Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621 (Beta): All you need to know

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  • Insiders, get ready to welcome a brand new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build on your PCs.
  • We know you got used to these builds getting released on both channels, but not this one.
  • This light software update is only addressed to Insiders that conduct their testing on Beta.
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Were you thinking it was about time for a new Insider Build? If that’s the case, know that Microsoft thought the same, thus a new Build has been released to the Beta Channel.

This new software update comes with changes to the Taskbar and File Explorer, among others. Let’s get right into it and discover what’s new together.

What’s new with Windows 11 Beta Build 22621?

This is a pretty light update even by Microsoft standards, so don’t expect anything spectacular to have happened while you weren’t paying attention.

Here is the full changelog of Build 22621, as detailed by the tech giant on the official release page:

Changes and improvements


  • [REMINDER] The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This doesn’t mean we’re done, and the watermark will return to Insiders in a future build.



  • Updated the underlying speech platform to improve voice activity detection for voice access, live captions, and voice typing, as well as address some issues with how punctuation is recognized.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue leading to Insiders seeing error 0x800703E6 when copying files from Google Drive.
  • Fixed an issue where if you had ever opened the context menu, doing CTRL + ALT + DEL and cancelling would lead to explorer.exe crashing.


  • Fixed an issue related to loading the system tray icons in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar which could cause Settings to crash when opening that page recently. This issue may have also led to some explorer.exe crashes for impacted Insiders.

[Windows Security]

  • Fixed an issue which could result in Smart App Control unexpectedly blocking correctly signed applications.

Known issues

[Live captions]

  • Certain apps in full screen (e.g., video players) prevent live captions from being visible.
  • Certain apps positioned near the top of the screen and closed before live captions is run will re-launch behind the live captions window positioned at top. Use the system menu (ALT + Spacebar) while the app has focus to move the app’s window further down.

How do I get this update?

  1. Press Windows + I to access Settings.
  2. Select the Windows updates tab and click Install all.install Windows updates
  3. If no updates are queued for installation, press the Check for updates button.check for updates

Have you found any bugs while experiencing this new Windows 11 Beta Channel build? Let us know in the comments section below.

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