Microsoft released another Insider Preview Build with build number 22557 to the Dev Channel.

One really nice thing is the Task Manager Redesign & Efficiency Mode. It matches the new Windows 11 design principles.

task manager

For the rest, it is a mix of ever-changing improvements of existing features, so nothing really new here. But be the judge of it yourself, and read more about it all over here.

Changed or Fixed in Windows 11 IPB 22557

  • Fixed a recurring backgroundTaskHost.exe issue that some insiders experienced.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the HDR automatic not to activate as expected in certain games.
  • A lsass.exe crash that caused some Insiders to crash on the login screen in recent builds has been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue that caused noticeably distorted audio for audio devices connected through the Xbox Wireless Adapter in recent builds.

Taskbar

  • The task view should no longer crash if you hold down the CTRL key while hovering over it.
  • Dragging a file from the taskbar on secondary monitors should no longer cause explorer.exe to crash.

File Explorer

  • The Memory Usage button in a disk’s Properties dialog box has been updated to be called Details and is slightly wider to accommodate languages in which the button’s text has been truncated.
  • Improved performance when deleting files in the Recycle Bin.
  • The Blu-ray icon has been corrected to match the other drive and disk icons.

Input

  • Fixed an issue where the IME candidate window unexpectedly did not follow your preferred light or dark mode.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some elements of the voice input settings flyout to be invisible in dark mode.
  • The IME candidate window should now appear in the user name field of a UAC command prompt as expected.
  • The term “half width alphanumeric / direct input” has been updated so that in the Japanese IME context menu only “half width alphanumeric” is written.
  • Fixed an issue where, after typing hiragana in Kana input mode, a half-width character of the alphabet before the hiragana in the composition unexpectedly became a full-width character.
  • Fixed a rare issue where the input switcher could unexpectedly list the same entry twice.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused an unexpected black box to appear in the Input Switcher.
  • The input switcher has been updated so that it can now become slightly larger for users with more than 4 keyboards.
  • Correction of a memory leak in the input switching that caused explorer .exe to crash after repeated fast use.
  • Correction of a crash of explorer.exe when clicking on “More keyboard settings” in the input mask.
  • Fixed an issue where the emoji panel displayed “You’re offline” even though you had a network connection.
  • Fixed an issue where the emoji for multiplying and the emoji for the counterclockwise arrow keys indicated the wrong design.
  • The preview on the Personalization page > text input settings has been updated to reflect your desktop wallpaper instead of the default image.
  • The reliability of the Pause Media button while media is playing has been improved.

Voice

  • We fixed a mismatch in the Visual C++ Runtime that caused voice access to not work on some PCs.

Search

  • Correction of a search crash with a high hit rate.
    When you click the search box in Start, it now immediately switches to search without animating the search window upwards, just like when you press the Windows key and start typing.

Settings

  • Fixed an issue where Narrator did not correctly read the system > memory items.
  • Correction of the broken link “Size and Theme” under Time & Language > typing > touch keyboard.
  • Improved performance when updating accent color or mode.
  • We’ve made a change to reduce the clipping of combo boxes in the settings for specific languages and text sizes.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the icons on the IME settings pages to sometimes be white on white.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Install button to contain truncated text when previewing fonts in some languages.
  • Fixed a basic crash that caused the video preview under System > display > HDR to be distorted at times.
  • Fixed a basic issue that could cause settings to crash when you scrolled the window.
  • The Wi-Fi icon in the Wi-Fi section of Quick Settings has been adjusted so that the lock displayed for a secured network now has a small distance to Wi-Fi strength, making it a little easier to detect.

Windows Spotlight

  • The name of the Spotlight collection has been updated to be Windows Spotlight to match the lock screen.
  • A change has been made that helps Windows Spotlight update the images more reliably.
  • If for some reason new Windows Spotlight images are not available for the desktop, you will no longer see a monochrome background, but the default Windows Spotlight wallpaper (Whitehaven Beach).
  • When you right-click Learn More About This Image for Windows Spotlight on the desktop, you will now always see all the options, grayed out only if they’re not currently available.
  • When the mouse pointer is hovered over Learn more about this image, the tooltip should now match the current image more consistently.

Window Functions

  • Fixed an issue that caused the minimize, maximize, and close buttons in File Explorer and some other applications to be invisible in certain cases.
  • Fixed an issue that caused performance degradation when dragging windows with acrylic and other scenarios with acrylic.
  • The briefly visible yellow border when taking screenshots should no longer be visible.
  • We’ve made some improvements to address feedback that windows have been repositioned unexpectedly.

Network

  • We fixed an issue that could cause certainĀ VPN connections to fail. If you continue to have problems, please send us feedback with a recording of the problem under Network and Internet > Connecting to a VPN Client.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in reduced Wi-Fi speeds after waking the PC from hibernation in the previous build.

Voice output

  • Narrator now reports more consistently when you delete characters with the Backspace key.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Narrator from reading selected text in the Feedback Hub.