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Windows 11 build 22000.100 outs with new features

Windows 11 build 22000.100 is ready for download with new visual changes, improvements, and a lot of fixes.

Windows 11 build 22000.100
  • Windows 11 build 22000.100 is now ready for download as update KB5004300.
  • The update brings design changes and various tweaks for the taskbar.
  • This flight also introduces a lot of fixes and known issues.

As part of the Windows 11 development, Microsoft is rolling out build 22000.100 (KB5004300) in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This is the fourth preview since the announcement of the new version, and it is a small update with some visual changes and improvements. (See also this YouTub video highlighting all the improvements in the latest preview of Windows 11.)

Windows 11 build 22000.100, according to the company, updates the flyout for hidden items in the taskbar with rounded corners to match the new design style.

Overflow flyout
Overflow flyout (source: Microsoft)

You can now access Focus assist settings directly from the Notification Center. Also, the Calendar flyout includes a chevron icon to collapse the calendar entirely.

Focus assist button
Focus assist button (source: Microsoft)

As part of the taskbar experience, build 22000.100 updates the background color when an application flashes to grab your attention with a new softer color to minimize the impact of unwarranted distractions. After some time, the subtle flashing stops, and you will see a slightly red backplate and red pill under the app icon, continuing to note a background activity needs attention.

Taskbar button glow
Taskbar button glow (source: Microsoft)

The size of the touch keyboard has changed to be more consistent with other icons in the taskbar.

Windows 11 build 22000.100 list of fixes

These are all the fixes rolling out the update KB5004300 for devices in the Dev Channel:

Fixes for taskbar:

  • Fixed an issue that was causing “explorer.exe” to crash when the date and time button on the taskbar is clicked to access new notifications with Focus Assist turned off.
  • Addressed an explorer.exe crash that could happen after resuming from standby, related to the volume icon in the taskbar.
  • Added the missing settings icons for the context menu entries when the right-clicking network, volume, and the battery is in the taskbar.
  • Addressed a problem that was making the clock in the taskbar get stuck and out of sync.
  • Fixed an issue where the progress bar below app icons in the taskbar was not displaying in some cases.
  • Clicking on the taskbar when either Start or Search is open will now make them dismiss.
  • If you tap taskbar icons using touch you should now see the same icon animation that was visible when using the mouse.
  • The lunar calendar (when enabled) text should no longer overlap the numbers in the taskbar calendar flyout.
  • The calendar flyout should now show the correct month when in a collapsed state.
  • The date at the top of the calendar flyout should now follow your preferred format and not the format matching your display language.
  • If the Start menu is open, when hovering over Task View the window will now appear above the Start menu instead of behind it.
  • Right-clicking Task View will now make the preview window dismiss so you can actually use the context menu.
  • Addressed a problem where if you click on a snap group in the taskbar, it might not bring up all the app windows after docking and undocking.
  • The icons used for the On or Off indicators in the taskbar for the Pinyin IME are now a consistent size.
  • Signing out and back in when the battery saver is running should no longer result in the taskbar becoming transparent.
  • Mitigated an issue making the network icon sometimes unexpectedly not show in the taskbar.
  • The taskbar previews will no longer draw offscreen after upgrading to this build.

Fixes for Settings:

  • Addressed a problem causing multiple buttons and options in Settings to not work in the previous flight, including Go Back and Reset Your PC under Recovery, enabling Developer mode, renaming your PC, and enabling Remote Desktop.
  • The page titles in Settings should no longer be drawing too high up and off the screen.
  • Searching for add and remove programs in Settings should now return the expected Settings page.
  • Microsoft has added some work to help search in Settings initialize faster.
  • Fixed a problem that was causing crashes in Settings when interacting with the Windows Insider Program section.
  • Addressed an issue that could make Settings crash on launch.
  • Fixed an icon rendering problem in Power and Battery Settings.
  • Addressed some reliability issues with the Language and Region page in Settings.
  • Made a change to help address a problem where the preview in Personalization Settings sometimes unexpectedly showed you were using a black wallpaper when you weren’t.
  • The font used in the Lock Screen Settings preview should now match the actual lock screen.
  • Fixed a bug making all the icons in Quick Settings appear unexpectedly flipped for Insiders using the Arabic display language.
  • Using the brightness slider in Quick Settings should now show a number as you are adjusting like it does with volume.

Fixes for Explorer:

  • Using the mouse to open the context menu in File Explorer and on the desktop should no longer display a keyboard focus rectangle on the first launch (until you start using the keyboard to navigate it).
  • There is a tweak for the context menu to address an issue that sometimes submenus were unexpectedly closing when you were trying to use them.
  • Fixed a flicker where you could see New become New Item in the context menu.
  • Improved the context menu positioning logic so that submenus should no longer appear partially offscreen or unexpectedly far away.
  • Fixed two issues impacting explorer.exe reliability when bringing up the context menu, including specifically when right-clicking on a zip file.
  • Addressed an issue causing the “Unpin from Start” option when right-clicking an app to not work.

