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    • By hellowalkman
      Windows 11 22000.282 Beta build fixes the Ryzen L3 cache performance issue, and much more
      by Sayan Sen

      Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build to Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview channels. The new build, version 22000.282, brings a ton of bug fixes and improvements headlined by the performance patch for AMD's Ryzen CPUs that were exhibiting very high Level 3 (L3) cache latencies and thus losing performance in latency-sensitive applications, like games, since the first public build. In fact, the Patch Tuesday update seemed to make matters worse even on the latest gen Zen 3 CPUs too.

      Bear in mind that this issue was completely separate from the performance loss from Virtualization-based Security (VBS) due to the lack of MBEC on older CPUs.

      Aside from the L3 performance patch, Build 22000.282 brings the following improvements and there are plenty. You can view the long list of changes below:

      You can find the official announcement post here.

    • By Steven P.
      Explorer Patcher restores the Windows 11 taskbar to be exactly like Windows 10
      by Steven Parker

      If you were looking for a way to simply restore the Windows 11 taskbar and File Explorer to the same behavior you were used to in Windows 10 and without all the fluff of (paid for) Start menu replacement app, look no further than Explorer Patcher. Simply add a .DLL to C:\Windows and Microsoft will download the rest of the files that will make it possible.

      The developer touts this as a project that aims to bring back a productive working environment on Windows 11. Or more to the point, restore what was already not broken in Windows 10.

      The functionality of this software includes:

      Installation

      Grab the latest version of Explorer Patcher in the Releases section, you will find a download for a DLL called dxgi.dll. It has been tested on our latest stable build of Windows 11 (22000.258), but the developers claim that it should work just fine on newer builds too. This is the runtime part of the application. You need to place this DLL in the following location: C:\Windows which also means you will need Administrator rights.

      After you have done the above, make sure you have an active Internet connection and restart the Explorer process using Task Manager or by issuing the following command:

      taskkill /f /im explorer.exe.

      Once File Explorer restarts, some necessary files (symbol files) will be downloaded from Microsoft (around 50MB). This should be relatively quick, depending on your Internet connection speed. When this is done, File Explorer will restart again and will be ready for use.







      As you can see with the above images, you can also elect to revert back to the Windows 10-style File Explorer with the ribbon and context menu. It's up to you!

      In fact, there is also a lot possible with additional third party add-ons as well, such as a forked version of TaskbarX that will let you place Start in the center of the taskbar. If you prefer that, details on how to get that setup are here. In short, great things are possible if we look around.

      As always, this is a third-party app, and you have to be cool with using this Open Source software. You will also need Administrator rights on the PC you are using this on, and some Antivirus software programs may alert that this it is malware. Edge also automatically blocks the download of the .DLL so I needed to opt to "Keep anyway". If you have any doubts or questions, you can contact the developer directly on Github in the discussions section.

    • By hellowalkman
      Screenshots of Android apps running on Windows 11 have leaked
      by Sayan Sen

      Last month, the Windows Subsystem for Android (WSA) popped up on the Microsoft Store (image above) indicating that development work for bringing Android Apps to Windows 11 is going on even though the feature is yet to debut officially. Not just that, as earlier today, screenshots too of purported Android apps running on Windows 11 have also leaked allegedly via a Bilibili user named Makazeu, who seems to be a code porter for Microsoft itself.

      There are a couple of images of the said leak, the first one shows WeChat while the second image appears to be that of Bilibili app for Android.





      The earlier Microsoft store leak revealed some of the system requirements that WSA will have. A user will need the Windows 11 build 22000 or newer (it is actually written as Windows 10, but we believe this is an error), 64-bit x86 or ARM CPU, and 8GB memory. It will also be available on the newer Xbox consoles too. This means the release version (build 22000.194) of Windows 11 is supported.

