Windows Insider Blog https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider Fri, 16 Jul 2021 00:13:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.7.2 https://blogs.windows.com/wp-content/uploads/prod/sites/44/2021/06/cropped-browser-icon-logo-32x32.jpg Windows Insider Blog https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider 32 32 Releasing Windows 10 Build 19043.1147 (21H1) to Release Preview Channel https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/07/15/releasing-windows-10-build-19043-1147-21h1-to-release-preview-channel/ Thu, 15 Jul 2021 22:00:21 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175166 Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 21H1 Build 19043.1147 (KB5004296) to the Release Preview Channel for those Insiders who are on 21H1.

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21H1 Build 19043.1147 (KB5004296) to the Release Preview Channel for those Insiders who are on 21H1. NOTE: Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel on 21H1 will not receive this update. We will be flighting Windows 11 Insider Preview builds to these Insiders soon! This update includes the following improvements:
  • We fixed an issue with searchindexer. After you sign out, searchindexer continues to hold handles to the per user search database in the profile path, “C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\\”. As a result, searchindexer stops working and duplicate profile names are created.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from entering text using the Input Method Editor (IME). This might occur, for example, after startup if you have set the power options to shut down a laptop by closing its lid.
  • We changed the functionality for uploading new activity into Timeline. If you sync your activity history across your devices using your Microsoft account (MSA), you cannot upload new activity into the Timeline. You can still use Timeline and see your activity history (information about recent apps, websites, and files) on your local device. This does not affect Azure Active Directory (AAD) accounts. To view web history, Microsoft Edge and other browsers provide the option to view recent web activities. You can also view recently used files using Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft Office.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause the File Explorer window to lose focus when you are mapping a network drive.
  • We fixed an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working after reaching 99% completion when you are deleting many files on a mapped network drive.
  • We fixed a timing issue in the Group Policy Registry Telemetry that causes Group Policy extension processing to fail.
  • We fixed an issue that repeatedly rebuilds the Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) filters. This issue occurs when a device is enrolled in a mobile device management (MDM) service and “MDMWinsOverGP” is set.
  • We fixed an issue with an MDM service that fails to correctly apply certain junk mail rules.
  • We fixed an issue that always reports the update build revision (UBR) as zero (0) on a device during enrollment to an MDM service.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the enrollment of the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) certificate to fail with the error, “0x80090027 NTE_INVALID_PARAMETER”. This issue occurs when the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) provider (the Microsoft Software Key Storage Provider) stores the key.
  • We fixed an issue with auditing events 4624 and 5142 that display the wrong event template when Dutch is the display language.
  • We fixed an issue that causes System Integrity to leak memory.
  • We fixed an issue that plays the sound for selecting something in a game loudly when you press the trigger button on a game controller.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. This results in lower frame rates and reduced performance while gaming.
  • We fixed an issue in which "Network Internal Access" appears on the taskbar network icon on systems that access the internet from certain domains.
  • We fixed an issue in which the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) fails to detect internet connectivity after you connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
  • We fixed an issue that causes printing to stop or prints the wrong output. This issue occurs when you print using a USB connection after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 or later.
  • We fixed a rare issue that might degrade performance in applications that call Gdiplus.dll!GdipMeasureString in a tight loop with a new font on each call. This issue occurs after installing Windows updates released on and after February 2021.
  • We fixed an issue that incorrectly routes some audio channels when streaming using certain fixed channel layouts.
  • We fixed an issue that always displays devices that RemoteFX USB redirects as "Remote Desktop Generic USB Device" instead of the actual device name.
  • We fixed an issue in which Set-RDSessionCollectionConfiguration does not set the camerastoredirect:s:value custom property.
  • We fixed a Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) domain controller memory leak that is reported in Privileged Access Management (PAM) deployments.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from accessing a network drive that maps to a Distributed File System (DFS) root after you sign out.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from reconnecting to mapped network drives after you sign in and displays an access denied error. This issue occurs if you use the net use /deep option to create multiple drive mappings to different paths on the same encrypted file share.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents access to files on a Server Message Block (SMB) share when you enable Access Enabled Enumeration (ABE).
  • We fixed an issue that prevents the Windows Server service from starting if SrvComment is greater than 128 characters.
  • We fixed an issue in the Windows Network File System (NFS) client that might prevent you from renaming a file after mounting an NFS share. This issue occurs if you rename the file using File Explorer, but does not occur if you rename the file using command line.
  • We fixed an issue with an unhandled Open File dialog critical exception. As a result, Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) applications might close unexpectedly.
  • We fixed an issue in which the Storage Sense page in Settings might incorrectly report the size of some storage devices that use the GUID Partition Table (GPT). The affected devices will incorrectly report in Storage Sense that the size is twice as large as the size reported in File Explorer. Note: This issue does not affect storage devices that use a master boot record (MBR).
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19044.1147 (21H2) https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/07/15/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-19044-1147-21h2/ Thu, 15 Jul 2021 22:00:05 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175164 Hello Windows Insiders, today we are announcing Windows 10, version 21H2 as the next feature update to Windows 10. As part of today’s announcement, we’re also releasing 21H2 Buil

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today’s announcement, we’re also releasing 21H2 Build 19044.1147 (KB5004296) to the Release Preview Channel ONLY to Insiders who were moved from the Beta Channel to the Release Preview Channel because their PC did not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11. We are releasing this build to those Insiders via our “seeker” experience in Windows Update. This means these Insiders will need to go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and choose to download and install 21H2. The features highlighted in John Cable’s blog post for Windows 10, version 21H2 are not yet in this build but will be included in a future update. It also includes the following improvements:
  • We fixed an issue with searchindexer. After you sign out, searchindexer continues to hold handles to the per user search database in the profile path, “C:\Users\username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\\”. As a result, searchindexer stops working and duplicate profile names are created.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents gaming services from opening certain games for desktop users.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from entering text using the Input Method Editor (IME). This might occur, for example, after startup if you have set the power options to shut down a laptop by closing its lid.
  • We changed the functionality for uploading new activity into Timeline. If you sync your activity history across your devices using your Microsoft account (MSA), you cannot upload new activity into the Timeline. You can still use Timeline and see your activity history (information about recent apps, websites, and files) on your local device. This does not affect Azure Active Directory (AAD) accounts. To view web history, Microsoft Edge and other browsers provide the option to view recent web activities. You can also view recently used files using Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft Office.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause the File Explorer window to lose focus when you are mapping a network drive.
  • We fixed an issue that causes File Explorer to stop working after reaching 99% completion when you are deleting many files on a mapped network drive.
  • We fixed a timing issue in the Group Policy Registry Telemetry that causes Group Policy extension processing to fail.
  • We fixed an issue that repeatedly rebuilds the Windows Filtering Platform (WFP) filters. This issue occurs when a device is enrolled in a mobile device management (MDM) service and “MDMWinsOverGP” is set.
  • We fixed an issue with an MDM service that fails to correctly apply certain junk mail rules.
  • We fixed an issue that always reports the update build revision (UBR) as zero (0) on a device during enrollment to an MDM service.
  • We fixed an issue that causes the enrollment of the Elliptic Curve Digital Signature Algorithm (ECDSA) certificate to fail with the error, “0x80090027 NTE_INVALID_PARAMETER”. This issue occurs when the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) provider (the Microsoft Software Key Storage Provider) stores the key.
  • We fixed an issue with auditing events 4624 and 5142 that display the wrong event template when Dutch is the display language.
  • We fixed an issue that causes System Integrity to leak memory.
  • We fixed an issue that plays the sound for selecting something in a game loudly when you press the trigger button on a game controller.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents power plans and Game Mode from working as expected. This results in lower frame rates and reduced performance while gaming.
  • We fixed an issue in which "Network Internal Access" appears on the taskbar network icon on systems that access the internet from certain domains.
  • We fixed an issue in which the Network Connectivity Status Indicator (NCSI) fails to detect internet connectivity after you connect to a virtual private network (VPN).
  • We fixed an issue that causes printing to stop or prints the wrong output. This issue occurs when you print using a USB connection after updating to Windows 10, version 2004 or later.
  • We fixed a rare issue that might degrade performance in applications that call Gdiplus.dll!GdipMeasureString in a tight loop with a new font on each call. This issue occurs after installing Windows updates released on and after February 2021.
  • We fixed an issue that incorrectly routes some audio channels when streaming using certain fixed channel layouts.
  • We fixed an issue that always displays devices that RemoteFX USB redirects as "Remote Desktop Generic USB Device" instead of the actual device name.
  • We fixed an issue in which Set-RDSessionCollectionConfiguration does not set the camerastoredirect:s:value custom property.
  • We fixed a Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) domain controller memory leak that is reported in Privileged Access Management (PAM) deployments.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from accessing a network drive that maps to a Distributed File System (DFS) root after you sign out.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents you from reconnecting to mapped network drives after you sign in and displays an access denied error. This issue occurs if you use the net use /deep option to create multiple drive mappings to different paths on the same encrypted file share.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents access to files on a Server Message Block (SMB) share when you enable Access Enabled Enumeration (ABE).
  • We fixed an issue that prevents the Windows Server service from starting if SrvComment is greater than 128 characters.
  • We fixed an issue in the Windows Network File System (NFS) client that might prevent you from renaming a file after mounting an NFS share. This issue occurs if you rename the file using File Explorer but does not occur if you rename the file using command line.
  • We fixed an issue with an unhandled Open File dialog critical exception. As a result, Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) applications might close unexpectedly.
  • We fixed an issue in which the Storage Sense page in Settings might incorrectly report the size of some storage devices that use the GUID Partition Table (GPT). The affected devices will incorrectly report in Storage Sense that the size is twice as large as the size reported in File Explorer. Note: This issue does not affect storage devices that use a master boot record (MBR).
Once an Insider updates their PC to Windows 10, version 21H2, they will continue to automatically receive new 21H2 updates through Windows Update using our servicing technology (like the monthly update process). To check and see if you’re running Windows 10, version 21H2, just type “winver” into the Windows search box on the Taskbar. It should show as “Version 21H2”. For all the details on the 21H2 release – check out John Cable’s blog post. Thanks, The Windows Insider Program Team]]>
Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.71 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/07/15/announcing-windows-11-insider-preview-build-22000-71/ Thu, 15 Jul 2021 17:05:06 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175158 Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.71 to everyone in the Dev Channel!

