Visual changes

Windows 11 build 22533 brings new UI for volume and hardware indicators

Microsoft finally updates the volume control to match the style design language of Windows 11.

Windows 11 build 22533
  • Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 22533 in the Dev Channel.
  • The preview brings updated UI for volume and other hardware indicators.
  • The Quick links menu gets the “Installed apps” entry, and the Taskbar receives several tweaks.

Build 22533 for Windows 11 is now rolling out in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This is another minor update, but it packs several interesting visual changes and improvements.

According to the official notes, Windows 11 build 22533 finally brings an updated flyout design for the system hardware indicators, including volume, brightness, camera privacy, camera on and off, and airplane mode to align with the new system style design language. Furthermore, these new elements also support the light and dark color modes.

It’s now possible to search for voice access from the Taskbar and pin the app to the Taskbar or Start. In addition, when you open the Quick links menu by right-clicking the Start button or using the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut, you will notice that the “Apps & Features” entry has now been renamed to “Installed apps.” Also, starting with build 22533, it’s now possible to uninstall the Clock app.

New volume control
New volume control (source: Microsoft)

Windows 11 build 22533 fixes 

As part of the fixes, this flight addresses a number of issues with Taskbar, Settings, Windowing, and input.

Taskbar

  • The Wi-Fi icon should appear more reliably in the Taskbar now.
  • If you have multiple monitors connected to your PC and right-click on the date and time on the taskbar on your primary monitor, explorer.exe will no longer crash.
  • Holding CTRL and hovering your mouse over the Task View icon in the taskbar should no longer make explorer.exe crash.

Settings

  • Mitigated an underlying issue related to the use of mica in Settings which was impacting the overall reliability of the Settings app in recent flights.
  • Fixed an issue impacting some Insiders which was resulting in Settings crashing when trying to access the Installed Apps, Startup Apps, and Default Apps pages.
  • Mitigated an issue that was making the Wheel page in Settings crash when adding an action for an app.
  • You should no longer hear a crackle if playing audio and repeatedly clicking the volume slider in Quick Settings to change the volume.

Windowing

  • If you hover your mouse over a truncated window title in ALT + Tab or Task View a tooltip showing the full window name will now appear.

Input

  • Improved how the text color and buttons look with theming applied on candidate window, emoji panel, and clipboard (before this, some buttons/text was hard to see with certain custom background colors).
  • The voice typing launcher should no longer unexpectedly reappear after clicking the microphone icon to invoke voice typing.
  • For Insiders with the updated input switcher experience, accessibility tools like Magnifier and Narrator should work better with it now.

General fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Insiders may have seen error 0x8007012a during a driver or firmware update.
  • Addressed an issue causing Insiders to be unable to sign in to certain apps sometimes, such as Feedback Hub.
  • Fixed the text in the exploit protection description in the Windows Security app so it just refers to Windows and not Windows 10.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in not being able to import photos from certain cameras and mobile phones into the Photos app (it would just loop forever saying 0 items found so far).
  • Launching Windows Sandbox, closing it, and then launching it again, should no longer lead to having two Windows Sandbox icons in the Taskbar (one of which is non-functional).

Finally, Microsoft also notes that this release has several known issues that everyone should know before upgrading regarding the Start menu, Taskbar, Search, Settings, and Widgets.

Install Windows 11 build 22533

If you want to download and install the Windows 11 build 22533, 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 22533 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 Microsoft has been working on for the next version of Windows 11 (22H2).