Windows 11 has a new cumulative update that applies some important fixes to the taskbar and also fixes an issue that has been bothering some PC gamers for a very long time (we’ll get to that).
Patch KB5022845 (opens in a new tab) has now been rolled out, containing all of the tweaks and changes that were made in the preview for this update (which was released in late January).
As clearly stated in Microsoft’s patch notes (opens in a new tab), it includes a long-awaited fix for players. Windows 11 behaves rather oddly for those who have a game controller connected to their PC, in that the system may not enter sleep mode due to the connection of this device. Well, that’s all a distant memory now that the cure has finally been implemented here.
In addition to this, there are also solutions to several annoying issues in the search feature with Windows 11.
The main one is that when searching for image files using the taskbar search, a bug prevents the photo from opening in the photo editing application of your choice. and this problem has now been fixed.
Another issue that prevented users from finding a file by its content has also been resolved.
There are a bunch of other fixes here for minor issues, detailed in the release notes, and some security measures applied as expected with these monthly patches.
Analysis: a delicate solution, it seems
The game controller flaw – which also prevents the screensaver from triggering, as well as preventing sleep mode – is indeed a weird bug, affecting not only gamepads, but also game controllers. flight. This is an issue that has also obsessed Windows 10 users in the past, and indeed there have been a number of reports (opens in a new tab) online about this issue for the past two years (with bug reports dating back to the very launch of Windows 10 (opens in a new tab)Actually).
Why did it take so much for Microsoft very long to solve this problem, then? Well, that’s a question we can’t answer, but we guess it must be a deep-seated issue that took some work to resolve. (Either that or it fell off the priority lists and disappeared into a pit of inaction for a few years).
Better late than never with the patch, of course, although in this case Microsoft has pushed the acceptable limits of the definition of “late” to an extreme. Hopefully this fix will come to Windows 10 soon enough, and indeed it’s also worth noting that we’ve seen comments online from some affected PC owners that this fix alone prompted them to upgrade to Windows 11 ( or pushed them off the fence, probably).
In these times of soaring energy prices and a cost of living crisis, gamers probably can’t afford to have their system not sleeping when it should.
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