Changes and Improvements

  • We’re introducing a new entertainment widget! The entertainment w

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    • We’re introducing a new entertainment widget! The entertainment widget allows you to see new and featured movie titles available in the Microsoft Store. Selecting a movie will direct you to the Microsoft Store to see more information about that title. Just open widgets and click or tap on the “Add widgets” button and choose the entertainment widget. [UPDATE] The entertainment widget is available for Insiders in the following countries: US, UK, CA, DE, FR, AU, JP.
    [caption id="attachment_175160" align="alignnone" width="384"]The new entertainment widget gives you quick access to featured moved titles in the Microsoft Store. The new entertainment widget gives you quick access to featured moved titles in the Microsoft Store.[/caption]
    • The new context menus and other right-click menus have been updated to use acrylic material.
    [caption id="attachment_175161" align="alignnone" width="672"]The new Windows 11 context menus before acrylic and after. The new Windows 11 context menus before acrylic and after.[/caption]
    • We are testing the usability of a SplitButton for making new folders and files in the File Explorer command bar.
    • The Taskbar previews (when you mouse-over open apps on the Taskbar) have been updated to reflect the new visual design of Windows 11.
    [caption id="attachment_175162" align="alignnone" width="413"]Taskbar previews with rounded corners! Taskbar previews with rounded corners![/caption]

    Fixes

    • Taskbar:
      • We fixed an issue where if you drag app icons on the Taskbar to rearrange them, it was making the apps launch or minimize when you released the icon.
      • Using a long press with touch on an app icon in the Taskbar to open the jump list should now work.
      • After right-clicking the Start icon in the Taskbar, clicking somewhere else should now dismiss the menu more reliably.
      • Shift + Right-click on an app icon in the Taskbar will now bring up the window menu like it used to and not the jump list.
      • We’ve addressed an issue that was making your mouse move slowly when hovering over the Taskbar previews.
      • We’ve included the fix for an issue when using multiple Desktops where an app icon in the taskbar might give the appearance of multiple windows being open when that wasn’t the case on that Desktop.
      • When using the Amharic IME you should no longer see an unexpected X next to the IME icon in the taskbar.
      • The issue where if you click on the input indicator on the Taskbar and it would unexpectedly highlighted Quick Settings has been fixed.
      • When you hover over Task View, the preview flyout for your Desktops will no longer pop back up after using Esc to dismiss them.
      • We made a fix to address an issue where explorer.exe might crash after hovering over the Task View icon in the Taskbar.
      • We fixed an issue where the selected date in the calendar flyout was out of sync with the date in the Taskbar.
      • We made an update to address a scenario resulting in some Insiders not seeing the lunar calendar text in the calendar flyout when enabled in Settings.
      • This flight addressed an issue that could unexpectedly make the Taskbar background transparent.
      • Right-clicking the focus assist icon in the taskbar should now show a context menu.
      • The issue from the previous flight where icons in the taskbar corner were getting crushed against the top of the Taskbar has been addressed.
      • The tooltip for the location in use icon in the Taskbar should no longer appear blank sometimes.
    • Settings:
      • We fixed an issue making Settings crash on launch periodically.
      • Using the volume mixer sliders in Sound Settings should be more responsive now, as well as the page responsiveness as a whole.
      • We fixed an issue resulting in Disk and Volumes Settings’ change size option being clipped.
      • There was a non-functional verify link under Backup Settings – this has been fixed.
      • The Power and Battery Settings page should no longer be reporting that battery saver is engaged in it’s not.
      • The Power and Battery Settings page should also now not crash when launched from Quick Settings.
      • We fixed a grammatical error in the Sign-in Settings text.
      • The “I forgot my PIN” link was unexpectedly missing in Sign-in Settings when a PIN was set up and has now been returned.
      • The issue where the Move option under Apps & Features in Settings wasn’t working reliably should be addressed in this build.
      • We’ve mitigated a problem where some of the colors in Settings weren’t updating after switching between dark and light mode, leaving unreadable text.
      • We’ve done some work to help improve the performance of Settings when switching between light and dark mode.
      • We addressed an issue where some of the elements of the Themes page in Settings would end up crowded together when the window size was small.
      • We resolved an issue where the Pen menu toggle under Taskbar Settings was not in sync with the actual state of the feature.
      • Changes made to “Dismiss notification after this amount of time” in Accessibility Settings should now persist.
      • Some of the icons you could enable in Taskbar Settings were erroneously labeled Windows Explorer even though that’s not what they were – this should now be fixed.
      • The Connect text in Quick Settings has been updated to say Cast.
    • File Explorer:
      • Clicking the command bar button twice should now close any dropdown that appeared.
      • The new command bar should now appear when “Open folders in a separate process” is enabled under File Explorer Options > View.
      • This build addresses an issue where right clicking a file and selecting Open With > Choose another app might launch the file in the default app rather than opening the Open With dialog.
      • Fixed an issue the desktop and File Explorer context menu would stop launching.
    • Search:
      • We fixed an issue where the option to verify your account in Search wasn’t working.
      • Hovering over the Search icon on a secondary monitor will now show the flyout on the correct monitor.
      • Search should now work if you open Start and start typing after having gone to the apps list and back.
    • Widgets:
      • When using the Outlook client with a Microsoft account, Calendar, and To Do updates should sync faster down to the widgets.
      • We addressed an issue where if you added multiple widgets quickly from the widgets settings, it could result in some of the widgets not being visible on the board.
      • We fixed a bug where widgets could all become stuck in a loading state (blank squares in the window).
      • The traffic widget should now follow the Windows mode (light or dark).
      • The title of the sports widget should no longer mismatch with the content of the widget.
    • Other:
      • This build addresses an issue where ALT + Tab was getting stuck open sometimes after you released the keys and had to be manually dismissed.
      • We made a fix for an issue where Narrator focus wasn’t ending up on the emoji panel after using the keyboard shortcut to open it.
      • Magnifier’s lens view has been updated so the lens now has rounded corners.
      • We found an issue that was noticeably impacting Start launch reliability for some Insiders, and have addressed it with this flight.
      • We’ve updated the “Most Used” text in the Start menu’s app list so it should no longer be getting clipped.
      • Using the semantic zoom in Start’s app list should no longer result in the list being pushed down and to the right off the edge of the window.
      • We fixed an issue where if you pressed WIN + Z you would need to press Tab before you could use the arrow key to navigate through the snap layouts.
      • We addressed an issue where an acrylic area could get left on the screen after repeatedly snapping and unsnapping a window with touch.
      • We’ve done some work to mitigate an unexpected flash when moving a snapped window with touch.
      • We made a change to help window borders have a little more contrast when “Show accent color on title bars and windows borders” was turned off.

