Microsoft Releases Windows 11 Build 22000.194 to Release Preview Channel

Microsoft is another step closer to the final version of Windows 11 with the release of Build 22000.194 to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel.

Great news! We’re getting closer to the final version of Windows 11 as the company is making Build 22000.194 available to Insiders in the Release Preview Channel. This update is optional and will only be offered to Insiders with eligible PCs running supported hardware. The build was first made available to Insiders in the Beta Channel. This build has been updated and brings fixes and marks the rollout of new updates for built-in apps including the Snipping Tool, Calculator, and Clock. In addition, the company is making ISOs available for this release.

Windows 11 Preview Build 22000.194 for Release Preview Channel

In the blog post Microsoft notes the following about App Updates:

We are beginning to rollout updates for several apps that come included as part of Windows 11 to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel. Today’s rollout includes the following app updates: Snipping ToolCalculator, and Clock with Focus Sessions! Check for updates in the Store and try these apps out and let us know what you think!

Here is the list of fixes included in this release:

  • Addressed an issue where if you enable then disable a contrast theme, it would lead to artifacts in title bars, in some cases making the minimize/maximize/close buttons hard to see and use.
  • Fixed a crash with certain connected devices that could result in not being able to use Bluetooth.
  • Mitigated an issue that was resulting in subtitles not appearing when expected in certain apps, particularly Japanese language subtitles.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing certain PCs to bugcheck during modern standby.
  • Mitigated an issue when typing with certain 3rd party IMEs into the search box in Settings that could result in the candidate window being rendered elsewhere on-screen (not attached to the search box) and/or characters inserted into the search box not displaying.
  • We fixed an issue that causes PowerShell to create an infinite number of child directories. This issue occurs when you use the PowerShell Move-Item command to move a directory to one of its children. As a result, the volume fills up and the system stops responding.
  • This build includes a change that aligns the enforcement of the Windows 11 system requirements on Virtual Machines (VMs) to be the same as it is for physical PCs. Previously created VMs running Insider Preview builds may not update to the latest preview builds. In Hyper-V, VMs need to be created as a Generation 2 VM. Running Windows 11 in VMs in other virtualization products from vendors such as VMware and Oracle will continue to work as long as the hardware requirements are met. For more details on the Windows 11 system requirements – see this blog post here.

Windows 11 Insider Builds

While we’re a step closer to the final version, keep in mind that these builds are not meant for inexperienced users. They are also not meant to run on your primary production machine. Insider builds contain many known stability issues that can cause your system to become unstable or even crash. Especially the new builds from the Dev Channel.

This is the reason it’s only being offered to members of the Windows Insider Program. When the final build is ready for the public, it will be preinstalled on new PCs.  Then it will be available for users with eligible PCs in the first part of 2022.

Make sure to read the full Microsoft blog post for all fixes, improvements, and known issues.

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