KB5016694 (Beta): Everything that is new for Windows 11 Insiders

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  • Windows 11 Beta Channel Insiders got new software to play with today.
  • Microsoft flighted two new preview builds to this channel once again.
  • Check out the entire changelog here and draw your own conclusions.
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If you are among the users that just can’t get enough of Windows updates, even though the Patch Tuesday rollout introduced a lot of them, here’s another one.

The Redmond-based tech colossus has released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.575 and Build 22622.575 (KB5016694) to the Beta Channel.

It seems that Microsoft is not done with this pattern of lighting twin builds to the Beta Channel, as you are to see this week again.

What’s new for Insiders with KB5016694?

Let’s dive right into it and say that build 22622.575 includes the new features, while Build 22621.575 comes with the new features switched off.

That being said, if you too are an Insider and landed in the latter build, you can check the update manager and install the build with the features enabled.

As far as changes and improvements go, Microsoft said that clicking a folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer will now open it in a new tab, like clicking a folder in the body of File Explorer already does.

Fixes in Build 22622.575

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue where launching File Explorer in certain ways when using dark mode (for example, from the command line) was showing the body of File Explorer unexpectedly in light mode.
  • Fixed an issue where the left/right arrows in File Explorer were in light mode when you were using dark mode, causing them to not have enough contrast to show when they were enabled.
  • Fixed an issue causing UI issues in File Explorer when using F11 to put File Explorer in full screen mode.
  • Fixed an issue where if you drag and drop a folder into the navigation pane was sometimes unexpectedly putting the folder at the bottom of the list rather than where you’d dropped it.
  • Fixed an issue where the dividers in the navigation pane were overlapping / drawing too close to text sometimes.
  • Fixed an issue where the context menu when right clicking on a tab wasn’t being translated.

[Taskbar]

  • Fixed an issue where the taskbar overflow flyout wasn’t showing up on the correct monitor.

[Open With]

  • Fixed an issue where Narrator wasn’t reading out the “New” text next to the app name in the Open With dialog.

[Suggested Actions]

  • Improved date / time recognition for existing supported markets (U.S., Canada, and Mexico).

Fixes for BOTH Build 22621.575 & Build 22622.575

  • An app update for the issue causing Photos to crash on launch for Insiders in the Beta Channel is currently rolling out via a Microsoft Store app update.
  • Fixed an issue that causes the App-V client service to leak memory when you delete App-V registry nodes.
  • Fixed an issue that prevents you from opening a URL if the URL’s length is more than 2084 characters. This update supports a URL of up to 8192 characters.

Known issues

[General]

  • Working on the fix for an issue causing some Insiders with domain-joined PCs to unexpectedly see an error saying “Insufficient system resources exist to complete the requested service” after installing this update when attempting to use their credentials. If you are impacted by this, enabling Credential Guard on your PC should resolve the issue. If your PC does not support Credential Guard, you may want to pause updates for the time being.
  • Working on a fix for an issue causing SQL Server Management Studio to fail to launch for some Insiders, and it will be available in an upcoming flight.
  • Looking into reports that audio stopped working for some Insiders running the latest Beta Channel builds.

[File Explorer]

  • The left-half of the File Explorer title bar may not be draggable via mouse or touch.
  • The up arrow is misaligned in File Explorer tabs. This will be fixed in a future update.
  • Working on a fix for an issue causing Home, Documents, Pictures and potentially other folders to become unexpectedly duplicated in File Explorer’s navigation pane or appear on the desktop.
  • Working on a fix for an issue where the search box background in File Explorer might be the opposite color of your current mode.
  • Working on a fix for an issue causing the delete key to unexpectedly not work on files in File Explorer. If you encounter this, you should still be able to use the context menu to delete.
  • Working on the fix for an issue where the taskbar isn’t able to display if File Explorer is maximized and you have the taskbar set to auto-hide.

[Taskbar]

  • Microsoft is working on the fix for an issue where the taskbar overflow is unexpectedly displayed on the opposite side of the screen.

What can I do if KB5016694 fails to install?

  1. Press WinI to access Settings.
  2. Select the System category and click on Troubleshoot.w11 troubleshoot
  3. Press the Other troubleshooters button.other troubleshooters windows 11
  4. Press the Run button next to Windows Update.windows update troubleshooter

There you have it, folks! Everything you can expect if you are a Beta channel Insider. Leave a comment below if you found any issues since installing this build.

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