Get the latest information on new preview versions of Windows 11 as they release on Windows Insiders. Now updated for Insider Preview Build 22000.100, released on July 22, 2021.
At the end of June, Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Windows 11 and now launches early previews for Windows Insiders on the Dev channel. However, not everyone will be able to participate in the Windows 11 Insider program because the new operating system has stricter system requirements than Windows 10.
As described in this post on the Microsoft blog If your computer does not meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, you will not be able to join Insider Dev or Beta channels. Instead, you can join the Release Preview channel to test Windows 10 preview updates. (See develops our guide for Windows 10 Insider Preview for details on what each Insider channel means).
If you were a member of the Windows 10 Insider development channel before June 24 and your computer does not meet the hardware requirements, you can still receive versions of Windows 11. But Microsoft warns : «Because these devices do not meet the new hardware requirements, there may be issues and errors that affect the Windows 11 experience on these PCs that cannot be fixed.» And if something goes wrong and asks you to go back to Windows 10, you won’t be able to get other versions of Windows 11.
The first versions of Windows 11 will only be released on the Dev channel, but Microsoft says they will move to the Beta channel later this summer, when any computer that does not meet the minimum hardware requirements will upgrade. Preview the channel.
Below we provide summaries of the content of each preview version of Windows 11, starting with the latest. For each release, we’ve included the release date, on which the Insider channel was released, a summary of the content, and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it.
Windows 11 Insider Preview compilations
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.100
Release day: July 22, 2021
Posted on: Dev Channel
This release features Microsoft Teams integration with Windows 11, including a Teams Chat sidebar on the taskbar. For more details, see the Microsoft blog post, “The the first preview of the Microsoft Teams chat begins to be released for Windows Insiders «. Please note that not all Insider will see the feature immediately.
There are also a variety of minor new features, including making the taskbar calendar drop-down menu collapse completely when you click the chevron in the top corner to provide more space for notifications.
Dozens of bugs have been fixed, including one in which right-clicking on the desktop or in File Explorer caused the resulting context menu and submenus to appear partially off-screen, and another in which authentication didn’t work for widgets in some scenarios due to suspended authentication.
There are many known issues in this release, including one where you might not be able to enter text when using Startup Search or the taskbar, and another where the taskbar sometimes flickers when you switch the input method.
(Learn more about Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.100 .)
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.71
Release day: July 15, 2021
Posted on: Canal Dev
This compilation introduces a new entertainment widget featuring new movie titles and features in the Microsoft Store. There are also many bug fixes, including one where the new command bar did not appear when the «Open folders in a separate process» option is enabled in File Explorer options> View , and another that caused Settings to crash periodically at launch.
There are many known issues in this release, including one where you may not be able to enter text when using Start or Taskbar search, and another where the context menu and desktop or File Explorer submenus may appear partially disabled – display.
(Learn more about Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000. 71 ).
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.65
Release day: July 8, 2021
Posted on: Canal Dev
Among other changes in this release, the Start menu now includes a search box, power mode settings are now available on the Power and Battery page in Settings, and various system alert dialogs, such as the alert when the battery runs low or when you change displays settings, now stick to the new Windows 11 visual design.
The build includes a wide variety of bug fixes, including one where the installation failed to launch, another where startup applications could not be fixed and disabled, another where the command bar disappeared in the Explorer files. And another in which the Designs plugin did not appear until it restarted its computer.
In addition, a remote code execution exploit was shut down in the Windows spooler service, known as «PrintNightmare.» For more information, see CVE-2021-34527 .
There are many known issues in this release, including one where you may not be able to enter text when you use Startup Search or the taskbar, and another where the new command bar may not appear when you «Open folders in a separate process ”is activated in File Explorer options> View .
What IT needs to know: As this is a security update, it should be applied relatively soon. Over the next few weeks, check your problem reports and, if all goes well, apply the update.
(Learn more about Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.65 .)
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22000.51
Release day: June 28, 2021
Posted on: Dev Channel
This first Insider Preview for Windows 11 is great and offers many of the new features that are expected to be part of the delivery version of the new operating system.
General interface changes: the Start menu is now centered, instead of being anchored to the left of the screen. It includes a set of fixed apps, as well as recently opened files in OneDrive on all cloud-connected devices, including PCs and smartphones. The taskbar is also centered and offers new animations. Include a button in the lower right corner for notifications and to make quick changes to your settings.
File Explorer has a new command bar and a new look, including new context menus. New themes have been added to the general interface and Windows sounds have been redesigned.
Widgets: Windows 11 comes with a set of resizable information widgets for things like news, weather, your calendar, local traffic, a to-do list, OneDrive photos, news, sports, and more.
Multitasking: The «Snap» feature in Windows 10 that gives you control over how you can arrange your open windows is revised. You can choose from predefined snap layouts and organize them into predefined snap groups. Desktops available through Task View can now be reordered and can have custom backgrounds.
Touch, ink, and voice input: the touch keyboard has 13 new themes and is resizable. There is also a voice typing launcher and several new touch gestures. The build allows you to quickly switch between additional languages and keyboards with a switch that appears at the bottom right of the taskbar next to Quick Settings. Now there is a menu for customizing digital pens.
Other changes include:
- Microsoft Store has been redesigned . Finally, Android games and mobile applications will be hosted there and will be able to run on Windows 11.
- When you unlock your laptop, the external monitor windows will be minimized. When you attach your computer back to the monitor, Windows puts everything back where it was before.
- With the dynamic refresh rate of Windows 11, your computer can automatically increase the refresh rate when you’re inked or away to give you a smoother experience, and it can reduce the refresh rate when you don’t need to save power on your laptop. .
- Settings have been redesigned, including left-hand navigation that persists between pages. There is also breadcrumbs to help you know exactly where you are in Settings.
- Offers Windows 11 Wi-Fi 6E .
Known issues: There are over two dozen known issues in this release in a wide variety of features, including Taskbar, Settings, Start, Search, Widgets, and Store. For example, when upgrading a device with multiple user accounts to Windows 11, setup will not begin; After you click the taskbar taskbar, the search pane may not open; and when you upgrade to Windows 11 from Windows 10 or when you install a Windows 11 update, some functions may be obsolete or eliminated .