    Known issues

    • [REMINDER] When upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when installing an update to Windows 11, some features may be deprecated or removed. See details here.
    • Start:
      • In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it.
      • Based on feedback, we are working on adding access keys to WIN + X so that you can do things like “WIN + X M” to launch Device Manager. Insiders may see this functionality in this build, however we are currently investigating an issue in which sometimes the option is unexpectedly unavailable.
    • Taskbar:
      • There is an issue in this build where Explorer.exe will crash when the date and time button on the Taskbar is clicked to access new notifications with Focus Assist turned off. The workaround for this is to enable Focus assist to priority or alarms mode. Note that when focus assist is turned on, notification popups won’t appear, but they will be in the notification center when opened.
      • The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods.
      • Taskbar previews may draw partially offscreen.
    • Settings:
      • When launching the Settings app, a brief green flash may appear.
      • When using Quick Settings to modify Accessibility settings, the settings UI may not save the selected state.
      • The button to rename your PC doesn’t work in this build. If needed, this can be done using sysdm.cpl.
      • Settings will crash when clicking “Facial recognition (Windows Hello)” under Sign-in Settings if Windows Hello is already set up.
      • Reset this PC and Go back buttons in Settings > System > Recovery do not function. Reset and roll back can be accessed from the Windows Recovery Environment by selecting System > Recovery > Advanced startup, and pressing Restart now. Once in Windows Recovery, choose Troubleshoot.
        • Choose Reset this PC to perform a reset.
        • Choose Advanced options > Uninstall Updates > Uninstall latest feature update to perform a rollback.
    • File Explorer:
      • Explorer.exe crashes in a loop for Insiders using the Turkish display language when battery charge is at 100%.
      • When right clicking the desktop or File Explorer, the resulting context menu and submenus may appear partially off screen.
      • Clicking a desktop icon or context menu entry may result in the wrong item being selected.
    • Search:
      • After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again.
      • When you hover your mouse over the Search icon on the Taskbar, recent searches may not be displayed. To work around the issue, restart your PC.
      • Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box.
    • Widgets:
      • Widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again.
      • Launching links from the widgets board may not invoke apps to the foreground.
      • Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual PC display first and then launch on your secondary monitors.
    • Store:
      • The install button might not be functional yet in some limited scenarios.
      • Rating and reviews are not available for some apps.
    • Windows Security:
      • Device Security is unexpectedly saying “Standard hardware security not supported” for Insiders with supported hardware.
      • “Automatic sample submission” is unexpectedly turned off when you restart your PC.
    • Localization:
      • There is an issue where some Insiders may be missing some translations from their user experience for a small subset of languages running the latest Insider Preview builds. To confirm if you have been impacted, please visit this Answers forum post and follow the steps for remediation.

    For developers

    You can download the latest Windows Insider SDK at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk. The Windows Insider SDK will be continuously flighting with corresponding Windows 11 Insider Preview builds, and the latest Windows Insider SDK for Build 22000.71 is now available. Beginning with Windows Insider SDK version 22000.71 and the latest .NET 5 update, we have also added support for .NET 5 developers who want to target the Windows Insider SDK and access these new APIs. For more details on this support, refer to the Windows Insider SDK download page.

    Important Insider Links

    You can check out our Windows Insider Program documentation here, including a list of all the new features and updates released in builds so far. Are you not seeing any of the features listed for this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re in the Dev Channel. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected. If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider channel, head over to Flight Hub. Please note, there will be a slight delay between when a build is flighted and when Flight Hub is updated. Thanks, Amanda & Brandon UPDATED 7/15 5:00pm PDT: Fixed localization known issue and added supported countries for new entertainment widget. ]]>
    Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.65 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/07/08/announcing-windows-11-insider-preview-build-22000-65/ Thu, 08 Jul 2021 17:03:40 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175153 Hello Windows Insiders,

    We are so excited to have so many of you running the first preview of Windows 11 and we’re busy looking at all your feedback that’s coming in. Today we are releasing an update (Build 22000.65) to everyone in the Dev Chann

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    Changes and Improvements
    • Start now has a search box to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.
    [caption id="attachment_175157" align="alignnone" width="2736"]Start now has a search box to make it easier to find what you’re looking for. Start now has a search box to make it easier to find what you’re looking for.[/caption]
    • Taskbar will now show across multiple monitors which can be enabled via Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
    • We have updated several system alert dialog boxes such as the alert for when the battery is running low on your laptop or when you change your display settings with the new Windows 11 visual design.
    • The ‘Power mode’ settings are now available on the Power & battery page in Settings.
    • Right clicking the desktop now directly has a Refresh option without needing to click “Show more options”.
    • Right clicking a .ps1 file in File Explorer now directly has a Run with PowerShell options without needing to click “Show more options”.
    • Available snap layouts when using smaller PCs in portrait orientation have been optimized for that posture. You can now choose to snap three apps on top of each other, instead of four quadrants.
    • Based on the collaboration with the most popular GIF provider in China, weshineapp.com, GIF selections are now available for Windows Insiders in China via the emoji panel (WIN + .). If the location is set as China, then GIF data will appear from weshineapp.com.
    • Right-clicking on the volume icon in the taskbar now includes an option to troubleshoot sound problems.

    Fixes

    • We fixed a remote code execution exploit in the Windows Print Spooler service, known as “PrintNightmare”, as documented in CVE-2021-34527. For more information, see KB5004945.
    •  Taskbar:
      • We fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to click the Show Desktop button with your mouse at the very edge of the Taskbar.
      • We fixed an issue where the date and time in the Taskbar weren’t reflecting your preferred format.
      • We fixed an issue where the preview window might not display the entire window when hovering over Task View on the Taskbar.
      • We fixed an issue pressing ESC or clicking the desktop wouldn’t dismiss the window of open app preview thumbnails if you set focus to it after pressing WIN + T.
      • We fixed an issue where if you rotate a PC to portrait orientation and back to landscape, it could result in app icons not displaying in the Taskbar despite there being room.
    • Settings:
      • We fixed an issue resulting in Settings failing to launch. If you were impacted in the previous flight, please see here.
      • We fixed a noticeable stutter in the animation when closing Quick Settings and Notification Center by clicking on their respective icons in the taskbar.
      • We fixed an issue where the Quick Settings and Notification Center windows were missing shadows.
      • We fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to launch Quick Settings by setting keyboard focus to it in the taskbar and pressing the Enter key.
      • We fixed an issue where Quick Settings wouldn’t render correctly if you removed all settings except volume.
      • We fixed an issue that mitigates Focus Assist enabling unexpectedly.
      • We fixed an issue with the animation in the touch keyboard when resizing it in Settings.
      • We fixed an issue where Sign-in Options in Settings had an unexpected checkbox under Facial Recognition with no text.
      • We fixed an issue where the button to disconnect a work or school account in Account Settings wasn’t working.
      • We fixed an issue where Lock screen Settings had a toggle with no text.
      • We fixed an issue where the title of the Advanced Options page under Windows Update in Settings could be missing.
      • We fixed an issue where the “Windows privacy options” at the bottom of Privacy & Security > Search Permissions in Settings wasn’t working.
      • We fixed an issue where the Open Navigation button could become overlapped with other text.
      • We fixed an issue causing Settings to crash when applying a theme under Contrasts.
      • We fixed an issue where parts of Settings were unexpectedly in English for some non-English languages.
    • File Explorer:
      • We fixed an issue resulting in pinning and unpinning apps from Start not working, the command bar in File Explorer disappearing, and the snap layouts unexpectedly not appearing until rebooting your PC.
      • We fixed an issue that could result in the elements of File Explorer’s title bar being unreadable due to low contrast.
      • We fixed an issue where some of the icons in File Explorer’s context menu could be blurry.
      • We fixed an issue where the “see more” menu in File Explorer’s command bar wouldn’t dismiss when you clicked on Options.
      • We fixed an issue that could result in not being able to create a new folder on the desktop.
    • Search:
      • We fixed an issue resulting in Search having grey boxes sometimes instead of app icons.
      • We fixed an issue that could result in Search dropping the first keystroke when pressing the Windows key and starting to type.
      • We fixed an issue where when hovering your mouse over the Search icon on the taskbar, the third recent search would not load and remained blank.
      • We fixed an issue where if you searched for Windows Update, it would open Settings but not navigate to the Windows Update settings page.
    • Widgets:
      • We fixed an issue where system text scaling was scaling all widgets proportionally and could result in cropped widgets.
      • We fixed an issue where when using screen reader/Narrator in widgets it wasn’t properly announcing content sometimes.
      • We fixed an issue where resizing the Money widget could result in the bottom half of it not displaying anything.
    • Other:
      • We fixed a memory leak that was noticeable when using one of the C# printing samples.
      • We fixed an issue causing an error in safe mode saying 0xc0000005 - Unexpected parameters.
      • We fixed two issues that could cause explorer.exe to start crashing in a loop, when the display language was set to Russian or when multiple input methods enabled.
      • We fixed an issue where if you minimize a full screen window and later restore it, there was a chance it could result in a bug check with win32kfull.
      • We fixed an issue resulting in some WSL users seeing "The parameter is incorrect" when opening Windows Terminal.
      • We fixed an issue causing blurry windows in ALT + Tab.
      • We fixed an issue resulting in a flicker in the taskbar when Korean IME users used ALT + Tab.
      • We fixed an issue impacting reliability of displaying the UI when using WIN + Space to switch input methods.
      • We fixed an issue impacting voice typing reliability.
      • We fixed an issue resulting in the “New snip in X seconds” options in Snip & Sketch not working.

