Windows 11 Build 25174 Released With Game Pass Widget For PC

Microsoft has made a significant difference in the gaming world for desktop computers with their Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25174. The update has been published to the Dev channel for Insiders which includes a plethora of fixes, as well as introduces a new Game Pass widget for PC.

If you have owned an Xbox or currently own one, you must be familiar with Xbox Game Pass. For those who are not – it is a platform that allows you to subscribe to and play hundreds of games without owning any of them. Microsoft has now introduced a widget called “PC Game Pass” on Windows 11 that allows you to do the same on a computer.

Furthermore, this update also includes updates for the operating system but simultaneously brings several new known issues along with existing ones. Let us discuss these features and issues in detail before digging into how to install the update.

New in Windows 11 Build 25174

PC Game Pass Widget

As mentioned earlier, Microsoft has released the PC Game Pass widget for Windows 11 with Build 25174. With this widget, Windows 11 users can access a library with hundreds of games to choose from, install, and play. Furthermore, it will also display other information like the games leaving the library soon, the latest additions to the library, and other highlights.

PC Game Pass widget
PC Game Pass widget. Source: Microsoft

Microsoft states that since they are still working on the widget, new features are to be expected soon with future flights.

You can access the Game Pass widget through the widgets board in the taskbar. You can bring up the widgets board by clicking the left corner of your taskbar or by using the Win + W shortcut keys. Then, click on the “+” sign at the top, and click “+” beside the Game Pass widget to add it to your PC.

Add Game Pass widget
Add Game Pass widget

Note: The PC Game Pass widget is still being rolled out gradually, which is why not everyone might see it immediately.

Other Improvements and Fixes

Other changes and fixes have also been made with this flight:

  • [File Explorer]
    • Middle-clicking a folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer will now open it in a new tab, like clicking a folder in the body of File Explorer already does.
    • An issue that could cause explorer.exe to crash when opening new File Explorer windows has been fixed.
    • An issue where launching File Explorer in certain ways when using dark mode was showing the body of File Explorer unexpectedly in light mode has been addressed.
    • An issue where the left/right arrows in File Explorer were in light mode when you were using dark mode, causing them to not have enough contrast to show when they were enabled, has been fixed.
    • An issue where the dividers in the navigation pane were overlapping/drawing too close to text sometimes has been addressed.
    • An issue where if you drag and drop a folder into the navigation pane was sometimes unexpectedly putting the folder at the bottom of the list rather than where you’d dropped it has been fixed.
    • An issue causing UI issues in File Explorer when using the F11 function key to put File Explorer in full-screen mode has been addressed.
  • [Taskbar]
    • An issue leading to various system tray elements being unexpectedly missing for some Insiders on the previous build (Build 25169) has been addressed.
  • [Settings]
    • A crash has been fixed on some PCs that were experiencing when navigating to System >> Storage >> Disks & Volumes.
  • [Other]
    • An issue that was leading to mouse and keyboard input not working correctly in certain games in the last 2 flights has been addressed.
    • An issue believed to be leading to SQL Server Management Studio failing to launch for some Insiders has been fixed.
    • An issue where Memory Integrity in Windows Security might show a warning saying it couldn’t be enabled due to incompatible drivers, but the incompatible drivers’ list would be blank, has been fixed.
    • An issue that was causing some apps to unexpectedly not launch in the last few flights when core isolation was enabled in Windows Security has been fixed.

With these new features, improvements, and fixes, there is also a known issue with this flight.

Known Issues

  • [General]
    • Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause your PC to bugcheck.
    • There are reports that the audio stopped working for some Insiders after upgrading to the last flight.
    • An issue leading to some Insiders experiencing a decrease in FPS when playing certain games in recent flights due to the wrong graphics card being used.
    • There are reports of a few different apps having started crashing in recent builds.
  • [File Explorer]
    • The left-half of the File Explorer title bar may not be draggable via mouse or touch.
    • The up arrow is misaligned in the File Explorer tabs.
    • There is an issue causing Home, Documents, Pictures, and potentially other folders to become unexpectedly duplicated in File Explorer’s navigation pane or appear on the desktop.
    • There is an issue where the search box background in File Explorer might be the opposite color of your current mode.
    • There is an issue causing the delete key to unexpectedly not work on files in File Explorer.
  • [Widgets]
    • The 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.
    • There’s an issue causing Widgets preferences (temperature units and pinned widgets) to unexpectedly get reset to default.
  • [Printing]
    • There’s an issue causing hangs and crashes when trying to print from certain apps (like Excel) in the recent flights.
    • There are reports in recent Dev Channel flights, lines aren’t included when printing tables from certain apps.

Some of these issues have existed for a few flights. However, a majority of them are new to this update or are related to the last preview flight.

How to Install Windows 11 Build 25174

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:

  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 either of the following update available under Updates available to download:

    Windows 11 Insider Preview 25174.1000

    Click Download and install in front of it.

    Download and install
    Begin downloading the update
  4. Once the update downloads and installs, click Restart Now to finalize the installation.

    Restart computer
    Restart computer

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.

Updated 2
Update 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.

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

Windows 11 Insider Preview updates history

BuildRelease DateFeatures added
Windows 11 Build 2522719-Oct-22Improvements to Windows Update management, pop-up trailer preview in Microsoft Store, monoline icons in widgets board.
Windows 11 Build 252176-Oct-22Supports third-party widgets, new video calling experience in the taskbar, Simplified Chinese IME cloud suggestions, and Microsoft Store improvements
Windows 11 Build 2521129-Sep-22New Widget Settings and Widget Picker, New Outlook for Windows experience, Task Manager in the taskbar context menu
Windows 11 Build 2520621-Sep-22SMB authentication rate limiter and dynamic refresh rate
Windows 11 Build 2520114-Sep-22Expandable widgets board and sign-in option in Game Pass widget
Windows 11 Build 251978-Sep-22Tablet-optimized taskbar restored, animated icons introduced in the Settings app, system tray icons updated
Windows 11 Build 251931-Sep-22New Braille support for Narrator and Xbox subscription management from the Settings app
Windows 11 Build 2518824-Aug-22Intelligent touch keyboard when the physical keyboard detached
Windows 11 Build 2516928-Jul-22Added App lockdown feature
Windows 11 Build 2512625-May-22Improved account settings page
Windows 11 Build 2512018-May-22Added search widget on Desktop/
Windows 11 Build 2511511-May-22Added suggested actions feature
Windows 11 Build 226165-May-22Improved Xbox controller bar
Windows 11 Build 2259813-Apr-22Improved Windows Media Player, Windows Spotlight default background
Windows 11 Build 225936-Apr-22Homepage to Windows Explorer
Windows 11 Build 2257918-Mar-22Allows naming start menu folders
Windows 11 Build 225729-Mar-22Introducing Microsoft Family and Clipchamp
Windows 11 Build 225672-Mar-22Smart App Control, Focuses On Renewable Energy
Windows 11 Build 2255716-Feb-22Folders of pinned apps, DnD, Focus, Live captions, quick access to Android apps, pin files to Quick Access, and more.
Windows 11 Insider Preview dev channel updates history
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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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