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From Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25174:

UPDATE 8/5: We are starting to roll out Cumulative Update Build 25174.1010 (KB5017214). This update does not include anything new and is designed to test our servicing pipeline for builds in the Dev Channel.


Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

Corrine

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25179

ISOs for this build can be downloaded here.

Changes and Improvements

[General]
  • The spelling dictionary will now use a language-neutral word list and we are trying out syncing this across all devices that use the same Windows account. Users can toggle this feature via Settings > Accounts > Windows backup > Remember my preferences > Language preferences. This currently only works with Microsoft accounts today with AAD support coming later.
[File Explorer]
  • File Explorer tabs and navigation updates (which began rolling out to the Dev Channel with Build 25136) are now rolling out to everyone in the Dev Channel. If you don't see these features right away, please try rebooting. If that doesn't work, please file feedback in Feedback Hub.
  • We're trying out different experiences in File Explorer to show search results.
[Input]
  • We're adding the Tamil Anjal keyboard for the Tamil language. It's a popular keyboard for inputting Tamil characters, so if you speak this language, please try it out! This keyboard is currently rolling out to a subset of Insiders while we evaluate the quality. To add it (once it's available to you), make sure Tamil (India) is listed under Settings > Time & Language > Language & Region, and then click the "..." next to the language, select Language Options, and add it to the list of keyboards.
  • We are rolling out a small tweak to improve the key repeat rate for the traditional touch keyboard layout, as well as the default touch keyboard layout, so it feels more responsive. Now it has the rate of 20 keys per second (for example, when holding down the delete key).
[Other]
  • Updated the default duration captured by powercfg -sleepstudy from 3 to 7 days.
Fixes

[General]
  • Fixed an issue causing hangs and crashes in apps (like Excel) when attempting to print in the last couple flights.
  • Fixed a few issues impacting explorer.exe reliability.
[File Explorer]
  • The Mount option when right clicking things like ISO files should now show an icon in the context menu.
  • Fixed an issue where the min / max / close button might not be visible in File Explorer when using a contrast theme.
[Widgets]
  • We have fixed the issue causing Widgets preferences (temperature units and pinned widgets) to unexpectedly get reset to default.
[Taskbar]
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to the taskbar overflow flyout unexpectedly appearing on the opposite side of the screen.
[Input]
  • Fixed a sporadic crash impacting reliability of the input switcher.
  • Fixed an issue where when Suggested Actions was enabled, if you copied multiple items in a row to your clipboard history, some of the items might not display after you pressed WIN + V.
[Settings]
  • Fixed an issue which was causing Settings to crash on launch sometimes.
  • Improved alignment of the "Scan for phone" button displayed on Accounts > Sign-In Options under Dynamic Lock when your phone failed to connect.
  • Your preferred state for the Suggested Actions setting under System > Clipboard should persist upgrade going forward from this build.
[Windowing]
  • Fixed an issue where when resizing certain app windows near the edge of the screen when using mixed DPI monitors might unexpectedly cause the window to jump and shrink.
[Other]
  • We made a change so that the media controls in Quick Settings will more reliably not load old media you're no longer using.
  • Fixed an issue causing one of the characters in the bugcheck text to not display correctly (as a box) when the display language was set to Chinese.
  • Fixed an issue causing app install failures with error 0x80080204 in the last few flights.
  • Improved date / time recognition for existing supported locales when using Suggested Actions.


Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

Corrine

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25182

  • Starting with Build 25182, the expiration date is now September 15th, 2023. It is recommended Insiders update to this build to avoid build expiration notices.
  • We're beginning to roll out an update to the Camera app to the Dev Channel that brings native Arm64 support and a new privacy feature. Details below.
  • We are also rolling out a small update for Microsoft Store to the Dev Channel with some improvements. Details below.
Fixes

