This week's Windows 11 Build 22489 for Insiders is now available on the Dev Channel. Included in the package is yet another update method for Windows 11. Specifically, a new patch for upgrading outside normal OS update that Microsoft is calling “Online Service Experience Packs”.
Microsoft seems to be testing this update patch, which will likely be released alongside Windows 11 22H1 next year. It is part of the Your Microsoft Account page in settings and is now available to a limited number of Insiders on the Dev Channel.
Here users can see information about their individual Microsoft Account, such as subscriptions to Microsoft services like Xbox or Microsoft 365, Microsoft Rewards, and payment history. Yes, there is already a portal similar to this for the web, but this update will integrate it directly into the Windows 11 Settings app.
This preview update does not go into great details, but Online Service Experience Packs will be part of the Your Microsoft Account page. It seems users will be able to update Windows 11 outside of the regular update cycle:
“Over time, we plan to improve the Your Microsoft account settings page based on your feedback from Feedback Hub via Online Service Experience Packs. These Online Service Experience Packs work in a similar way as the Windows Feature Experience Packs do, allowing us to make updates to Windows outside of major OS updates,” Microsoft says in a blog post.
“The difference between the two is that the Windows Feature Experience Packs can deliver broad improvements across multiple areas of Windows, whereas the Online Service Experience Packs are focused on delivering improvements for a specific experience such as the new Your Microsoft account settings page.”
Microsoft has been rolling out several methods to update Windows 11. Earlier this month, the company debuted Update Stack Packages. Again, this is another way to grab Windows updates outside the regular cycle. Microsoft will use the feature to add improvements to the update pipeline before installation on a PC.
Despite all these update paths, Microsoft is still not addressing Windows 11 compatibility properly. Specifically, how it will handle users who upgrade without TPM 2.0. Even if your PC lacks this feature, there are ways to upgrade to Windows 11.
In fact, our complete tutorial shows you how to download Windows 11 to a PC without TPM but with a compatible CPU in minutes. If you are having trouble with Microsoft's compatibility blocks, this is the tutorial for you.
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