- Windows 11 22H2 receives build 22621.1020 and 22623.1020 (KB5020035) in the Beta Channel.
- The update adds new support for Braille displays, OneDrive usage warning, and Spotlight in Themes option.
- This release also includes various fixes and improvements for Windows 11.
Microsoft rolls out Windows 11 build 22623.1020 (KB5020035) with new features enabled by default and the preview build 22621.1020 (KB5020035) with features turned off by default for computers in the Beta Channel.
Build 22623.1020 for Windows 11, according to the official changes, rolls out new Brielle display support for Narrator and various improvements for the Taskbar, Task Manager, and more.
Also, Windows 11 22623.1020 and 22621.1020 adds the option to enable the Windows Spotlight feature with Themes on the Personalization page, the ability to show storage usage warning from OneDrive on the Accounts settings, and new organizational messages feature for companies.
Windows 11 build 22623.1020
These are the new features and improvements expected to arrive in the next feature drop of Windows 11:
Braille displays in Narrator
Starting with build 22623.1020, Windows 11 introduces support for new Braille displays and new Braille input and output languages in Narrator. Some of the new braille displays supported on Windows 11, include the APH Chameleon, the APH Mantis Q40, the NLS Reader, and many more.
Changes and fixes for build 22623.1020
As part of the changes, Windows 11 build 22623.1020 includes support to rearrange icons in the hidden icons flyout in the system tray.
These are the fixes specific to build 22623.1020:
- Fixed a high hitting explorer.exe crash in the previous Beta Channel flight related to the system tray. This crash is also believed to be the cause of some Insiders experiencing a repeated explorer.exe crash when entering safe mode on that flight.
- Fixed an issue which was causing certain third-party app icons in the system tray to be unresponsive after the latest system tray changes.
- The Windows Update icon in the system tray should no longer look pixelated after changing between light and dark mode.
- If you have two monitors on top of each other, the Desktops list in Task View should no longer appear to be floating in the middle of Task View.
- Moved the open navigation pane button to be under the title bar when Task Manager is wide enough to expand it inline – in doing so, addressed an issue where you couldn’t drag Task Manager from the area in the title bar above the navigation pane if the navigate pane was expanded.
- The Delete key should work in the search box now.
Changes and fixes for build 22623.1020 and 22621.1020
These are the fixes specific to build 22623.1020 and 22621.1020:
- Combined Windows Spotlight with Themes on the Personalization page. This made it easier for you to discover and turn on the Windows Spotlight feature.
- Provided the full amount of storage capacity of all your Microsoft OneDrive subscriptions. We also displayed the total storage on the Accounts page in the Settings app.
- Gave Microsoft OneDrive subscribers storage alerts on the Systems page in the Settings app. The alerts appeared when you were close to your storage limit. You could also manage your storage and purchase additional storage, if needed.
- Added the organizational messages feature. With it, third-party companies could provide content to their employees. They did not need to use the default behavior of Windows.
- Fixed an issue that affected protocol activation of the Settings app. The app failed to open a page under the Accounts category.
- Fixed an issue that affected certain applications. They stopped working. This occurred when you used keyboard shortcuts to change the input mode for the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
- Fixed an issue that affected cluster name objects (CNO) or virtual computer objects (VCO). Password reset failed. The error message was, ” There was an error resetting the AD password… // 0x80070005”.
- Fixed an issue that might have caused certain apps to stop responding. This occurred when you opened the Open File dialog.
- Fixed an issue that sometimes affected File Explorer when you opened a file. Because of that, there was high CPU usage.
- Fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Automated investigation blocked live response investigations.
- Fixed an issue that affected Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) authentication hardening. We would automatically raise the authentication level for all non-anonymous activation requests from DCOM clients to RPC_C_AUTHN_LEVEL_PKT_INTEGRITY. This occurred if the authentication level was below Packet Integrity.
- Fixed 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.
- Fixed an issue that caused File Explorer to stop working. This occurred when you closed context menus and menu items.
Microsoft is looking into problems with the Taskbar and Task Manager as part of the known issues.
Install build 22623.1020
If you want to download and install the Windows 11 build 22623.1020, you need to enroll your device in the Beta Channel using the “Windows Insider Program” settings from the “Update & Security” section.
Once you enroll the computer in the program, you can download build 22623.1020 from the “Windows Update” settings by clicking the Check for Updates button. However, you will need a device that meets the minimum system requirements to receive the update if you are new to the Windows Insider Program. If the device receives build 22621.1020, you can check again for updates to download build 22623.1020.