Windows 11 build 22635.3130 (KB5034218) brings back Snap Layouts suggestions

The latest test preview of Windows 11 makes it easier to snap windows together.

Snap Layout suggestions
Snap Layout suggestions / Image: Mauro
  • Microsoft reintroduces smart suggestions for Snap Layouts for Insiders in the Beta Channel with build 22635.3130.
  • Also, build 23620 introduces various fixes for the operating system in the Dev Channel.

On January 25, 2024, Microsoft is rolling out two new preview builds, including Windows 11 build 22635.3130 as the update KB5034218 in the Beta Channel and build 23620 in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. These are not significant updates, but they include several changes and fixes.

According to the official changes, Windows 11 build 22635.3130 updates the Snap Layouts features to show suggestions of apps that you can snap together. The feature works by identifying the apps you are running on the desktop, and when you hover over the “Minimize” or “Maximize” button, you find icons of your apps recommending the best layout. 

The Snap Layout suggestions feature isn’t new. Microsoft has been testing this feature for some time, but it’s rolling out for everyone in the Beta Channel with the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” toggle switch turned on.

The company is also fixing a problem with the Start menu showing the “Recommended” section blank.

For everyone, regardless of the state of the toggle switch, Microsoft notes that starting with build 22635.3130, devices that turned on the option to unenroll from the program will receive an in-place upgrade to Windows 11 23H2. Also, moving forward, the default behavior when unenrolling will be an in-place upgrade to the latest version in the stable channel.

Also, the update KB5034218 adds changes to the Widgets to further customize the experience, including the ability to disable the news feed feature.

This update follows build 22635.3066, which the company released on January 19. It introduced support for USB4 version 2 with speeds of up to 80 Gpbs and fixes for various components like Task Manager, Settings, and Voice Access.

Windows 11 build 22635.3130 fixes for everyone

Other fixes shipping with the January 25 update:

  • Improved rendering of COLRv1 color fonts for 3D-like emoji display.
  • Enhanced Secure Boot for UEFI systems with a renewed signing certificate.
  • Resolved issue with persistent RemoteApp windows on client devices.
  • Fixed Group Policy editor problem related to WPA3 rendering.
  • Improved Bluetooth phone call audio routing.
  • Increased reliability for video calls.
  • Addressed APN profile configuration issue.
  • Fixed Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) Audio earbud sound loss.
  • Updated Kernel Vulnerable Driver Blocklist file.
  • Resolved LocalUsersAndGroups CSP group membership processing.
  • Fixed File Explorer compatibility with 7-Zip files.
  • Addressed various Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) issues.
  • Improved device responsiveness and stability.
  • Enhanced Active Directory and Group Policy in multi-forest deployments.
  • Improved OpenType font driver text rendering for third-party apps.
  • Fixed the Start menu search deadlock issue.
  • Corrected keyboard language change for RemoteApps.
  • Resolved File Explorer Gallery tooltip closure problem.
  • Fixed smart card icon display during sign-in with multiple certificates.
  • Prevented device shutdown during smart card authentication on remote systems.
  • Addressed BitLocker data-only encryption issue with MDM services.
  • Ensured correct initialization of Trusted Platform Modules (TPM) on certain devices.
  • Enhanced remote desktop client to prevent wrong session connections.
  • Improved reliability during power transitions.

Windows 11 build 23620 fixes

This is not the only update Microsoft made available on January 25. The company is also rolling out the Windows 11 build 23620 in the Dev Channel with various fixes, including:

  • Start menu: Resolved the problem of labels like “System” in the Start menu’s all apps list being truncated with text scaling above 100%.
  • File Explorer: Improved the reliability of explorer.exe to ensure a smoother file browsing experience.
  • Widgets: Addressed the Microsoft Start feed announcements persisting on the taskbar after hiding the feed, and the company also fixed spacing and font discrepancies on certain settings pages.
  • Task Manager: Enhanced the reliability of Task Manager, addressing issues identified in recent builds.
  • Accessibility: Fixed a critical issue causing voice access to crash during the setup of new languages and resolved multiple crashes affecting the narrator, including one occurring when attempting to add new natural voices.

Microsoft also notes a couple of known issues with Copilot and Widgets. 

Install latest preview builds on your computer

To download and install the Windows 11 build 22635.3130, enroll your device in the Beta Channel through the “Windows Insider Program” settings from the “Update & Security” section. Once you enroll the computer in the program, you can download the build from the “Windows Update” settings by turning on the “Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available” toggle switch and clicking the “Check for Updates” button.

If you want to download the Windows 11 build 23620, enroll your computer in the Dev Channel, and then click the “Check for updates” button from the “Windows Update” settings.

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].