Visual improvements

Windows 11 build 22489 outs in the Dev Channel

Windows 11 gets a new preview in the Dev Channels with new account settings, improvements to Explorer, Settings, and more.

Windows 11 new Your Microsoft Account settings
  • Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22489 in the Dev Channel.
  • The update further integrates Microsoft 365 services into the system.
  • Brings visual changes to the Settings, improves File Explorer, and introduces DDR new support for encrypted DNS.

Microsoft is now rolling out the Windows 11 build 22489 for devices enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This is yet another small update, but it includes new features as well as a few new changes and fixes.

According to the official notes, build 22489 for Windows 11 begins the rollout of the new “Your Microsoft account” settings page. The new page displays your account from Microsoft information, including details about your Microsoft 365 subscription, quick access to order history, payment details, and Microsoft Rewards. The new settings page is only available for a limited number of users, and it will expand to more people over time.

Microsoft also says that this feature will continue to evolve over time using the Online Service Experience Pack mechanism, similar to the Windows Feature Experience Pack. However, the difference is that the Online Service Pack is specific to a feature, and the Feature Experience Pack can include improvements for many different parts of the OS.

Windows 11 build 22489 also adds support for “Discovery of Designated Resolvers” (DDR), allowing the system to discover encrypted DNS configurations from a DNS resolver known only by its IP address.

The name of “Connect app” for the optional feature has now been changed to “Wireless Display” for consistency. Also, the “Apps & features” page is now divided into two separate pages, including Installed Apps and Advanced apps settings.

As for other improvements, build 22489 includes several fixes a few problems with Taskbar, especially crashes with the explorer.exe service.

In File Explorer, when you right-click a drive, the “Pin to Quick Access” is a top-level option, and it includes a couple of fixes. In the Settings, this flight addresses crashing issues and adds some minor visual tweaks. Also, this update fixes problems with Task Manager, Xbox Game Pass games failing to install, improves the layout of text in notification buttons, addresses a bugcheck, and more.

The company also says that starting with this flight, it’s moving the Dev Channel back to the active development branch (RS_PRERELEASE), meaning that you are going to get more buggy updates since the team is currently working on adding more features and improvements to Windows 11.

You can check all the new improvements and known issues at the Windows Blog.

Install Windows 11 build 22489

If you want to download and install the Windows 11 build 22489, 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 22489 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.

You can also read this guide with all the new features available with the official release of Windows 11.