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First Windows 11 Insider Preview now available to download from the Dev Channel [Updated]

The update to Windows 11 beta for insiders on the Dev channel has been released. It comes in four days after its official announcement. The build number for the Insider Preview comes in as 10.0.22000.51 (co_release). The update weighs in at 6.69 GB. You will find the preview ISO on various platforms and Windows 11 SDK on the Microsoft website.

While we got to see a leaked build of Windows 11 floating around the internet, a couple of weeks back there were quite a lot of features. And while Microsoft confirmed that Windows 11 is a real thing. The features that we got to see have been quite a lot in terms of UI, performance, and even new features.

Windows 11 first insider build

Let’s take a look at some of the more notable features of Windows 11 that we know so far

New File Explorer Icons

The new file explorer has been redesigned with new colorful icons, a new ribbons menu as well as better placement between folders and files which give the explorer a much cleaner look.

New Start Menu and Taskbar

The Taskbar and Start Menu have now shifted to the center of the screen. With this being said, the Live Tiles and folders on the Start Menu have been done away with. The Start menu has the new glass effect as well as new flyout animations.

Rounded Corners

While Windows 10 has all the sharp-edged corners, Windows 11 brings in Rounded Corners to everything. From File Explorers to Apps to even the Context Menu, everything has finally got a modern look that is pleasing to look at.

All new Widgets

Widgets have made their way into Windows 11. Here you will be able to get all updates such as weather, stock, and news updates right away, all at the click of a button. You will be able to see the Widgets on the left side of the screen.

Aesthetic themes and Calming sounds

With Windows 11 you have 4 default themes to choose from as well as a special dark mode theme. Coming to the sound effects, all your sounds, from Startup to Notification alerts and warnings, all sound calm and pleasing to listen to.

Revamped Microsoft Store

The revamped Microsoft Store design is finally here. It now makes navigating to various sections of the Store easy as well as better placement of apps. You will also find a collection of movies and series which you can purchase to download and view right away.

All new Settings app

The Settings app now has colorful icons as well as new settings pages. The main highlight of the Settings app is the Power and battery page. The page now gives you more detailed information about your battery health and battery options as well.

Windows 11 first insider build

Out-of-the-box setup experience.

Gone are the days when you had to just look at the dull blue screen with white icons while setting up an OS. With Windows 11, you have a neat-looking setup screen complete with colorful icons as well as the option to set the system based on your preferences such as gaming, office, or home use. Cortana no longer appears during the initial setup. Finally!

Before moving to the installation steps, here you can check the known issues available in Windows 11 First Insider Preview build.

Windows 11 First Insider Preview – Known Issues

  • 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.

Those who opted for the Dev Channel through Windows Insider Program is already started getting the update. Even users with unsupported PCs are also getting Windows 11 insider build. Don’t know if a too old PC will get the update but Intel 7th Gen and AMD 1st & 2nd Gen are getting the Windows 11 Insider Build. And also, Microsoft shared that they will collect the feedback for the i7th gen & AMD 1st, 2nd gen. So, it is possible that Microsoft can add these CPUs to the eligible CPU list.

In July the public beta of Windows 11 will release for users who opted for the recommended channel through the Windows Insider program. And in October we can see Windows 11 stable release, of course in batches.

If you have updated to Windows 11 Insider Build, don’t forget to update Windows Store. We will keep you posted regarding Windows 11 news. And so, if you have a keen interest in Windows 11 stay connected to YTECHB.


9th July: Second Preview is out!

Microsoft now rolls out second preview build of Windows 11 with a big number of improvements, fixes, and changes. You can head over to this news article to know more about it.


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