Microsoft releases Windows 11 23H2 as an enablement package

Windows 11 23H2 started rolling out in September to Insiders enrolled in the Release Preview Channel for enterprise testing, and it has the same servicing branch and code base as Windows 11 22H2. “As Windows 11, version 23H2 shares the same code base and servicing branch as Windows 11, version 22H2, we will deliver this feature update using servicing technology, providing a fast installation experience,” said John Cable, Microsoft VP for Windows Servicing and Delivery.

Windows 11 23H2 was expected to ship with numerous new features, but Microsoft decided to instead release them as part of the Windows 11 22H2 ‘Moment 4’ update.

The 23H2 transition for Windows 11 22H2 systems will be via a streamlined update process resembling a monthly update involving an enablement package that will activate features already shipped in previous 22H2 updates but waiting to be toggled on.

The list of new features shipping with the Windows 11 2023 Update includes Microsoft’s new AI-powered digital assistant Windows Copilot, a revamped File Explorer, Dynamic Lighting support, Windows Ink enhancements to allow writing in all edit fields, improved volume mixer, revamped Windows Spotlight experience, and a new in-depth energy report.

You can download Windows 11 23H2 ISO images from Microsoft’s Software Download page, but make sure your device meets systems requirements using the PC Health Check app.

Windows 11 21H2 and Windows Server 2012 reach end of support.

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