Windows 11 build 22631.2265 (KB5029347) rolls out in Beta Channel

The Beta Channel introduces a new preview build of Windows 11 changes, improvements, and fixes, and here's all you need to know.

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  • Windows 11 22H2 receives builds 22621.2265 and 22631.2265 (KB5029347) in the Beta Channel.
  • This update introduces changes expected to arrive with version 23H2.
  • Some of them include font updates for emojis and changes for the Settings app.
  • The update also brings several fixes and improvements.

Windows 11 build 22631.2265 (KB5029347) is rolling out with new features enabled by default, expected to arrive with version 23H2, and the preview build 22621.2265 (KB5029347) with features turned off by default for computers enrolled in the Beta Channel.

Build 22631.2265 for Windows 11, according to the official changes, introduces an updated version of the color font format to COLRv1 that allows richer emoji with a 3D-like appearance. The new Settings homepage is now rolling out for all testers. Also, this flight brings a bunch of fixes for the Taskbar, File Explorer, Settings, Dev Drive, and Task Manager.

Windows 11 build 22631.2265 changes

Here are all the new features and improvements for the latest release of Windows 11 in the Beta Channel:

File Explorer

  • Fixed a few crashes impacting File Explorer launch reliability.
  • Improved File Explorer launch performance in certain scenarios.
  • Fixed an issue where the icons on the desktop may all go blank.
  • Fixed an issue where using the Reset Folders button in Folder Options could cause explorer.exe to crash.
  • Fixed an issue where if you tried to copy and paste a file out of a compressed folder and into a OneDrive folder might fail with an error code.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing File Explorer to crash when navigating to Gallery if you had a large number of images.
  • Fixed an issue where saving files to OneDrive locations in File Explorer could take a very long time, making it seem like the app you were saving from had become unresponsive, in the latest Insider builds.
  • Fixed an issue where “Automatically type into the Search Box” wasn’t working when File Explorer was open to Home.
  • Fixed an issue where the chevrons in the File Explorer address bar were pointing in the wrong direction if your display language was set to Arabic or Hebrew.


  • Fixed an issue which was causing apps in the taskbar to appear cut off without a rounded corner on the end when you had a lot of app windows open and the taskbar was set to not combine.
  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash impacting taskbar appearing correctly after powering on your device.


  • Fixed an issue which was causing some labels to be missing across various places in Settings in the last couple flights.
  • Improved the performance of opening Settings for Insiders with the new Home page.

Dev Drive

  • Fixed an issue where Dev Drives might not auto-mount after upgrading to a new build, causing apps that tried to access them to not work.
  • Improved error messages if Dev Drives fail to format.


  • Fixed an issue where if you did a search and then cleared it, the view would still be filtered.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing sporadic crashes when using Task Manager, including when ending tasks.
  • Fixed an issue where the search icon could become overlapped with the Task Manager text in the title bar.
  • Fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to move the Task Manager window with touch or pen.

Windows 11 build 22631.2265 fixes

This rollout also brings a bunch of fixes and improvements for build 22631.2265:

File Explorer

  • Fixed an issue where in some cases, the context menu background in File Explorer appeared transparent. This also impacted the command bar dropdown menus.
  • Fixed an issue where the context menu and dropdown menus in File Explorer weren’t working with touch.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing the search box in File Explorer to not work well with IMEs.
  • Fixed a white flash in dark mode when switching between Home and Gallery.
  • Fixed an issue impacted File Explorer reliability.
  • Fixed an issue where “Automatically type into the Search Box” wasn’t working when File Explorer was open to Home.
  • Fixed an issue where pasting using the context menu in the address bar wasn’t working (or other context menu actions in the address bar).
  • Added a little more space between Home in the navigation page and the bottom of the command bar.


  • Fixed an issue where after upgrading the Bluetooth icon in the system tray might not display in the system tray after upgrade even though your PC supported Bluetooth and the Bluetooth options were shown in Settings.
  • Fixed an issue where the new bell icon might be very difficult to see in some cases because it was using a dark outline when your taskbar was dark.
  • Fixed an issue where the titles were missing from taskbar previews when turning on tablet-optimized taskbar while using uncombined taskbar.
  • Fixed an issue where app icons on the taskbar would become empty (with no icon) in recent Insider builds after switching between desktops.
  • Fixed an issue where if the taskbar was set to uncombined it would still show animations even if they’d been turned off.
  • Disabled the setting for uncombining taskbar buttons on other screens by default when no secondary monitors are connected.
  • Fixed an issue where using drag to rearrange icons in the overflow area wasn’t working well when the taskbar was set to uncombined.
  • Fixed an issue where uncombined taskbar’s app indicators weren’t shown correctly after it showed something was being downloaded.
  • Fixed an issue where the hidden icons flyout might close unexpectedly when using keyboard navigation to move focus between icons.


  • Fixed an issue where typing with the Japanese and Chinese IMEs may not have performed as expected in certain apps in the last few flights when you had selected the option to use the previous version of the IME.
  • Fixed an issue where when inking into a text field, if you were writing in Chinese, certain characters were being perceived as taps and not working.
  • Fixed an issue where inking into a text field while magnifier was running was not working well as the ink was offset.

Windows Narrator

  • Fixed an issue where Task Manager was crashing when using the reset to default button in Settings.
  • Improved the performance when switching between different pages in Task Manager.

HDR Backgrounds

  • Fixed an issue which could cause sporadic explorer.exe crashes when using an HDR wallpaper.

Other changes

  • Fixed an issue which could cause sporadic explorer.exe crashes when using an HDR wallpaper.

Microsoft also points out various known issues regarding the Windows Narrator.


Install build 22631.2265

To download and install the Windows 11 build 22631.2265, 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 22631.2265 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 22621.2265, you can turn on the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” toggle switch to switch to build 22631.2265.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].