Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25309 brings enhanced volume mixer, touch keyboard settings, and more

Early this week, Microsoft kicked off a major Windows 11 upgrade – the Moment 2 update for Windows 11 22H2 to the stable channel. Today, the tech titan has released a new incremental upgrade to the developer channel with a 25309 build number. The latest build is seeding with a bunch of changes including a new volume mixer for Quick Settings, new touch keyboard settings, new changes for File Explorer, color settings, voice access, and more.

Microsoft is pushing the new Windows 11 preview build with the 25309.1000 build number. If you chose the developer channel in Windows Insider Preview Program, then you can update your PC to this build. As it is a small gradual upgrade, it will be installed quickly on Windows 11 systems.

Speaking about the changes, then Windows 11 preview build 25309 brings the new volume mixer experience in Quick settings. It allows you to customize audio on a per-app basis.

windows 11 insider preview build 25309

The next feature in the list is the updated Touch Keyboard settings. It was originally released with build 25188 and disabled in 25217. Today, Microsoft re-introduces it with 3 control options by which you can change settings for the touch keyboard when a hardware keyboard is attached, these are the 3 new controls.

windows 11 insider preview build 25309
  • “Never” suppresses the touch keyboard even when no hardware keyboard is attached.
  • “When no keyboard attached” will show the touch keyboard only when the device is used as a tablet without the hardware keyboard.
  • “Always” will show the touch keyboard even when the hardware keyboard is attached.

The next big thing in this incremental release is the improvements to Voice Access. A complete renovate hits the in-app command help page. Voice access now supports English dialects such as English UK, English India, English New Zealand, English Canada, and English Australia. Apart from that, the update comes with Auto Color Management expansion.

windows 11 insider preview build 25309

Moving to the fixes and improvements, then the new dev build brings new badging to the profile picture in the Start Menu, a more personalized second-chance out of box experience (SCOOBE), lighter search box for taskbar in dark mode, “pizza” icon in the File Explorer indicating Windows App SDK version of file explorer, new snap layouts, better input for Simplified Chinese handwriting, theme-aware icons for Widgets, and updated Power & Battery settings.

windows 11 insider preview build 25309

Now let’s take a look at the fixes coming with this build.

  • General
    • Fixed an issue causing USB devices (including keyboard and mouse) to not work for some Insiders after upgrading to Build 25295+.
    • Fixed an issue for some Insiders where if you’d uninstalled the previous flight, it would cause your Start menu and taskbar to cyclically crash.
    • Fixed an issue where when using Windows Hello to sign in with facial recognition, it may not have worked on Arm64 PCs.
    • Fixed an issue with the Windows Insider Program settings page showing a newer build was available in Windows Update even though you were on the latest available build in the Dev Channel.
  • Taskbar & System Tray
    • Fixed multiple Explorer.exe crashes impacting taskbar and system tray.
    • Fixed a display issue that could result in the taskbar appearing duplicated when making resolution changes.
    • Fixed an issue which was causing app icons on the taskbar to appear on the wrong monitor for some Insiders with multiple monitors.
  • Widgets
    • We fixed an issue where under certain circumstances third-party widgets were not loading as expected.
  • Search on the taskbar
    • Fixed rendering issues when using the touch keyboard with the search box on taskbar.
    • Fixed an issue when double clicking the search highlight glyph in the search box makes it disappear.
    • Fixed an issue where the search box would randomly disappear.
    • Fixed an issue where the search icon flips incorrectly for right-to-left (RTL) languages.
    • Fixed on issue where you might have seen some text flicker in the search box when you click into it.
    • Fixed an issue where the search box might disappear on one monitor if you are using multiple monitors.
    • Made some accessibility fixes to the settings for search under Settings > Personalization > Taskbar.
  • File Explorer
    • Fixed an issue which caused Insiders with custom desktop icon arrangements / sizes to get set back to default in the previous build.
    • Fixed an underlying issue believed to be the cause of File Explorer unexpectedly jumping into the foreground sometimes.
    • The “Open in new tab” context menu option and middle clicking folders will now open the tab in the background rather than switching focus.
    • Fixed an issue where the close button could get stuck in a highlighted state when you moved your mouse across it.
  • Input
    • Fix an issue where when using the French-Canadian layout for the touch keyboard, the letters output when typing didn’t always match what was displayed on the keys.
    • When using the Korean IME, CTRL + F10 should no longer open the IME context menu.
  • Settings
    • Fixed an underlying issue believed to be the root cause of why some Insiders saw their startup app settings get reset with the previous build.
    • Going to Privacy & Security > Phone Calls should no longer crash Settings.
  • Windowing
    • Fixed a high hitting DWM.exe crash in the last couple flights.
  • Other
    • Fixed multiple issues that were preventing some of the new live captions language models from downloading correctly.
    • Fixed an underlying issue causing Insiders on Arm64 PCs to not be able to activate M365, with it citing a network issue.
    • Fixed a search indexer crash.
    • Fixed an underlying issue that could cause UWP apps to appear in English after upgrading although that wasn’t your display language.
    • Fixed an issue which was causing .appinstaller packages to fail to install with an error message that says “The parameter is incorrect” (even though it wasn’t).
    • Fixed an underlying issue causing certain cameras to not work in apps with the last flight.
    • Fixed an underlying issue which was leading to Microsoft Edge crashes for some Insiders in the last few flights.

If your PC is running on Windows 11 with developer channel in Windows Insider Preview Program, then you can install the new release preview build on your system. You can check for the new update by visiting Settings > Windows Update > Check for updates.

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