The Windows 11 update tool is going full green

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  • With version 22H2 for Windows 11, Microsoft is making a lot of improvements.
  • The Windows Update tool will download smaller updates and be more efficient.
  • Updates will be downloaded when more clean energy sources will be available.
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You maybe thought that this was only a myth, but the big day has finally come for all the Windows 11 fans out there.

Microsoft’s new OS is receiving its first major update in the form of the Windows 11 2022 Update, also known as Windows 11 version 22H2.

And, one of the most impactful changes of this version of the operating system is the fact that the Windows Update tool will finally go green.

Windows updates will consume energy smarter

Microsoft has recently detailed how it is making the Windows Update process a lot better and highlighted two key improvements that apply both to feature updates and monthly updates following the release of the Windows 11 2022 Update.

The company has emphasized that it has reduced significantly reduced the size of Windows updates which, in return, has resulted in faster installs.

Indeed, Microsoft claims that for some users, it actually reduced update sizes by up to 450MB in feature updates, which is great.

However, on the monthly cumulative update side, it says it reclaimed approximately 3x the update size (100s of MB) given back to the user.

The other improvement that Microsoft is making to Windows 11 updates is related to carbon footprints, since this should be our main focus.

Thus, Windows will attempt to update during times when there are a greater number of clean energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydro available.

This action should result in reduced carbon emissions as Windows PCs around the globe move away from energy sources based on fossil fuels, at least during the update process.

Windows 11 users can look for this update normally, by pressing Win + I to access Settings, and checking the Windows Update tab for it.

Windows 10 users, however, will have to first upgrade to the latest operating system first. To do so, use the PC Health Check app to check eligibility.

The Redmond-based tech company has once again emphasized that if your existing device is not eligible for Windows 11, you should stay on Windows 10 since it is supported until October 14, 2025.

You should know that the next feature update to Windows 10 is arriving next month in the form of version 22H2 as well.

Also, keep in mind that IT admins in commercial and education markets are advised to begin targeted deployments of Windows 11.

The Windows 11 2022 Update is available through regular commercial channels such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Windows Update for Business (WUfB), and the Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC).

Have you already installed this version of Windows 11? Share your experience with us in the comments section below.

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