Fixes for Search:

  • Fixed an issue making Search’s shadow appear boxy.
  • Improved the positioning of the Search window when the Taskbar is left-aligned so that it matches Start.
  • Addressed an issue where what was displaying when hovering over the Search icon in the taskbar was not in sync with what would actually launch when you clicked one of the entries.
  • If you have launched websites using Search, those should now be properly displayed in the recent searches when hovering over the Search icon in the taskbar.
  • Addressed an issue where some Insiders were unexpectedly not seeing the brightness slider in Quick Settings after upgrading.

Fixes for Widgets:

  • Fixed an issue resulting in your widget configurations not getting saved and unexpectedly being reset.
  • The widgets board and content should now be sized for the correct screen when using multiple monitors.
  • Addressed an issue where sign-in wasn’t working for widgets in some scenarios due to authentication hanging.
  • Addressed the clock in the Widgets interface not following your preferred format.

General fixes:

  • Device Security should no longer say “Standard hardware security not supported” for Insiders with supported hardware.
  • With this build, the access keys for Windows key + X (to do things like “Windows key + X M” to launch Device Manager) should now appear consistently.
  • Fingerprint sign-in should no longer stop working after rebooting your PC.
  • Addressed an accessibility issue where keyboard focus would disappear from Start after pressing Tab then Shift + Tab.
  • Fixed a bug causing the informational pop-ups in voice typing to not dismiss on click.
  • Addressed an infinite loop making some Insider’s devices hang during shutdown.
  • Fixed an issue causing the title bar to not render correctly on certain apps.
  • Addressed an issue to stop wallpaper from flashing when switching between Desktops.
  • Updated the snap layouts window to now use the default animation for flyouts instead of just popping in.
  • Fixed an issue that was making Sticky Notes and Microsoft To Do crash on launch sometimes.
  • Addressed a DWM memory leak that was happening when rotating your device back and forth between landscape and portrait mode.
  • Fixed the issue where text could become truncated in the message dialog from Windows Update alerting that an update was ready.
  • Window borders should now be displayed correctly when using high contrast.
  • Turning off “Show shadows under windows” in Performance Options should now actually turn off the shadows under windows.
  • There are some tweaks to fix an issue where context menus and tooltips were appearing far from the mouse when using Windows with the Arabic display language.
  • Addressed an issue where the network icons on the lock screen and login screen weren’t consistent.

Known issues found in build 22000.100

These are all the known issues for build 22000.100:

  • Start menu: In some cases, you might be unable to enter text when using Search from Start or the Taskbar. If you experience the issue, press Windows key + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box, then close it. Also, the System and Windows Terminal are missing when right-clicking on the Start button (Windows key + X).
  • Taskbar: Sometimes flicker when switching input methods.
  • Settings: When launching the Settings app, a brief green flash may appear. If using Quick Settings to modify Accessibility settings, Settings may not save the selected state. And Settings will crash when clicking “Facial recognition (Windows Hello)” under Sign-in Settings if Windows Hello is already set up.
  • File Explorer: The explorer.exe process crashes in a loop for Insiders using the Turkish display language when the battery charge is at 100 percent. The context menu sometimes does not render completely and ends up truncated. Also, clicking a desktop icon or context menu entry may result in the wrong item being selected.
  • Search: After clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar, the panel may not open. 
    When you hover with the mouse over the Search icon on the Taskbar, recent searches may not be displayed. Also, the Search panel might appear black and not display any content below the search box.
  • Widgets: the board may appear empty. Launching links from the experience may not invoke apps to the foreground. Widgets may be displayed in the wrong size on external monitors.
  • Windows Security: “Automatic sample submission” is unexpectedly turned off when you restart your device. Also, Windows Hello (Face) may show an error saying “Something went wrong” when attempting to sign in after upgrading.
  • Localization: There is an issue where some Insiders may be some missing translations from their user experience for a small subset of languages running the latest Insider Preview builds. 

Installing Windows 11 build 22000.100

If you want to download and install the Windows 11 build 22000.100 (KB5004300), you need to enroll your device in the Dev Channel using the “Windows Insider Program” settings from the “Update & Security” section.

Once you enroll the computer in the program, you can download build 22000.100 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 you are an existing Insider, you can upgrade to the first preview of Windows 11 without restrictions. But, if your computer doesn’t meet the minimum requirements, you won’t be able to install the final version when the new OS releases.

In the case that your computer meets the minimum requirements, then you will continue to be able to test the preview of Windows 11.