Windows 11 Build 22624.1680 brings Evolved Widget Board to Beta channel users

A new Windows 11 build is being released to the Beta channel. This new update brings some improvements and several bug fixes. This is a weekly update and its last update was released exactly a week ago. Let’s find out what’s new in this update.

As is the case with every beta channel update, there are two builds, and beta users can get either of these builds. Windows 11 build 22624.1680 is the main build that comes with all the changes and features, while Windows 11 build 22621.1680 comes with lesser changes by default. Yes, users can choose to update to the main build if they have received the latter build.

The new update revamped the widget board which now shows a 3-column layout on support devices. New zones in the board provide users with quick access to glanceable widgets.

Windows 11 Build 22624.1680

There are also changes related to default apps. The update introduces a new Settings deep link URI for applications which will take users directly to default app settings for changing default quickly. App pinning will be available on a future flight.

Microsoft also starts rolling out the animated icons for Widgets on the Taskbar. The animation kicks in when users hover or click on the Widgets taskbar. These are the Widgets that are placed on the left section of the taskbar. You will see animations like rain, cloud, and more.

Fixes in Build 22624.1680

[File Explorer]

We fixed the following issues for Insiders with access keys in File Explorer:

  • Shift + Right clicking on a file or folder should open “Show more options” again now.
  • Adjusted how Narrator was reading out the access keys after pressing the menu key, to make it clearer.

[Input]

  • Fixed an issue where the touch keyboard and PIN entry wasn’t appearing on the login screen for touch capable PCs in the previous flight due to an underlying crash.

[Live captions]

  • Fixed an issue which was causing clipping in live captions text for non-English languages.
  • Fixed an issue in Language & region settings that caused language feature installation progress to be hidden.
  • Adding enhanced language recognition support in Language & region settings will now install the right files on ARM64 devices. You will no longer need to restart live captions after switching between caption languages installed from Language & region settings. However, you will need to uninstall any “speech pack” entries in Settings > Apps > Installed apps which were installed before the Language & region settings fix and re-install from Language & region settings.

[Notifications]

  • Fixed an issue where 2FA codes weren’t being recognized if they were in parentheses.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue where if you searched for service host in the Processes section, it wasn’t returning any results.
  • Improved the performance of the expand all / collapse all View options on the Processes page.
  • Fixed an issue where the search icon could end up overlapping the Task Manager icon in the title bar.
  • The search box should no longer be cropped at the top when the window is maximized.
  • Fixed an issue impacting Task Manager reliability.
  • Double clicking Task Manager’s title bar to maximize the window should work again now.

Fixes for BOTH Build 22621.1680 & Build 22624.1680

  • New! This update changes firewall settings. You can now configure application group rules.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the legacy Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) and the new Windows LAPS feature. They fail to manage the configured local account password. This occurs when you install the legacy LAPS .msi file after you have installed the April 11, 2023, Windows update on machines that have a legacy LAPS policy.
  • This update affects the Islamic Republic of Iran. The update supports the government’s daylight saving time change order from 2022.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects apps that use DirectX on older Intel graphics drivers. You might receive an error from apphelp.dll.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Resilient File System (ReFS). A stop error occurs that stops the OS from starting up correctly.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects protected content. When you minimize a window that has protected content, the content displays when it should not. This occurs when you are using Taskbar Thumbnail Live Preview.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Unified Write Filter (UWF). When you turn it off by using a call to Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), your device might stop responding.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Chinese input method. You cannot see all of the first suggested item.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects SMB Direct. Endpoints might not be available on systems that use multi-byte character sets.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects mobile device management (MDM) customers. The issue stops you from printing. This occurs because of an exception.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects the Local Security Authority Subsystem Service (LSASS) process. It might stop responding. Because of this, the machine restarts. The error is 0xc0000005 (STATUS_ACCESS_VIOLATION).
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Edge IE mode. The Tab Window Manager stops responding.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects signed Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) policies. They are not applied to the Secure Kernel. This occurs when you enable Secure Boot.
  • This update changes the app icons for certain mobile providers.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects MySQL commands. The commands fail on Windows Xenon containers.
  • This update addresses an issue that displays Task View in the wrong area. This occurs when you close a full screen game by pressing Win + Tab.
  • This update addresses an issue that occurs when you use a PIN to sign in to Windows Hello for Business. Signing in to Remote Desktop Services might fail. The error message is, “The request is not supported”.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Microsoft Edge IE mode. Pop-up windows open in the background instead of in the foreground.
  • This update addresses an issue that affects Administrator Account Lockout policies. GPResult and Resultant Set of Policy did not report them.

If your PC running on Windows 11 and you are a tester in the insider program to the beta channel, then you can install the new beta build on your system. You can check for the new update by visiting Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.

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Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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  1. Pin pad on login screen still broken. Tablet optimized taskbar still not displaying on two different Surface Book 2 machines. Crap update.

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