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Windows 11 build 22621.898 preview build addresses a bunch of issues

Microsoft has just released a new preview build of Windows 11 for the release preview channel. The latest upgrade comes with a couple of new features, improvements, and fixes. The new build is tagged with Windows 11 build 22621.898 (KB5020044) version number. The incremental build is limited to the users running on Windows 11 22H2 build. Read along to know more details about the latest incremental preview build.

Windows 11 22621.898 release preview build is an optional upgrade for those running on the 22H2 build. If you are a Windows Insider Program member with a release preview channel selected, then you will receive the new upgrade as an optional upgrade.

Moving to the changes, then the latest incremental upgrade brings Windows Spotlight to the Themes section in the Personalization Settings which helps users quickly enable the Spotlight as a theme, OneDrive subscribers will get the storage alerts on the System page in the Settings, and also added the organizational messages feature.

Microsoft addresses a big list of issues in this incremental upgrade, the update brings a fix to the issue that stopped some modern applications from opening, fixes high CPU usage issues, addressed the File Explorer not opening after closing the context menu, brings some nifty improvements to the Windows Defender, and many more.

Here is the complete list of changes coming with the new Windows 11 build 22621.898 update.

  • New! We gave Microsoft OneDrive subscribers storage alerts on the Systems page in the Settings app. The alerts appear when you are close to your storage limit. You can also manage your storage and purchase additional storage, if needed.
  • New! We provided the full amount of storage capacity from all your OneDrive subscriptions. It also displays the total storage on the Accounts page in the Settings app.
  • New! We combined Windows Spotlight with Themes on the Personalization page. This makes it easier for you to discover and turn on the Windows Spotlight feature.
  • New! We added the organizational messages feature. With it, third-party companies can now provide content to their employees. They do not need to use the default behavior of Windows.
  • We fixed an issue that affected some modern applications. It stopped them from opening.
  • We fixed an issue that affected some devices that are managed by an enterprise. We improved the reliability of app installations for them.
  • We fixed an issue that affected daylight saving time (DST) in the Republic of Fiji. It canceled DST for 2022.
  • We fixed an issue that affected Distributed Component Object 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 occurs if the authentication level is below Packet Integrity.
  • We fixed an issue that affected Unified Update Platform (UUP) on-premises customers. It removed the block that stopped them from getting offline language packs.
  • We fixed an issue that affected process creation. It failed to create security audits for it and other related audit events.
  • We fixed an issue that affected cluster name objects (CNO) or virtual computer objects (VCO). Password reset failed. The error message was, “There was an error resetting the AD password… // 0x80070005”.
  • We fixed an issue that affected transparency in layered windows. This occurred when you were in High Definition remote applications integrated locally (RAIL) mode.
  • We fixed an issue that affected certain applications. They stopped working. This occurred when you used keyboard shortcuts to change the input mode for the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
  • We fixed an issue that affected microphone streams that used the Listen To feature to route to the speaker endpoint. The microphone stopped working after you restarted the device.
  • We fixed an issue that might have affected applications that run on the Windows Lock Down Policy (WLDP). They might have stopped working.
  • We fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Defender when it is not the primary antivirus. Microsoft Defender failed to turn off passive mode. This issue occurred when you turned off Smart App Control (SAC).
  • We added .wcx to the list of Dangerous Extensions that some app control policies do not allow.
  • We fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Automated investigation blocked live response investigations.
  • We fixed an issue that affected printing in landscape mode in Microsoft Edge. The print output was incorrect. This issue occurred when you used Microsoft Defender Application Guard.
  • We fixed an issue that caused File Explorer to stop working. This occurred when you closed context menus and menu items.
  • We fixed an issue that might have caused certain apps to stop responding. This occurred when you opened the Open File dialog.
  • We fixed an issue that sometimes affected File Explorer when you opened a file. Because of this, there was high CPU usage.
  • We fixed an issue that affected protocol activation of the Settings app. The app failed to open a page under the Accounts category.
  • We fixed an issue that affected a computer account. Use of non-standard characters stopped the cleanup of the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) accounts.
  • We fixed an issue that affected the CopyFile It might have sometimes returned error 317: ERROR_MR_MID_NOT_FOUND.

As you know the Release Preview is a part of the Windows Insider program, the new Windows 11 build 21621.878 is available to Insiders in the same channel. If you have opted for the release preview you will see the new update on your device. You can check for the update manually by going to Settings > Windows Update. And once you click on check for updates, it will show the new build which you can download and install on your PC. Connect your PC to charger during update.

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