Get ready for Windows 11 Dev build 25188

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  • Dev Channel Insiders just received new software to play around with.
  • Testing never stops, and Microsoft rolled out Windows 11 build 25182.
  • Check out the improvements, fixes, as well as known issues right here.
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Yesterday we discussed the latest Release Preview Channel rollout (KB5016695) and figured out together what the latest innovations were.

Also, since we’re talking about the Dev Channel in this article, you should catch up with the previous release, which was Build 25182.1010.

Today, however, we are going to look at the latest Dev Channel build that Microsoft has released, which is build 25182.

What comes with Windows 11 Build 25188?

Before we get into it, know that this is still version 22H2, since the Sun Valley 3 development, which was known as Windows 11 23H2, has been canceled.

Why? Well, Microsoft is thinking of releasing a major new Windows version every three years, so for the time being, the Dev channel is sticking with version 22H2.

Let’s start by talking about the updated touch keyboard settings. The tech giant is trying out a new touch keyboard setting.

This new option will replace the Show the touch keyboard when there’s no keyboard attached checkbox in Settings with a new dropdown menu with 3 options to control whether tapping an edit control should launch the touch keyboard:

  • 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.
New touch keyboard settings.

Keep in mind that this is a gradual rollout, so not all Dev Channel Insiders will get the new feature right away, just so you know.

Changes and improvements

[Windows Terminal]

  • Windows Terminal is now the default terminal in Windows 11. This means, all command line applications will open in Windows Terminal automatically (Command Prompt and PowerShell, for example). The setting for this change can be found via Settings > Privacy & security > For developers. Please note that Windows Terminal version 1.15 or greater is required for this feature.

[Settings]

  • Updated the Wi-Fi and VPN properties pages in Settings to now include a link to advanced properties for that network.

Fixes

[Taskbar]

  • Fixed an issue related to the taskbar overflow which was impacting explorer.exe reliability.

[Start]

  • Fixed an issue that was causing Start’s recommended to only show one column instead of two.
  • Made a fix for Narrator mistakenly reading out the search box in Start twice.
  • Fixed an issue where the access keys (underlined letters) in WIN + X had duplicate definitions when an update was pending reboot.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue causing a small percentage of Insiders to experience repeated explorer.exe crashes after attempting to access certain folders on their systems in the last couple Dev Channel builds.
  • Fixed a recent issue where if File Explorer was open when you switched between light and dark mode, you could end up with some unreadable text / UI showing the wrong color.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing explorer.exe to crash when opening folders with certain images.
  • The up arrow should no longer be misaligned in File Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to not being able to unpin Desktop, Pictures, or Documents folders from Quick access.
  • Fixed an underlying explorer.exe crash which could happen when File Explorer launch was aborted, for example if you were attempting to access a network share from the Run dialog, were prompted for credentials, and then clicked cancel instead of entering them.
  • If the tab title is too long to display completely in the available space, hovering your mouse over it will now show a tooltip with the full name.
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to explorer.exe crashing when File Explorer was closed.
  • Fixed an issue causing the delete key to unexpectedly not work on files in File Explorer sometimes.
  • Removed the toolbar some people were unexpectedly seeing (with View / Edit / etc) after the introduction of tabs in File Explorer. As part of this, the “always show menus” option in Folder Options was also removed which didn’t do anything.

[Search]

  • Fixed an underlying crash which could lead to search not launching.
  • Searching for detect displays will now return Display Settings.

[Input]

  • Made a number of updates to emoji keywords based on feedback, including fixing that searching for apple didn’t return the red apple emoji in Korean or Polish (in the respective languages), searching for trash or garbage in English should now return the wastebasket emoji, searching for roger in English should now return the saluting face emoji, and searching for bug will now return the ladybug emoji. Please continue sharing feedback about emoji search results under Input & Language > Emoji Panel in the Feedback Hub!

[Settings]

  • Fixed an issue where in certain cases removing a printer from Settings wouldn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue where the DNS suffix search list entry wasn’t displaying correctly in Settings.
  • Fixed an issue where the buttons for changing current view in Settings > Apps > Installed apps might unexpectedly show arrows overlaid on top.

[Task Manager]

  • Updated the positioning of the View button tooltip position so it shouldn’t block the close button in the title bar anymore.
  • The arrow shown when sorting processes by CPU should no longer be black on black in certain cases when using dark mode.
  • Updated the selection highlight color when you select rows on the Details or Services page to be less bright and more aligned with the other colors used with the updated Task Manager design.

[Other]

  • Fixed an issue leading to missing / broken characters on the Bitlocker screen when using the Japanese display language.
  • Fixed an issue where the Advanced Settings of an application pool on a remote IIS server would display a blank screen.
  • Fixed an issue where Steps Recorder wouldn’t close when you pressed ALT + F4.

Known issues

[General]

  • Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause your PC to bugcheck.
  • We’re looking into reports that audio stopped working for some Insiders after upgrading to the last flight.
  • We’re investigating reports of a few different apps having started crashing in recent builds.
  • [NEW] Enabling .NET Framework 3.5 from the Windows Features dialog will not work in this build. If you had it enabled prior to upgrading, it may become disabled. This will potentially lead to issues with apps that rely on these components. We’re working on a fix.

[File Explorer]

  • We’re working on the fix for an issue where the search box background in File Explorer might be the opposite color of your current mode.
  • We’re 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.
  • [NEW] A fix for File Explorer appearing to open and close before finally finishing drawing when launched from certain locations will be available in a future flight.

[Widgets]

  • Notification badge number may appear misaligned on the taskbar.
  • In some cases, the notification banner for some badging will not appear in the widgets board.

[Printing]

  • We’re working on the fix for an issue in recent Dev Channel flights causing lines to not be included when printing tables from certain apps.

What can I do if Windows 11 Dev build 25188 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

Be sure to report any other issues you might come across, in order for Microsoft to address and improve the overall OS experience for us all.

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

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