    Known issues

    • [REMINDER] When upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when installing an update to Windows 11, some features may be deprecated or removed. See details here.
    • Start:
      • In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it.
    • Taskbar:
      • The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods.
      • Dragging an app icon to rearrange it in the Taskbar will result in the app launching or minimizing.
    • Settings:
      • When launching the Settings app, a brief green flash may appear.
      • When using Quick Settings to modify Accessibility settings, the settings UI may not save the selected state.
    • File Explorer:
      • The new command bar may not appear when “Open folders in a separate process” is enabled under File Explorer Options > View.
      • Explorer.exe crashes in a loop for Insiders using the Turkish display language when battery charge is at 100%.
      • When right clicking the desktop or File Explorer, the resulting context menu and submenus may appear partially off screen.
    • Search:
      • After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again.
      • When you hover your mouse over the Search icon on the Taskbar, recent searches may not be displayed. To work around the issue, restart your PC.
      • Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box.
    • Widgets:
      • Widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again.
      • Launching links from the widgets board may not invoke apps to the foreground.
      • When using the Outlook client with a Microsoft account, Calendar, and To Do changes may not sync to the widgets in real time.
      • Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual PC display first and then launch on your secondary monitors.
      • After adding multiple widgets quickly from the widgets settings, some of the widgets may not be visible on the board.
    • Store:
      • The install button might not be functional yet in some limited scenarios.
      • Rating and reviews are not available for some apps.
    • Windows Security
      • Device Security is unexpectedly saying “Standard hardware security not supported” for Insiders with supported hardware.
      • “Automatic sample submission” is unexpectedly turned off when you restart your PC.

    The Bug Bash has started!

    Our first Windows 11 Bug Bash will run from July 7th through July 14th. Throughout the Bug Bash, we’ll be posting Quests in Feedback Hub covering different areas of Windows 11. You can help make Windows better for everyone by trying them out and sending feedback. For more details about sending actionable feedback, please see here.

    Important Insider Links

    You can check out our Windows Insider Program documentation here, including a list of all the new features and updates released in builds so far. Are you not seeing any of the features listed for this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re in the Dev Channel. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected. If you want a complete look at what build is in which Insider channel, head over to Flight Hub. Please note, there will be a slight delay between when a build is flighted and when Flight Hub is updated. Thanks, Amanda & Brandon]]>
    Update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/06/28/update-on-windows-11-minimum-system-requirements/ Mon, 28 Jun 2021 17:10:29 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175132 Windows Insiders,

    Today we’re releasing our first Insider build for Windows 11, and we’re looking forward to the insight that comes from you installing and using on a variety of your PCs. Last week’s <

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    Insider build for Windows 11, and we’re looking forward to the insight that comes from you installing and using on a variety of your PCs. Last week’s introduction of Windows 11 signaled the first step on our journey to empower people with the next generation of Windows. With a new generation comes an opportunity to adapt software and hardware to keep pace with people’s computing needs today and in the future. The intention of today’s post is to acknowledge and clarify the confusion caused by our PC Health Check tool, share more details as to why we updated the system requirements for Windows 11 and set the path for how we will learn and adjust. Below you will find changes we are making based on that feedback, including ensuring we have the ability for Windows Insiders to install Windows 11 on 7th generation processors to give us more data about performance and security, updating our PC Health check app to provide more clarity, and committing to more technical detail on the principles behind our decisions. With Windows 11, we are focused on increasing security, improving reliability, and ensuring compatibility. This is what drives our decisions.

    Why new Windows 11 minimum system requirements

    Windows 11 is designed and built as a complete set of experiences, unlocking the full power of the PC our customers have come to rely on, including in areas like security, reliability, compatibility, video conferencing, multitasking, playing, creating, building, learning and more. We need a minimum system requirement that enables us to adapt software and hardware to keep pace with people’s expectations, needs and harness the true value and power of the PC to deliver the best experiences, now and in the future. To do that, we were guided by the following principles:
    1. Security. Windows 11 raises the bar for security by requiring hardware that can enable protections like Windows Hello, Device Encryption, virtualization-based security (VBS), hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI) and Secure Boot. The combination of these features has been shown to reduce malware by 60% on tested devices. To meet the principle, all Windows 11 supported CPUs have an embedded TPM, support secure boot, and support VBS and specific VBS capabilities.
    2. Reliability. Devices upgraded to Windows 11 will be in a supported and reliable state. By choosing CPUs that have adopted the new Windows Driver model and are supported by our OEM and silicon partners who are achieving a 99.8% crash free experience.
    3. Compatibility. Windows 11 is designed to be compatible with the apps you use. It has the fundamentals of >1GHz, 2-core processors, 4GB memory, and 64GB of storage, aligning with our minimum system requirements for Office and Microsoft Teams.
    Using the principles above, we are confident that devices running on Intel 8th generation processors and AMD Zen 2 as well as Qualcomm 7 and 8 Series will meet our principles around security and reliability and minimum system requirements for Windows 11. As we release to Windows Insiders and partner with our OEMs, we will test to identify devices running on Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 that may meet our principles. We’re committed to sharing updates with you on the results of our testing over time, as well as sharing additional technical blogs.

    PC Health Check App

    With these minimum system requirements in mind, the PC Health Check app was intended to help people check if their current Windows 10 PC could upgrade to Windows 11. Based on the feedback so far, we acknowledge that it was not fully prepared to share the level of detail or accuracy you expected from us on why a Windows 10 PC doesn’t meet upgrade requirements. We are temporarily removing the app so that our teams can address the feedback. We will get it back online in preparation for general availability this fall. In the meantime, you can visit our minimum system requirements page here to learn more.

