Microsoft Announces Windows 11 Build 25281 with Windows Spotlight Improvements

After posting updates to the Release Preview channel earlier this week, Microsoft is posting an update to the Dev channel. The new Windows 11 Dev Channel update for users has been released with build 25281. This is a weekly update for Insiders, and this week’s update includes various changes and bug fixes.

Microsoft has also released a beta channel update which you can check out here. Dev and Beta are separate channels in the Windows Insider Program. And the update will come to the user’s device via the channel they choose.

With the latest Windows 11 build 25281, Microsoft is testing different looks for Windows Spotlight. Since the tests use multiple processing, the appearance of the projectors will be different for different users.

The new Dev Channel update also adds tabs to Notepad, just like File Explorer tabs. There are also UI changes in graphics settings and a few others. Here are the changes and fixes in the new update.

Changes and improvements

  • In line with the new Windows 11 design principles, we’ve redesigned the graphics settings page under Settings > Display > Graphics to make it easier to access graphics configurations such as GPU Preferences and Auto HDR. The functionality of these settings has remained unchanged from previous versions of Windows, but now we have a simpler look and feel. To learn more about all of the Windows 11 graphics settings, check out this DirectX blog post.
  • Deleting a paired Bluetooth device in Settings > Bluetooth & Devices will no longer prompt you for confirmation before deleting it.


[Taskbar & System Tray]
  • Updated the printer taskbar icon when printing to better match other modern icons.
  • When navigating the taskbar with WIN+T and the arrow keys, Narrator should now report the position of the app icon (for example, File Explorer might say “one of fifteen” if it’s in the first place and you have 15 app icons on your screen) . task bar).
[File Explorer]
  • Updated the error dialog when disabling Network Discovery to point to the correct location to enable it.
  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash that could occur when closing Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the SSID to not be populated on the Wi-Fi property page in Network & Internet settings.
  • In the scenario where you are prompted with a UAC dialog when switching between private and public networks, that UAC dialog should now be displayed in the foreground and not behind other windows.
  • We fixed an issue that prevented quick settings from opening after going to the Wi-Fi section and closing the drop-down menu.
  • Right-clicking a snapshot group in task view and selecting “show this group on all desktops” no longer causes explorer.exe to crash.
  • We fixed an issue that prevented Narrator from announcing the appearance of the @mentions window in Outlook.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause uninstallation of some apps to hang and uninstallation to fail in later builds.
  • We fixed an issue that sometimes caused the Windows print spooler window to hang in recent builds.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent SQL Server Management Studio from starting.

Known issues are listed on the official page.

If you’ve joined the Insider Preview developer channel and are running Windows 11, you’ll get the latest beta. You can just go to Settings > Windows Update > click on Check for Updates. And from there, you can simply install the update on your computer.

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