environment. Copy operations within it stop working. This occurs after you install the April 2023 update.
- This update addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Print to PDF. It uses the metadata for the name you sign in with as the author of a printed PDF. It should use the display name instead.
- This update addresses an issue that affects some USB printers. Microsoft Defender stops them from printing.
- This update addresses an issue that affects Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC). AppID Tagging policies might greatly increase how long it takes your device to start up.
- This update addresses an issue that affects IMEPad. It stops working. This occurs when you enter end-user-defined characters (EUDC).
- This update addresses an issue that affects Remote Apps. The display of some elements is not aligned correctly.
- This update addresses an issue that affects the Microsoft Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC). It has a handle leak. Because of this, the system runs out of memory.
- This update addresses an issue that might make Windows stop responding. This might occur if you use Microsoft OneDrive files that are compressed by NTFS.
- This update addresses an issue that might cause a user-mode memory leak. It might occur when you call CopyFile() or MoveFile().
- This update addresses an issue that affects application compatibility. It is related to Microsoft Defender for Endpoint.
- This update addresses an issue that affects external binding. It fails. This occurs after you install Windows updates dated May 2023 or later. Because of this, there are issues that affect LDAP queries and authentication.
That is it.