Windows 11 has received the Insider Preview Build 25169 on the Dev channel. Insiders on this channel can now install this update which allows IT administrators to only allow a set of applications to run on the Windows 11 computer whilst blocking all other operations.
This update also includes other fixes and improvements for the operating system but comes with a few issues as well.
Let us discuss these features and improvements in detail before learning to upgrade to this build.
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New in Windows 11 Build 25169
Multi-App Kiosk Mode
This feature allows administrators to allow only certain applications to run on a Windows 11 computer while blocking all other operations. This enables the user to create multiple different apps and access configurations for different user types, all on a single device.
This Kiosk mode is ideal for situations where multiple users use the same computer.
Other Improvements and Fixes
Other changes and fixes have also been made with this flight:
You can now enable Windows Spotlight on the desktop via a brand-new Windows Spotlight theme from the following location:
Settings app >> Personalization
Additionally, you can make your custom themes with Windows Spotlight’s rotating images as well.
- The U.S. English (EN-US) handwriting model has been updated to be faster and more accurate.
- A small tweak has been made to improve the key repeat rate for the traditional touch keyboard layout, as well as the default touch keyboard layout, so it feels more responsive. Now it has a rate of 20 keys per second.
- The Settings app now supports managing apps that were earlier only supported from Control Panel. This includes uninstallation of apps that have inter-dependencies, and repair and modifying of Win32 apps.
- An issue where after using the reveal password button in the Wi-Fi section of Quick Settings, the text field might unexpectedly lose focus, has been addressed
- The Windows Security app version is now displayed in Windows Security settings under About.
- An issue leading to the Azure Information Protection context menu entry unexpectedly showing with the name Microsoft.Azip.RightClick after an upgrade has been fixed.
- An issue that was removing the “More” button in Start’s Recommended section has been fixed.
- An issue believed to be the root cause of some Insiders experiencing bug checks when opening and copying files from network locations has been addressed.
- An issue that could cause desynced audio when recording gameplay with the Xbox Game Bar has been fixed.
- An issue leading to error code 0x80004005 when using the network troubleshooter has been addressed.
- Some adjustments have been made to fix an issue where the scrollbar in certain places (like File Explorer) was unexpectedly wide when using high DPI scaling.
- An issue believed to be the root cause of Windows Security saying standard hardware security wasn’t supported on devices where it was actually supported, as well as showing a warning in the taskbar but not showing any issues when Windows Security was launched, has been addressed.
With these new features, improvements, and fixes, there is also a known issue with this flight.
- There are reports that the SQL Server Management Studio is failing to launch for some Insiders.
- Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause your PC to bugcheck.
- [File Explorer]
- The up arrow is misaligned in the File Explorer tabs. This will be fixed in a future update.
- There are reports that launching File Explorer in certain ways when using dark mode (for example, from the command line) is showing the body of File Explorer unexpectedly in light mode.
- The notification badge number may appear misaligned on the taskbar.
- In some cases, the notification banner for some badging will not appear on the widgets board.
- There is an issue causing Widgets preferences (temperature units and pinned widgets) to unexpectedly get reset to default.
How to Install Windows 11 Build 25163
To install this update, you need to be running Windows 11 and subscribed to the Dev 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:
Navigate to the Settings app and then click Windows Update on the left.
Here, click Check for updates on the right side of the window.
You will then see either of the following update available under Updates available to download:
Windows 11 Insider Preview 25169.1000 (rs_prerelease)
Click Download and install in front of it.
Once the update downloads and installs, click Restart Now to finalize the installation.
Once the computer restarts, you can verify that the OS has been updated to the build specified by typing in winver in the Run Command box.
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.
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
Windows 11 Insider Preview updates history
|Build||Release Date||Features added|
|Windows 11 Build 25227||19-Oct-22||Improvements to Windows Update management, pop-up trailer preview in Microsoft Store, monoline icons in widgets board.|
|Windows 11 Build 25217||6-Oct-22||Supports third-party widgets, new video calling experience in the taskbar, Simplified Chinese IME cloud suggestions, and Microsoft Store improvements|
|Windows 11 Build 25211||29-Sep-22||New Widget Settings and Widget Picker, New Outlook for Windows experience, Task Manager in the taskbar context menu|
|Windows 11 Build 25206||21-Sep-22||SMB authentication rate limiter and dynamic refresh rate|
|Windows 11 Build 25201||14-Sep-22||Expandable widgets board and sign-in option in Game Pass widget|
|Windows 11 Build 25197||8-Sep-22||Tablet-optimized taskbar restored, animated icons introduced in the Settings app, system tray icons updated|
|Windows 11 Build 25193||1-Sep-22||New Braille support for Narrator and Xbox subscription management from the Settings app|
|Windows 11 Build 25188||24-Aug-22||Intelligent touch keyboard when the physical keyboard detached|
|Windows 11 Build 25169||28-Jul-22||Added App lockdown feature|
|Windows 11 Build 25126||25-May-22||Improved account settings page|
|Windows 11 Build 25120||18-May-22||Added search widget on Desktop/|
|Windows 11 Build 25115||11-May-22||Added suggested actions feature|
|Windows 11 Build 22616||5-May-22||Improved Xbox controller bar|
|Windows 11 Build 22598||13-Apr-22||Improved Windows Media Player, Windows Spotlight default background|
|Windows 11 Build 22593||6-Apr-22||Homepage to Windows Explorer|
|Windows 11 Build 22579||18-Mar-22||Allows naming start menu folders|
|Windows 11 Build 22572||9-Mar-22||Introducing Microsoft Family and Clipchamp|
|Windows 11 Build 22567||2-Mar-22||Smart App Control, Focuses On Renewable Energy|
|Windows 11 Build 22557||16-Feb-22||Folders of pinned apps, DnD, Focus, Live captions, quick access to Android apps, pin files to Quick Access, and more.|