Microsoft have released what is effectively their latest weekly snapshot of their Windows 11 playground for features that may or may not make it into future releases as they gradually refresh all parts of Windows 11 from the frankly unfinished operating system that made its debut a year ago.
A smaller release this week, buit certainly larger than the beta releases which has largely remained quiet for the last month with the only update being A/B testing on a tabbed File Explorer that I haven't seen anyone become officially a part of, so we are hopefully due for some love their as similar builds are in the release preview channel now so general availability is not far away, but here is what is new in this release:
This build includes a small set of fixes that improve the overall experience for Insiders on their PCs.
Fixed a scaling issue which could result in the tabs being unexpectedly large.
Right clicking a tab and then clicking somewhere else in File Explorer should dismiss the context menu more reliably now.
We believe an underlying fix in Build 25145 addressed the recent issue where shutting down via the Start menu wasn’t working for some Insiders (unexpectedly rebooting instead), and as such are removing this from the known issues list. If you are continuing to encounter this issue with the latest updates, please report it in the Feedback Hub.
Fixed a high hitting Windows Security app crash.
Updated the Exclusions page in the Windows Security app so that file paths now make better use of the available space rather than truncating when space is still available.
Fixed an underlying issue which was causing a crash when trying to delete ports in printui /s.
Fixed an issue causing printing to not work from UWP apps for some Insiders in the last 2 flights.
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.
We are working on a fix to address reports that the Mica material and Acrylic blur effect is not rendering correct in OS surfaces like the Start menu, Notification Center and other areas.
Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause your PC to bugcheck.
[NEW] We’re investigating reports that some Insiders are experiencing bugchecks with error message KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED in NetAdapterCx.sys starting with Build 25145.
The up arrow is misaligned in File Explorer tabs. This will be fixed in a future update.
We’re investigating reports that launching File Explorer in certain ways when using dark mode (for example, from the command line) is showing the body of File Explorer unexpectedly in light mode.
We’re working on the fix for an issue causing Widgets preferences (temperature units and pinned widgets) to unexpectedly get reset to default.
Certain apps in full screen (e.g., video players) prevent live captions from being visible.
Certain apps positioned near the top of the screen and closed before live captions is run will re-launch behind the live captions window positioned at top. Use the system menu (ALT + Spacebar) while the app has focus to move the app’s window further down.
As usual users in the developer channel can check for updates, new testers will need to sign up within the Windows Update settings.
UPDATE 7/1: We are starting to roll out Cumulative Update Build 25151.1010 (KB5016322). This update does not include anything new and is designed to test our servicing pipeline for builds in the Dev Channel. ------------------------
First, there's no frigging ungroup task bar icons, second no task bar right click to get task manager.
Grouped icons is a security risk, I don't want all my activity on display when I hover, this is no acceptable, I've sent this issue in, but they seem determined removing ungroup entirely, they even disabled a registry fix, what's up with them this time around?
Type task manager from windows key, right click the icon, send it to the task bar.
Second work around, send it to the desktop, then right click, properties, create a shortcut so you have keyboard access to it.
Contributor and OSNN moderator points out,, right clicking on the start button also does the trick!
I sure hope MS abandons this minimalist approach, I'm fine with having "grouped icons" default, but not fine having no ungroup option.
I'm also not fine with no drag and drop to task bar, and I can't find "create desktop shortcut" in right click
The actual reason, (in spite of conspiracies speculated on the internet), is technical rather than marketing (or otherwise conspiratorial).
Even though Windows 10 proved remarkably stable, the few crashes were almost always driver related, Microsoft is now attempting an elimination/reduction of those issues too.
Microsoft's "Mode Based Execution Control" (MBEC) is an important performance feature allowing better isolation of kernel memory, it's included in Ryzen 2 and Intel gen 7, (Ryzen 1, Gen 6 don't have it)
Users wondered why some Ryzen CPUs aren't certified for 11 now you know the answer.
After that, some processors adapt strict driver implementation and prove it, some either don’t or haven’t proven it
Even though those CPUs were patched, I don’t think they’ll get certified even if they follow the driver stability principles, but possibly in the future, depending on Intel successfully pitching their case and or adding firmware to the chipset I suppose.