Online Service Experience Packs for Windows 11 updates

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  • Update Windows without following the regular cycle. 
  • Windows 11 users that made the upgrade without TPM 2.0 experiencing compatibility issues.
  • Microsoft plans to improve the your Microsoft account setting page using the Online Service Experience Packs

The Windows 11 Build 22489 released this week is available on the Dev Channel. The Windows 11 Build 22489 for Insiders, has highlighted yet another method that you can use to update to Windows 11. This is a new patch, it is far from the conventional OS update. Microsoft refers to it as the Online Service Experience Packs. 

However, Microsoft is still running tests on the update patch. Its release date is likely to be next year, when they will be also launching the Windows 11 22H1. It is located on your Microsoft Account on the settings section, the patch is accessible to a limited number of users. Specifically, Insiders on the Dec channel.

What’s new?

The users can now access information pertaining to their personal Microsoft Account. This includes Microsoft Rewards, subscriptions made to Microsoft services like Microsoft 365 or Xbox as well as the payment history.

Already, there is a portal providing the same on the web. The update helps integrate the function into the Windows 11 Settings app, thus, enhancing functionality and accessibility.

However, the preview update is quite brief and does not provide detailed information about the enhanced features. But, what we know for sure is that the Online Service Experience will be incorporated into your Microsoft Account page.

Users will now be able to make Windows 11 updates without limiting themselves to the regular update cycle.

Microsoft plans to enhance the Your Microsoft account setting page. Of course, through feedback from the Feedback Hub using the Online Service Experience Packs. 

Online Service Experience Packs vs. Windows Feature Experience Packs.

The Online Service Experience Packs are quite similar to the Windows Feature Experience Packs. This is because they both allow you to make updates to Windows, outside of the conventional and recommended OS updates.

The difference comes in where Windows Feature Experience Packs is able deliver broad improvements over multiple areas of Windows. On the other hand, the Online Service Experience Packs are centered on making improvements for a specific experience, like the new Your Microsoft account setting page. 

There are several methods that Microsoft has already rolled out that one can use to update Windows 11. For instance, the Update Stack Packages. This is among the methods that you can use to update Windows without necessarily using the regular cycle.

Microsoft will make use of this feature to enhance and improve the update pipeline before installing on your device. Microsoft is yet to address the Windows 11 compatibility adequately, despite the numerous update paths available. 

The compatibility issue especially affects users that made the upgrade without TPM 2.0. It is possible to make the upgrade, regardless of whether your device has this feature.

Are you facing any challenges with Microsoft’s compatibility blocks? Were you able to make the Windows 11 update? Let us know in the comment section below. 

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