[General]
  • We fixed the issue that was causing devices with low disk space to receive download error 0x80070001 in Windows Update trying to install the latest Dev Channel build.
  • Fixed an issue leading to some Insiders experiencing a decrease in FPS when playing certain games in recent flights due to the wrong graphics card being used.
[Taskbar]
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to the taskbar overflow flyout unexpectedly appearing on the opposite side of the screen. This was incorrectly noted as fixed in Build 25179.
  • We fixed an issue that was causing the animation on the taskbar that plays when a user switches from using a device in tablet posture to desktop while in overflow to incorrectly show when logging in.
  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash which could happen when determining if the taskbar overflow should display. This could happen when switching out of a full screen game.
[Start]
  • Fixed a Start menu crash that could prevent apps from launching from Start.
[File Explorer]
  • Fixed an issue causing the left-half of the File Explorer title bar to not be draggable via mouse or touch for some Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue causing Home, Documents, Pictures, and potentially other folders to become unexpectedly duplicated in File Explorer's navigation pane or appear on the desktop.
  • Selecting multiple folders and then using the context menu option to open them in a new tab will now actually do that, rather than opening the first folder in a new tab and all the others in a new window.
  • Updated the logic for Narrator so that if you navigate to a OneDrive folder using the navigation pane in File Explorer, Narrator will now explicitly say it's a OneDrive folder, and not just something like "YourName – Personal".
[Other]
  • Fixed an issue which could cause the camera light on a laptop to get stuck on after logging into your PC.
  • Fixed an issue believed to be the root cause of some Insiders seeing bugchecks when opening and copying files from network locations.


Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

Corrine

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25182

UPDATE 8/22: We are starting to roll out Cumulative Update Build 25182.1010 (KB5017600). This update does not include anything new and is designed to test our servicing pipeline for builds in the Dev Channel.


Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

Corrine

Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25188

What's new

Updated Touch Keyboard Settings
A new touch keyboard setting replaces the "Show the touch keyboard when there's no keyboard attached" checkbox under Settings > Time & language > Typing > Touch keyboard with a new dropdown menu with 3 options to control whether tapping an edit control should launch the touch keyboard:

  • "Never" suppresses the touch keyboard even when no hardware keyboard is attached.
  • "When no keyboard attached" will show the touch keyboard only when the device is used as a tablet without the hardware keyboard.
  • "Always" will show the touch keyboard even when the hardware keyboard is attached.

[We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn't available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]

FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Input and Language > Touch keyboard.

Changes and Improvements

[Windows Terminal]
  • Windows Terminal is now the default terminal in Windows 11. This means, all command line applications will open in Windows Terminal automatically (Command Prompt and PowerShell, for example). The setting for this change can be found via Settings > Privacy & security > For developers. Please note that Windows Terminal version 1.15 or greater is required for this feature.
[Settings]
  • Updated the Wi-Fi and VPN properties pages in Settings to now include a link to advanced properties for that network.

Fixes

[Taskbar]
  • Fixed an issue related to the taskbar overflow which was impacting explorer.exe reliability.

[Start]
  • Fixed an issue that was causing Start's recommended to only show one column instead of two.
  • Made a fix for Narrator mistakenly reading out the search box in Start twice.
  • Fixed an issue where the access keys (underlined letters) in WIN + X had duplicate definitions when an update was pending reboot.

[File Explorer]
  • Fixed an issue causing a small percentage of Insiders to experience repeated explorer.exe crashes after attempting to access certain folders on their systems in the last couple Dev Channel builds.
  • Fixed a recent issue where if File Explorer was open when you switched between light and dark mode, you could end up with some unreadable text / UI showing the wrong color.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing explorer.exe to crash when opening folders with certain images.
  • The up arrow should no longer be misaligned in File Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to not being able to unpin Desktop, Pictures, or Documents folders from Quick access.
  • Fixed an underlying explorer.exe crash which could happen when File Explorer launch was aborted, for example if you were attempting to access a network share from the Run dialog, were prompted for credentials, and then clicked cancel instead of entering them.
  • If the tab title is too long to display completely in the available space, hovering your mouse over it will now show a tooltip with the full name.
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to explorer.exe crashing when File Explorer was closed.
  • Fixed an issue causing the delete key to unexpectedly not work on files in File Explorer sometimes.
  • Removed the toolbar some people were unexpectedly seeing (with View / Edit / etc) after the introduction of tabs in File Explorer. As part of this, the "always show menus" option in Folder Options was also removed which didn't do anything.

