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1 hour ago, George P said:



I hope it's not RTM yet... I'm hoping they'll add app/icon folders/groups back to the start menu (for pinned apps) before it's finalized (I made sure I found and up-voted feedback requesting that). That's the main thing I miss from Windows 10. And we don't have the Andriod apps yet either, though I suppose that could already be in the build just not enabled.


Though, if one installed a leaked build from the insiders ring and it gets updates not sure how that's proof it's RTM...

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Just received an email from the Insiders.. stating that the Beta ring will be getting builds later this month.


In response to 22000 being the RTM.. not sure. Kinda leaves it up in the air.. I mean, are they releasing it soon.. or in the fall as previously known?


22000 may be the build prime number, but if the Dev ring is on .51... it may be well into those numbers as the final RTM. Ex: 22000.750. (give or take - just guessing)

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Build 22000.71 is out.



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Guys if you are using 22000.71 or lower build, create a folder and rename it to


Then open it to see the absurdity. I am sure most of you will be familiar with the Classic System Properties. Windows Branding and logo is wrong there.



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On 18/07/2021 at 19:35, d5aqoëp said:

Guys if you are using 22000.71 or lower build, create a folder and rename it to




Then open it to see the absurdity. I am sure most of you will be familiar with the Classic System Properties. Windows Branding and logo is wrong there.



welcome to beta stuff where ###### isnt finnished... Nothing new moving along

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Considering the control panel is on the way out, slow death for sure, and probably going to be even more hidden away in 11, I'd say they're not going to bother making any sort of changes to it you might find if you dig.


If there was some way to rip it out without breaking apps I'm sure they would've done it long ago.  It's that double edge sword called compatibility.  On one hand it makes Windows what it is, on the other it's also the bane of it's existence.


That's why the ideas about everything in containers that 10X was going for was super interesting IMO.  Maybe that'll find it's way into full Windows in time.

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I haven't noticed any issues with Build 22000.71 myself. 


We’ve addressed an issue that was making your mouse move slowly when hovering over the Taskbar previews.

I was experiencing that issue on my Surface Pro X with the last build, and it caused some serious mouse pointer lag when the preview popped up. Whew, so glad that's fixed.

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Looks like I have Teams chat, but it doesn't display anything, super handy...




Already tried killing the instance, didn't help.

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On 23/07/2021 at 02:55, Steven P. said:

Looks like I have Teams chat, but it doesn't display anything, super handy...


Already tried killing the instance, didn't help.

Tried updating graphics drivers?  You wouldn't think you'd even need to with a new OS but it was really slow with some of my non DirectX games until I did.

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On 23/07/2021 at 17:10, Randomevent said:

Tried updating graphics drivers?  You wouldn't think you'd even need to with a new OS but it was really slow with some of my non DirectX games until I did.

Well it is in a VM so IDK.

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On 27/07/2021 at 08:47, Steven P. said:

Well it is in a VM so IDK.

...and later I think it cleared up on its own.  I don't know, don't ask me.  :p

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On 28/07/2021 at 12:49, domboy said:

Has anyone gotten this new build?

Unlikely anyone will before tomorrow at the earliest.

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On 28/07/2021 at 21:49, domboy said:

Has anyone gotten this new build?


On 28/07/2021 at 21:51, adrynalyne said:

Unlikely anyone will before tomorrow at the earliest.

Yep, apparently there will also be a beta build (promised before the end of the month) so I expect we will see that tomorrow, Thursday 1PM ET

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On 28/07/2021 at 15:55, Steven P. said:


Yep, apparently there will also be a beta build (promised before the end of the month) so I expect we will see that tomorrow, Thursday 1PM ET


On 28/07/2021 at 15:51, adrynalyne said:

Unlikely anyone will before tomorrow at the earliest.

Ah ok, I do see Thursday/Friday is when mine has install the previous two builds. I wasn't sure since that tweet had the date as the 27th. Thanks.

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On 28/07/2021 at 22:09, domboy said:


Ah ok, I do see Thursday/Friday is when mine has install the previous two builds. I wasn't sure since that tweet had the date as the 27th. Thanks.

Microsoft tests the builds internally for a few days usually, if no computer is on fire, they release it, apparently :D 

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On 28/07/2021 at 16:13, Tantawi said:

Microsoft tests the builds internally for a few days usually, if no computer is on fire, they release it, apparently :D 

Makes sense. Thanks for the explanation! This is my first time trying an Insiders build.

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What about memory management (and gaming on it)?

It is better, the same, improved or worsened in comparison to Windows 10 latest builds?

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On 29/07/2021 at 09:19, kiddingguy said:

What about memory management (and gaming on it)?

It is better, the same, improved or worsened in comparison to Windows 10 latest builds?

Too early to make that determination. Its very rough still, and gaming really shouldn't be evaluated and considered accurate due to a lot of debugging processes running.

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On 29/07/2021 at 11:25, adrynalyne said:

Too early to make that determination. Its very rough still, and gaming really shouldn't be evaluated and considered accurate due to a lot of debugging processes running.

