Windows 11, Office OPK 2106 and OPK 2110 Release Overview

Created Date: 2021-06-25 |  Last Modified: 2021-11-18

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This communication has been updated with new information related to the November 11, 2021 update to address the impacted end users who have not gone through Windows OOBE.

Updated Nov 11, 2021

Microsoft has discovered an issue where, starting on November 1, 2021, some users might be unable to open or use certain built-in Windows apps or parts of some built-in apps. This is caused by an issue with a Microsoft digital certificate, which expired October 31, 2021, impacting Windows 11. Microsoft released a fix to existing end users on November 5, 2021 and is updating all media on MOO-SOC on November 11, 2021. More information is provided below.

Updated Nov 08, 2021

Microsoft has discovered an issue where the Chat for Microsoft Teams icon is being pinned, the Teams consumer app is being auto-installed, and the Teams consumer app is being auto-launched on Windows 11 in The People’s Republic of China (PRC), which is not the expected behavior. This communication includes information about the issues and the fix.

Updated Oct 06, 2021

This communication has been updated to include information about Windows 11 customer support training resources and the Office OPK 2110 OOBE experience.

Updated Sept 13, 2021

This communication has been updated to include links to the Windows 11 and Office 2110 OPK Part Numbers.

Updated Sept 09, 2021

This communication has been updated with the Windows 11 general availability date.

Updated Aug 26, 2021

This communication has been updated with information on the planned Windows 11 October Media Refresh (includes 9B LCU) RTM and Office OPK 2110 timing, updated to the Windows Logo License Agreement to support Windows 11, and OPK part numbers for the August 12, 2021 issue.

Updated Aug 12, 2021

Microsoft recently discovered two issues impacting Windows 11. Microsoft is planning to release fixes for both issues (both included on a new OPK) on Friday, August 13, 2021. More information is included in this communication.

Updated July 20, 2021

The following information provides an update to the recall class issue of the Windows RTM media reported on July 15, 2021.

Microsoft is planning to re-release the Windows 11 RTM media 22000.1 + a new ZDP to MOO-SOC on July 22, 2021. Updated part numbers are below.

Windows preinstall images. OEMs have 2 options to create their new preinstall images with the new release:

  1. Install the new ZDP to the original release: Windows 11 RTM 22000.1 + ZDP 22000.4 + New ZDP.
  2. Install the new ZDP on Windows 11 RTM 22000.1: Windows 11 RTM 22000.1 + New ZDP.

WinRE images. For WinRE images may only use Windows RTM 22000.1 + New ZDP.

Part Numbers. The following OPK part numbers will be used for the new release and will include the new ZDP.

  • X22-77379Win 11 21H2 x64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2
  • X22-77380Win 11 21H2 ARM64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2
  • X22-77381Win 11 HomeChn/WinHomeChn S 21H2 x64 ChnSimp OPK -2
  • X22-77382Win 11 HomeChn/WinHomeChn S 21H2 ARM64 ChnSimp OPK -2

Updated July 19, 2021

Microsoft discovered a recall class issue and has removed the Windows 11 RTM media from MOO SOC. OEMs may not ship with the Windows 11 RTM media (22000.1 + ZDP 22000.4) released on MOO SOC on June 24, 2021. The issue impacts certain camera scenarios and applications where the customer’s Camera Access preference may not be honored.

Microsoft is targeting re-release of RTM and an updated ZDP on MOO SOC by July 22, 2021.

