Today, Windows released Windows 11 Build 22621.898 (KB5020044) to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel on Windows 11, version 22H2. The new test build fixes some bugs and it adds some minor new features to boot.
Bug fixes for build 22621.898
There’s an important bug fix for a problem with File Explorer that triggered high CPU usage on Windows 11, slowing your PC down, which sometimes occurred when opening a file. Another issue, where File Explorer seized up completely when closing context menus and menu items, has also been cured. Also, fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Defender when it is not the primary antivirus. Microsoft Defender failed to turn off passive mode. This issue occurred when you turned off Smart App Control (SAC).
In addition, the new Windows 11 test build added .wcx to the list of Dangerous Extensions that some app control policies do not allow. Also, an issue that affected microphone streams that used the Listen To feature to route to the speaker endpoint. The microphone stopped working after you restarted the device and is fixed as well. Together with an issue that affected some modern applications. It stopped them from opening. There are other bugs that were fixed as well.
Windows 11 new features for build 22621.898
The Windows 11 test update gives Microsoft OneDrive subscribers storage alerts on the Systems page in the Settings app. The alerts appear when you are close to your storage limit. You can also manage your storage and purchase additional storage if needed. Also, the new update provided the full amount of storage capacity from all your OneDrive subscriptions. It also displays the total storage on the Accounts page in the Settings app.
The new update combined Windows Spotlight with Themes on the Personalization page. This makes it easier for you to discover and turn on the Windows Spotlight feature. Lastly, the update added the organizational messages feature. With it, third-party companies can now provide content to their employees. They do not need to use the default behavior of Windows.
Those are some useful extra additions, but nothing major – the main focus here is a lot of bug squashing, and some vital work on that front, too. In addition to fixing bugs, we expect more big changes to come to Windows 11 soon.