New Windows 11 build hits the Dev Channel with "good set of fixes"

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Windows 11 is set for launch out of beta on October 5, but Microsoft is treating Windows Insiders with a fresh new Dev Channel build. There's not anything new, however, and this build is focused on bug fixes. Here's what you need to know about the latest build, 22471.

There's a couple of important notes this week on the build numbers. Microsoft is updating the build expiration reminder. Previous Dev Channel builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch will expire on 10/31/2021. To avoid hitting this expiration, you should be sure to update to the latest Dev Channel build today.

Anyway, other than that, Microsoft is delivering some significant changes, improvements, and fixes with today's build. These cover Taskbar, File Explorer, Input, and more. Have a look below for everything you need to know.

[Taskbar]

  • We fixed an underlying issue that was causing the Taskbar’s hidden icons flyout to have sharp corners instead of rounded corners sometimes.
  • Using the down arrow when interacting with the Desktops flyout’s context menu should now move focus down the menu instead of dismissing it.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue that was making explorer.exe crash sometimes when closing File Explorer windows.

[Input]

  • Addressed an issue where voice typing might fail with an error message citing a network connection issue when that was not actually the cause of the failure.
  • If you’re using the touch keyboard in “Kana” key mode for the Japanese IME, the key labels will now correctly show the character that will be input when you’re holding Shift.
  • Mitigated a race condition that was causing textinputhost.exe to crash on launch sometimes.

[Windowing]

  • Typing wt from the Run dialog will now open Windows Terminal in the foreground instead of the background.
  • Addressed an issue that could lead to apps getting stuck in a minimized state after disconnecting an external monitor and resuming the system from sleep.

[Other]

  • Addressed a network issue for Insiders running certain traffic optimization software. This should lead to improved performance on websites utilizing HTTP/3.
  • Fixed and issue where some devices were failing to update to a newer build with error code 0xc1900101. If you are still experiencing this error code, please file a new piece of feedback in Feedback Hub.
  • Updated the “reboot needed” dialog for Windows Update to now say Windows 11. Please note that you will only see the results of this change when prompted to reboot for the next flight, as you need to be on a build with the change.
  • Fixed a DWM crash that could happen when enabling a contrast theme.
  • Corrected an issue for ARM64 PCs that could result in certain apps not responding to display language changes if they were installed prior to upgrading to Windows 11.
  • Addressed an issue where when explorer.exe is launched from an elevated process was using a lower memory priority, impacting the performance of all processes launched after it (Issue #55).

Note that there are issues with the Start Menu, Taskbar, and search in this release. If you're updating your Windows 11 install from an ISO you might also get an error code. These issues and the others are noted below.

[Taskbar]

  • We fixed an underlying issue that was causing the Taskbar’s hidden icons flyout to have sharp corners instead of rounded corners sometimes.
  • Using the down arrow when interacting with the Desktops flyout’s context menu should now move focus down the menu instead of dismissing it.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue that was making explorer.exe crash sometimes when closing File Explorer windows.

[Input]

  • Addressed an issue where voice typing might fail with an error message citing a network connection issue when that was not actually the cause of the failure.
  • If you’re using the touch keyboard in “Kana” key mode for the Japanese IME, the key labels will now correctly show the character that will be input when you’re holding Shift.
  • Mitigated a race condition that was causing textinputhost.exe to crash on launch sometimes.

[Windowing]

  • Typing wt from the Run dialog will now open Windows Terminal in the foreground instead of the background.
  • Addressed an issue that could lead to apps getting stuck in a minimized state after disconnecting an external monitor and resuming the system from sleep.

[Other]

  • Addressed a network issue for Insiders running certain traffic optimization software. This should lead to improved performance on websites utilizing HTTP/3.
  • Fixed and issue where some devices were failing to update to a newer build with error code 0xc1900101. If you are still experiencing this error code, please file a new piece of feedback in Feedback Hub.
  • Updated the “reboot needed” dialog for Windows Update to now say Windows 11. Please note that you will only see the results of this change when prompted to reboot for the next flight, as you need to be on a build with the change.
  • Fixed a DWM crash that could happen when enabling a contrast theme.
  • Corrected an issue for ARM64 PCs that could result in certain apps not responding to display language changes if they were installed prior to upgrading to Windows 11.
  • Addressed an issue where when explorer.exe is launched from an elevated process was using a lower memory priority, impacting the performance of all processes launched after it (Issue #55).

Happy downloading, Windows Insiders!

 

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