Windows 11 build 25272 releases in the Dev Channel

The first preview of 2023 releases for Windows 11 in the Dev Channel with various changes and fixes. Here's all you need to know.

Windows 11 build 25272
Windows 11 build 25272
  • Windows 11 build 25272 releases in the Dev Channel.
  • The update introduces new changes for the Start menu and WSL.
  • The flight also fixes a bunch of problems and reveals many issues.

Microsoft is making available Windows 11 build 25272 for devices enrolled in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider Program. This is a minor update with several visual changes and various fixes.

Build 25272 for Windows 11, according to the official changes, introduces some changes to the Start menu, such as Quick Assist is now outside the Windows Tools folder, and it appears as an independent app in the All apps list. Microsoft is also removing the suggestion action for searching copied text in Microsoft Edge and showing website suggestions in the “Recommended” section in the Start menu.

In addition, starting with this build, you will need to update to the latest version of the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) since the built-in version of WSL has been removed from the operating system. Also, the Print Queue app has been updated with a new refresh button.

Windows 11 build 25272 fixes

Windows 11 build 25272 also delivers many fixes for the Taskbar and Start menu.

Taskbar

  • Fixed the issue causing the search box on taskbar to not render correctly and display visual artifacts.
  • Japanese IME candidate items should display correctly now inside the search box on the taskbar.

Task Manager

  • Fixed an issue causing filtering by publisher name to not match correctly on the Processes page.
  • Fixed an issue causing some services to not show in the Services page after filtering is applied.
  • Fixed an issue which resulted in new processes appearing in a filtered list if launched while a filter is set.
  • Fixed an issue where Task Manager did not display light and dark content correctly, rendering potentially unreadable text.
  • Fixed an issue causing the Startup apps page in Task manager to not list any apps for some Insiders.
  • If there are no matching search results, Task Manager will now explicitly say that.
  • Fixed a Task Manager crash that could happen when attempting to end certain processes.
  • You can now set focus to the search box by pressing CTRL + F.

Narrator 

  • Fixed an issue causing Settings to crash after turning Narrator on or off in Lithuanian and Hungarian builds.
  • Narrator should now be working correctly with Windows Defender Application Guard for Edge.

Input

  • When using the Japanese IME with Narrator, Narrator will no longer read out the entire composition string each time you press a key.
  • The message displayed the first time you use ALT + Shift should no longer display if you only have one input language installed.
  • Fixed an issue where the Surface Pen could no longer advance PowerPoint slides in recent builds.
  • Made a change to help improve performance when using a high report rate mouse while gaming.
  • Fixed an issue where if you used the touch gesture for opening the Start menu, it could get stuck halfway.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause Excel to stop responding on certain mouse drag events when using the Japanese or Chinese IMEs.

Settings

  • Fixed an issue which could cause a hang if you cancelled out of certification authentication when connecting to VPN.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing Settings to crash when opening Power and Battery sometimes.
  • Fixed an issue causing Quick Settings crashes sometimes when navigating to the Bluetooth section.
  • Fixed an issue where the app icons under Settings > Apps > Default apps might be blurry.

Windowing 

  • Fixed an issue causing a black screen when ALT + Tabbing out of certain games in recent builds.
  • The maximize button should no longer be slightly smaller than the close and minimize buttons when you highlight it in File Explorer and certain other apps while using dark mode.
  • Fixed a couple of DWM crashes that were introduced in recent builds.

Other fixes

  • Fixed an issue which was causing some Windows Security app crashes.
  • Fixed an issue where the print queue was showing stale job information for printer connection printers.
  • Fixed an issue where when creating a FIDO2 credential for a website in a browser, you might see the dialog twice in a row in certain cases.
  • This build contains the fix for an issue impacting Windows Hello on certain PCs. We are continuing to investigate an issue specific to Arm64 PCs (see known issues).
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to the Camera app showing that something went wrong if you pressed Pause while recording video.
  • Fixed an issue where some Arm64 devices experienced a black screen while resuming from sleep or hibernate.
  • Fixed an issue causing various UI elements in apps to disappear and reappear sometimes in recent builds.

This release also has known issues with the Taskbar, Start menu, Task Manager, Widgets, and more.

Install build 25272

If you want to download and install the Windows 11 build 25272, enroll your device in the Dev Channel using the “Windows Insider Program” settings from the “Windows Update” section.

Once you enroll the computer in the program, you can download build 25272 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.

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