[Search]
  • Fixed an underlying crash which could lead to search not launching.
  • Searching for "detect displays" will now return Display Settings.

[Input]
  • Made a number of updates to emoji keywords based on feedback, including fixing that searching for apple didn't return the red apple emoji in Korean or Polish (in the respective languages), searching for trash or garbage in English should now return the wastebasket emoji, searching for roger in English should now return the saluting face emoji, and searching for bug will now return the ladybug emoji. Please continue sharing feedback about emoji search results under Input & Language > Emoji Panel in the Feedback Hub!

[Settings]
  • Fixed an issue where in certain cases removing a printer from Settings wouldn't work.
  • Fixed an issue where the DNS suffix search list entry wasn't displaying correctly in Settings.
  • Fixed an issue where the buttons for changing current view in Settings > Apps > Installed apps might unexpectedly show arrows overlaid on top.

[Task Manager]
  • Updated the positioning of the View button tooltip position so it shouldn't block the close button in the title bar anymore.
  • The arrow shown when sorting processes by CPU should no longer be black on black in certain cases when using dark mode.
  • Updated the selection highlight color when you select rows on the Details or Services page to be less bright and more aligned with the other colors used with the updated Task Manager design.

[Other]
  • Fixed an issue leading to missing / broken characters on the Bitlocker screen when using the Japanese display language.
  • Fixed an issue where the Advanced Settings of an application pool on a remote IIS server would display a blank screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Steps Recorder wouldn't close when you pressed ALT + F4.

NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.


Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

Corrine

    Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25193

    What's new

    Introducing Xbox subscription management in Settings

    With this build, we are introducing a new Xbox subscription management experience within Windows 11 Settings app. If you are a member of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate, PC Game Pass, Xbox Game Pass for Console or Xbox Live Gold, you will now be able to see your subscription details via Settings > Accounts.

    Like the Microsoft 365 subscription management experience, you will be able to view your billing recurrence, payment method and the games and benefits associated with your Xbox subscription.

    In addition, you will also be able to manage and upgrade your subscription, redeem gift card tokens and be up to date on any actions required to continue your subscriptions without any disruptions.

    If you don't own any Xbox subscriptions, you can learn more about the games and benefits associated with Xbox subscriptions, by clicking the Learn more link on the card.

    [We are beginning to roll this feature out, so it isn't available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]

    FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Settings > User Profile Account Settings.

    Support for new Braille displays in Narrator

    We are excited to announce support for new Braille displays and new Braille input and output languages in Narrator. Some of the new braille displays we support include: the APH Chameleon, the APH Mantis Q40, the NLS eReader and many more. Refer to the detailed documentation to learn more about the new displays and languages that we support.

    Prerequisites:

    You must remove Narrator's current braille support if it is already installed by following the steps below:
    • Open Settings.
    • Go to Apps > Optional features > Installed features.
    • Search for Accessibility – Braille support.
    • Expand Accessibility – Braille support and uninstall the feature.
    Install new narrator braille support:
    • Go to Settings > Accessibility > Narrator > Braille.
    • Select the more button.
    • Download braille from this new window by selecting the Download and install braille button.
    • After braille is installed, restart your computer and return to Settings > Accessibility > Narrator > Braille.
    • For Braille display to continue working seamlessly while switching between Narrator and third-party screen readers, select the braille display driver used by your third-party screen reader from the "Braille display driver" option. See the note below for customers that use the JAWS for Windows screen reader. This only needs to be done once. Refer to the detailed documentation to learn more about the braille driver solution.
    Note: If you have the JAWS for Windows screen reader installed from Freedom Scientific and are using a version released in April 2022 or later along with a Focus braille display then there is no need to select the braille display as noted above.