Microsoft is releasing to OEMs the Windows 11 RTM OPKs on June 24. This release will deliver innovation for consumer, commercial, and education customers. Microsoft is also releasing to OEMs the Office OPK 2106 at the same time. This communication provides key information about the upcoming release and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Important Upcoming Dates
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Event
Date
Windows 11
Windows 11 - Feature Complete* April 2021
UCS Testing Begins April 15, 2021
UCS Testing Ends May 28, 2021
Office OPK 2106 – Feature Complete May 6, 2021
Office OPK 2106 – RTM June 24, 2021
Windows 11 – RTM June 24, 2021
Windows 11
Windows 11 - Feature Complete*
April 2021
UCS Testing Begins
April 15, 2021
UCS Testing Ends
May 28, 2021
Office OPK 2106 – Feature Complete
May 6, 2021
Office OPK 2106 – RTM
June 24, 2021
Windows 11 – RTM
June 24, 2021
Windows 11
Windows 11 - Feature Complete*
UCS Testing Begins
UCS Testing Ends
Office OPK 2106 – Feature Complete
Office OPK 2106 – RTM
Windows 11 – RTM
Event
Date
Windows 11 October Media Refresh (includes 9B LCU) and Office OPK 2110
UCS Testing Begins June 28, 2021
UCS Testing Ends August 20, 2021
Office OPK 2110 – Release Candidate September 9, 2021
LCU Release Candidate September 21, 2021
Office OPK 2110 – RTM September 28, 2021
LCU RTM September 28, 2021
General Availability – applies to both the June and October releases (see embargo note below) October 5, 2021
Windows 11 October Media Refresh (includes 9B LCU) and Office OPK 2110
UCS Testing Begins
June 28, 2021
UCS Testing Ends
August 20, 2021
Office OPK 2110 – Release Candidate
September 9, 2021
LCU Release Candidate
September 21, 2021
Office OPK 2110 – RTM
September 28, 2021
LCU RTM
September 28, 2021
General Availability – applies to both the June and October releases (see embargo note below)
October 5, 2021
Windows 11 October Media Refresh (includes 9B LCU) and Office OPK 2110
UCS Testing Begins
UCS Testing Ends
Office OPK 2110 – Release Candidate
LCU Release Candidate
Office OPK 2110 – RTM
LCU RTM
General Availability – applies to both the June and October releases (see embargo note below)

Windows 11

  • Windows 11 Snipping Tool, S-mode, and certain built-in application Issue.
    • Starting on November 1, 2021, some users might be unable to open or use certain built-in Windows apps or parts of some built-in apps. This is caused by an issue with a Microsoft digital certificate, which expired October 31, 2021, impacting Windows 11.

The following might be affected:

