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Windows 11 Build 22000.100 is rolling out with visual improvements

Windows 11 Build 22000.100 is now rolling out to users in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider program. This is the fourth public preview of Windows 11 and it comes with a long set of improvements, but there are no new features as the focus is on updating the overall visual design.

For those in the Insider program, they’ll see a new update called “Cumulative Update for Windows 11 (10.0.22000.100) (KB5004300)”. In addition to the cumulative update, Microsoft has also published new Windows Defender updates, which are also rolling out on Windows 10.

Windows 11 KB5004300 comes with several improvements for the taskbar. For example, Microsoft is finally updating the System Tray flyout which includes a selection of icons that will appear only when you click the expanded system tray button. As shown in the below screenshot, this flyout now features a modern interface.

In addition to visual improvements, Microsoft has also updated the default touch keyboard icon in the Taskbar to match the size of the other icons.

Likewise, the Windows taskbar calendar flyout has been updated and it will now collapse or minimize when you clicking on a button.

New features in Windows 11 Build 22000.100 (KB5004300)

Build 22000.100 is improving the alert model of Windows 11 taskbar icons. As shown in the below screenshot, Microsoft is exploring a new design for app alerts. This new design is visible when apps require attention from the user. For example, if a file transfer requires your action, the Exxlporer will automatically start flashing on the taskbar.

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However, the flash would be calm and subtle. In fact, it will eventually stop, and a red backplate will appear instead.

Microsoft Store is also getting a new update with quality improvements. For instance, Microsoft has improved the navigation of the new Store app on Windows 11. As a result, scrolling will feel faster and new animations will appear when you open an app or movie listing.

The notification center, previously known as Action Center, is getting a new feature that would let you quickly access Focus assist settings. At the moment, if you want to configure Focus Assist, you need to open Quick Settings or the main settings app.

Here’s a list of other improvements in Build 22000.100 (KB5004300):

  • Microsoft has resolved an issue that crashes Explorer.exe when you click on the date and time button on the taskbar. This problem was experienced on devices where Focus Assist feature is turned off.
  • Microsoft is bringing back icons for some context menu entries.
  • A bug has been fixed where the taskbar clock loses Windows sync support and gets stuck.
  • A bug has been fixed where explorer.exe could resume the device from standby
  • You can now click on the Taskbar to close Start or Search. This feature was missing in original builds.

How to install Windows 11 KB5004300

To install Windows 11 KB5004300, use these steps:

  1. If you’re already on Windows 11, open Settings and tap on Windows Update.
  2. Click on Check for updates button to start the download.
  3. For those on Windows 11, you need to open Settings > Updates & Security > Windows Insider program, and hit the join button.
  4. In the Windows Insider program setup, select “Dev Channel” and reboot.
  5. Check for updates and today’s preview build will be offered.
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Of course, the update won’t appear if your device fails to pass the compatibility check, which requires a newer processor and TPM 2.0 with Secure Boot.

If you don’t care about Microsoft’s warning, you can always modify the Registry to install the update on unsupported devices.

Known issues in Build 22000.100

Microsoft has confirmed multiple issues in Windows 11 Build 22000.100 and here’s what you need to know:

  • The Taskbar will sometimes flicker and the Settings app will crash.
  • Explorer.exe will crash if you use the Turkish display language.
  • Windows will sometimes select the wrong item if you click on a desktop icon.
  • The Search panel may not open.
  • The search panel might appear black.