Windows 11 build 22468 is out with VPN setting improvements

Windows 11 build 22468 is out with VPN setting improvements

Today, Microsoft is releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22468 to the Dev channel. Once again, there’s really nothing of interest in this build. In fact, Microsoft has been pretty clear that we’re going to have to wait a little while before new features show up in prerelease builds.

There are two new features. Firstly, if you’re in your VPN settings and you click on a connection, you’ll now see stats about it. Also, there’s an option to remove recent searches from when you hover over the Search icon that’s in the taskbar. That’s it.

There are a few other notes that the Redmond firm included in its blog post. Older Dev channel builds are set to expire on October 31, so if you’re on the Dev channel, you’ll want to upgrade. The new expiration date is September 15, 2022. Also, the new Paint app is rolling out in the Dev channel, but that’s not exclusive to Windows 11 build 22468, and it was already announced.

And as usual, there are a bunch of fixes and known issues:

Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22468 Fixes

[Taskbar]

  • Mitigated a rare explorer.exe initialization hang related to loading the network icon.

[Search]

  • Improved reliability of showing the flyout when hovering over the Search icon in the Taskbar.
  • If you navigate to the Search icon in the Taskbar using the keyboard, navigating away will now dismiss the recent searches flyout.
  • The options when right clicking recent files displayed when searching for certain apps like Word should work now when you select them.

[File Explorer]

  • If you right click files in OneDrive locations in File Explorer, the context menu will no longer unexpectedly dismiss when you hover over entries that open sub-menus, like “Open with.”
  • Double clicking a network folder to open it will no longer unexpectedly try to pin it to Quick Access instead of opening it.

[Input]

  • Addressed an underlying font issue that was making the right hand of the shruggie kaomoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ not display in the correct position, as well as apostrophes in certain cases.

[Settings]

  • Your preferred microphone input format setting (as configured in Sound Settings) should persist upgrade now.
  • Addressed an issue where certain drives were unexpectedly not displaying in Defragment and Optimize Drives.

[Other]

  • We’ve resolved the issue preventing MDM enrolled PCs from successfully updating to the previous build. These devices are now unblocked from updating to the latest build.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause unexpected flickering in certain apps such as Microsoft Edge when using multiple monitors with different refresh rates.
  • Mitigated a display related issue that was causing some Insiders to experience an increase in bug checks in recent flights.
  • Did some work to address an issue where the Windows Update icon in the Taskbar might display but suddenly disappear when you hovered over it.
  • Addressed a rare issue with certain devices after sleep where Wi-Fi would get stuck in an off state and trying to toggle it back on wouldn’t work.
  • Mitigated an issue for certain devices that could cause the system to freeze in some scenarios.

NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the active development branch may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11 after general availability on October 5th.

Windows 11 Insider Preview build 22468 Known Issues

[General]

  • Users updating from Builds 22000.xxx, or earlier, to newer Dev Channel builds using the latest Dev Channel ISO, may receive the following warning message:

The build you are trying to install is Flight Signed. To continue installing, enable flight signing.

If you receive this message, press the Enable button, reboot the PC, and retry the update.

  • Some users may experience their screen and sleep timeouts being reduced. We’re investigating the potential impact that shorter screen and sleep timeouts could have on energy consumption.

[Start]

  • In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it.

[Taskbar]

  • The Taskbar will sometimes flicker when switching input methods.
  • We’re investigating reports that Notification Center will get in a state in recent builds where it doesn’t launch. If you are impacted by this, restarting explorer.exe may resolve the issue for you.

[Search]

  • After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this occurs, restart the “Windows Explorer” process, and open the search panel again.
  • Search panel might appear as black and not display any content below the search box.

[Widgets]

  • The widgets board may appear empty. To work around the issue, you can sign out and then sign back in again.
  • Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors. If you encounter this, you can launch the widgets via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your actual PC display first and then launch on your secondary monitors.

The Dev channel on the Windows Insider Program is designed for builds from the rs_prerelease branch. It’s made for testing out new features; however, those features aren’t tied to a specific release. To test specific feature updates for Windows 11, that’s what the Beta channel is for.

Right now, the Dev channel is coming with additional instability, but no new features. You might want to stay away from it now. After all, you can always enroll in the Dev channel, but switching from Dev back to Beta isn’t as easy, as it requires a factory reset to go to a lower build number.

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