A few new features

Windows 11 build 25145 rolls out in the Dev Channel

Another preview of Windows 11 is now available with new features and various improvements.

Windows 11 build 25145
  • Windows 11 receives build 25145 with new features and changes.
  • Build 25145 brings Narrator Braille driver support.
  • And it enables OneDrive usage details to the Accounts settings.
  • This flight also fixes a bunch of bugs.

Microsoft has released the Windows 11 build 25145 for devices enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This preview brings some new features and improvements that we expect to arrive with version 23H2.

Build 25145 for Windows 11, according to the announcement, introduces an update for Narrator Braille driver support, OneDrive storage usage and subscription details to the Settings app, and a new policy to manage the password for the Administrator local account. Of course, this is in addition to the fixes and improvements also shipping with build 25145.

Narrator Braille driver support

Starting with this flight, Windows 11 will allow Braille devices to continue working while switching between Narrator and third-party screen readers as Narrator will automatically change Braille drivers.

Accounts settings

In addition to showing the Microsoft 365 subscription information in the Accounts section of the Settings app, in this release, the page will also show details about OneDrive Standalone 100GB subscription information. You will see OneDrive storage usage, billing, and payment method details as part of the information.

OneDrive usage in Accounts
OneDrive usage in Accounts (Source: Microsoft)

Local Administrator Password Solution

Windows 11 build 25145 also makes the legacy Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS) a native part of the system, allowing you to manage LAPS products. For example, you can extend the Active Directory schema, add permissions on your computer Organizational Unit, add new LAPS Group Policy Objects, and more.

LAPS Group Policy settings
LAPS Group Policy settings (Source: Microsoft)

Suggested Actions

Suggested Actions, a feature that brings up an inline menu to create a calendar event or make a phone call when you copy a date, time, or phone number to the clipboard, is now available for testers in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

App permissions

Microsoft is rolling out the App permissions settings to everyone.

According to the company, the feature allows every Microsoft customer to view the app usage history. The feature gives users seven-day history of resource access for Location, Camera, Microphone, Phone Calls, Messaging, Contacts, Pictures, Videos, Music library, Screenshots, and apps through the Settings experience. 

You can find this new information under Settings > Privacy & security > App permissions.

Fixes and improvements

This release also includes a bunch of improvements and bug fixes.

File Explorer

  • The row of tabs should now be included in the keyboard focus cycle when pressing Tab or F6. Once focus is in the tab row, you can use left or right arrow keys to navigate through them.
  • Fixed an issue where the tab order when using CTRL + Tab would be wrong if you’d rearranged the tabs in File Explorer.

Start menu

  • Narrator will now read the dialog that opens when uninstalling an app from its context menu in Start and those options correctly.
  • The animation when selecting the More button in Start’s Recommended section in right-to-left (RTL) languages should now appear correctly.
  • Taskbar
  • When dismissing Notification Center using your keyboard, its closing animation will now show correctly.

Settings

  • Typing a number in the Settings search box when using an Arabic display language should no longer show boxes.
  • Fixed an issue causing Settings to crash when going to Bluetooth & Devices > Printers & Scanners in the last few builds.
  • Fixed a couple of crashes that some Insiders were experiencing in the last few builds when opening the Wi-Fi section of Quick Settings, or after connecting or disconnecting from networks in the Wi-Fi section in Quick Settings.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing the Wi-Fi option in Quick Settings and the Wi-Fi section in Settings to sometimes take a few seconds to appear.
  • Using touch to rearrange the items in Quick Settings when in edit mode should no longer lead to Quick Settings unexpectedly dismissing sometimes.

Input

  • Added the SOM currency sign (U+20C0) to the Courier New font family.

Task Manager

  • Pressing CTRL + Page Up and CTRL + Page Down should work again now to navigate through pages in Task Manager.

Other fixes

  • Fixed a rare issue that could lead to certain apps sporadically crashing on launch.

Furthermore, there are some other known issues with File Explorer, Widgets, and Live Captions.

Install Windows 11 build 25145

If you want to download and install the Windows 11 build 25145, 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 25145 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.