    First build of Windows 11 available to Windows Insiders today

    Today, we’re releasing the first preview build of Windows 11 to the Windows Insider community. In support of the Windows 11 system requirements, we’ve set the bar for previewing in our Windows Insider Program to match the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, with the exception for TPM 2.0 and CPU family/model. By providing preview builds to the diverse systems in our Windows Insider Program, we will learn how Windows 11 performs across CPU models more comprehensively, informing any adjustments we should make to our minimum system requirements in the future. We look forward to the product feedback and learnings as it’s an important step to prepare Windows 11 for general availability this year – thank you to the Windows Insider community for your excitement and feedback thus far! UPDATED 6/28 at 10:24am PDT.]]>
    Announcing the first Insider Preview for Windows 11 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/06/28/announcing-the-first-insider-preview-for-windows-11/ Mon, 28 Jun 2021 17:02:13 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175118 Hello Windows Insiders, we are excited to release the first Windows 11 Insider Preview build to the Dev Channel, Build 22000.51!  As we finalize the product over the coming months, we will work with you to validate the experience. You will get to tr

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    read our blog post on how the Windows 11 hardware requirements may impact flighting on your PC and your options to get started. We look forward to your feedback on what you love and could love more to help make Windows 11 work best for how you work, learn, and play.

    Beautiful, fresh, calm visuals and sounds

    From rounded corners to the centering of content and new animations, this new visual design extends across multiple areas of Windows 11. Here are some key highlights that you will see after installing this build: [caption id="attachment_175120" align="alignnone" width="2736"]Start with pinned apps and cloud-powered “Recommendations". Start with pinned apps and cloud-powered “Recommendations".[/caption]
    • Start: Start puts everything you need on your PC at the center with a set of pinned apps and a cloud powered “Recommended” section that shows your recently opened files from both your PC and across your devices like your smartphone with OneDrive.
    • Taskbar: Taskbar is also centered with beautiful new animations. Try pinning, launching, switching, minimizing, and rearranging your apps on Taskbar to see the beautiful new animations.
    • Notification Center & Quick Settings: The lower right corner of Taskbar has a button for Notification Center (WIN + N) and Quick Settings (WIN + A). Notification Center is the home for all your notifications in the OS and a full-month calendar view. Quick Settings is the place for you to manage common PC settings quickly and easily like Volume, Brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Focus Assist. Directly above your Quick Settings, you will see media playback controls when playing music or videos in Microsoft Edge or streaming music in apps like Spotify.
    • File Explorer: We made File Explorer modern with a clean look and brand-new command bar. We have also introduced beautifully designed context menus when right-clicking in File Explorer or on your desktop. App developers will be able to extend the new context menus. We are working to publish documentation for app developers on how to do this with their apps soon.
    • Themes: In addition to brand new default themes for Windows 11 for both dark and light mode, it also includes four additional themes so you can make Windows feel the way you want it to. All the new themes were designed to complement the centered Taskbar. We have also added new contrast themes for people with visual impairments such as light sensitivity. To change your theme, just right-click on your desktop and choose “Personalize”.
    • Sounds: The sounds in Windows 11 have been designed to be lighter and more atmospheric. They are also slightly different depending on whether your Windows theme is in dark mode or light mode. The startup sound for Windows also makes its return in which you’ll hear when your PC boots up to the Lock screen and is ready to go for you to login.

    Widgets

    Widgets bring you closer to information you both want and need. Just click on the widgets icon on the Taskbar, swipe from the left using touch, or hit WIN + W on your keyboard, and your widgets slide out from the left over your desktop. You can personalize your experience by adding or removing widgets, re-arranging, resizing, and customizing the content. The set of widgets we provide currently focus on your calendar, weather, local traffic, your Microsoft To Do lists, your photos from OneDrive, sports and esports, your stock watchlist, and tips. [caption id="attachment_175121" align="alignnone" width="2736"]Widgets in Windows 11. Widgets in Windows 11.[/caption] In addition to your Widgets, you can stay up to date with an integrated feed of personalized news with the latest content from over 4,500 global brands like, The New York Times or BBC. The news feed will adapt to show stories of interest to you, and you can tune it to see more of the content you care about.

    Multitasking

    Increase your productivity and creativity with these new multitasking features: [caption id="attachment_175122" align="alignnone" width="800"]Animated gif showing Snap layouts with 3 app windows. Animated gif showing Snap layouts with 3 app windows.[/caption]
    • Snap layouts: Just hover your mouse over a window’s maximize button to see available snap layouts, then click on a zone to snap the window. You’ll then be guided to snap windows to the rest of the zones within the layout with guided snap assist. For smaller screens, you’ll be offered a set of 4 snap layouts. You can also invoke the snap layouts flyout with the WIN + Z keyboard shortcut.
    • Snap groups: Snap groups are a way to easily switch back to your snapped windows. To try this out, snap together at least 2 app windows on your screen. Hover over one of these open apps on the Taskbar to find the snap group and click to quickly switch back.
    • Desktops: Access your Desktops via Task View (WIN + Tab) on the Taskbar. You can reorder and customize the backgrounds for each of your Desktops. You can also mouse-over Task View on the Taskbar for quick access to your existing Desktops or to create a new one!

    The new Microsoft Store

    With today’s build, you will be able to try out an early preview of the new Microsoft Store. We’ll continue to build and refine the Store. This build reveals a first look at the Store’s all-new design; in the coming months you’ll see us add other features detailed in last week’s blog post from Giorgio Sardo, GM for Microsoft Store. [caption id="attachment_175123" align="alignnone" width="2736"]Microsoft Store Preview on Windows 11. Microsoft Store Preview on Windows 11.[/caption]

    Docking

    When you undock your laptop, the windows on your external monitor will be minimized. When you re-dock your computer to your monitor, Windows puts everything back exactly where you had it before! You can find the settings for these features under System > Display > Multiple Displays. [caption id="attachment_175124" align="alignnone" width="1280"]Animated gif showing the docking/undocking experience in Windows 11. Animated gif showing the docking/undocking experience in Windows 11.[/caption]

    Input (touch, inking and voice)

    • Touch Keyboard personalization: To personalize your Windows experience, we have designed 13 new themes for the touch keyboard including three hardware matching themes that match the Surface colors. We have also built in a brand-new theme engine that allows you to create a fully customized theme including background images. Based on your feedback we have also introduced a setting to resize the touch keyboard.
    [caption id="attachment_175127" align="alignnone" width="2736"]Custom theme on Windows 11’s touch keyboard. Custom theme on Windows 11’s touch keyboard.[/caption]
    • Voice typing launcher: Our new voice typing launcher is a quick and easy way for you to start voice typing in a selected text field. It is off by default, but you can turn it on within the voice typing settings (WIN + H to start voice typing) and then place it anywhere you would like on your screen.
    • Improved Touch Gestures: Check out these new on-screen touch gestures for you to easily switch among apps and desktops with smooth transitions. The gestures are like the touchpad gestures but have thoughtful improvements designed specifically for touch. Here’s a list you can try:

    Three-finger gestures:

      1. Swiping left/right – quickly switch to the last used app window.
      2. Swiping down – go back to the desktop (if you follow it with a swiping up, you can restore the app windows).
      3. Swiping up – open Task View to browse all app windows and desktops.

    Four-finger gestures:

      1. Swiping left/right – switch to the previous/next desktop
      2. Swiping up/down - (same with three-finger ones).
    • Pen menu: If you’re using a digital pen, you can open pen menu by clicking the pen icon at the lower right on your Taskbar. (If the pen icon isn’t there, you can enable it by right-clicking on Taskbar and going to Taskbar settings to enable it. By default, it contains two apps which can be customized by clicking the gear button and selecting “edit pen menu”. In the flyout, you can add up to four of your favorite drawing or writing apps in the pen menu, to open them quickly when you’re using your pen.
    • Language/Input switcher: You can quickly switch between additional languages and keyboards via a switcher a switcher will show up at the lower right on your taskbar next to Quick Settings. You can also use the keyboard shortcut WIN + [Spacebar] to toggle between input methods. To add additional languages and keyboards, go to Settings > Time & Language > Language & Region.

    Display improvements

    • Dynamic Refresh Rate: Dynamic Refresh Rate allows your PC to automatically boost the refresh rate when you're inking or scrolling (which means you’ll get a smoother experience) and lower when you don’t need it so that your laptop can save power. You can try out DRR on your laptop via Settings > System > Display > Advanced display, and under "Choose a refresh rate" select a "Dynamic" refresh rate. DRR is being rolled out to select laptops running the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview builds and only on laptops with the right display hardware and graphics driver will have the feature available. For more details, check out this blog post.
    • Other display improvements coming in Windows 11: Auto HDR, Content adaptive brightness control (CABC) disabling, HDR support to color managed apps, and HDR certification.

