How to get the Windows 11 February update

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Windows 11 may have moved to annual feature updates, but that hasn’t stopped Microsoft from adding several major improvements to its operating system this February.

Arguably the most exciting is a public preview of native Android app support, one of the key new features of Windows 11. It allows you to download and use any apps from the Amazon Appstore on your laptop or PC before Google Play Store games appear later in the year. If you’re willing to jump through some hoops, there’s also a way to download all the Play Store apps on Windows 11.

The February update also brings significant improvements to the taskbar. During Microsoft Teams calls, you can now mute/unmute and share your screen directly from the taskbar. On the left side, where the start menu used to be, there is now an integrated weather overview.

The addition of time and date to all external monitors is one of Windows 11’s most requested features, while redesigned media player and notepad apps help ensure a more consistent design.

As you can see, the February update is worth installing for most Windows 11 users.

How to install Windows 11 February 2022 update

Luckily, the process here is just as easy as installing any other update manually:

  1. Open settings
  2. Select “Windows Update” in the left pane
  3. Your device may automatically start checking for updates. If not, click Check for Updates.
    Windows 11 check for updates
  4. After a few seconds, all of your pending updates will appear. Even if none of these are the February update, install them all first. This may require a reboot for the changes to take effect
  5. When you’re done, go back to the Windows Update section of Settings and look for update KB5010414 (aka Build 22000.526). It can start downloading automatically – if not, click “Download and Install”.
  6. Restart your device to complete the installation

If you still don’t see the update, it’s not yet available for your device. Although it’s currently available to members of the Windows Insider Program, Beta and Release Preview builds have been associated with printer issues and overheating.

There is no guarantee that your device will not suffer similar problems with this method, so it is worth waiting for the final version to be delivered. Just make sure you keep everything else updated in the meantime.

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