  • Snipping Tool
  • Accounts page and landing page in the Settings app (S mode only)
  • Start menu (S mode only)
  • Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing, and Emoji Panel
  • Input Method Editor user interface (IME UI)
  • Getting started and Tips
  • Microsoft has resumed offering Windows 10 S mode devices updates to Windows 11 to mitigate the issues with S mode.
  • To mitigate the issue with Snipping Tool prior to installation of the fix, customers can use the Print Screen key on their keyboard and paste the screenshot into their document. The user can also paste it into Paint to select and copy the section they want.
  • Microsoft will automatically update affected devices with KB5006746 released October 21, 2021 to resolve the following issues:
    • Touch Keyboard, Voice Typing and Emoji Panel
    • Input Method Editor user interface (IME UI)
    • Getting started and Tips
  • Microsoft released an Out of Band update to impacted end user devices through Windows Update on November 5, 2021. Note that this package will not be a cumulative update.
  • For new in-market devices that have not gone through Windows out-of-box-experience (OOBE), Microsoft has released an Out of Band update that will be applied during OOBE to resolve the S mode issue.
  • The 11B LCU will contain fixes to address all of the issues per the above. OEMs should apply the 11B LCU to all devices shipping in S mode going forward to address these issues. Microsoft is released updated media on MOO SOC November, 11, 2021, that include these fixes. OEMs have 2 options in order to create their new preinstall images with the new release.
    • Apply the 11B LCU to existing Windows 11 images.
    • Create new images from the full updated media.
  • The New OPK partner numbers are:
OPK part numbers
X22-96413 Win 11 21H2 Refresh x64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2
X22-96414 Win 11 21H2 Refresh ARM64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2
X22-96415 Win 11 HomeChn/WinHomeChn S 21H2 Refresh x64 ChnSimp OPK -2
X22-96416 Win 11 HomeChn/WinHomeChn S 21H2 Refresh ARM64 ChnSimp OPK -2
X22-96417 Win 11 IoT Ent High End 21H2 x64 English OPK -2
X22-96418 Win 11 IoT Ent Value 21H2 ARM64 English OPK -2
X22-96419 Win 11 SE 21H2 x64 English OPK (Fall ISO) -3
X22-96421 Win 11 21H2 64/ARM64 MultiLang 11B LCU OPK
X22-96413
Win 11 21H2 Refresh x64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2
X22-96414
Win 11 21H2 Refresh ARM64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2
X22-96415
Win 11 HomeChn/WinHomeChn S 21H2 Refresh x64 ChnSimp OPK -2
X22-96416
Win 11 HomeChn/WinHomeChn S 21H2 Refresh ARM64 ChnSimp OPK -2
X22-96417
Win 11 IoT Ent High End 21H2 x64 English OPK -2
X22-96418
Win 11 IoT Ent Value 21H2 ARM64 English OPK -2
X22-96419
Win 11 SE 21H2 x64 English OPK (Fall ISO) -3
X22-96421
Win 11 21H2 64/ARM64 MultiLang 11B LCU OPK
X22-96413
X22-96414
X22-96415
X22-96416
X22-96417
X22-96418
X22-96419
X22-96421
  • Chat for Microsoft Teams in China issue. Microsoft has discovered an issue where the Chat for Microsoft Teams icon is being pinned, the Teams consumer app is being auto-installed, and the Teams consumer app is being auto-launched on Windows 11 in The People’s Republic of China (PRC), which is not the expected behavior. Hong Kong and Taiwan are not impacted. The issue affects both Windows 10 devices upgrading to Windows 11 and new Windows 11 devices going through OOBE. This issue impacts all Windows 11 Products distributed into the PRC except the following Windows 11 Home Simplified Chinese Language Products:
Product ID
Licensable ID
Product Legal Name
29229 3PR-00006 Windows 11 Home High-end Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29228 3PA-00006 Windows 11 Home Desktop Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29353 LW6-00011 Windows 11 Home Standard Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29327 KVQ-00005 Windows 11 Home in S mode High-end Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29329 KVS-00003 Windows 11 Home in S mode Desktop Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29328 KVR-00005 Windows 11 Home in S mode Standard Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29229
3PR-00006
29228
3PA-00006
29353
LW6-00011
29327
KVQ-00005
29329
KVS-00003
29328
KVR-00005
29229
Windows 11 Home High-end Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29228
Windows 11 Home Desktop Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29353
Windows 11 Home Standard Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29327
Windows 11 Home in S mode High-end Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29329
Windows 11 Home in S mode Desktop Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
29328
Windows 11 Home in S mode Standard Simplified Chinese Language (OEM Activation 3.0 Required) (Limited Distribution for China) China PPP
  • Microsoft is working on the following to address the issues:
    • An LCU that OEMs should preinstall to address the icon pinning, app auto-installation, and app auto-launch issues. This fix is targeted to be released for Windows 11 in 11B. The LCU will also retroactively remove the chat icon for devices in China region that have already gone through OOBE or upgraded from Windows 10 to Windows 11 prior to 11B release.
    • Microsoft has implemented a cloud-based solution to prevent Teams auto-installation on devices where DefaultUserRegion is China.
      • Customer Support Training resources. Microsoft is making available the English version of the training that it uses for its own support representative training so that OEMs can use to inform their own training plans. The files are not intended to be used to train OEM customer services representatives, just to provide information to build or supplement their own training.
      • Windows Logo License Agreement update
        Microsoft has released an update version of the Windows Logo License Agreement (LLA) that includes coverage for Windows 11 logo and icons.  OEMs must accept the terms of the agreement prior to using the Windows 11 logo and icons in their marketing and packaging.  The LLA includes support for use of the new Windows symbol on the Windows keyboard key.  Beginning August 16, OEMs can accept the terms by going to the Partner Center for Windows Hardware and follow these steps
        • Sign into the Partner Dashboard at https://developer.microsoft.com/dashboard/directory
        • Once signed in, click on the gear icon on the upper right side next to the user name and image
        • Select “Developer Settings”
        • In the Settings menu, select “Agreements”
        • Click on the available action for the “Windows Logo License Agreement”
        • Accept the agreement

