Good Morning friends! Microsoft has released a new preview build of Windows 11 25145 for members of the Windows Insider program using the Dev channel.
Complete build number: 10.0.25145.1000.rs_prerelease.220617-1406.
Important! Recently, builds under the Windows Insider program have become unavailable to users from Russia and the Republic of Belarus, probably due to geo-blocking. Windows Update simply doesn’t find new updates, whether it’s a build in the Dev channel or a cumulative update in the Beta or Release Preview channel. If you are affected by this problem, then enable the VPN by selecting any European country, check for updates in Windows Update, wait for the download to begin, and disable the VPN. You can read more about this situation in our article.
Narrator Braille Driver Solution
Braille devices will continue to work when you switch between Narrator and third-party screen readers because Narrator will automatically change the braille drivers.
The necessary conditions:
You must remove the current braille support for Narrator if it is already installed by doing the following:
- Open Options.
- Go to Applications -> Optional Components -> Installed Components.
- Find “Accessibility” -> “Braille Support”.
- Expand “Accessibility” -> “Braille Support” and remove the feature.
Install the new version of Braille support:
- Go to Settings -> Accessibility -> Narrator -> Braille.
- Click on the “Details” button.
- Download Braille from this window by clicking on the Download and Install button.
- Once installed, go back to Settings -> Accessibility -> Narrator -> Braille.
- Select the braille display driver used by your third-party screen reader in the Braille Display Driver option. This only needs to be done once.
More information about the change can be found in the documentation on the Microsoft website.
OneDrive storage alerts and subscription management in Settings
In March, Microsoft expanded the ability to manage your Microsoft 365 subscription through the Settings app in Windows 11, including the ability to view your subscription payment method under Accounts.
Starting with this build, the Accounts page will also display information about a 100GB OneDrive offline subscription. This will allow you to track recurring payments, payment method, and the amount of OneDrive space used in Windows 11. If you approach or exceed your OneDrive cloud storage limit, you will also be able to see relevant information on this page.
Note. This change is currently not available to all Insiders in the Dev channel. The fact is that Microsoft wants to collect feedback from a small group of users before the change becomes available to all Insiders.
Local Administrator Password Solution
classic product Local Administrator Password Solution (also known as “LAPS”) is now included with Windows and includes many new features.
Feature documentation is not yet available, but if you’ve used the legacy LAPS product, many of the new features in the new version will feel familiar. Here is a quick guide to help you get started with the Active Directory domain joined client scenario:
- Extend the Active Directory schema by running the Update-LapsADSchema command in the new LAPS PowerShell module.
- Add the necessary permissions to your computer’s OU by running the Set-LapsADComputerSelfPermission command.
- Add a new LAPS GPO, enable the “Configure password backup directory” option, and set it to back up the password in “Active Directory”.
- A domain-joined client will process the policy at the next GPO refresh interval. Run “gpupdate /target:computer /force” to avoid waiting. (You can use the Invoke-LapsPolicyProcessing command for the same purpose.)
- Once the domain-joined client backs up the new password (look for event 10018 in the event log – see screenshot below), run the Get-LapsADPassword command to get the new saved password (you should be running as a domain administrator by default).
To access this Group Policy, open the Group Policy Editor and navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> LAPS.
Detailed statuses can be obtained using the built-in event viewer:
Note: The feature is fully functional for Active Directory Domain Joined customers, and Azure Active Directory support is currently only available to a small number of Insiders. Microsoft will let you know when Azure Active Directory support becomes available to more users.
Changes and improvements
- Every Microsoft user should be able to use Microsoft products with the confidence that Microsoft will protect their privacy and provide them with the information and tools they need to verify all uses of their personal information. The new feature, which began rolling out to Insiders starting with Build 25140, gives users access to a 7-day history of which apps have accessed location, camera, microphone, phone call log, text messages, contacts, images, videos, music library, screenshots, and so on. You can find this information in the section “Settings” -> “Privacy and Security” -> “Application Permissions” (simply click on one of the proposed categories, for example, “Microphone”, then select “Recent activities”).
- Suggested actions:
- Build 25115 began testing a new feature called Suggested Actions. Starting with this build, it is available to all members of the Windows Insider program in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
- Middle-clicking on a folder inside File Explorer will open it in a new tab.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Insiders using Surface Pro X experiencing a black screen when trying to wake up from sleep.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a GSOD with the SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED error that was associated with USB drives.
- Fixed GSOD code 0x1CA SYNTHETIC_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT that could occasionally occur on some devices after some time of inactivity. The error could appear when the laptop lid was closed and the device seemed to restart while in sleep mode.
- We fixed an issue in the last two builds where InventorySvc was consuming too much memory and growing over time.
- The tabbed interface should now be included in the keyboard focus loop when you press the Tab or F6 keys. When the focus is on the tab bar, you can use the right or left arrow keys to navigate through them.
- We fixed an issue where the tab order when using CTRL+Tab was incorrect if you manually reordered tabs in the interface.
- Start menu:
- Narrator will now correctly announce the dialog that appears when you remove an application from the context menu.
- The animation when selecting the “More” button under “Recommended” in right-to-left (RTL) languages should now display correctly.
- Task bar:
- Closing animation now correctly plays when closing Action Center using the keyboard.
- When entering a number in the search field in Settings, squares should no longer appear if the system is used in Arabic.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing when going to Bluetooth & Devices -> Printers & Scanners.
- Fixed several crashes that some Insiders were experiencing either when opening the Wi-Fi section in the Quick Actions window, or after connecting or disconnecting a network in the Wi-Fi section in Quick Actions.
- We fixed an issue that caused the Wi-Fi option and Wi-Fi section in Quick Actions to appear after a few seconds.
- Using the touchscreen to reorder items in Quick Actions should no longer cause this window to close unexpectedly.
- The SOM currency sign (U+20C0) has been added to the Courier New font family.
- Task Manager:
- The CTRL + Page Up and CTRL + Page Down shortcuts should now work again for page navigation in Task Manager.
- We fixed a rare issue that could cause some apps to crash immediately after launch.
Note. Some of the fixes listed above may be included in the cumulative updates for the October 5 release version of Windows 11.
- We are investigating reports that the “Mica” material and the “Acrylic” effect are incorrectly displayed (not rendered) in such system elements as the Start menu, Action Center, etc.
- We are investigating reports that the Shut Down feature in the Start menu is not working for some Insiders. Instead of shutting down, the computer restarts.
- Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause GSOD to appear on your device.
- Windows Explorer:
- File Explorer tabs incorrectly display up arrow button next to the address bar. This will be fixed in future builds.
- We are investigating reports that launching File Explorer in certain ways (for example, from the command line) when using a dark theme causes the main area of u200bu200bExplorer to unexpectedly appear with a light theme
- Engineers are working on a fix for an issue where widget settings (temperature units and pinned widget order) were unexpectedly reset to default.
- Live Captions:
- Some applications do not allow you to display live subtitles in full screen mode. For example, this applies to video players.
- Some apps at the top of the screen that were closed before Live Captions launched will re-launch behind the Live Captions window at the top. Use the system menu (ALT + ) when the application has focus to move the window down.
I wish you a successful update!