      For bringing the Android apps, Microsoft has collaborated with Amazon and the apps will be delivered via the Amazon Appstore making use of Intel's Bridge technology. According to Intel, this technology is a "runtime post-compiler that enables applications to run natively on x86-based devices" including on Windows. Microsoft officials have only stated that it is coming "soon", however we can deduce that it is very likely we won't see it until the release of Windows 11 22H2, which could put it at around October 2022 for the general public.

      via Windows Latest

    • By Usama Jawad96
      Windows 11 is not getting 3D emoji, previous promise was a marketing blunder
      by Usama Jawad

      The 2D emoji present in Windows 11 Dev channel build 22478Microsoft rolled out a new Windows 11 build in the Dev channel yesterday. Build 22478 contains a bunch of new features and improvements. It also brought Microsoft's Fluent emoji that the company has been heavily advertising for the past few months since Windows 11 was revealed to the public. However, to the dismay of many who utilize emoji in their daily workflows, the new emoji are 2D, not 3D like the company has been promoting so far. The flat emoji present in the latest Dev channel build can be seen above while the ones that were previously advertised can be seen below, the difference is quite stark:

      The 3D emoji Microsoft has been promoting for the past couple of months It appears that the 3D emoji shown above are not coming to the Windows 11 emoji panel at all, as revealed by Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager of the Windows Insider Program:

      When grilled about Windows 11 marketing being a scam considering that the Windows and Windows UK Twitter accounts have also been promoting the 3D emoji as native to the OS, LeBlanc downplayed the issue, saying that:

      It remains to be seen if some other software such as Teams, Yammer, or Outlook will be getting the 3D emoji instead. The Microsoft Design team tapped the aforementioned software and Windows when talking about the release of 3D emoji back in July. LeBlanc has declined to share more details on the matter.

      Whether it was false advertising or not, we will leave it up to our readers to decide. But this is not the first in Microsoft's ongoing series of miscommunication and under-delivering. The company had to modify its system requirements documentation for Windows 11 a couple of times before finally getting them right after the OS' reveal. Similarly, Android app support did not materialize in Windows 11's launch version either, even though the feature was heavily advertised.

      That said, it's a bit baffling that the Windows Insider management team did not restrict Microsoft social media accounts from using "wrong graphics" that were not coming to Windows 11 until called out about the fact.

    • By Abhay V
      Windows 11 build 22478 for the Dev channel brings Fluent emojis and other improvements
      by Abhay V



      Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 build to Insiders in the Dev channel. Build 22478 brings a bunch of new features, headlined by the new Fluent emojis that the firm announced earlier this year. This is part of the firm's effort to modernize emojis by making them three-dimensional in shape. The set of new emojis also include the Clippy icon for the paperclip. The firm is also adding support for Unicode emoji up to Emoji 13.1, bringing additional options.

      Interestingly, users running the public release version of the OS will not have to wait until next year to enjoy the new emojis as the firm promises to bring these to the release version bia a future servicing update. The feature joins the likes of more bug fixes that are being made in the Dev channel builds that are being promised for the public version of the OS.

      In addition to the new emojis, there are also a few other improvements, including optimizations to the indexer platform that will result in reducing disk space usage on the system. The firm is also adding the ability to change system volume from the volume icon using the mouse wheel by scrolling on the icon - something that is a nifty and welcome addition. Though the feature has been present in Windows 10, it has been oddly omitted in Windows 11.

      In addition to these, here are all the improvements made with today's build:

      As usual, there are a bunch of bug fixes that are always welcome. As mentioned earlier, some of these will be brought to Windows 11 version 21H2 via a servicing update in the future. Here is the complete list of fixes:

      Along with the fixes come a bunch of known issues that users must be aware of. Here is the complete list:

      This is one of the first Dev channel builds to pack a few new features. However, some of these improvements will eventually make it to the currently available version of Windows 11 for all users. Major new features are yet to begin showing up for the OS - those that will be aimed for release next year or in a future release, ones that aren't tied to the current version.

      In addition to the features, the firm also announced that it is testing a new "process for delivering new update improvements" in the way of Update Stack Packages. These packages, the firm adds, allow for them to "deliver improvements to the update experience prior to the PC taking a monthly or Feature Update". The verbiage suggests that these are akin to the Experience Packs, delivering features and/or optimization that are developed independently of the OS, making the overall update experience more reliable. These packs are delivered via Windows Update.

      Lastly, the firm is celebrating the seventh anniversary of the Windows Insider Program. To commemorate the milestone, the company is giving away two new wallpapers. You can find the wallpapers here.

      Update: Added a mention about the Update Stack Packages.