SummaryWindows 11, versions 22H2 and 23H2 share a common core operating system with an identical set of system files. Therefore, the new features in Windows 11, version 23H2 are included in the latest monthly quality update for Windows 11, version 22H2 but are in an inactive and dormant state. These new features will remain dormant until they are turned on through the “enablement package,” a small, quick-to-install “master switch” that activates the Windows 11, version 23H2 features.
The enablement package is a great option for installing a scoped feature update like Windows 11, version 23H2 as it enables an update from version 22H2 to version 23H2 with a single restart, reducing update downtime. This enables devices to take advantage of new features now. For version 22H2 devices that receive updates directly from Windows Update, devices automatically get the enablement package by installing the feature update to Windows 11, version 23H2.
How to get this update
Release Channel Available Next Step Windows Update and Microsoft Update Yes None. This update will be downloaded and installed automatically from Windows Update. The update is named Feature Update to Windows 11, version 23H2. Microsoft Update Catalog No This update is only available through the other release channels. Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) Yes This update will automatically synchronize with WSUS if you configure Products and Classifications as follows:
Product: Windows 11
Before updating to Windows 11, version 23H2 using an enablement package, you must be running Windows 11, version 22H2. You must have the following prerequisite installed before applying this update:
- October 31, 2023—KB5031455 (OS Builds 22621.2506 and 22631.2506) Preview or a later cumulative update
You must restart your device after you apply this update.
Update replacement information
This update does not replace any previously released update.