    Settings

    We designed Settings to be beautiful, easy to use and inclusive of all your Microsoft experiences in Windows 11. Settings has left-handed navigation that persists between pages, and we have added breadcrumbs as you navigate deeper into Settings to help you know where you are and not lose your place. Settings pages are also all new, with new hero controls at the top that highlight key information and frequently used settings for you to adjust as you need. These new hero controls span across several category pages like System, Bluetooth & devices, Network & Internet, Personalization, Accounts, and Windows Update. We also have added expandable boxes for pages with a lot of settings. [caption id="attachment_175128" align="alignnone" width="2736"]The new Power & battery settings page showing battery usage patterns. The new Power & battery settings page showing battery usage patterns.[/caption]

    The new Windows 11 setup experience

    The Windows 11 setup experience (often referred to as the “out of box experience” or OOBE for short) has been redesigned with brand new colorful animated iconography and more modern light theme. This new setup experience is designed to build excitement for Windows 11 right from the moment you first turn on a new Windows 11 PC for the very first time. Based on your feedback, we have added the ability to name your PC during the setup experience. [caption id="attachment_175129" align="alignnone" width="3240"]The beginning of the setup experience for Windows 11. The beginning of the setup experience for Windows 11.[/caption] After running through the setup experience, the Get Started app is a new first run experience app that will help you quickly get setup on a new PC. Currently, Get Started has a limited number of pages but over time, we plan to add in more content to further educate and assist people new to Windows 11. [caption id="attachment_175130" align="alignnone" width="2736"]The new Get Started app will help you get started with a new PC. The new Get Started app will help you get started with a new PC.[/caption] For Insiders wanting to go the extra mile and try this experience out, you can reset your PC by navigating to Settings > System > Recovery > Reset this PC and choose to “Remove everything”. This will wipe your machine, so we recommend you back up your files before resetting your device.

    Wi-Fi 6E Support

    We’re excited to bring Wi-Fi 6E to the Windows ecosystem, enabling our Windows OEMs, Wireless IHVs and ecosystem partners to deliver leading edge Wi-Fi on new Windows PCs. Wi-Fi 6E is a revolutionary advancement that enables up to 3x more Wi-Fi bandwidth and will transform Wi-Fi experiences through faster speeds, greater capacity, reduced latency, and better security. Many OEMs are already shipping Wi-Fi 6E capable Windows PCs and the first Wi-Fi 6E capable access points and mesh devices are also commercially available. Once you're on this Insider Preview build with a Wi-Fi 6E capable PC and driver, along with a capable Wi-Fi router, it'll just work. You’ll need a PC that's equipped with a Wi-Fi 6E device such as the Intel AX210™ and a capable driver. To obtain the latest driver from Intel, see the following guidance: How to Enable Wi-Fi 6E/ 6GHz Band Using Intel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210... You'll also need a Wi-Fi 6E capable router, such as one of these: Once you're connected to your Wi-Fi 6E router, go to Windows Settings / Network & Internet / Wi-Fi and choose Adapter properties to see if you're connected to the 6GHz network band. You can also find the Band from the command line by entering: "netsh wlan show int". Note that if you use the mobile hotspot in Windows or Wi-Fi Direct, these features continue to support Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) only.

    Windows 11 + Office

    Coinciding with the release of today’s Windows 11 Insider Preview build, the Office Team is releasing a preview for Office Insiders of their Office apps with a new design that will shine on Windows 11! Designed based on your feedback, the new design gives you a natural and coherent experience across all your Office apps. Learn how to be an Office Insider and try the more intuitive Office here. [caption id="attachment_175131" align="alignnone" width="1760"]The new visual design of Office on Windows 11. The new visual design of Office on Windows 11.[/caption] Additionally, for Windows Insiders on ARM PCs – you can also try out the 64-bit version of Office for Windows on ARM. For details, see this blog post here.

    Inviting you to our Inside Windows 11 website

    We are bringing you behind the scenes to learn about why and how we built Windows 11. You will be able to meet our makers from Engineering, Design and Research to share their insights and unique perspectives throughout this journey. We will be posting new inside stories on a bi-weekly basis to share how we made Windows 11 happen. Watch one of the stories we have that shows how Windows 11 was crafted to feel completely new, yet immediately familiar. https://youtu.be/g7y1S3wIysg Visit Inside Windows 11.

    For developers

    You can download the latest Windows Insider SDK at aka.ms/windowsinsidersdk. View the top 10 things you can do to make your app great on Windows 11 including ensuring support for rounded corners in your apps. You can also use the latest Windows Insider SDK to build apps for Windows 11 on ARM using ARM64EC.

    Changes and Improvements

    • We are providing estimates for how long a restart for updates would take. When your PC is pending reboot for a quality update, you will be able to see estimates on your power menu under Start, in restart notifications, on the Windows Update Settings page and inside the Windows Update icon that shows up at the lower right of Taskbar. This feature is rolling out to a subset of Insiders in the Dev Channel at first so not everyone will see this right away.
    • Some Insiders will have the ability to right click on 'Recommended' on Start to refresh the content. This is rolling out to a subset of Insiders at first. If you get this experience, let us know what you think.

    Important Insider Links

    You can check out our Windows Insider Program documentation here, including a list of all the new features and updates released in builds so far. Are you not seeing any of the features listed for this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re in the Dev Channel, and see the list of builds available in the Flight Hub. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren't working the way you expected.

    Known issues with Build 22000.51

    • When upgrading to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when installing an update to Windows 11, some features may be deprecated or removed. See details here.
    • Taskbar:
      • Taskbar will not be shown across multiple monitors but will return in an upcoming build.
      • The preview window may not display the entire window when hovering over Task View on the taskbar.
    • Settings:
      • When upgrading a device with multiple user accounts to Windows 11, Settings will fail to launch.
      • A small set of Settings legacy pages as well as fit and finish bugs will be addressed in future releases.
      • The ‘Power mode’ setting does not show up on the Power & battery page.
      • When launching the Settings app, a brief green flash may appear.
      • When using Quick Settings to modify Accessibility settings, the settings UI may not save the selected state.
    • Start:
      • In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the taskbar. If you experience the issue, press Win + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it.
      • We're working on fixing an issue that's preventing unpinning apps from Start, making the command bar in File Explorer disappear, or hiding snap. To work around these, restart your PC.
    • Search:
      • App icons in the Search panel may do not load, and instead appear as gray squares.
      • When hovering your mouse over the Search icon on the taskbar, the third recent search does not load and remains blank.
      • After clicking the Search icon taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again.
      • When you hover your mouse over the Search icon on the taskbar, recent searches may not be displayed. To work around the issue, restart your device.
      • Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box.
    • Widgets:
      • System text scaling will scale all widgets proportionally and may result in cropped widgets.
      • Launching links from the widgets board may not invoke apps to the foreground.
      • When using screen reader/Narrator in widgets may not properly announce content
      • Widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again.
      • When using the Outlook client with a Microsoft account, Calendar, and To Do changes may not sync to the widgets in real time.
      • Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual device monitor first and then launch on your secondary monitors.
      • After adding multiple widgets quickly from the widgets settings, some of the widgets may not be visible on the board.
    • Store:
      • The install button might not be functional yet in some limited scenarios.
      • Rating and reviews are not available for some apps.
    We are so excited to share this and future Windows 11 Insider Previews with our Windows Insiders as we finalize the product. We look forward to your feedback on what you love and could love more to help make Windows 11 work best for how you work, learn, and play. Thanks, Amanda & Brandon]]>
    Preparing for Insider Preview Builds of Windows 11 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/06/24/preparing-for-insider-preview-builds-of-windows-11/ Thu, 24 Jun 2021 16:00:56 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175107 UPDATE 6/28 at 12:30pm PDT: See this blog post on an update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements.

