Windows 11 Build 22621.675 (KB5019509) Enables Enhanced File Explorer And Other Features

KB5019509 enables the hidden Windows features which had been published in the last Release Preview flight. This includes file explorer enhancements, suggested actions, taskbar overflow, and improved sharing options.

Windows 11 Insider Update

Microsoft had earlier published KB5017389 to the Release Preview channel for Windows 11 which began rolling out a lot of new features. However, at the time, since the features were beginning to roll out, all of the Insiders did not get them instantly.

Now, Microsoft has released KB5019509 to the same channel which activated the features, installing which will upgrade your operating system’s build to 22621.675.

Let’s take a closer look at the features you’ll be getting with this Windows update.

Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Summary

Here are some of the important details about this build for Windows 11.

Complete Release BuildCumulative Update for Windows 11 22H2 (KB5019509)
ChannelRelease Preview (Flight Hub)
Release DateTuesday, October 11th, 2022
Official Announcementhttps://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2022/10/11/releasing-windows-11-build-22621-675-to-the-release-preview-channel/
System Requirementshttps://www.itechtics.com/windows-11-requirements-check/
Download and installFirst Download the stable version of Windows 11 22H2 (2022 Update)
Then join the Windows Insider program
Windows 11 Build 22621.675 Summary

Here is the list of the latest Windows 11 builds and versions for each channel for your information:

Windows 11 Latest Versions Numbers

Windows 11 ChannelRelease DateBuild/Version Information
Windows 11 (22H2) Stable25-Oct-22Windows 11 22H2 Build 22621.755
Windows 11 (21H2) Stable17-Oct-22Windows 11 21H2 Build 22000.1100
Windows 11 22H2 Release Preview19-Oct-22Windows 11 22H2 Build 22621.754
Windows 11 21H2 Release Preview18-Oct-22Windows 11 21H2 Build 22000.1163
Windows 11 Beta20-Oct-22Windows 11 22H2 Build 22623.870/22621.870
Windows 11 Dev27-Oct-22Windows 11 Build 25231
Windows 11 latest versions and builds summary

What’s New and Improved in Windows 11 Build 22621.675

File Explorer Enhancements

The File Explorer has been upgraded to improve several new features.

You can now open multiple tabs in the same Explorer window, just like you do in a web browser. This is the “File Explorer tabs” feature which was not included in the original Windows 11 22H2 release but was anticipated since it had already been introduced to the Insiders.

Users can now also pin their important files and folders on the File Explorer homepage for convenient access.

Additionally, users will now also be able to see the actions performed by their colleagues on the shared Microsoft OneDrive files.

Enhancements to File Explorer
Enhancements to File Explorer

Suggested Actions

Windows 11 users can now perform actions faster through inline suggestions. These suggestions will be offered by the OS, depending on what you have highlighted or copied.

For example, if you copy a date, you will be advised to save an event in your calendar. If you copy a phone number, an inline suggestion will appear with the methods you can use to make a phone call.

  • When copying the date and time, an inline light dismissible UI will appear suggesting you create a corresponding event in the calendar. When you select an option, the Calendar app will launch automatically to that specific event creation page and the date and time fields will be filled automatically as well.

    Create an event from copied date
    Create an event from copied date
  • When copying a phone number, you will be suggested methods to make a phone call through the Microsoft Teams appSkype, or other installed applications.

    Make a call
    Make a call

Taskbar Overflow

If you have multiple applications open simultaneously, the icons in the taskbar may exceed the allowed limit on your screen. If this happens, the taskbar will automatically transition into the new overflow state, allowing you to access other apps conveniently.

You can click on the ellipses in the taskbar to expand other app icons and access them easily. The overflow menu will adapt to the taskbar behaviors, such as having an extended UI of the taskbar, pinned applications, etc.

Taskbar overflow
Taskbar overflow. Source: Microsoft

Improved Sharing Capabilities

Users will now be able to discover and share with more devices nearby using the improved sharing dialog box. Previously, nearby sharing was only allowed through Bluetooth. However, users can now share data with UDP as well.

If you try sharing a file from the desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox Game Bar, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window, you will now be able to share to nearby devices more conveniently.

Note: For the UDP function to work, you must enable network discovery and set the network type to “Private.”

nearbyshare
Improved “Nearby sharing” window. Source: Microsoft

Moreover, you can now also share/upload items directly to OneDrive from the built-in “Nearby sharing” window. This can be done from the desktop, File Explorer, Photos, Snipping Tool, Xbox Game Bar, and other apps that use the built-in Windows share window.

This concludes all of the new features that have been enabled in this Windows update.

How to Install Windows 11 Build 22621.675 (KB5019509)

To install this update, you need to be running Windows 11 and subscribed to the Release Preview channel. If you have enabled Windows updates, you will automatically get a “New features are ready to install” prompt.

If not, follow these steps to install the update:

  1. Navigate to the Settings app and then click Windows Update on the left.

  2. Here, click Check for updates on the right side of the window.

    check for updates Windows 11
    Check for pending updates
  3. You will then see the following update downloading automatically:

    2022-10 Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Version 22H2 for x64-based Systems (KB5019509)
    

    When it downloads, click Install.

    Install
    Begin installing the update
  4. When it installs, click Restart now to finalize the installation.

    Restart PC 3
    Restart PC

Once the computer restarts, you can verify that the OS has been updated by typing in winver in the Run Command box.

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KB5019509 successfully installed

Rollback/Remove Windows 11 Insider Preview Update

If you do not wish to keep the installed preview update for some reason, you can always roll back to the previous build of the OS. However, this can only be performed within the next 10 days after installing the new update.

To roll back after 10 days, you will need to apply this trick before the end of the 10 days.

Cleanup After Installing Windows Updates

If you want to save space after installing Windows updates, you can run the following commands one after the other in Command Prompt with administrative privileges:

DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
dism cleanup
DISM cleanup

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Subhan Zafar is an established IT professional with interests in Windows and Server infrastructure testing and research, and is currently working with Itechtics as a research consultant. He has studied Electrical Engineering and is also certified by Huawei (HCNA & HCNP Routing and Switching).

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