Microsoft has released a new preview build of Windows 11 on the Release Preview channel. It takes the form of an update with a few “small” new features.
This update is called KB5018496. Installing it allows you to update the operating system to version 22621.754. You can find out this number by running winver.exe from the Run menu (WIN+R). One of the highlights concerns the Windows Hello service. Microsoft adds a new consent form each time a user tries to scan their face or fingerprints. Firm explains
We have added a new consent form for those enrolled in Windows Hello Face and Fingerprint. You have new options for your biometrics. You can continue to store your biometric data or open Settings to delete the data if you have not used your face or fingerprint for authentication for more than 365 days. You also have these options if you’ve upgraded to Windows 11 and haven’t seen the new “Hello, learn more about privacy” yet.
In parallel, the changes affected the taskbar. Some have been waiting for a while. Task Manager is back. It was moved to the start menu when Windows 11 was released, so after installing this new version, right-clicking on the taskbar should launch it. This entry is in addition to Taskbar Settings. Firm Points
We have added Task Manager to the context menu when you right click on the taskbar. This feature will be rolled out in the coming weeks. We’ve also improved the visual search tools on the taskbar.
Finally, improvements have been made to the Microsoft account experience in Settings. You can manage your One Drive subscription and associated storage alerts.
Several bugs have also been fixed.
Windows 11 Build 22621.754 Release Notes
This update includes the following improvements:
- New! We have added a new consent form for those of you who are enrolled in Windows Hello Face and Fingerprint. You have new options for your biometrics. You can save your biometrics or go to Settings to delete your biometrics if you haven’t used your face or fingerprint for more than 365 days. You also have these options if you’ve upgraded to Windows 11 and haven’t seen the new Hello Learn More Privacy text yet.
- New! We’ve made improvements to the Microsoft account experience in Settings. For example, you can manage your Microsoft One Drive subscription and related storage alerts.
- New! We’ve improved the visual handling of taskbar search to improve discovery. This is available to a small audience at first, and will be rolled out more widely in the coming months. Some devices may experience different visual treatments as we collect feedback. To learn more about why you might see these changes, see Search for anything, anywhere.
- New! We’re improving the backup experience when using your Microsoft Account (MSA). Some devices may notice visual processing of this improvement. This is available to a small audience at first, and will be rolled out more widely in the coming months.
- New! We have added Task Manager to the context menu when you right click on the taskbar. This feature will be available in the coming weeks.
- We have included the Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) ms-appinstaller to work with DesktopAppInstaller.
- We will not switch to DST in Jordan at the end of October 2022.
- We fixed an issue affecting distributed component model (DCOM) authentication hardening. We will automatically raise the authentication level for all non-anonymous activation requests from DCOM clients to RPC_C_AUTHN_LEVEL_PKT_INTEGRITY. This happens if the authentication level is below Packet Integrity.
- Fixed an issue affecting the Windows Search service. The indexing process slows down when using the service.
- Fixed an issue affecting cached credentials for Fast Identity Online 2.0 (FIDO2) security and authentication keys. On domain-joined hybrid devices, the system removes these cached credentials.
- We fixed an issue that could affect certain types of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) connections. These connections may have handshake failures. For developers, affected connections will most likely send multiple frames followed by a partial frame less than 5 bytes in a single input buffer. If the connection fails, your application will receive a “SEC_E_ILLEGAL_MESSAGE” error message.
- We fixed an issue affecting the Microsoft Azure Active Directory (AAD) Application Proxy Connector. It cannot obtain a Kerberos ticket on behalf of the user. Error message: “The specified handle is invalid (0x80090301)”.
- Fixed an issue affecting certificate matching. If it crashes, lsass.exe may stop working in schannel.dll.
- We fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Edge when it was in IE mode. Popup and tab titles are incorrect.
- Fixed an issue affecting Microsoft Edge IE mode. It prevents you from opening web pages. This occurs when you enable Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) and do not configure network isolation policies.
- We fixed an issue that affects title bars when you use third party tools to customize them. Titles were not displayed. This update provides the display of titles; however, we cannot guarantee that all text settings will work as before.
- Fixed an issue that could cause vertical and horizontal line artefacts to appear on the screen.
- We fixed an issue affecting input method editors (IMEs) from Microsoft and third parties. They stop working when you close the IME window. This happens if the IME uses Windows Text Services Framework (TSF) 1.0.
- We fixed an issue where audio may be out of sync when recording gameplay using the Xbox Game Bar.
- We have updated DriverSiPolicy.p7b to blacklist vulnerable Windows kernel drivers. This update includes drivers that are vulnerable to native vulnerable driver (BYOVD) attacks.
- We have expanded the original equipment manufacturer’s (OEM’s) control over Hypervisor Protected Code (HVCI) integrity for targeted hardware configurations.
- We fixed an issue that affected File Explorer. It is less dependent when browsing Microsoft OneDrive folders.
- Fixed an issue affecting the style of the BS_PUSHLIKE button. Buttons in this style are hard to see on a dark background.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the credentials UI not being displayed in IE mode when using Microsoft Edge.
- We fixed an issue that affected Server Manager. This may reset the wrong drive if multiple drives have the same unique ID.
- We are fixing an issue that affects the CopyFile function. It returns ERROR_INVALID_HANDLE instead of ERROR_FILE_NOT_FOUND when called with an invalid source file.
- Fixed an issue affecting the Start menu. It stops working when you use keyboard commands to move pinned items to a folder at the end of the list.