        Windows Keyboard Key & Transition timing. The updates LLA also includes requirements for the new Windows 11 Logo on the Windows Key. Transition to the new Windows 11 logo on the Windows key on Windows 11 and Windows 10 PCs that are upgradeable to Windows 11 should occur as soon as possible but no later than May 11, 2022. OEMs can continue to use Windows 10 logo on the Windows key on Windows 10 PCs that are not upgradeable.

      • Windows 11 System Restore Issue and Windows Security App Issue - August. Microsoft released updated OPKs to MOO-SOC on Friday August 13, 2021 that included updates to address both issues. The OPK part numbers for the updates are X22-79194 - Win 11 21H2 x64 MltLng OPK Inbox Apps (Win Security AppX) JuneRTM and X22-79196 - Win 11 21H2 64/ARM64 MltLng OPK Windows Recovery Environment
        1. System Restore Issue. This issue occurs on OEM images with Windows 11 RTM build 22000.1 + ZDP KB5005027. When performing a System Restore from F11 (or any function key) into WinRE UI, customers with impacted devices may experience a SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_HANDLED error after a shutdown and reboot. This issue only impacts the WinRE images used for restore. Note: This issue only impacts systems that enable users to boot directly into WinRE from a keyboard key such as F11.
        2. Repro Steps:

          1. Go through OOBE to Desktop
          2. Open control panel to create one new restore point
          3. Shutdown the device (Restart doesn’t repro this issue) then press F11 (or any key programmed for the recovery menu) to boot into WinRE environment.
          4. Select Troubleshoot/Advanced options/System Restore then do a system recovery via the new restore point.
          5. Restore will complete and restart
          6. After a restart, the device will BSOD "SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_HANDLED" occurred.

          Fix: Microsoft is planning to release a SafeOSDU package KB5005662 that addresses this issue. OEMs should apply the x64 file to their WinRE wim image on impacted x64 devices and the ARM64 file on impacted ARM devices. The new SafeOS DU package only needs to be applied to the WinRE image to address the issue and not to the preinstall images.

        3. Windows Security App issue. The Windows Security App may not display localized text on certain Windows 11 PCs preinstalled with multiple languages. Microsoft is planning to release an updated Windows Security App to address the issue. OEMs should preinstall the new app in Windows 11 systems.

      • Windows 11 June RTM Re-release. Microsoft discovered a recall class issue and has removed the Windows 11 RTM media from Microsoft OEM Online Software Order Center (MOO SOC). OEMs may not ship with the Windows 11 RTM media (22000.1 + ZDP 22000.4) released on MOO SOC on June 24, 2021. The issue impacts certain camera scenarios and applications where the customer’s Camera Access preference may not be honored.
      • Microsoft re-released the Windows 11 RTM media 22000.1 + a new ZDP to MOO-SOC on July 23, 2021. Updated part numbers are below.

        Windows preinstall images. OEMs have 2 options in order to create their new preinstall images with the new release.

        1. Install the new ZDP to the original release: Windows 11 RTM 22000.1 + ZDP 22000.4 + New ZDP.
        2. Install the new ZDP on Windows 11 RTM 22000.1: Windows 11 RTM 22000.1 + New ZDP.

        WinRE images. For WinRE images may only use Windows RTM 22000.1 + New ZDP to create new WinRE images.

        Part Numbers. The following OPK part numbers will be used for the new release and will include the new ZDP.

