Windows 11 Build 25211 Updated Outlook, Task Manager In Taskbar

This build takes Windows 11 in the right direction by introducing much needed features like task manager in taskbar context menu, Snipping tool autosave, rearranging the system tray icons etc.

Windows 11 Insider Update

Microsoft has released Windows 11 Build 25211 to Dev Insiders. If you have Windows 11 Dev Insider Preview updates enabled on your computer, this update will be offered to you via Windows Update. Check for new updates if you haven’t received the update notification yet.

Build 25211 comes with a few interesting feature releases. It seems like Microsoft is finally listening to the community and fixing the issues. For example, the Task Manager is back in the taskbar context menu, which we were so used to.

Windows 11 Build 25211 also separates Widget settings from the Widget picker. We’ll talk about this in this article.

Let’s begin by exploring the new and improved features and functionalities included in this build of Windows 11.

Windows 11 Build 2511 Summary

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

Complete Release BuildWindows 11 Insider Preview Build 25211
ChannelDev (Flight Hub)
Release DateThursday, September 29th, 2022
Official Announcementhttps://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2022/09/29/announcing-windows-11-insider-preview-build-25211/
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

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 25211

New Widget Settings and Widget Picker

In this build, Microsoft has separated Widget settings and Widget picker pages. Previously both, add a widget and widget settings, opened the same window. Clicking on the + button to add a widget or clicking on the profile button would open the same screen.

Windows 11 widgets settings
Windows 11 widgets settings

Now they have been separated. Now the + button will open the add widgets window while the profile button will open the widgets settings.

With the new Widgets settings, you can do the following:

  • Control whether the Widgets board opens when you hover over the taskbar icon.
  • Control whether Widgets will show notification badging on the taskbar.
  • Control whether live Widget content on the taskbar shows more than weather.

Please note that this feature is being rolled out gradually to all Insiders. If you have updated your Windows Dev build and still not got this feature, please wait for a while until you receive the feature update.

Task Manager in Taskbar context menu

Finally Microsoft has listened to old users like us. We are so used to opening Task Manager by right-clicking the Taskbar that we can’t accept anything else.

Task Manager in Taskbar context menu
Task Manager in Taskbar context menu

As I was getting used to opening the Task Manager by right clicking on the Start Menu, Microsoft has added the Task Manager option to the taskbar context menu. This is a welcome change and will be appreciated by lots.

New Outlook experience for Windows users

Windows Insiders who have also signed up for the Office Insiders program can now update their Outlook to the latest Dev build. Once updated, you will see a “Try the New Outlook” toggle in the top right corner of the Outlook window.

Try the new Outlook in Windows 11 Build 25211
Try the new Outlook in Windows 11 Build 25211

Other notable features and fixes

  1. Snipping tool now saves the screenshots automatically. Make sure the Snipping Tool has been updated to version 11.2209.2.0 or higher.
  2. This build lays the foundation for rearranging the system tray icons feature. While the feature will be released in the upcoming builds, it is a great addition to be able to rearrange system tray icons the way we want.
  3. Fixed an issue with File Explorer where the top part of File Explorer, including the search and address bar, would freeze.
  4. Now you’ll not be able to uninstall programs with interdependencies. To uninstall the program, you must remove all dependencies.
  5. Fixed animations on the Start Menu pinned items that are lower on the page.
  6. The gripper for moving the emoji panel and touch keyboard should now update color correctly when you switch between dark and light mode.
  7. Fixed Settings crash when changing your mobile hotspot name.

For all changes in this build, please refer to this page.

How to Install Windows 11 Build 25211

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 the following update available under Updates available to download:

    Windows 11 Insider Preview 25211.1000 (rs_prerelease)

    Click Download and install in front of it.

    Download and install 3
    Download and install 3
  4. Once the update downloads and installs, click Restart Now to finalize the installation.

    Restart computer 4
    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.

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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Usman Khurshid is a seasoned IT Pro with over 15 years of experience in the IT industry. He has experience in everything from IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. He is also certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.

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