Insiders in the Microsoft Windows 11 Release Preview Channel will be treated to a new Windows 11 update that focuses on stability rather than new features, according to a official Windows blog post.
A brand new update to the operating system, called Windows 11 Build 22000.1757 (KB5023774), has been sent to those in the Release Preview Channel, which consists of a long list of stability improvements. This channel is considered the most stable of the Insider build channels, which follows why the latest update focuses on bug fixes rather than rolling out brand new features.
Some of the stability improvements include fixes to various program applications, Notepad, Microsoft PowerPoint, Remote Procedure Call Service, Windows Search, some printers, including USB printers, and even Xbox subscribers. It looks like this update covers the full range of issues and affected software, but then again, it’s never a bad thing to be thorough.
However, if you’re looking for more radical and experimental changes, Microsoft’s brand new Canary Channel might be for you. Recently, Canary has been testing new code that could form the basis for the next one Windows 12 release. And Microsoft has sent free flash drives to some testers with what will most likely be an early Windows 12 build. There have been many rumors and leaks surrounding the new operating system, which was compounded by Intel accidentally leaked the name.
For the full list of updates, check out the patch notes Microsoft here.
Microsoft also pushes stealth updates
Microsoft is making numerous changes to Windows 11 in the open and in the open, including introducing brand new features to the operating system and Edge browser. One of those features was the introduction and integration of ChatGTP to the browser, while another does high quality low resolution videos directly in the browser itself.
Lately, Microsoft has been adding stealth features or making changes to OS settings without informing users in advance. In beta build 2262x, the “Recommend” section in the Start menu has been renamed to “For You”, but the details of this have been hidden during testing. The help page for voice access commands has been completely overhauled to be actually functional and privacy settings for presence detection have been added, but none of this was mentioned in the preview build comments.
Then there was the recent discovery that Windows was stealth nerf graphics cards by re-enabling a security feature in a recent OS update, even if users previously disabled it. That feature is called VBS (Virtualization Based Security) and it can disrupt GPUs, even the RTX 4090, decreasing performance and frame rate.