Microsoft Releases Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22468 in Dev Channel
As we approach the Windows 11General availability next week, Microsoft pushed yet another Insider Build today. Build 22468 does not include any new features but does make two minor improvements. This release focuses on bugfixing and solving knowledge issues more than anything else. Keep in mind that Microsoft has alerted us that it will be some time before we start to see any major features or changes coming in the versions of Windows 11 Insider.
This week’s version comes with a new expiration date. All versions of Insider builds prior to build 22468 are now configured to expire on October 30, 2021. So if you are in the dev channel with an older version, it is time to upgrade to version 22468 which will expire on September 15, 2022. Microsoft imposed TPM 2.0 across the board for all devices running Windows 11, so if your device doesn’t have one, you won’t (officially) be able to upgrade to the latest version of Insider.
Another important reminder, today’s update comes from Microsoft’s active development arm known as “RS_PRELEASE”And this does not match the general availability experience of Windows 11. In other words, any changes made or features added in these builds are intended for those builds only. It’s unclear if we’ll see them in an upcoming cumulative or major feature update. The Dev channel in the Insider program represents the cutting edge of active development underway for Windows, so the improvements seen here will not be tied to future large-scale updates, unless Microsoft deems it so.
Now, as for the actual changes, they are quite insignificant but still worth mentioning. First, by clicking on a VPN connection in the VPN settings, you will now be able to see additional statistics about the connection. Second, by default, Windows displays your recent searches when you hover over the Search icon in the Taskbar. Today’s update gives you the option to turn off this option in Taskbar Behaviors under Taskbar Settings.
Another thing Microsoft didn’t mention in its blog post was the return of the “Hide from taskbar”When you right-click any icon on the taskbar. This option was available in previous versions of Windows 11, but was removed some time ago, however, it looks like it’s back in this update. It is not known whether this change will also be made in the GA version of Windows 11 or not.
Microsoft also mentions the release of the new version To paint application for the Windows 11 in the blog post. The app was indeed released recently for insiders in the development channel. However, its release was unrelated to this particular version as it was rolled out separately even before today’s release was released. As it turns out, the timing matched quite conveniently. So it’s unrelated to last week’s build Build 22463, it is also unrelated to this week’s 22468 version; it has been released separately and will gradually be rolled out to insiders throughout the week.
There are also a plethora of bug fixes in this version which you can check yourself on the official blog. In summary, the most important fixes include a fix that unblocks PCs registered with MDM to receive new Insider releases, a fix that ensures your microphone input format the setting remains the same across multiple updates and a fix that fixes Wi-Fi blocked after waking up despite activating and deactivating.
If you’re an insider of the Dev Channel, the update is live as we speak and you can install it through Windows Update. Finally, the watermark you see in the lower right corner of your desktop telling you which version you are on is quite normal for these drafts. Get in the habit of submitting feedback to Microsoft so that the final experience is a better one for everyone involved. Check out the full blog post announcing today’s construction here.