Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22471: Dev Channel Reminder + Fixes

Microsoft has released Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22471 alongside the official Windows 11 stable release. Since the Dev channel receives the most recent development flights, it contains more fixes and improvements than the stable version. However, it also contains a greater number of bugs and stability issues.

Microsoft felt like reminding its Windows Insider Program subscribers of the potential issues associated with flights in the development channel since they have not yet been adequately tested. The Microsoft Insider program has reverted this channel back to receiving updates from the RS_PRERELEASE channel – which is the most active of all the channels.

Previous Dev Channel builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch will expire on 10/31/2021.

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In addition, Microsoft has been reminding users to update their Dev channel builds to the latest versions before they expire. Dev builds are now scheduled to expire so users subscribed to the developer channel no longer need to do so.

Here’s how to shift to the stable release of Windows 11 from Insider Preview releases.

As we move forward, let us examine the improvements that have been made to Build 22471 as well as the issues it may cause if you update your system to this build.

Updates and fixes

Here is the changelog for Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22471:

  • To better communicate how TabletInputService has evolved over time, Microsoft has renamed it to TextInputManagementService.

[Taskbar]

  • A problem was resolved that caused the hidden icons flyout in the Taskbar to occasionally have sharp corners rather than rounded corners.
  • If you click the down arrow when you interact with the desktop flyout’s context menu, you will now be able to move the focus down the menu instead of dismissing it.

[File Explorer]

  • Occasionally, explorer.exe would crash when closing File Explorer windows.

[Input]

  • An issue with voice typing can cause an error message to appear claiming that there is a problem with the network connection, even when the problem is not related to the network connection.
  • When you use the touch keyboard with the Kana key mode for the Japanese IME, the key labels will now display the character that will be entered when you hold Shift.
  • Textinputhost.exe was sometimes crashing due to a race condition.

[Windowing]

  • By typing wt in the Run dialog, Windows Terminal will now open in the foreground instead of the background.
  • This release addresses an issue that could result in applications getting stuck in a minimized state after disconnecting an external monitor and restarting the system.

[Other]

  • Addressed a network issue affecting Insiders running certain traffic optimization software. Performance should be improved on websites utilizing HTTP/3.
  • Fixed an issue with some devices not updating to a newer build due to an error code 0xc1900101.
  • Windows Update’s “reboot needed” dialog has been updated to indicate Windows 11 as the operating system. As a result of this change, you will only be able to see the results when you are prompted to reboot prior to your next flight, as you must be on a build that contains the update.
  • A DWM crash that could occur when enabling a contrast theme has been fixed.
  • For ARM64 PCs, an issue was fixed which could lead to certain apps not responding to display language changes if they had been installed prior to the upgrade to Windows 11.
  • Resolved an issue where the memory priority of explorer.exe when launched from a higher priority process was too low, affecting all subsequent processes.

Known issues

[General]

  • The following message may be displayed to users upgrading from Build 22000.xxx, or earlier, to a newer Dev Channel build using the latest Dev Channel ISO: The build you are trying to install is Flight Signed. To continue installing, enable flight signing. If you receive this message, press the Enable button, reboot the PC, and retry the update.
  • Some users may experience reduced screen and sleep timeouts. Microsoft is investigating the impact shortening screen timeouts and sleep timeouts may have on energy consumption.

[Start]

  • When using the Taskbar or Start menu to conduct a search, you might not be able to enter text. You can resolve the problem by pressing WIN + R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box, then closing it.

[Taskbar]

  • When switching input methods, the Taskbar will occasionally flicker.
  • The Notification Center may get stuck in a state where it will not launch in recent builds, which we are investigating. You may be able to resolve this issue by restarting explorer.exe.

[Search]

  • In some cases, the Search panel may not open immediately after clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar. This can be resolved by restarting the “Windows Explorer” process and reopening the search panel.
  • The search panel might appear black and do not display any content beneath the search box.

[Widgets]

  • There may be no widgets on the widgets board. You can resolve the issue by logging out and logging back in again.
  • External monitors may display widgets of the wrong size. Whenever you encounter this issue, you can launch widgets first via touch or WIN + W shortcut on your primary monitor, then launch them on your secondary monitors.

How to install Windows 11 Build 22471

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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22471 ready to be installed

To install this update, you already 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.

New features are ready to install
The new features are ready to be installed

If you want to install Windows 11, you can follow this guide here.

Once done with the installation, navigate to the Settings app and then click Windows Update on the left. You will then see the following written in the right-hand pane.

Windows 11 Insider Preview 22471.1000 (rs_prerelease)

Click the Download Now button. Once downloaded, the update will install automatically and show a Restart message. Click Restart now.

Note: This update may take longer than usual to install due to its size.

Once restarted, you can verify that the OS has been updated by typing in winver in Run.

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Insider Preview update 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

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Subhan Zafar
Subhan holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and has completed several systems and network certifications including Huwaei, Cisco and Microsoft certs. He mostly researches and writes about the Windows world.

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