Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 update that PC gamers in particular should install, as it fixes an annoying issue that was causing games to sometimes crash.
The update, known as KB5014668, is currently an optional update, which means it will not be installed automatically. However, as reported by Bleeping Computer (opens in a new tab)it should be included in an automatic update on the next “Patch Tuesday”, July 12.
According to Microsoft in an exit announcement (opens in a new tab) about the patch, this update “Fixes an issue that prevents some games from working if they use certain audio technologies to play sound effects.”
For PC gamers, any issue with Windows 11 that causes their game to crash and become unresponsive is particularly annoying, so it’s good to see Microsoft addressing a common complaint with this update, so if you’ve been experiencing any crashes, this worth installing this update as soon as possible. to see if that solves your problem.
The problem seemed to mainly affect people who use the XAudio API to play sounds.
The update also fixes an issue where upgrading to Windows 11 fails, as well as some Bluetooth connectivity issues.
It also introduces a new feature, but don’t get too excited. Called “Search Highlights,” it “features remarkable and interesting moments of what’s special about each day, such as holidays, birthdays, and other educational moments in time, both around the world and in your region.
To us, that sounds a bit like even more distracting icons and notifications on the taskbar. Hopefully it turns out to be more useful than that, but we don’t suggest rushing to download KB5014668 just for that.
How to Download Windows 11 KB5014668 Update
As this is an optional update, it will not be installed automatically. So, to install it manually, open the start menu and type “Windows Update” and press return on your keyboard.
Click “Check for updates”, and you should see KB5014668 displayed. Select it, then click “Download Now”. Windows will take care of the rest.
If you don’t want to bother with manual updates, you should automatically get the update on July 12. It might be worth waiting until then to make sure any issues with the update are fixed (hence why it’s currently optional), but if you’re a PC gamer who can’t play games because of this problem, the wait may be too long.
Also, be sure to check out our Windows 11 problems guide for more help if you’re having trouble with the operating system.