        • X22-77379Win 11 21H2 x64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2
        • X22-77380Win 11 21H2 ARM64 English Home/Pro/SL/S/N OPK -2
        • X22-77381Win 11 HomeChn/WinHomeChn S 21H2 x64 ChnSimp OPK -2
        • X22-77382Win 11 HomeChn/WinHomeChn S 21H2 ARM64 ChnSimp OPK -2
      • Release. Windows 11 released to OEMs on June 24. The release includes a ZDP (Zero Day Patch) update that OEMs must preinstall with the other software included in the OPK. OEMs may preinstall and distribute this June release of Windows 11 to end users subject to the sales embargo terms referenced below. Microsoft will provide more information at a later date regarding the General Availability date, which is planned for later this calendar year.

        Microsoft also currently plans to release an LCU to OEMs following the dates listed in the above table. Upon RTM, OEMs may preinstall and distribute the LCU to end users. Microsoft will also distribute this LCU to existing end users who received PCs preinstalled with Windows 11 released in June. These end users will receive the LCU via Windows Update.

        Microsoft will release the LCU to OEMs in two ways: (1) as a standalone LCU that OEMs can apply to the June RTM release, and (2) as a full media package with the LCU applied. OEMs can choose either method to create their preinstall images.
      • Part numbers. OPK part numbers are available here.
      • Windows Product Terms and Price List. A new Product Terms and Price List document for Windows 11 products is available at the Licensing and Programs Resource Center on DPC. Note: this Product Terms and Price List publishing on June 24 will list the Windows 11 products as "New Windows". The names will be updated in a consolidated version of the Windows 10 and Windows 11 Price List and Product Terms document publishing on July 1, 2021.
      • Embargo. OEMs may not sell devices with Windows 11 to end users until the GA date, which will be announced later this year. OEMs also may not sell new Windows devices to end users through retailers or distributors until GA. Details of the sales embargo requirements are found in the Price List and Product Terms document for Windows 11 publishing on June 24, 2021.
      • OEM Incentive Programs: Addendums to the 2021 MDA Program and Device Configuration Document expanding the requirements to Windows 11 will be available by July 1, 2021, on DPC in the MDA Resource Center and Device Configuration Resource Center.
      • Windows 11 OEM Upgrade Program Guide. An updated version of the Windows 11 Program Guide is now available here.
      • Overview Videos. Two product overview videos are now available:
      • Product Overview Presentation. The following presentations provide more information on Windows 11, providing a version with focus on Consumer, and a separate version focused on Commercial.
      • Genuine Microsoft Label (GML) – We have created a new GML to support Windows 11. The new GML will be available for ordering on July 26, 2021. Additional details regarding the rollout of the new GML will be available in the near future.
      • OA3.0 Tool – A new version of the OA3.0 Tool has released and is available. Microsoft has designated this release as mandatory for adoption by OEMs. However, despite the terms of the license agreement (GPA) that require mandatory adoption within 90 of release of a new version of the OA3.0 Tool, the adoption date has been extended to November 1, 2021. Details can be found here.
      • Operational Readiness – Please ensure that you have added the new OEM Licensables to your agreement in DOC before attempting to download keys or software. If you have any issues, please contact MSOEMOPS@microsoft.com and cc your Account Manager.
      • Technical and Testing Resources: More information on this release to support technical enablement and testing can be found on Collaborate.

      Office OPK 2106

      • Microsoft is releasing an updated version of the Office OPK at the same time as Windows 11.
      • This OPK will include support for Digital Attach for OEM Office (in addition to AFO LB) and the attach of Office 2021 licenses. More information on Digital Attach for OEM Office can be found here. More information on Office 2021 release for OEMs can be found here.
      • Part numbers. Available here.
      • Overview deck. Available here.
      • Office OOBE Overview. Office first run experience presentation is now available.

      Office OPK 2110

      • Microsoft will release an updated version of the Office OPK at the same time as the Windows 11 – October Refresh LCU.
      • Version number. The version number will be "2110".
      • Part numbers. OPK part numbers are available here.
      • Office OOBE Overview. The Office first run experience presentation is now available [link to Office OPK 2110 OOBE download page).