I don't really benchmark stuff usually so take this as you will (I do most of my gaming on Xbox atm) but it feels better for it in general.  Not significantly, but it's nice to have Auto HDR as well.


That said, the AMD driver installer insists their current win10 drivers are outdated but sticking with the OS' default gives me some wonky perf at times.  I'll stick with the win10 driver releases for now.

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Just to show you how ahead MS is internally compared to the build they push out to testers.

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      Microsoft has already seeded the RTM build to Windows Insiders in the Release Preview channel. So, if you are eager to upgrade to Windows 11, you can head to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider Program and enroll in the Release Preview Ring.

      For the rest, Windows 11 will start seeding on October 5. You can head to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update and click on Check for Updates to download and install the Windows 11 update.

      Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system is more than just a minor update as it introduces a brand-new modern UI that looks and feels much better when compared to Windows 10. Microsoft has taken a new route with Windows 11, giving users a fresh UI for both the operating system and the native Windows apps. Apart from the new UI, improvements made to Windows 11 will ensure that users get the best performance and experience.

      With Windows 11 coming soon, do you plan to upgrade your system to the latest offering from Microsoft? Let us know your thoughts by voting in the poll below and sounding off in the comments section.

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      Microsoft Weekly: New Surface hardware, Windows 11 in Release Preview, and gaming
      by Abhay V

      It’s been an eventful week in the world of Microsoft. There is a new Windows 11 build for the Dev channel with a bunch of bug fixes, Release Preview Insiders received their first taste of Windows 11 in the way of an optional update to the new OS, the Redmond company announced a bunch of new Surface hardware bringing much-needed upgrades to most of the product line, and much more. Check all this out and more in our weekly Microsoft digest for the week of September 19 – September 25.

      Windows 11 in Release Preview, new Dev channel build, more

      As is now the case every week, there was a new Dev channel build. Build 22463 brought a bunch of bug fixes, including a fix for the issue that caused the taskbar icons to align incorrectly. While the branch from which new Dev channel builds are being served is not tied to a specific Windows 11 version, the firm has said that many fixes being made will also be brought to the Windows 11 version releasing next month. It does note that newer features for the Dev channel are a while away.

      As the OS begins to near its October 5 rollout date, Release Preview Insiders finally got their first taste of Windows 11, thanks to the rollout of build 22000.194. The rollout, just like how recent feature updates have been, is currently optional for eligible users. It will not be surprising to see mainstream users begin receiving the same build when the OS launches on October 5, with there being a few day-one updates bringing bug fixes. Considering that the rollout is staggered, not many eligible users will see the update on day one, which gives the firm time to polish the offering further before expanding the rollout. For those who want to perform a fresh install, the firm also released ISO images for this build.

      However, for those trying to install the new OS on unsupported hardware, the company is supposedly planning to get those users to sign an acknowledgment, agreeing that they are installing the OS with the knowledge that they might not receive critical security updates or support. There has been an ongoing discussion about whether the firm will serve updates to users running its latest OS on unsupported hardware. Talking about hardware compatibility, the firm also released the updated PC Health Check app for Insiders, bringing much-needed improvements to the Windows 11 compatibility checking tool.

      Continuing the topic of updates, Edge Dev users received their final Edge 95 build which brought the new Windows 11-style visual updates by default. As expected, some elements such as the Mica material are exclusive to those running the offering on Windows 11. Another significant addition was the ability to pick up PDF documents where users last left them.

      The Microsoft Teams desktop client is also slated to receive a new capability that will allow adding anonymous users to Teams meetings. This brings another way for users to conduct meetings with vendors or users from different organizations. The rollout of the feature is slated for October, as spotted on the Microsoft 365 Roadmap.

      Brand new Surface hardware
      Source: Microsoft Microsoft held its much-awaited hardware event this week, announcing a bunch of new hardware. The Surface Pro 8 brought the first major redesign for the 2-in-1 in over five years. The display is now a 13-inch unit that sports a 120Hz high refresh rate. The device sports two Thunderbolt 4 ports, making it the first Surface PC to support a Thunderbolt port. There is also a new Slim Pen 2 that brings haptic feedback and a new design. The stylus can is housed in the new carbon-fiber sporting Signature keyboard.

      As for internals, the device sports Intel’s 11th-gen Tiger Lake chips and can be configured with 32GB of RAM and 1TB of removable SSD storage. The Surface Laptop Studio is available in "select markets" for an asking price starting at $1599.99.

      The Android-powered Surface Duo 2 also brings welcome improvements. These include slightly larger 5.8-inch displays that now curve into the hinge area, making for a glanceable notifications panel when the device is closed. There is now a new triple-camera array at the back, bringing ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto lenses, improving greatly on its predecessor. The phone also features support for the Surface Slim pen that can be magnetically attached to the back.

      Internals have also seen a significant upgrade, with the top-tier Snapdragon 888 SoC bringing 5G support. NFC is also being added. The Surface Duo 2 is priced at $1499.99 and is available for pre-order in select markets.