    Additional Resources:

    Please refer to the Narrator User Guide for additional information on braille functionality in Narrator.FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Accessibility > Narrator.

    Changes and Improvements

    General
    • As a result of feedback from Windows Insiders, we have disabled the ability to share a local file directly to OneDrive using the built-in Windows share window that first began rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel with Build 25163. We hope to bring this feature back in the future after further refinement of the experience. As we've mentioned previously, features we try out in the Dev or Beta Channels may not always ship.
    Fixes

    General
    list]
    • Fixed an issue causing enabling .NET Framework 3.5 from the Windows Features dialog to not work in the previous build.

    Taskbar]
    • Made a fix so the taskbar overflow will now use the same accent color as your taskbar.
    • Fixed a couple of issues which were leading to sporadic explorer.exe crashes related to the taskbar overflow.
    • Fixed an issue related to the widgets entry in the taskbar which was causing the taskbar icons to appear to drift around sometimes in the previous flight.
    • Fixed an issue for Insiders with at least two monitors, where if the monitors had different DPI, the taskbar overflow could appear before it was needed or end up overlapped with the date and time on the secondary monitor.
    • Fixed an issue where the taskbar overflow flyout might appear floating away from the taskbar if you opened it after a display scaling change.

    Start
    • Fixed an issue that was causing unexpected characters to show instead of an apostrophe in the tooltip for the Sleep option in the Power menu.
    • Fixed an issue which could lead to Start menu crashing on launch for some people when Search Highlights was enabled.

    File Explorer
    • If the taskbar is set to auto-hide and File Explorer is maximized, hovering your mouse on the bottom of the screen to invoke the taskbar should work now.
    • Fixed an issue when dragging and dropping a folder to pin it to the navigation pane, that the line indicating where it would be inserted didn't have enough contrast in dark mode.
    • We fixed an issue where the search box background in File Explorer might be the opposite color of your current mode (for example dark in light mode).
    • Fixed an issue where File Explorer would appear to open, close, and re-open before it finished drawing after being launched from certain places (for example when opening the location of a downloaded file from Microsoft Edge).
    • Fixed an issue where certain files couldn't be unpinned from the Favorites section of Home after you'd pinned them.
    • Made another fix to help address UI issues when switching between dark and light mode if the File Explorer window was open when you switch.
    • Fixed a GDI objects leak when resizing the navigation pane in File Explorer, which could potentially lead to content in File Explorer not rendering correctly over time for Insiders who resized the navigation pane frequently.
    • Made some improvements to help the performance of loading Home when using a cloud storage provider, like OneDrive, to back up your files in File Explorer.

    Settings
    • Fixed an issue causing the Storage page in Settings as well as Disk Cleanup to crash in the scan phase for some people.
    • Fixed an issue where URIs to open pages under the Accounts section of Settings weren't working for some people – Settings would open, but not navigate to the correct page. This impacted the link to open Sign-in Options in the Start menu.
    • Fixed an issue leading to app icons not displaying correctly under Privacy & Security > Voice activation.
    • Fixed a Settings crash when uninstalling apps using Apps > Installed apps.

    Other
    • Fixed an issue which could sometimes cause a ShellExperienceHost.exe crash when you stopped casting to another display or switched to duplicate your display.
    • Added a warning to findstr if Unicode input is detected, to make it more clear if that's why results aren't returned for certain files.
    • Fixed an issue in recent flights causing lines to not be included when printing tables from certain apps.
    • Fixed an issue in recent flights which could lead to hangs in certain apps.


    Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

    Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
    May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

    Corrine

    Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25197

    What's new

    Re-introducing the touch-optimized taskbar that's designed to make you feel more confident and comfortable using your device as a tablet. Your taskbar will automatically transition to this optimized version when you disconnect or fold back the keyboard on your 2-in-1 device.  This feature only works on devices that can be used as tablets. It does not work on laptops or desktop PCs.

