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As it is the second Tuesday of the month, it's time to patch all supported versions of Microsoft Windows operating systems. Being the third patch of the year, Microsoft now started rolling out the Windows 10 March 2023 Patch Tuesday (KB5023696) update for versions 20H2, 21H2, 22H2, and Windows 11 March 2023 Patch Tuesday (KB5023706, KB5023698) update for version 22H2 and 21H2.


This update adds security improvements to your Windows operating system. To know more about the fixes in this build, and to download the Windows 10 KB5023696 update offline installer, continue reading further.


Windows 10 Patch Tuesday (KB5023696) update is now available
Windows 10 Patch Tuesday (KB5023696) update is now available


Windows 10 is a service, as you are already aware, and it is constantly improved through the use of Windows Updates. The majority or all of the updates are downloaded and updated automatically if you have already turned on automatic updates.


This update applies to each of the Windows 10 versions 20H2, 21H2, and 22H2 because they all share the same core operating system and collection of system files.


Windows 10 KB5023696 Update is now rolling out to Windows 10 version 20H2, Windows 10 version 21H2, and Windows 10 version 22H2 bringing the build number to 19042.2728, 19044.2728, and 19045.2728, respectively. Continue reading for additional details and to download the offline installer for the Windows 10 KB5023696 Update.



What's new and improved in Windows 10 KB5023696 update

This version fixes seven issues and performance problems to the internal workings of the Windows 10 OS. The Windows 10 KB5023696 update addresses the following issues:

  • Microsoft fixed an issue affecting cbs.log. This issue logged messages that were not errors in cbs.log.
  • Microsoft improved how the Remove-Item cmdlet works for Microsoft OneDrive folders.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue affecting AppV. It prevented file names from having the correct letter case (uppercase or lowercase).
  • Microsoft fixed an issue affecting Microsoft Edge. The issue removed conflicting policies for Microsoft Edge. This happened when you set the MDMWinsOverGPFlag in a Microsoft Intune tenant, and Intune detected a policy conflict.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue affecting Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). It caused bulk provisioning to fail when using a provisioning package.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue affecting MSInfo.exe. It incorrectly reported the Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) user mode policy's enforcement status.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue affecting the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS). LSASS might stop responding. This happened after you ran Sysprep on a domain-joined machine.



How to download Windows 10 KB5023696 update (offline installer)

You should have received this update notification if your Windows Update service is enabled. If not, open the Windows 10 Settings app, navigate to Windows Update, and click the "Check for Updates" button.


If you own multiple Windows 10 devices or would like to patch the systems manually, you can download the offline installer by clicking here. This is an official direct download link for Windows 10 KB5023696 update.


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