Microsoft has confirmed an issue on Windows 11 and Windows 10 caused by this month’s Patch Tuesday updates. Microsoft explains that the problem is related to the local account. When a user installs Patch Tuesday updates (Windows 11, Windows 10) and logs in using a local user account, a message appears on both Windows 10 and Windows 11 that says ” Your data will be processed outside of your country or region.” The bug does not affect all client devices and is only an issue on Education and Enterprise versions of Windows 11 and Windows 10.
A Microsoft support article on this issue notes the following:
A notice appears informing users about data transfer outside of China after installing a Windows 10 or Windows 11 update that is on or after March 21, 2023.
Along with this notice, the Microsoft Privacy Statement dialog box is also displayed. The Redmond firm has provided steps to work around this problem. They are given below:
We are aware that the notice is displayed to users who log in on a device running Enterprise or Education versions of Windows 10 or Windows 11. Local user account. If an enterprise wants to suppress this notice, apply the following task.
Before applying Windows Update on or after March 21, 2023, create the following registry entry for each local account on the Windows 10 or Windows 11 device.
Location of Registry
Personal Data Export
The name of the value
PDES was shown.
- Then apply the applicable Windows updates on or after March 21, 2023 and then restart the device.
You can find more details on Microsoft’s support article (KB5026964) Here.