    As a reminder, there are two states of this taskbar: collapsed and expanded. In the collapsed state, the taskbar gets out your way, gives you more screen space, and prevents you from accidentally invoking the taskbar when you're holding your tablet. In the expanded state, the taskbar is optimized to be easier to use with touch. You can easily switch between the two states by swiping up and down on the bottom of your device.

    If this feature is available, you will see a new setting at Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar behaviors called "Optimize taskbar for touch interactions when this device is used as a tablet" that will be set to on by default.

    [We are beginning to roll this feature out, so it isn't available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]

    FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Taskbar.

    System Tray Updates
    This update introduces updates to the System Tray that affect all device types — not just 2-in-1 devices. With this change, users will see a rounded focus and hover treatment on all icons in the lower right, due to the continued modernization of this experience.

    You may also notice that it is not possible to drag and drop or rearrange your system tray icons with this change. We heard your feedback on this change earlier this year and are working to address this in a future Insider Preview build.

    [We are beginning to roll this feature out, so it isn't available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]


    FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > System Tray.

    Changes and Improvements

    [Settings]
    • We are beginning to roll out animated icons and illustrations in the Settings app. With the animated icons in the navigation bar, we continue growing our motion design principles to transform these familiar interactions from something purely functional to something that is also delightful.
    [Input]
    • We are making the small tweak that began rolling out with Build 25179 to improve the key repeat rate for the traditional touch keyboard layout, as well as the default touch keyboard layout, so it feels more responsive available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Now it has the rate of 20 keys per second (for example, when holding down the delete key).
    Fixes

    [System Tray Updates]

    NOTE: These fixes will only show if tablet-optimized taskbar with System Tray updates is enabled on your device. Please see above for details on the tablet-optimized taskbar and System Tray updates, which is beginning to roll out to Windows Insiders and not yet available for everyone.

    • The taskbar should no longer flash because of changes in the system tray in non-tablet-optimized scenarios.
    • Fixed an issue that was causing parts of the taskbar or its icons like search to get stuck in the wrong theme's colors when switching between light and dark themes.
    • Date and time should no longer get stuck cutting off on the side of the screen from system tray changes.
    [Start]
    • Fixed a crash that users were seeing when using Start's recommended section.
    [File Explorer]
    • Fixed an issue leading to a small set of Insiders with "launch folder windows in a separate process" not being able to launch File Explorer in the last two flights due to an explorer.exe crash.
    • Did some work to help improve the performance of deleting files via File Explorer (when emptying the recycle bin or using Shift + Delete) in the case where there are a large number of files being deleted at once.
    [Input]
    • Fixed an issue causing ctfmon.exe crashes for some Insiders in recent flights when words were added to your spelling dictionary.
    • Dragging the voice typing window to another monitor which has a different scaling than the originating monitor should work now instead of bouncing back.
    • Fixed a sporadic crash in recent builds when using the input switcher.
    • Fixed an issue which could lead to voice typing and other input features hanging on initialization.
    • Fixed an issue with displaying certain Sinhala words, where they were unexpectedly overlapping.
    [Settings]
    • Updated the design of the lists displayed Apps > Startup Apps and Apps > Advanced App Settings > App Execution Alias pages to be more consistent with other Settings pages.
    • Fixed an issue which could lead to Settings crashing when removing devices.
    • Updated the Personal Dictionary section under Privacy & Security > Inking & Typing Personalization to now say "Custom word list".
    [Widgets]
    • Fixed an issue which was making the weather icon in the taskbar draw too high and with no text in recent flights.
    [Windowing]
    • Clicking the title bar portion of a preview thumbnail in Task View should now actually switch to that app, instead of just closing Task View.
    • Fixed a sporadic explorer.exe crash which could happen when using ALT + Tab or Task View.
    [Task Manager]
    • Fixed an issue impacting Task Manager reliability.
    • If graphs have been hidden on the Performance page, the circles used to identify each of the different sections should be less blurry now.
    [Other]
    • Fixed an issue which could lead to hangs in certain apps when attempting to print if an IPP printer took too long to respond to the print request.
    • Fixed an issue where EnumPrinters wasn't always returning the correct size for pcbNeeded, which could lead to hangs in certain programs.
    • Fixed a typo in the dialog displayed when Smart App Control blocked an app.
    • Fixed an issue where certain characters were missing in the boot environment when using the Chinese (Simplified) or Korean display languages, leading to square boxes in the text.


    Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

    Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
    May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

    Corrine

    Via Twitter

    QuoteQuick note for #WindowsInsiders in the Dev Channel:  we have just released a new ISO for yesterday's 25197 build.  Visit http://aka.ms/WIPISO to find it.


    Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

    Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
    May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

    Corrine

    Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25201

    ISOs for this build can be downloaded here.

    What's new

    Expanded View in Widgets

    Need more space in your widgets board? Can't quite see everything at a glance? Use the expand and collapse button in the top right corner of the board, next to the add widgets button, to expand or collapse the size of your widgets board.  The size of your board is remembered, so if you prefer your widgets board to always show you more content and leave it expanded then that's how it will be the next time you open it.

    [We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn't available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]

    FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Widgets.

    Game Pass Widget Improvements

    Last month we introduced the preview of the Game Pass widget without a sign-in experience to your Xbox profile. Today, we're beginning to roll out and update for the Game Pass widget that introduces the ability to sign-in with your Xbox profile. If you have already signed into your Xbox app on PC, the Game Pass widget will be signed-in with your Xbox account. Once signed-in, the widget will show the full range of Game Pass games available to you.  Additionally, the widget will also show the most recent set of PC Game Pass titles you have played. It gives gamers a quick way to get right back into the action.

    As always, we would love to hear your thoughts on how the team can make Game Pass widget better and more personalized for you. Please share your feedback!

    [We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn't available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]

    FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Widgets.

    Changes and Improvements

    [General]
    • Thank you to all the Insiders who gave us feedback on the different visual treatments for search on the taskbar! Starting with this week's flight, we are concluding the exploration of these treatments, so if you received this experience, it will be removed on your next reboot.
    [File Explorer]
    • File Explorer search will now show results as you type. The full search results page will update live without needing to press enter. We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn't available to all Insiders just yet.
    • We're experimenting with adding more cloud files to search results from Home.

    Fixes

    [General]
    • Fixed the issue in the last few flights causing a bugcheck when moving your mouse in certain games.
    [File Explorer]
    • As a one-time change to help people find their folders with the navigation pane updates, if the default folders pinned to File Explorer's navigation pane had been unpinned, they will be re-pinned after upgrading.
    • Fixed a memory leak which was happening when closing File Explorer windows.
    [Taskbar]
    • The apps in the taskbar overflow flyout should now be in the correct order when using an Arabic or Hebrew display language.
    [Input]
    • Fixed an issue where if you hadn't already opened OneNote once, using the pen click to invoke OneNote wouldn't work.
    • Made a change to help address an issue where it wasn't possible to use the Pinyin IME to type in the chat box of certain games.
    [Settings]
    • Fixed an issue which was causing sporadic Settings app crashes.
    • Removed an erroneous white pixel in the icon animation when clicking the Apps category in Settings.
    [Widgets]
    • We have fixed the issue where in some cases, the notification banner for some badging would not appear in the widgets board.
    [Windowing]
    • Fixed an issue where explorer.exe was crashing if you dragged a snap group in Task View and dropped it into another Desktop.
    • Fixed an issue related to interacting with the Desktops flyout in the taskbar which was causing periodic explorer.exe crashes.
    • Fixed a DWM crash in the last few flights which could lead to a brief black screen when rotating a tablet.
    • Fixed a rare issue which could cause a DWM crash when watching videos in certain UWP apps in recent builds.
    [Task Manager]
    • Fixed an issue impacting Task Manager reliability.
    [Other]
    • Fixed an issue causing some Insiders to unexpectedly get the message "it is not possible to connect to this network" when connecting to certain Wi-Fi networks recently, although the network was working with other devices.
    • Fixed an issue which could lead to Windows Sandbox opening to just a black window on certain PCs.

    NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.


    Take a walk through the "Security Garden" -- Where Everything is Coming up Roses!

    Remember - A day without laughter is a day wasted.
    May the wind sing to you and the sun rise in your heart.

    Corrine

    Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25206

    • The build includes changes to SMB authentication rate limiter behavior.  See the blog post for additional details.
    • We've got a few changes and improves including making the updated "Open with" dialog available to all Insiders in the Dev Channel, some updates for Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) and more.
    • This build also includes a set of fixes to improve the overall experience for Windows Insiders.
    • We also added a new known issue for a bug we're investigating that is impacting a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel from updating to the latest builds.

    Changes and Improvements

    [General]
    • The updated "Open with" dialog box is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
    [Graphics]
    • Windows Insiders can now save power by using Dynamic Refresh Rate (DRR) on external displays! To enable this setting, you must have a 120+Hz monitor with VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) support, as well as a WDDM 3.1 driver installed. To select a dynamic refresh rate, go to Settings > System > Display > Advanced display and make your selection under Refresh rate.
      • Note: To get the latest GPU drivers available for Windows Insiders, check for Windows updates by going to Settings > Windows Update, then select "Check for updates". To find out what WDDM driver you have, go to Start > dxdiag > Display and look at the Driver Model under Drivers.
    [File Explorer]
    • Search from File Explorer Home will show recent file activity for cloud files in Details View.
    [Input]
    • We're beginning to roll out a change to suppose the use of clipboard history (WIN + V) on password fields. We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn't available to all Insiders just yet.

    Fixes

    [General]
    • OneDrive setup should no longer unexpectedly ask for permission to set up every time your PC reboots.
    • Fixed a high hitting explorer.exe which was impacting some Insiders.
    [Settings]
    • Fixed a Settings crash which could happen when searching and selecting certain Narrator related settings.
    [Search]
    • Fixed a high hitting search crash which was impacting some Insiders in the last few flights.
    [Other]
    • The Windows Sandbox window should now resize correctly if you snap it to the side of the screen.
    • Fixed an issue which could lead to a memory leak in Windows Error Reporting after certain crashes.
    • If focus is on the desktop, then pressing ALT + F4 and Enter should now shutdown your PC, rather than having to move keyboard focus first (as was needed in the last few flights).
    • The computer icon is now showing again in the Shut Down Windows dialog.

    NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.


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    Updated Photos app for Windows 11 begins rolling out to Windows Insiders

    A preview of the update for the Photos app is beginning to roll out Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel today. This means not all Insiders in the Dev Channel will have the update right away, but rollout will be increased over time as feedback is monitored.

    The update brings a gorgeous gallery, simplifying browsing, finding, management and consumption of your collection of photos. It also allows you to easily backup your photos with OneDrive, enjoy powerful experiences on Windows devices and offers a delightful "Memories" experience.

    Here are some things for Insiders try with this Photos app update:

    • Organize your photos with a productive and beautifully redesigned purpose-built experience.
    • Easily backup your Photos to OneDrive and keep your memories safe.
    • Celebrate a life well-lived with improved "Memories" experiences.
    • Be productive with multi-window and multi-screen.
    • Easily view your OneDrive storage quota usage and add more storage.
    • Import and manage your photos from external sources such as your phone and camera.

    This update to the Photos app (version 2022.31090.16004.0 and higher) will replace the current Photos app experience. Earlier this year, we introduced Clipchamp as our new inbox video editor, which is focused on making video creation easy, fast, and fun on Windows. As Clipchamp is equipped with all the basic tools you'd expect, like trimming and splitting, as well as more pro-style features like transitions and animated text, the new Photos app experience no longer includes the legacy Video Editor. If you would prefer to continue to use the legacy Photos app, it will remain available in the Microsoft Store.

    FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Apps > Photos.


