Microsoft released the first update for Windows 11 earlier this week. Continuing the trend we saw with your Windows 10 patches, this one was designed to fix problems, but introduced new ones.
The company is working hard to add new features and enhancements to its latest operating system, and today it releases Windows 11 Build 22478 for Insiders on the Dev Channel.
The headline for this flight is a new Fluent-designed emoji that can be viewed by opening the emoji panel (WIN +.).
Microsoft says of the new additions:
You will notice that we have redesigned all the emoji and introduced some nostalgia for our fans by making the standard clip emoji our beloved Clippy! As part of this release, we are adding support for Unicode emoji up to Emoji 13.1 which includes new emoji like face in the clouds, heart on fire, space with spiral eyes and many more.
Microsoft will bring these new emoji to all Windows 11 users in a future service update.
Other changes and improvements in this build include:
- The updated version of the Korean IME, which started rolling out with Build 22454build 22454, is now available to everyone on the Dev Channel.
- When your laptop is closed, it is now possible to log into your PC using facial recognition (Windows Hello) on a connected external monitor if you have a connected camera that supports it.
- Microsoft has made a change to the underlying indexing platform to help improve the overall reliability and size of the database, which should help reduce the use of disk space on the system, particularly in cases where the users had very large Outlook mailboxes.
- Rolling the mouse wheel over the volume icon on the taskbar will now change the current volume level.
- Made some small adjustments to the dialog by adding a new language in Settings to make it look a bit more modern, including rounding the corners.
Fixes in this build include:
- Keyboard focus will no longer be lost if you press ESC after opening the user profile side menu in Start.
- Updated message text when pinning something from a UWP app to Start, so now it just says “Do you want to pin this to Start?”
- Fixed an issue that caused the Notification Center to get stuck in a state in recent builds where it would stop launching.
- The plus icon for adding a new desktop will now display correctly when hovering over the Task View icon on the taskbar when using the Arabic and Hebrew languages.
- After opening an app’s jump list from the taskbar, right-clicking on the app’s name should now display the correct icon for Pin to Start (a pin icon).
- Left and right clicking on the taskbar at the same time should no longer crash explorer.exe.
- Fixed an issue where the command bar would perform unnecessary calculations when navigating to folders, causing an unexpected decrease in performance. This is also believed to be the main cause of performance issues when using dragging to select files, as well as using the arrow keys to navigate certain folders.
- The “Show hidden items” option should no longer get out of sync when opening multiple File Explorer windows.
The following two issues have been fixed with Microsoft Edge version 95, currently available for Microsoft Edge InsidersAnd as such Microsoft is removing them from the list of known issues:
- The widget board may appear empty.
- Widgets may be displaying the wrong size on external monitors.
- The recent searches drop-down menu when hovering over the search icon in the taskbar should no longer be immediately dismissed on invocation if an admin window is in focus.
- Setting the focus to the search box in File Explorer should not cause the touch keyboard to be invoked and dismissed immediately now when using a tablet with the taskbar set to auto-hide.
- Fixed an issue that caused the handwriting panel to not insert text when used to write in Chinese.
- Mitigated a memory leak that could occur in ctfmon, causing unexpected resource usage over time.
- Addresses an issue for a small number of users that caused TextInputHost.exe to fail when setting focus to any text field.
- Fixed an issue that caused settings to fail when option buttons were updated, for example if you connected an additional audio endpoint while the sound page in Settings was open.
- The performance of loading themes shown in the customization settings has been improved.
- If a non-administrator user changes their display language in Language Settings, Windows will no longer show the clickable logout button there as it was opening a UAC dialog and causing confusion.
- The Windows Update entry at the top of the system page in Settings should no longer be misaligned with the other options (when displayed) in languages like German.
- The Braille options in Settings for Narrator users should now be in sync with the actual status of the Braille input / output mode.
- A change was made to help address an issue where “Media Streaming Options” in the Network and Sharing Center unexpectedly reverted to default settings after an update.
- Improved startup reliability for Quick Settings. This change should also help fix the issue where the window is not fully rendered (just a thin rectangle).
- Fixed an issue where if you clicked in the media controls area in Quick Settings, the app would not display in the foreground in certain cases.
- Fixed an issue where item colors in Quick Settings could get stuck and not reflect the proper color for that state, especially when using a contrast theme.
- Updated Quick Settings page to manage audio terminals from “Volume” to “Sound Out”.
- Opening the page for managing audio endpoints in Quick Settings should no longer cause a short cut in audio playback when multiple devices are listed.
- Mitigated an issue related to using ALT + Tab very quickly that could cause explorer.exe to crash.
- Holding ALT and pressing F4 after pressing ALT + Tab will no longer crash explorer.exe.
- When using the Arabic or Hebrew display languages, when dragging an application window to a different desktop, the thumbnail should now display moving in the correct direction.
- Fixed an enclosure issue that caused LP.cab files to be unexpectedly removed in certain cases, which could lead you to change the display language until you add the desired display language in Settings.
- Fixed an issue that caused some users to see a bug check with the error “KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ERROR”.
- An issue that caused the SysMain service to use an unexpected amount of power has been mitigated in recent versions.
- If the display order is missing in the BCD settings, that should no longer cause an update error.
- Fixed an issue that caused captions to be drawn at the wrong scrolling in certain apps.
- An issue that caused crashes related to audiosrv.dll was mitigated.
- If you are going through OOBE with an Arabic or Hebrew display language, the volume and accessibility buttons should appear on the correct side of the screen now.
NOTE: Some of the fixes noted here in the Active Development Branch Insider Preview builds may make it to the service updates for the release version of Windows 11 that was generally available on October 5.
Known issues include:
- Users upgrading from builds 22000.xxx, or earlier, to the newer builds in the dev channel using the latest dev channel. I SO, you may receive the following warning message: The build you are trying to install is Flight Signed. To continue with the installation, enable flight signing. If you receive this message, press the Enable button, restart the PC, and try the update again.
- Some users may experience reduced sleep and screen timeouts. Microsoft is investigating the potential impact that shorter screen and sleep timeouts could have on power consumption.
- In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using Search from the start or the taskbar. If you experience the problem, press WIN + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box, then close it.
- The taskbar sometimes flickers when changing input methods.
- Microsoft is working on a problem that causes a tooltip to appear in an unexpected location after hovering over the corner of the taskbar.
- After clicking the search icon on the taskbar, the search panel may not open. If this happens, restart the “Windows Explorer” process and reopen the search panel.
- The search panel may appear black and not display any content below the search box.
- Microsoft is investigating reports from Insiders that the volume and brightness sliders are not displaying correctly in Quick Settings.