Windows 11 build 25174 rolls out in the Dev Channel

Windows 11 gets a new Game Pass widget and middle click action in File Explorer on build 25174.

Windows 11 build 25174
Windows 11 build 25174
  • Microsoft releases Windows 11 build 25174 to the Dev Channel.
  • The update introduces a new Game Pass widget.
  • Also, you can now middle-click a folder to open it in a new tab on File Explorer. 
  • Furthermore, you will find various fixes and improvements.

Microsoft is now rolling out Windows 11 build 25174 for computers enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This release doesn’t include many visual changes, but it brings various improvements and fixes.

Build 25174 for Windows 11, according to the company, introduces a new Game Pass widget, and it fixes several problems with File Explorer, Taskbar, and Settings.

Windows 11 build 25174 changes

Here are the new features and fixes rolling out with this preview of Windows 11:

Game Pass widget

Starting on build 25174, you will now find a new Game Pass widget that shows the latest additions, games leaving soon, and other details for subscribers.

The widget is still a work in progress, so it doesn’t have all the intended features in this first preview. Also, you need to add it manually from the Widgets dashboard settings.

File Explorer

In this release, when using the middle click of the mouse on a folder from the navigation pane will open the folder in a new tab.

Fixes and other changes

As part of the fixes and changes, this flight includes various fixes for File Explorer, Taskbar, and Settings.

File Explorer

  • Fixed an issue that could cause explorer.exe to crash when opening new File Explorer windows.
  • Fixed an issue where launching File Explorer in certain ways when using dark mode (for example, from the command line) was showing the body of File Explorer unexpectedly in light mode.
  • Fixed an issue where the left/right arrows in File Explorer were in light mode when you were using dark mode, causing them not to have enough contrast to show when they were enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where the dividers in the navigation pane were overlapping/drawing too close to text sometimes.
  • Fixed an issue where if you drag and drop a folder into the navigation pane was sometimes unexpectedly putting the folder at the bottom of the list rather than where you’d dropped it.
  • Fixed an issue causing UI issues in File Explorer when using F11 to put File Explorer in full-screen mode.

Taskbar 

  • Fixed an issue leading to various system tray elements being unexpectedly missing for some Insiders on the previous build.

Settings

  • Fixed a crash when going to System > Storage > Disks & Volumes.

Other fixes 

  • Fixed an issue that was leading to mouse and keyboard input not working correctly in certain games in the last 2 flights.
  • Fixed an issue believed to be leading to SQL Server Management Studio failing to launch for some Insiders.
  • Fixed an issue where Memory Integrity in Windows Security might show a warning saying it couldn’t be enabled due to incompatible drivers, but the incompatible driver’s list would be blank.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing some apps to unexpectedly not launch in the last few flights when core isolation was enabled in Windows Security.

Furthermore, there are a bunch of known issues with File Explorer, Widgets, and printing.

Install Windows 11 build 25174

If you want to download and install the Windows 11 build 25174, 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 25174 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.

Update August 5, 2022: Microsoft is now rolling out build 25174.1010 as update KB5017214. However, the update does not include anything new, this is only another test for the update mechanism service.

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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 About.me. Email him at [email protected].