    Today, we unveiled Windows 11 to the world, and we know Windows Insiders are super excited to get th

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    See this blog post on an update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements. Today, we unveiled Windows 11 to the world, and we know Windows Insiders are super excited to get their hands on it! As Panos mentions here, we plan to release the first Insider Preview build for Windows 11 next week. However ahead of that release – we wanted to let Insiders know of a few changes we are making to how they will receive Windows 11 Insider Preview builds going forward. Since launching Windows 10 six years ago, a lot of hardware innovation has happened in the PC space. For Windows to move forward and take better advantage of the latest innovations, we need to update the baseline system requirements for modern PCs. As a result, Windows 11 has updated hardware requirements which will be reflected in the Windows Insider Program. This blog post will outline what this means for Insiders new to flighting as well as Insiders who have already been flighting Insider Preview builds.

    If you are new to flighting Insider Preview builds:

    Welcome! After registering for the Windows Insider Program on the web or directly via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program, opt-in your PC to flight Insider Preview builds via Settings and it will guide you through what options are available based on the hardware specifications for your PC. We invite PCs that do not meet the new hardware requirements for Windows 11 to join the Release Preview Channel to preview updates for Windows 10.

    If you are already flighting Insider Preview builds:

    If you are already flighting Insider Preview builds, please take a look at the below chart to understand your PC’s eligibility for Windows 11 Insider Preview builds. In support of the Windows 11 hardware requirements, we’re setting the minimum requirements for flighting to match what is enforced within our media install experience (ISOs), but we recommend that PCs meet the full hardware requirements for the best experience when using Windows 11 Insider Preview builds. You can use the PC Health Check app here to see if your PC meets these requirements. UPDATE 6/28 at 12:30pm PDT: See this blog post on an update on Windows 11 minimum system requirements. [caption id="attachment_175109" align="aligncenter" width="3770"]This chart will help you understand your PC’s eligibility for Windows 11 Insider Preview builds. Click on the above chart to make bigger.[/caption] While we recommend that all PCs meet the full hardware requirements for Windows 11, we are allowing some limited exceptions as we apply these new restrictions. All Windows Insiders who have already been installing builds from the Dev Channel on their PCs up through June 24, 2021 will be allowed to continue installing Windows 11 Insider Preview builds even if their PC does not meet the minimum hardware requirements. Insiders with PCs already in the Dev Channel have been installing and giving feedback on builds with Windows 11 features since last year. Our way of saying thanks is to go ahead and give them the opportunity to see everything come together. However, this comes with some important tradeoffs we want to call attention to:
    • Because these devices do not meet the new hardware requirements, there may be issues and bugs that impact the experience of Windows 11 on these PCs that may not get fixed.
    • If at any point something goes wrong on one of these PCs that requires having to go back to Windows 10, you can use the media creation tool here to go back to the Windows 10. These PCs will not be given another exception and not allowed to upgrade to Windows 11 Insider Preview builds again. They will be treated as a new PC and the minimum hardware requirements will be enforced as highlighted above.
    • Once Windows 11 is generally available, these PCs will be opted out of flighting and will not be able to receive future Windows 11 Insider Preview builds. These PCs must clean install back to Windows 10 with the media (ISOs) that we provide and can then join the Release Preview Channel to preview Windows 10 updates.

    Preparing the Beta Channel for Insider Preview builds of Windows 11

    In preparation for releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview builds to the Beta Channel later this summer, we are moving PCs that do not meet the hardware requirements for Windows 11 in the Beta Channel to the Release Preview Channel. Some of these PCs may be able to move back to the Beta Channel, but at their own risk. See the above chart for details. We realize this is a bit of a change, but this will ensure Windows Insiders have the best possible experience with Windows 11 Insider Preview builds on their PCs. We have set up a Microsoft Answers forum post here to address any questions Insiders might have. We can’t tell you how excited we are to finally share the first full preview with our Insiders next week! Thanks, Amanda and Brandon]]>
    Releasing Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3920.0 to the Beta & Release Preview Channels https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/06/22/releasing-windows-feature-experience-pack-120-2212-3920-0-to-the-beta-release-preview-channels/ Tue, 22 Jun 2021 23:04:38 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175105 Hello Windows Insiders,

    Today, we are releasing Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3920.0 to Windows Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels. For Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel, this will be an opti

    The post Releasing Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3920.0 to the Beta & Release Preview Channels appeared first on Windows Insider Blog.

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    Windows Feature Experience Pack 120.2212.3920.0 to Windows Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels. For Windows Insiders in the Release Preview Channel, this will be an optional update for you. NOTE: This update will NOT be offered to commercial devices in the Release Preview Channel. These devices are devices AAD-joined and/or running the Windows 10 Enterprise edition. These customers will get Windows Feature Experience Packs delivered through “C” Preview releases which then get rolled up into monthly “B” releases. This enables commercial customers to test all the non-security fixes and features that will be rolled up into the next monthly “B” release. See this blog post for the details on the existing servicing process for Windows 10. This update only applies to Windows who are on the latest 21H1 release in the Beta Channel and Release Preview Channel or the latest 20H2 release on the Release Preview Channel currently. This update includes the following improvement:
    • Fixed an issue that would cause the touch keyboard to not display when invoked.
    These Windows Feature Experience Pack updates are delivered to Insiders through Windows Update just like builds and cumulative updates are. As a reminder – we are testing this new process out with Insiders to deliver new feature improvements to customers outside of major Windows 10 feature updates. Right now, we are starting out with a really scoped set of features and improvements. Over time, we hope to expand the scope and the frequency of releases in the future. Eventually, these Windows Feature Experience Pack updates will get folded into the already existing servicing process for Windows 10 and delivered to customers that way through Windows Update. Thanks, The Windows Insider Program Team]]>
    Releasing Windows 10 Build 19042.1081 (20H2) to Release Preview Channel https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/06/17/releasing-windows-10-build-19042-1081-20h2-to-release-preview-channel/ Thu, 17 Jun 2021 23:05:53 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175102 Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 20H2 Build 19042.1081 (KB5003690)to the Beta and Release Preview Channels for those Insiders who are on 20H2 (Releasing Windows 10 Build 19042.1081 (20H2) to Release Preview Channel appeared first on Windows Insider Blog.

