Today Microsoft released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22463 to the development channel.
Microsoft notes that the versions released to the Dev Channel no longer match the Windows 11 experience that will be released to customers on October 5. These releases are from the first stage of a new development cycle for Windows 11 with the latest working code being worked on from their engineers. These aren’t always stable releases, and sometimes you’ll see issues that block key activities or require workarounds when stealing into the dev channel.
The highlights of the new construction include:
- A good set of improvements and bug fixes
- The issue affecting the taskbar where icons appeared misaligned and / or cut off is fixed in this release
- Microsoft PowerToys is now available in the Microsoft Store on Windows 11!
Insider PCs managed by mobile devices (MDM) will not receive this release because there is an issue in this release that prevents PCs from successfully updating to this release. Microsoft is hoping this will be fixed on the next flight.
Changes and Improvements
- When you have selected a file or folder in File Explorer, you can now use CTRL + Shift + C to copy the path to your clipboard.
- Rounded off corners of pop-up windows displayed when you click “identify screens” in display settings.
- We’ve made some small tweaks to the contrast theme colors based on the comments, including making the hyperlinks a bit more distinct when hovering when using the desert theme.
- Added an icon next to the volume slider in quick settings to help make the audio endpoint management option more discoverable.
- Updated the Windows Easy Access folder in the All Apps list in Start to simply be called Accessibility.
- Added an option to Focus Assist settings so you can choose whether or not you want Focus Assist to be automatically enabled for the first hour after a Windows feature update.
- The system reappears as an option when right-clicking the Start button (WIN + X).
- Fixed an issue that prevented Narrator from focusing on headers in Sometimes Start with Touch.
- Mitigated an issue where when a large number of apps were installed, the Start menu could get stuck with no app icon showing (just app name) after a DPI change. This change is also believed to help improve the reliability of Start launch on secondary monitors in mixed DPI scenarios.
- If the âAlways show scroll barsâ accessibility option is enabled, switching to the All apps list will no longer cause the scroll bar to move out of window bounds during the transition animation.
- Pressing the down arrow after opening Start will now take you to the pinned apps section instead of jumping to your username.
- The icons on the taskbar are properly aligned and centered again. Applications should no longer be muted by the “Show hidden icons” button when too many applications are open.
- Text in taskbar previews will now follow the accessibility setting to increase text size.
- Adjusted the notification number badge for the Notification Center to resolve an issue where some numbers were not centered in the circle.
- Fixed an issue that prevented the chat flyout from lighting up the first time it was opened.
- Improved the reliability of explorer.exe when the taskbar spanned multiple monitors.
- The opening of the search for secondary monitors is now working.
- Addressed an issue that could cause File Explorer to crash during a search.
- Press F1 in File Explorer to open a Windows 11 help search, not Windows 10.
- Change made to resolve an issue where items in the View, Sort By, and Group By submenus in the context menu did not display a mark to indicate that they were selected.
- Fixed an issue that resulted in incorrect mouse pointer position in WDAG when the monitor was in portrait mode.
- Text predictions (both for touchscreen keyboard and hardware keyboard) should work again now in this flight for English and some other languages ââwhere they were broken.
- Addresses an issue when using the previous version of Korean IME where, when typing quickly in some apps, the Shift Key Up event was not received by the app.
- Fixed an issue that caused the borders of the touchscreen keyboard keys to appear blurry in some cases.
- Addressed an issue where the touchscreen keyboard would crash in some cases when changing docking mode while the voice input UI was visible.
- Removed duplicate Nearby Share entry from Focus Assist priority list.
- Fixed an issue that caused a repeated prompt to be reset to default settings when “Automatically optimize new drives” was not selected in Optimize drives.
- If you press WIN + P, the current projection mode will now have the initial keyboard focus instead of always being the first in the list.
- Trying to change desktop (for example, using keyboard shortcuts) when there is only one should no longer steal the focus in the foreground.
- Fixed an issue where the flyout for snap layouts would start blinking when summoned in certain areas of the screen.
- The Move To option when right-clicking on a window thumbnail in the task view is now aligned with other context menu entries.
- Windows Sandbox should now launch in this version. In previous versions of Dev Channel, Windows Sandbox did not launch under certain circumstances.
[Windows Subsystem for Linx (WSL) & Hyper-V]
- We fixed the issue that prevented WSL2 and Hyper-V from working on ARM64 PCs such as the Surface Pro X in previous versions of Dev Channel.
- Fixed an issue that caused some PCs to check for bugs with the DRIVER_PNP_WATCHDOG error when trying to update to a recent version.
- Fixed an issue that caused some Surface Pro X to be checked for bugs with a WHEA_UNCORRECTABLE_ERROR.
- Fixed an issue where the Autorun registry entry for Command Prompt would work if / k was used.
- Did some work to resolve an issue where not being able to parse a certain firewall rule would cause all rules following it not to migrate when upgrading.
- Fixed an issue where the Quick Assist window could be small and not resizable.
- Fixed an issue for some users where if the login button in Quick Assist was clicked, a blank browser window would open and they could not log in.
- Addressed an issue with some menus / context menus that caused a visual issue with shadow on first launch.
- Mitigated a race condition that sometimes caused a bug check with INTERNAL_POWER_ERROR on some PCs when exiting from hibernation.
- Fixed an issue that prevented some PCs from going past the splash screen when upgrading to 224xx versions with certain SSDs connected.
Some fixes noted here in the Insider Preview builds of the active development branch may be found in the maintenance updates for the released version of Windows 11 after general availability on October 5.e.
- Insider PCs managed by mobile devices (MDM) will not receive this release. There is an issue in this version that prevents PCs from successfully updating to this version. We hope this will be fixed on the next flight.
- Users updating versions 22000.xxx or earlier to newer versions of the development channel using the latest development channel ISO, may receive the following warning message: âThe version you are trying to install is Flight Signed. To continue with the installation, enable flight signing. If you receive this message, press the Activate button, restart the PC and try the update again.
- In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using search from top or taskbar. If you have the problem, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box and then close it.
- The taskbar will sometimes blink when changing the input method.
- After clicking the Search icon on the taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this happens, restart the “Windows Explorer” process and reopen the search panel.
- The search panel may appear in black and display no content below the search box.
- If you right-click files in OneDrive locations in File Explorer, the context menu unexpectedly disappears when you hover over entries that open submenus, such as “Open With.”
- Double-clicking on a network folder to open it will pin it to Quick Access instead of opening it. To open a network folder until a version with a fix is ââreleased, please right-click on the folder and select âOpenâ from the context menu.
- The widget table may appear empty. To work around the problem, you can log out and then log back in.
- Widgets may appear in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can first launch the widgets via a touch shortcut or WIN + W on your PC screen and then launch them on your secondary monitors.
- Microsoft continues to work to improve the relevance of search in the Store.
Windows 11 Insiders in the Dev channel can download the version by checking for updates in Settings.