Microsoft has released July Cumulative update KB5028254 to Windows 11 version 22H2. The update fixes Noficiation, VPN, and other issues. However, the irony is it may also the cause Start Menu to not open if you’ve installed third-party Customization apps prior to installing this update, such as “ExplorerPatcher”.
Windows 11 KB50288254 update:
The July 2023 Cumulative Preview Update is optional, and you don’t need to install it on Windows 11 22H2.
Micorsoft has prepared CU to fix issues related to Widgets, Virtual Private Networks (VPN), brightness settings, and certain display and audio issues. The non-security update also comes with improvements.
Recently, we reported that Windows 11 21H2 KB5028182 may cause an Explorer.exe crash error in a never-ending loop if you have attempted to customize Windows with apps such as ExplorerPatcher and StartAllBack. These apps use unconventional methods to customize Windows and can conflict with Windows Updates.
Once again, Microsoft warns Windows 11 that “third-party UI customization apps” may cause problems, this time with KB5028254 Update to the Start Menu.
“Third-party UI customization apps might prevent the Start menu from opening. Apps to change behaviors or UI in Windows 11 might cause issues with updates released July 22, 2023, or later. ” says the Windows 11 22H2 Known Issues page.
Microsoft confirms that the Start menu might not open after installing KB5028254 when you have third-party apps installed, especially ExplorerPatcher. The software giant states that other apps might also be affected.
As of now, this is an external dependency. You should uninstall ExplorerPatcher before installing the KB5028284 update, if you’ve already installed it and experiencing issues with the Start menu opening, contact the app developer for support.
Do you use ExplorerPatcher? Has your Start menu been affected? Let us know in the comments below.
Final words: While the KB5028284 update brings important fixes, it may break the start menu if you’ve installed third-party Windows 11 UI customization apps.
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