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New Windows 11 preview finally redesigns the Storage popup

It’s Wednesday, and like clockwork, Microsoft has a new Windows 11 Insider preview for testers on the Dev channel. The build number is 22533, and while it doesn’t have a lot of changes, it does have some notable changes.

The most notable is that Microsoft finally Redesigned popups when using devices to adjust settings. This includes things like volume, brightness, camera on/off, airplane mode, and camera privacy. Unlike the previous one, which was black, it adjusts based on light and dark mode.

Windows 11 Hardware Volume Popups

The new design is supposed to reflect the updated style of Windows 11. Remember that Windows 11 was developed in a relatively short period of time, thanks to Microsoft taking advantage of the work-from-home boom in the PC market. The feature update due to arrive this fall is supposed to be more of a finished product, similar to what the original Windows 10 Update (version 1511) was supposed to be.

Of course, while you could argue that this change came a few months late, others might argue that it was years too late.

As for what’s new in this release, you’ll now be able to search for Voice Access from the taskbar, and you can pin it to the Start menu as you would other apps. There are 13 new touch keyboard themes for input method editor, emoji pad and voice typing. Also, you can now uninstall the Clock app.

And of course, there are a whole bunch of fixes and known issues.

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22533 Fixes

[General]

  • Fixed an issue where Insiders might have seen error 0x8007012a while updating a driver or firmware.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Insiders to sometimes not be able to sign in to certain apps, such as the Feedback Hub.
  • The text in the exploit protection description in the Windows Security app has been fixed to refer only to Windows and not Windows 10.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in not being able to import photos from certain cameras and mobile phones into the Photos app (it would repeat forever with no item found yet).
  • Running, closing, and then turning on Windows Sandbox no longer results in two Windows Sandbox icons in the taskbar (one of which doesn’t work).

[Taskbar]

  • The Wi-Fi icon should appear more reliably in the taskbar now.
  • If you have multiple monitors connected to your computer and right-click the date and time on the taskbar on your primary monitor, explorer.exe will no longer crash.
  • Holding CTRL and moving your mouse pointer over the task view icon in the taskbar should not cause explorer.exe to crash.

[Settings]

  • Mitigation of a major issue with mica usage in Settings that was affecting the overall reliability of Settings implementation on recent flights.
  • Fixed an issue affecting some Insiders that caused Settings to crash when trying to access installed apps, startup apps, and default app pages.
  • Mitigation of an issue that was causing the Wheel page in Settings to crash when adding an action to an app.
  • You should no longer hear a crackling sound when playing the audio and repeatedly clicking the volume slider in the quick settings to change the volume.

[Windowing]

  • If you hover your mouse over a broken window title in ALT+Tab or Task View, a tooltip will now appear showing the full window name.

[Input]

  • The look of the text and buttons color has been improved with themes applied to the filter window, emoji panel, and clipboard (before that, some buttons/text with certain custom background colors was hard to see).
  • The voice typing launcher should not appear again unexpectedly after clicking the microphone icon to invoke voice typing.
  • For Insiders with an updated input switcher experience, accessibility tools like Magnifier and Narrator should work better with it now.

Note: Some of the fixes mentioned here in Insider Preview builds from the Active Development branch may make their way to Service Updates for the released version of Windows 11 that became generally available on October 5th, 2021.

Windows 11 Insider Preview version 22533 Known issues

[Start]

  • In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using Search from Start or the taskbar. If you encounter the problem, press WIN + R on your keyboard to launch the Run dialog, then close it.

[Taskbar]

  • The taskbar will occasionally flash when switching input methods.

[Search]

  • After clicking the search icon in the taskbar, the search panel may not open. If this happens, restart the “Windows Explorer” process and open the search panel again.

[Settings]

  • When viewing the list of available Wi-Fi networks, the signal strength indicators do not reflect the correct signal strength.
  • Settings may crash when going to System > Display > HDR. If you need to enable or disable HDR on an HDR-capable computer, you can do so by using the keyboard shortcut WIN + ALT + B.
  • There is a blank entry under Bluetooth & Devices.

[Widgets]

  • Changing the taskbar alignment can cause the toolbar to disappear from the taskbar.
  • When there are multiple monitors, the content of widgets on the taskbar may get out of sync between monitors.
  • With the taskbar aligned to the left, information such as temperature is not shown. This will be fixed in a future update.

As always, you can get this version on Windows Update if you are using the Dev channel. If not, you can sign up for the Windows Insider Program tab in Settings.

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