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    Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25211

    What's new

    Widgets settings

    In this update, we have separated the widget picker and Widgets settings to make it easier for you to find and interact with each view. Now, the widget picker is opened by the "+" button and Widgets settings is opened by the "Me" button. We re-used the space the picker used to take in Widget settings to cover the highly requested taskbar settings based on Insider feedback to give you control over how the Widgets entry works on your taskbar.

    With the toggles in Widget settings, you can:

    • Control whether the Widgets board opens when you hover over the taskbar icon.
    • Control whether Widgets will show notification badging on the taskbar.
    • Control whether live Widget content on the taskbar shows more than weather.

    [We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn't available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]

    FEEDBACK: Please file feedback in Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Desktop Environment > Widgets.

    Changes and Improvements

    [Taskbar]
    • Based on your feedback, we've added a link to Task Manager when right-clicking on the taskbar. Let us know what you think!

    [System Tray]
    • This build includes preliminary support to rearrange system tray icons for Insiders who have the System Tray updates that began rolling out with Build 25197. Further improvements for this experience are coming soon. As a reminder, these System Tray updates are still rolling out and are not available to all Insiders just yet. If your PC does not have these changes, your System Tray experience will remain the same as before.

    File Explorer]

    • Fixed an issue where the top part of File Explorer (with the search and address box) couldn't be interacted with when File Explorer was in full screen mode (F11).

    [Settings]
    • For the time being, you will no longer be able to uninstall apps with inter-dependencies (e.g., Steam and gaming apps running on Steam) or repair Win32 apps under Settings > Apps > Installed apps. You will still be able to modify and uninstall Win32 apps without inter-dependencies.

    Fixes

    [General]
    • We are beginning to roll out a server-side fix for the issue causing a "date, time and time zone settings are incorrect" message to be improperly displayed, which was also preventing the installation of the latest Insider Preview builds from proceeding.

    [File Explorer]
    • Fixed the issue where the command bar items like copy, paste, and empty recycle bin were unexpectedly not be enabled sometimes when they have been.
    • Fixed an issue which was causing unexpected black bars on the sides of horizontal scrollbars when using dark mode.

    [Start]
    • When you have Start set to show more pinned items, the animation for opening folders lower on the page will now appear from the right place.

    [Taskbar]
    • Fixed a high hitting Shell Experience Host crash in recent Dev Channel builds, impacting Quick Settings launch reliability.

    [Input]
    • The gripper for moving the emoji panel and touch keyboard should now update color correctly when you switch between dark and light mode.
    • Fixed a memory leak when repeatedly invoking the input switcher.

    [Settings]
    • Fixed a Settings crash which could happen when changing your mobile hotspot name.
    • Updated the examples used in the Short time selection under Time & Language > Language & Region > Regional Format, to make the 12 hour options (vs 24 hour) a little more obvious by showing morning and afternoon times.

    [Task Manager]
    • Tweaked the graphs in the Performance page to use a bit more transparency so it's easier to see the grid lines underneath.
    • Made another fix to improve Task Manager reliability.
    • Fixed a black flash while might be seen when launching Task Manager in light mode.
    • Fixed a few issues where the font color of certain elements wasn't correct / readable when using a contrast theme.

    [Other]
    • Fixed an issue where Narrator would read out the details of the calendar that opens from selecting the date and time from the taskbar when it was collapsed.
    • Fixed an issue where explorer.exe was crashing repeatedly in Windows Sandbox for Insiders with the tablet optimized taskbar and updated system tray.
    • Fixed an issue which could lead to hangs in certain apps when opening the Open File Dialog.
    • Fixed an issue which was making the screen go black for some Insiders when enabling HDR recently.
    • Fixed an issue where after using the Open With dialog, the process might stay running even if it wasn't in use anymore.
    • Fixed an issue which was leading to increased CPU usage for WSL2 users on ARM64 PCs even when WSL was idle.
    • Fixed an issue where closing the print dialog could lead to an app crash in the last couple flights.


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    Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25211

    UPDATE 10/3: We are starting to roll out Cumulative Update Build 25211.1010 (KB5019342). This update does not include anything new and is designed to test our servicing pipeline for builds in the Dev Channel.


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