Microsoft kicks off two new Windows 11 Insider Preview builds; one for the developer channel and the other for the Canary channel. If you are on the developer build, then you will receive the new update with the 23531 build number; whereas the Canary build testers pick up the new update with the 25936 version number. The new preview builds enhance the overall experience on the OS by squashing some of the known issues.
Talking about the changes, the new developer build comes out with a new hover behavior to the search box gleam, when you hover over it, the new search flyout box might appear, you can customize it inside the Settings. For the European Economic Area (EEA), Windows system components use the default browser to open links.
The update squashes a bunch of known issues which include the issue causing explorer.exe not to work in safe mode, a couple of File Explorer crashing issues, HDR wallpapers to appear washout in HDR mode, unable to move taskbar window with touch and Pen, Task Manager crashing issues, and more.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23531 – Changes and Improvements
- [REMINDER] Insider Preview Build Expiration: The expiration date for Insider Preview builds flighted to the Dev Channel has been updated to 9/15/2024 starting with Build 23526. Please make sure you are updated to the latest build in the Dev Channel.
- In the European Economic Area (EEA), Windows system components use the default browser to open links.
- We’re re-introducing the search experience for invoking the search flyout when you hover over the search box gleam. This behavior can be adjusted by right-clicking on the taskbar, choosing “Taskbar settings” and adjusting your preferred search box experience.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23531 – Fixes
- Fixed an issue which was causing explorer.exe to not work in safe mode.
- File Explorer
- Fixed an issue which could cause explorer.exe to crash when closing File Explorer.
- Fixed an issue which was causing File Explorer to crash when navigating to Gallery if you had a large number of images.
- Fixed an issue where “Automatically type into the Search Box” wasn’t working when File Explorer was open to Home.
- Fixed an issue where if you tried to copy and paste, a file out of a compressed folder and into a OneDrive folder might fail with an error code.
- HDR Background
- Fixed an issue which could cause HDR wallpapers to appear washed out when HDR was enabled.
- Task Manager
- Fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to move the Task Manager window with touch or pen.
- Fixed an issue where Task Manager was crashing when using the reset to default button in Settings.
- Fixed an issue which was causing sporadic crashes when using Task Manager, including when ending tasks.
- Fixed an issue where if you did a search and then cleared it, the view would still be filtered even though there was no search anymore.
- Fixed an issue where the search icon would become overlapped with the Task Manager text in the title bar.
- Did some work to help improve the performance when switching between different pages in Task Manager.
- Updated the summary view for the Performance page (that you see when double clicking the graphs in the navigation pane) to make the window smaller.
Moving to the changes come with Windows 11 preview build 25936, then the update brings several new experiences after completing OOBE (out of the box experience), here are the complete details alongside the other changes.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25936 – What’s New
- We are trying out several new experiences for after completing OOBE (“out of box experience”) starting with this build. You may see one of these three experiences launched automatically on your device after completing OOBE.
- If you choose ‘Development Intent’ within the ‘Let’s Customize Your Experience’ page during OOBE, Dev Home will be automatically launched on your device after logging in and reaching the desktop for the first time after OOBE setup.
- If you choose ‘Development Intent’ within the ‘Let’s Customize Your Experience’ page during OOBE, the Get Started app will be automatically launched on your device after logging in and reaching the desktop for the first time after OOBE setup. The Get Started app will show you a personalized flow that will help you learn more about Dev Home and give you the opportunity to open Dev Home.
- If you choose to ‘Restore’ your device during OOBE, the Get Started app will be automatically launched on your device after you log into your device for the second time after completing OOBE. The Get Started app will show you a personalized flow that will help you learn about key apps and settings, tell you that Windows has restored on your device and show you how to access your restored apps on Start menu or taskbar.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25936 – Changes and Improvements
- [REMINDER] Insider Preview Build Expiration: The expiration date for Insider Preview builds flighted to the Canary Channel has been updated to 9/15/2024 starting with Build 25931. Please make sure you are updated to the latest build in the Canary Channel.
- Dynamic Lighting
- We have added the ability to choose a custom color to light up your devices with.
- Task Manager
- We’ve updated the Task Manager settings page to match the design principles of Windows 11. The design has a similar look and feel to the Settings in Windows 11 and provides a cleaner UI separating categories into different sections.
- The end task feature under System > For Developers no longer requires Developer Mode to be enabled first before it can be used.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25936 – Fixes for Known Issues
- Fixed the underlying crash which was causing .NET updates to get stuck requesting restart in Windows Update Settings in recent Canary Channel builds.
- Fixed a few issues which were causing the End Task option in the taskbar to not work, or to close more than just the app you had selected.
Whether you are on the developer build or canary build, you can check the new update by visiting Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.
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