Windows 11 Builds 22623.741 & 22621.741 (KB5018503) Fixes Known Tablet-Optimized Taskbar Issues

This flight includes fixes for tablet-optimized taskbar amongst others. However, there are still some unresolved issues, but there is no new known issue at the moment.

Windows 11 Insider Update

The Windows 11 Beta channel has been updated with KB5018503 for the Insiders, installing which will upgrade your operating system’s build to either 22623.741 or 22621.741, depending upon which group your device landed in.

This update does not include any new features for the OS but fixes some issues which were previously known by Microsoft, as well as some others.

Previously, Microsoft offered builds 22622.XXX and 22621.XXX, where the users who landed in group 22622 had the new features enabled by default, and the users who landed in group 22621 had the features disabled.

However, KB5018503 includes an enablement package that will upgrade the operating system’s build to 22623 for the users on 22622, while the build for the devices in 22621 remains unchanged.

Reminder: The users who landed in the group with new features disabled by default (Build 22621) can check for updates manually and choose to install the update that will have the features enabled (Build 22623).

Let us now take a deep look into the details of this release.

Windows 11 KB5018503 (Builds 22623.741 & 22621.741 ) Summary

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

Complete Release BuildCumulative Update for Windows 11 Insider Preview (10.0.22623.741) (KB5018503), OR
Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Insider Preview (10.0.22621.741) (KB5018503)
ChannelBeta (Flight Hub)
Release DateMonday, October 10th, 2022
Official Announcementhttps://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2022/10/10/announcing-windows-11-insider-preview-build-22621-741-and-22623-741/
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 KB5018503 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

New in Build 22623.471 Only

The following fixes and improvements apply to Windows 11 Build 22623.471:

  • [Tablet-Optimized taskbar]
    • An issue causing the taskbar to sometimes collapse when it should be expanded if there are no running windows on the desktop is fixed.
    • An issue that would occur when using the left or right edge gestures resulting in the Widgets or Notification Center (respectively) to overlap with or look truncated by the taskbar has been addressed.
    • An issue that was causing the tablet-optimized taskbar to crash explorer.exe if you entered the overflow flyout has been fixed.
  • [System Tray Updates]
    • An issue has been addressed so that the Quick Settings items can now be rearranged with touch again.

New in Build 22623.471 and 22621.471 Both

The following fixes apply to both the builds in the Beta channel:

  • An issue that affects the Server Manager has been mitigated. It used to reset the wrong disk when several disks had the same UniqueId.
  • Some localization issues for some setup files have been fixed. These issues stopped you from creating installation media for non-English languages.

With these new improvements and fixes, there are also a few known issues.

Known Issues

  • [General]
    • There are reports that the audio has stopped working for some Insiders in recent Beta Channel builds. This issue has been prolonged for some time now and Microsoft has still not given a workaround.
  • [Tablet-Optimized taskbar]
    • The taskbar sometimes flashes when transitioning between desktop posture and tablet posture.
    • The taskbar takes longer than expected to transition to the touch-optimized version when switching between desktop posture and tablet posture.
    • When using the bottom right edge gesture to see Quick Settings, the taskbar sometimes stays stuck in the expanded state, instead of dismissing to the collapsed state.

After considering the fixes and the issues, if you feel like upgrading to this release, continue to the next section to see how to install it.

How to Install Windows 11 Build 22623.741/ 22621.741

To install this update, you need to be running Windows 11 and subscribed to the Beta 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 either 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. Depending on which group you are a part of, you will see either of the following updates downloading and installing automatically:

    Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Insider Preview (10.0.22623.741) (KB5018503)
    Cumulative Update for Windows 11 Insider Preview (10.0.22621.741) (KB5018503)

    Note: At this point, if Build 22621 is downloading, you can click Download and install under Build 22623 to install the update where the features are enabled by default.

    When it installs, click Restart now to finalize the installation.

    Restart computer 2
    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.

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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

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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).

One Comment

  1. In 10.0.22623.741 I also got tabs for Windows Explorer windows. This is not mentioned here.

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