Windows 11 Insider Preview: Build 22478 with new emoji and updates released


Microsoft has released the latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22478 for participants in the Dev Channel of the Windows 11 Insider Program, which is primarily aimed at developers and experienced users. In addition to the new emoji in the revamped Fluent design, the update stack package is also being updated.

Better updates and nicer emoji

With Windows 11 Build 22478.1000 – “10.0.22478.1000 rs_prerelease” – Microsoft once again gives insiders a glimpse into the future of Windows 11 and its future feature set for the upcoming versions 22H1 and 22H2, which will appear in 2022. With the new update stack package in version 521.920.111.0, “the process for providing new update improvements” is to be tested and improved outside of the function updates. Microsoft expects this to provide “a better update experience for customers”, but does not go into the background. In addition, the new emoji should now better match the UI of the operating system and its pre-installed built-in apps.

Windows 11 22478.1000 receives new emojis in fluent design (Image: Microsoft)

In addition, there are general changes and improvements to Windows 11 as well as the mandatory error corrections that traditionally flow into every new Insider Preview. Microsoft is making major adjustments to face recognition using Windows Hello and the index platform, among other things.

Changes and improvements

  • The updated version of the Korean IME, which was rolled out with Build 22454, is now available for everyone in the Dev Channel.
  • If your laptop is closed, it is now possible to log on to your PC with face recognition (Windows Hello) on an external monitor connected if it has a camera that supports this.
  • We have a change on of the underlying indexer platform to improve the overall reliability and size of the database, which should help reduce the amount of disk space required on the system – especially in cases where users had very large Outlook mailboxes.
  • If you move the mouse wheel over the volume symbol in the taskbar, the current volume will now be changed.
  • A few small adjustments were made to the dialog when adding a new language in the settings to make it look a bit more modern including rounding the corners.

Extensive bug fixes have also been made and affect, among other things, the start menu and the taskbar, the file explorer and the Microsoft Edge browser as well as the settings and the control panel.

Bug fixes

  • Start menu
    • Keyboard focus is no longer lost when you press ESC after pressing opened the user profile flyout in Start.
    • Updated the prompt text when pinning something from a UWP application to Start so that it now simply says, “Would you like to pin this to Start?
  • Taskbar
    • Fixed an issue that caused the Notification Center to get stuck in newer builds in a state where it would no longer start.
    • The plus icon for adding a new desktop is now correctly displayed when hovering the mouse pointer over the task view icon in the system tray when using Arabic and Hebrew.
    • After the Calling up the jump list of an app from the system tray, right-clicking on the app name should now display the correct icon for “Pin to Start” (a pin icon).
    • Simultaneously clicking with the left and right mouse buttons on the taskbar should no longer crash explorer.exe.
  • File Explorer
    • Fixed an issue where the command bar was doing unnecessary calculations when navigating to folders, resulting in unexpected performance gains. It is believed that this was also the cause of performance issues when selecting files by dragging and using the arrow keys to navigate certain folders.
    • The “Show hidden items” option should no longer be removed from the Synchronization is recommended when multiple File Explorer windows are open.
  • Settings
    • Fixed an issue that caused Settings to crash when updating radio buttons, such as: For example, if you connected an additional audio endpoint while the “Sound” page was open in the settings.
    • The performance when loading the topics displayed in the personalization settings has been improved.
    • If a user who is not an administrator changes his display language in the language settings, the clickable logout button is no longer displayed there because it opened a UAC dialog and caused confusion.
    • The Windows update entry at the top of the system page in the settings should no longer be incorrectly aligned with the other options in languages ​​such as German (if it is displayed).
    • The Braille options in the settings for narrator users should now be be synchronized with the actual status of the Braille input/output mode.
    • A change was made to address an issue where the “Media Streaming Options” in the Network and Sharing Center were unexpectedly reset to the default settings after an upgrade.
    • The reliability of the Quick Settings launch was improved. This change should also help resolve the issue of the window not being fully rendered (just a thin rectangle).
    • Fixed an issue where clicking the media control area in Quick Settings would not bring the displayed app to the foreground in certain cases.
    • Fixed an issue where the colors for items in the Quick Settings could get stuck and not display the correct color for the respective status, especially when using a contrast theme.
    • The page for the quick settings for managing audio endpoints has been updated from “Volume” to “Sound output”.
    • Opening the page for managing audio endpoints in the quick settings should no longer result in a brief interruption of the audio playback if several devices are listed.
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  • A problem in connection with the very fast use of ALT + Tabulator, which could lead to the crash of explorer.exe, has been fixed.
  • Holding down ALT and pressing F4 after pressing ALT + Tab no longer crashes explorer.exe.
  • When using the Arabic or Hebrew display languages, when dragging an application window to another desktop, the Thumbnail view can now be moved in the correct direction.
  • Miscellaneous
    • Fixed an issue with the chassis that resulted in files being removed unexpectedly in certain cases, which could result in the display language changing until you added the desired display language back into Settings.
    • Fixed an issue that caused some users to see a bugcheck with the error “KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_ERROR”.
    • Fixed an issue that caused the SysMain service Consumed an unexpected amount of power in newer builds.
    • If the display order is missing in the BCD settings, this should no longer lead to an update error.
    • An issue has been fixed that caused labels to be drawn with the wrong offset in certain applications.
    • Fixed an issue that caused audiosrv.dll-related crashes.
    • When going through OOBE with an Arabic or Hebrew display language, the volume and accessibility buttons should now be on the right side of the screen.
  • Further information can be found in the release notes on Microsoft's Windows Insider Blog.

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    As the overview of all preview versions via Microsoft Flight Hub reveals, Insider Preview Build 22478 takes the place of Insider Preview Build 22471 in the Dev Channel, while Consumers have received Build 22000.194 as an official release since October 4th. As usual, the latest system images of Windows 11 and Windows 10 can be downloaded from the ComputerBase download area below this message. The cumulative updates of the operating systems are also linked accordingly.


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