Windows 11 build 25262 removes sign-in for Widgets Board

Microsoft brings a new Windows 11 update to the Dev Channel. The new Windows 11 beta update is tagged as build number 25262. This is another weekly update for Insiders that comes with some changes and bug fixes. Here’s everything you need to know about the update.

Updates on the Dev channel are for testing purposes and so its features may or may not make it to the public build. It all depends on the feature stability and feedback from testers on the dev channel.

Windows 11 build 25262 brings changes such as an update to Media Player, access to widgets board without sign-in, Quick Assist link in troubleshooter, and many fixes. Screen Recording in the snipping tool is also rolling out to the Dev Channel but it’s not actually part of today’s update.

Windows 11 build 25262 Widgetboard
Widgets Board

December 2022 Bug Bush is also live which will run until December 12th. You can check all changes and fixes below.

Changes and Improvements


  • In the most recent update for Widgets, we are removing the sign-in requirement for the widgets board and making it available for all users. Now, you can now get weather updates on the taskbar, pin widgets from your favorite apps or access personalized dynamic feed without an account.


  • Added a link to Quick Assist at the bottom of Settings > System > Troubleshooters, to help if you’re having issues with your PC.



  • Fixed an issue where if the Widgets app package was missing on your PC, explorer.exe would crash in a loop after upgrading to Build 25252. This issue is also believed to be the cause of Windows Sandbox not working in this build.
  • Fixed an issue that caused secondary drives or other PCI devices to not be viewable for certain Insiders.

[Taskbar & System Tray]

  • Fixed an issue where, with the system tray design updates, auto-hiding the taskbar would stop working after you had interacted with the hidden icons flyout.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing a gap between full screen windows and the taskbar on secondary monitors.
  • The system tray area should no longer shift as the numbers change in the clock.
  • Fixed an issue causing the top half of the media controls in Quick Settings to be missing sometimes.

[Search on the Taskbar]

  • We fixed the issue where you needed to press backspace after typing before you will see results for certain files ending with .cmd, .exe or .bat.
  • Improved the performance of launching the search window in certain cases.

The fixes only apply for Windows Insiders who received one of the different treatments for how search looks on the taskbar that began rolling out to Insiders with Build 25252:

  • Fixed an issue where the search box would not show up on multiple monitors as expected when clicking on either one.
  • Fixed an issue when clicking the search box on taskbar, the search box would momentarily flash before the Search flyout displayed.


  • Fixed an issue where when dragging a window to a monitor with lower DPI your mouse might appear to jump away from the window it was holding.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue causing explorer.exe to crash when opening certain items from the Recent section in File Explorer.


  • The Wi-Fi section of Quick Settings should no longer unexpectedly sometimes say network venue on certain entries.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue where the graphs on the performance page in Task Manager might not update (even though the real time update speed setting wasn’t paused).


  • The Microsoft Account sign in window should no longer unexpectedly sometimes have a black title bar when using light mode.
  • Adjusted the text when using the Wireless Display feature if you haven’t enabled input yet, so it guides you to the correct place to do that.

Media Player Update

The update rolling out to Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel for Media Player (version 11.2211.34.0) that brings the ability to browse through your video library by folder.

Microsoft has also listed all the known bugs. You can check them all here.

If you are a Windows 11 Insider in the Dev Channel, you will receive the update on your PC. You can check for the update in Settings > Software Update. Once you click on check for updates, it will show the new build which you can download and install on your PC. Connect your PC to the charger during the update.

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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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