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    20H2 Build 19042.1081 (KB5003690)to the Beta and Release Preview Channels for those Insiders who are on 20H2 (Windows 10 October 2020 Update). This update includes the following improvements: This update includes the following improvements:
    • We fixed an issue that causes blurry text on the news and interests button on the Windows taskbar for some display configurations.
    • We fixed an issue that causes communication between apps to stop working after you enable the “AppMgmt_COM_SearchForCLSID” policy.
    • We fixed a performance issue in the MultiByteToWideChar() function that occurs when it is used in a non-English locale.
    • We fixed an issue that prevents sorting from working properly when using multiple versions of National Language Support (NLS) sorting.
    • We fixed an issue in a small subset of users that have lower than expected performance in games after installing KB5000842 or later.
    • We fixed an issue that causes the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) to suddenly stop working while you are typing.
    • We fixed an issue that causes WMIMigrationPlugin.dll to return an error when you attempt to migrate in offline mode.
    • We fixed an issue with the Set-RuleOption PowerShell command that fails to provide the option for the Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) policy to treat files signed with an expired certificate as unsigned.
    • We fixed an issue that causes Windows to stop working when it uses AppLocker to validate a file that has multiple signatures. The error is 0x3B.
    • We fixed an issue that might cause BitLocker to go into recovery mode after updating the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) firmware. This occurs when the "Interactive logon: Machine account lockout Threshold" policy is set and there were incorrect password attempts.
    • We fixed an issue that causes Windows to generate many AppLocker or SmartLocker success events.
    • We fixed an issue with authenticating for a domain controller when Credential Guard and Remote Credential Guard are enabled.
    • We fixed an issue that prevents certain screen reader apps from running when Hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI) is enabled.
    • We fixed an issue in which signing in using a PIN fails. The error message is "Something happened and your PIN isn’t available. Click to set up your PIN again."
    • We added Windows support for System Management Mode protections (firmware protection version 2.0) for certain processors that support Secure Launch.
    • We fixed an issue that, in certain cases, takes you out of the exclusive virtual reality (VR) app and back to Windows Mixed Reality Home when you press the Windows button on the controller. With this update, when you press the Windows button, the Windows Start menu appears. When you close the Start menu, you will go back to the exclusive VR app.
    • We improved the accuracy and efficiency of sensitive data analysis in the Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) Classification Engine.
    • We fixed an issue with the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) VPN service on remote access server (RAS) servers. Periodically, users cannot connect a VPN to the server over the IKE protocol. This issue might start several hours or days after restarting the server or restarting the IKEEXT service. Some users can connect while many others cannot connect because the service is in DoS Protection mode, which limits incoming connection attempts.
    • We fixed an issue that causes Wi-Fi connections to fail because of an invalid Message Integrity Check (MIC) on a four-way handshake if Management Frame Protection (MFP) is enabled.
    • We fixed an issue that might cause a VPN to fail after renewing a user auto-enrolled certificate. The error message is "There are no more files".
    • We fixed an issue with the Tunnel Extensible Authentication protocol (TEAP) that replaces the outer identity with “anonymous” even though identity privacy is not selected or is disabled.
    • We fixed an issue that causes Remote Desktop sessions to stop responding while the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) is enabled.
    • We added support for the USB Test and Measurement Class.
    • We fixed an issue in Adamsync.exe that affects the syncing of large Active Directory subtrees.
    • We fixed an error that occurs when the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) bind cache is full, and the LDAP client library receives a referral.
    • We fixed a redirector stop error that is caused by a race condition that occurs when the system deletes binding objects when connections close.
    • We fixed an issue that prevents users from setting or querying disk quotas on the C drive.
    • We fixed an issue that causes 16-bit apps that run on NT Virtual DOS Machine (NTVDM) to stop working when you open them.
    • We fixed an issue that causes fontdrvhost.exe to stop working when Compact Font Format version 2 (CFF2) fonts are installed.
    • We fixed an issue that might prevent End User Defined Characters (EUDC) from printing correctly because of font fallback settings.
    • We fixed an issue with Search box graphics on the Windows taskbar that occurs if you use the taskbar’s context menu to turn off News and interests. This graphics issue is especially visible when using dark mode.
    • We fixed an issue that might cause signing in with your fingerprint to fail after the system starts up or resumes from sleep.
    • We fixed an issue that might redirect you to the Microsoft Store page for Gaming Services when you try to install or start an Xbox Game Pass game on your Windows 10 device. Additionally, you receive error 0x80073D26 or 0x8007139F. For more information, see KB5004327.
    • UPDATE 6/21 : We fixed an issue that might cause a high-pitched noise or squeak in certain apps when you play 5.1 Dolby Digital audio using certain audio devices and Windows settings.
    • UPDATE 6/28 :We fixed an issue that sometimes prevents the candidate window from appearing while you use the IME for the Chinese and Japanese languages.
    Thanks, The Windows Insider Program Team]]>
    Releasing Windows 10 Build 19043.1081 (21H1) to Beta & Release Preview Channels https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/06/17/releasing-windows-10-build-19043-1081-21h1-to-beta-release-preview-channels/ Thu, 17 Jun 2021 23:05:50 +0000 https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/?p=175101 Hello Windows Insiders, today we’re releasing 21H1 Build 19043.1081 (KB5003690) to the Beta Channel & Release Preview Channel for those Insiders who are on 21H1. See our blog post Releasing Windows 10 Build 19043.1081 (21H1) to Beta & Release Preview Channels appeared first on Windows Insider Blog.

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    21H1 Build 19043.1081 (KB5003690) to the Beta Channel & Release Preview Channel for those Insiders who are on 21H1. See our blog post here on preparing the Windows 10 May 2021 Update (21H1) for release. This update includes the following improvements:
    • We fixed an issue that causes blurry text on the news and interests button on the Windows taskbar for some display configurations.
    • We fixed an issue that causes communication between apps to stop working after you enable the “AppMgmt_COM_SearchForCLSID” policy.
    • We fixed a performance issue in the MultiByteToWideChar() function that occurs when it is used in a non-English locale.
    • We fixed an issue that prevents sorting from working properly when using multiple versions of National Language Support (NLS) sorting.
    • We fixed an issue in a small subset of users that have lower than expected performance in games after installing KB5000842 or later.
    • We fixed an issue that causes the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME) to suddenly stop working while you are typing.
    • We fixed an issue that causes WMIMigrationPlugin.dll to return an error when you attempt to migrate in offline mode.
    • We fixed an issue with the Set-RuleOption PowerShell command that fails to provide the option for the Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) policy to treat files signed with an expired certificate as unsigned.
    • We fixed an issue that causes Windows to stop working when it uses AppLocker to validate a file that has multiple signatures. The error is 0x3B.
    • We fixed an issue that might cause BitLocker to go into recovery mode after updating the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) firmware. This occurs when the "Interactive logon: Machine account lockout Threshold" policy is set and there were incorrect password attempts.
    • We fixed an issue that causes Windows to generate many AppLocker or SmartLocker success events.
    • We fixed an issue with authenticating for a domain controller when Credential Guard and Remote Credential Guard are enabled.
    • We fixed an issue that prevents certain screen reader apps from running when Hypervisor-protected code integrity (HVCI) is enabled.
    • We fixed an issue in which signing in using a PIN fails. The error message is "Something happened and your PIN isn’t available. Click to set up your PIN again."
    • We added Windows support for System Management Mode protections (firmware protection version 2.0) for certain processors that support Secure Launch.
    • We fixed an issue that, in certain cases, takes you out of the exclusive virtual reality (VR) app and back to Windows Mixed Reality Home when you press the Windows button on the controller. With this update, when you press the Windows button, the Windows Start menu appears. When you close the Start menu, you will go back to the exclusive VR app.
    • We improved the accuracy and efficiency of sensitive data analysis in the Microsoft 365 Endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) Classification Engine.
    • We fixed an issue with the Internet Key Exchange (IKE) VPN service on remote access server (RAS) servers. Periodically, users cannot connect a VPN to the server over the IKE protocol. This issue might start several hours or days after restarting the server or restarting the IKEEXT service. Some users can connect while many others cannot connect because the service is in DoS Protection mode, which limits incoming connection attempts.
    • We fixed an issue that causes Wi-Fi connections to fail because of an invalid Message Integrity Check (MIC) on a four-way handshake if Management Frame Protection (MFP) is enabled.
    • We fixed an issue that might cause a VPN to fail after renewing a user auto-enrolled certificate. The error message is "There are no more files".
    • We fixed an issue with the Tunnel Extensible Authentication protocol (TEAP) that replaces the outer identity with “anonymous” even though identity privacy is not selected or is disabled.
    • We fixed an issue that causes Remote Desktop sessions to stop responding while the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) is enabled.
    • We added support for the USB Test and Measurement Class.
    • We fixed an issue in Adamsync.exe that affects the syncing of large Active Directory subtrees.
    • We fixed an error that occurs when the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) bind cache is full, and the LDAP client library receives a referral.
    • We fixed a redirector stop error that is caused by a race condition that occurs when the system deletes binding objects when connections close.
    • We fixed an issue that prevents users from setting or querying disk quotas on the C drive.
    • We fixed an issue that causes 16-bit apps that run on NT Virtual DOS Machine (NTVDM) to stop working when you open them.
    • We fixed an issue that causes fontdrvhost.exe to stop working when Compact Font Format version 2 (CFF2) fonts are installed.
    • We fixed an issue that might prevent End User Defined Characters (EUDC) from printing correctly because of font fallback settings.
    • We fixed an issue with Search box graphics on the Windows taskbar that occurs if you use the taskbar’s context menu to turn off News and interests. This graphics issue is especially visible when using dark mode.
    • We fixed an issue that might cause signing in with your fingerprint to fail after the system starts up or resumes from sleep.
    • We fixed an issue that might redirect you to the Microsoft Store page for Gaming Services when you try to install or start an Xbox Game Pass game on your Windows 10 device. Additionally, you receive error 0x80073D26 or 0x8007139F. For more information, see KB5004327.
    • UPDATE 6/21 : We fixed an issue that might cause a high-pitched noise or squeak in certain apps when you play 5.1 Dolby Digital audio using certain audio devices and Windows settings.
    • UPDATE 6/28 :We fixed an issue that sometimes prevents the candidate window from appearing while you use the IME for the Chinese and Japanese languages.
    Thanks, The Windows Insider Program Team]]>