The long-awaited Windows 11 22H2 update finally comes to the beta channel with the newly released Insider Preview build 22581. Not only the beta channel, but the new Insider Preview build is also available in the dev channel of the Windows Insider Preview Program. The latest insider build comes in with a slew of new features and enhancements. Here you can check everything about Windows 11 Insider Preview 22581 update.
Microsoft pushes the 22H2 big update to beta and dev channels with Windows 11 Insider Preview 22581.1 (ni_release) build name. The update is already available to eligible systems, users can simply check it out from the Windows updates under the Settings app.
Previously, Microsoft pushed the same updates to both beta and release preview channels with select new features and enhancements. Those updates were mainly focused to fix the bugs and other known issues. On the other hand, Windows 11 insider builds in the dev channel have picked up many new features, now available in the beta channel.
Moving to the details and features, then the latest update is seeding with the new Tablet-optimized taskbar, which was released back with 22563 build. Although, the availability of this feature is limited to devices used as tablets. The update also brings several fixes to the taskbar, including the top border line now extending across the entire taskbar, drag and drop files support across apps, and other improvements.
Apart from the taskbar, the Start Menu picks up a couple of useful upgrades, including support for creating and renaming folders in Start, the option to choose between Pinned or recommended items more, a fix for search bar flickering issue, and more. File Explorer also receives some new features such as you can now preview files without opening the folders. The update also brings updated the Task Manager and Print Queue, and more from the previously released dev builds.
Now let’s take a look at the fixes coming with the Windows 11 22H2 update. Here’s the complete changelog of the new update.
Windows 11 Insider Preview 22581 update – Fixes
- Made a fix for another issue causing taskbar previews to use the wrong fonts for the window title in languages other than English.
- Drag and drop to taskbar should now work with auto-hidden taskbars.
- When dragging something to pin to the taskbar, the message on the dragged item (for example, displaying an X if it’s not supported) will now have rounded corners.
- Mitigated an issue where swiping to collapse the tablet-optimized taskbar might unexpectedly invoke the widgets board.
- Start Menu
- Fixed an issue that was sometimes causing the search box in the top of Start to flicker.
- Mitigated an underlying issue where if you swiped to open the All apps list, sometimes it would think that you’d tapped one of the letter headers in the All apps list.
- Updated the context menu when right clicking a pinned app to say “Move to front” rather than “Move to top”, so it’s clearer what will happen.
- A Clock app update (version 11.2202.24.0 and higher) has rolled out that fixes the issue where the Clock app was unable to update the Windows Focus state when configuring focus sessions in the Clock app.
- File Explorer
- Fixed a few cases where icons were missing next to entries in the context menu and command bar (for example, for the Next Desktop Background entry in the context menu if you right click the desktop while using a background slideshow).
- Made some small adjustments to some of the icons used in the context menu and command bar, including the copy icon.
- Folders whose only content is other folders will now show an icon with a slip of paper to indicate there is content inside the folder instead of an empty folder icon.
- Addressed an underlying issue that could cause File Explorer to crash when using the Group By option.
- Fixed an issue where the conversion option in the Korean IME context menu wasn’t working.
- Addressed an issue where the IME toolbar wasn’t showing/hiding correctly if you’d chosen to use the previous version of the Japanese IME.
- Improved reliability of showing the touch keyboard on the login screen after tapping the PIN or password field after rebooting or upgrade.
- Fixed an issue where some of the text in the touch keyboard was difficult to read when using the “Black and White” text input theme.
- Made another fix for the “size and theme” link under Settings > Time & Language > Typing > Touch Keyboard not working.
- Mitigated an issue where the touch keyboard was still showing the previous text candidates when you switched to voice typing.
- The “Press Enter” and “Press Tab” commands should be working when using voice typing for Chinese (Traditional) now.
- Fixed an issue where the 3 or 4 finger touchpad gesture for adjusting your audio volume level wasn’t working with certain paired Bluetooth audio devices.
- Changes in Sounds to Program Events (for example, turning certain system sounds off) should persist on upgrade going forward.
- Improved visibility of the battery icon in the Bluetooth section of Quick Settings when a contrast mode was enabled.
- If you set keyboard focus to Desktops in Task View, the border shown around the thumbnails will now have rounded corners.
- Fixed an issue where hovering over the Task View icon on secondary monitors wouldn’t bring up the Desktops flyout when using the Arabic or Hebrew display language.
- Fixed an issue where if you selected one of the Microsoft Edge tabs displayed in snap assist, the window would animate in from the wrong place.
- Snap layouts should now minimize properly if you drag a window through the corner of snap layouts.
- Fixed an issue where snap layouts would unexpectedly immediately display while dragging a window instead of just showing a hint for Insiders with an Arabic or Hebrew display language.
- Addressed an issue where rotating your tablet before the previous screen rotation animation had finished would cause the rotation animation to abruptly cut out.
- Mitigated an issue where using the 3-finger touch gesture to minimize all apps quickly could result in windows getting stuck in a shrunken state.
- Reduced the size of the area above a notification where clicks weren’t being passed through to the underlying window so it’s the same sized area as the side of the notification.
- Mitigated an issue leading to issues dragging the title bar of a maximized window with touch.
- Fixed an issue where if the Open or Save dialog was open in an app, and you used ALT + Tab to switch away from the app and then back, keyboard focus might get lost.
- Voice Access
- Fixed an issue that was causing voice access to crash when using commands to capitalize text in Office apps.
- Narrator will now correctly tell you if there is an image in table cells in Office apps.
- When Narrator is reading with scan mode in Microsoft Edge, it will no longer stop reading when getting to some embedded links and buttons in the middle of text, like on nytimes.com.
- Task Manager
- Fixed an issue where tooltips did not accurately display the preferred visual setting when Task Manager is configured for dark mode.
- Fixed an issue where Task Manager wasn’t populating the details of the Status column in the Startup Apps page.
- Fixed an issue that was causing the volume flyout that appears from using your hardware keys to be stuck on screen.
- Mitigated an issue that could result in explorer.exe getting stuck and not fully initializing during first login.
- Fixed a few more issues impacting explorer.exe reliability.
26 March – Cumulative Update Build 22581.100 (KB5013283) is out
Microsoft plants a new cumulative update for the recently released 22581 build, the new update is labeled with 10.0.22581.100 (KB5013283) version number. Microsoft said, “This update does not include anything new and is designed to test our servicing pipeline for builds in the Dev and Beta Channels.”
Microsoft also mentioned a list of known issues on the Windows Blog. You can check out before updating your PC.
As mentioned earlier, if you’ve opted for the developer channel in Insider Preview Program and running on Windows 11, then you’ll receive the prerelease build. You can simply head over to Settings > Windows Update > click on Check for Updates. You can simply download the update on your PC.
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