      The star of the show, however, was the Surface Laptop Studio, a new device in the Surface lineup that replaces the Surface Book brand. Unlike the Book’s detachable top section, the Laptop Studio features a swiveling display that can be placed in Laptop or Studio modes, mimicking devices like the Acer ConceptD Ezel laptops.

      The offering features Intel 11th-gen H35 chips and RTX graphics, making it the most powerful Surface device to date. Just like the Surface Pro 8, the Laptop Studio comes with a high refresh rate display and Thunderbolt 4 ports. The stepped design also allows for the Slim Pen 2 to be attached – and charged – magnetically under the keyboard deck. The laptop can be maxed out with 32GB of RAM and 2TB of SSD storage. The Surface Laptop Studio is available for “select markets" for an asking price starting at $1599.99.

      There were a few minor upgrades to some devices as well. The Surface Go 3 was updated with new Intel chips, with the tablet now available with a 10th-gen Core i3 processor. The ARM-powered Surface Pro X, on the other hand, can now be had in Wifi-only flavor for a lower asking price. There were also new peripherals like the Ocean Plastic Mouse made from 20% recycled ocean plastic.

      Halo Infinite preview, Sea of Thieves Season Four, and more
      Starting off this week’s gaming news is – unsurprisingly – Halo Infinite. As announced earlier this week, 343 Industries opened the next round of technical tests for its upcoming title. The first weekend of the double Technical Preview drop this week brings access to player versus player Arena from the get-go, including Bot Arena from the previous flights. However, Social Arena playlist opens matchmaking only at pre-set times to stress test the servers. You can find the schedule in the news article here.

      The first preview closes on Tuesday, the 27th of September, and opens back up on Friday, October 1. The second drop will contain the overhauled 12 versus 12 Big Team Battle (BTB) mode. It must be noted that Bot Arena, Training Mode, Weapon Drills, and Battle Pass elements are accessible through both weekends.

      Moving on, Rare announced this week the next major content update for Sea of Thieves, Season Four, which began rolling out on September 23. The update takes players under the waves this time around, bringing new undersea adventures such as new Siren Shrine and Siren Treasury destinations. The studio is also introducing a treasure storage method to transport entire loot stacks from the bottom of the sea to save players from taking multiple trips to transport their loot. The new season also brings 100-level battle pass levels to climb for free and a refreshed premium Plunder Pas.

      Those waiting for Alan Wake Remastered were also treated to a comparison trailer showing off the visual upgrades made to the title against the original Xbox 360 version. Unsurprisingly, there is higher resolution rendering, accompanied by better textures, lighting, and more. The title launches on October 5, 2021, and features the base game and The Signal and The Writer story expansions.

      Rounding off gaming news this week are the Deals with Gold discounts. Titles from the Assassin’s Creed, Halo, Forza, and Star Wars franchises are receiving major discounts. However, some discounts noted in the piece are exclusive to Xbox Live Gold members.

      Lastly, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One September update was announced this week. The release notes mention the recently announced support for Remote Play and cloud gaming on PC via the updated Xbox app. The update also brings an update to the new Chromium-based Edge browser to improve performance and more.

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      We continue with the Closer Look series where we provide a detailed view of the various new components in Windows 11, a comparison of the equivalent feature in Windows 11 – where applicable, and a run-down of the good and the bad. This week, we looked at not one but two areas of the OS – the new File Explorer and the updated Context menus. Check out our complete comparison and let us know your thoughts.

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    • By Abhay V
      Windows 11 build 22000.194 now available to Insiders in the Release Preview channel
      by Abhay V

      Microsoft today announced that Windows 11 build 22000.194 is now heading to eligible Release Preview channel users, bringing the OS one step closer to its October 5 release. As expected, not all users running Release Preview builds will receive the update, as the OS is being served only to those running builds on supported hardware. Just like major feature updates, the release will be offered as an optional update, before becoming available to all eligible users.

      Build 22000.194 is the same one that was released last week to Beta channel Insiders. These builds have mostly been receiving bug fixes, with there possibly being at least a couple more expected for Release Preview insiders as well. It is possible that this will be the build that will also ship with new Windows 11 devices starting October 5, with there being day-one cumulative updates.

      The firm has been fixing more bugs in the Dev channel builds and has promised to bring those fixes as well to the OS post-release. It is odd, though, that the focus hasn’t been on getting out a chunk of the fixes to the Beta channel and Release Preview before release. The Windows 11 rollout will be a staggered and measured one, so those running Windows 10 might have to hop onto the Release Preview channel if they do not want to wait.

      Additionally, Microsoft is also making build 22000.194 ISO images available for Insiders that want to perform a fresh install of the OS or re-load their VMs with the build heading to the Release Preview channel. You can download the latest ISOs from here.

      Windows 11 brings a bunch of new features, a major visual refresh, and much more. The biggest – and probably the first visual change – is the centered Start menu and taskbar icons, along with rounded corners and a lot more. We have been looking at the various new components in detail in our Closer Look series, which you can find here.

      Are you running Release Preview channel builds and are you going to install Windows 11 right away? Let us know in the comments below!