This key Windows 11 preview sees Microsoft fixing bugs in some important features
With just over a week before Microsoft released Windows 11, the company delivered a very important new version to testers on the Windows Insider development channel that fixes several major issues with the new operating system.
The fixes are provided in Windows 11 Insider Preview # 22463 on Dev Channel, the cutting edge branch of Windows 11 that includes features that aren’t necessarily included in the Windows 11 release slated for release on October 5. But Microsoft will want to make sure the bug fixes get to the October 5 release.
This makes this version of Dev Channel a very important release from Microsoft and includes a ton of fixes that fix major Windows 11 issues.
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Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has been working on fixes for key elements of the visually revamped Windows 11 user interface, such as the taskbar, which has been beset by multiple issues that have not been resolved in recent updates for more secure versions of the beta channel.
There are five separate fixes for the taskbar in Windows 11, including that application icons in space are now “properly aligned and centered again”, meaning they should not be truncated by the button “show hidden icons” when too many applications are open.
Microsoft has now correctly aligned the notification count badge for the Notification Center and fixed another issue with the Chat flyout. It also improved the reliability of explorer.exe when the taskbar is used on multiple monitors and now ensures that taskbar previews conform to accessibility text size settings.
Equally important fixes have arrived for Boot on Windows 11, which now appears again as it should after right-clicking the Start button or using the WIN + X keyboard shortcut.
It also fixed a bug that caused the Start menu to crash without showing an app icon when a large number of apps were installed. Microsoft does not seem convinced that the fix will apply to all screen configurations. “This change is also believed to help improve the reliability of Start launch on secondary monitors in mixed DPI scenarios,” notes Microsoft.
Other Start fixes include:
- If the “Always show scroll bars” accessibility option is enabled, switching to the All apps list will no longer cause the scroll bar to move out of window bounds during the transition animation.
- Pressing the down arrow after opening Start will now take you to the pinned apps section instead of jumping to your username.
There are also fixes for File Explorer, which fixes an issue that causes it to crash during a search.
Pressing F1 in File Explorer, for example, now correctly opens a search for Windows 11 Help, not Windows 10, while selecting items under the View, Sort By, and Group By submenus in the context menu will now display a mark to show that they have been selected.
These are small fixes, but put together they are very important to a billion Windows users and Microsoft needs to fix them before releasing Windows 11 to the general public.
Microsoft’s hardware requirements add to the complications of deploying Windows 11. Microsoft this week released an updated version of the PC Health Check app to help Windows 10 users know if their hardware supports an update. Upgrade to Windows 11 in accordance with strict Microsoft hardware requirements. Many Windows 10 PCs purchased before 2018, for example, will not be supported by Windows 11.
Text prediction for the touch keyboard and standard keyboards should now work and the touch keyboard should no longer get stuck when changing dock mode when the voice input UI is visible.
Microsoft notes that Windows Sandbox should now launch in this Dev Channel version, unlike previous Dev Channel versions.
There is also a key fix for Windows Subsystem for Linux version 2 on Arm-based devices like the Surface Pro X.
“We fixed the issue that prevented WSL2 and Hyper-V from working on ARM64 PCs such as the Surface Pro X in previous versions of Dev Channel,” Microsoft said.
There are, however, still several known issues affecting Windows 11 startup and taskbar – which may still blink when changing input methods – and several issues persist with widgets.
“You may not be able to enter text when using search from startup or the taskbar,” Microsoft warns.
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The widget array is still fundamentally broken with the array appearing empty while widgets could be distorted on external monitors. Microsoft Store search is still not optimized.
Microsoft also posted a Dev Channel release content disclaimer for Windows 11 release on October 5.
“The build count is higher in the development channel than the preview releases of Windows 11 in the beta channel because we have moved the development channel to receiving builds from our active development branch (RS_PRERELEASE). This means that the builds released on the dev channel no longer match the Windows 11 experience that will be available to customers on October 5th, ”he said.
“These builds are the first stage of a new development cycle with the latest working code from our engineers. They are not always stable builds, and sometimes you will see issues that block key activities or require workarounds during the flight development channel. It is important to make sure you read the known issues listed in our blog posts, as we document many of these issues on every flight. “