Windows 11 Build 22000.51 Screenshot Gallery

Posted on June 28, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 31 Comments

Microsoft released its first official build of Windows 11 today. Here are some shots that show off new features not seen in previous leaks.

Install and lock screen

These are photos. I will get some proper shots later today. Note the new font.

Start

These aren’t new per se, but I wanted to show how that Recommend section isn’t just about recent documents. And it will almost certainly contain advertising at some point.

File Explorer

The new File Explorer features a new command bar, replacing the ribbon, and new context menus.

Microsoft Store

The new Microsoft Store has been redesigned with new navigation and new interfaces. (No Android apps in this build.)

Quick settings

Notifications and Calendar

Settings

Like the Microsoft Store, Settings has also been completely redesigned.

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31 responses to “Windows 11 Build 22000.51 Screenshot Gallery”

  1. navarac

    ....and it has left my Quick Launch toolbars on the screen and comes up as Windows 11 21H2 ! Basically it has left my desktop set-up "as was". Odd. Now to dig deeper.

    • sledge

      Saw similar as has Hyper-V et all installed.


      On a clean install everything looks as per screen shots. Add Hyper-V \ Containers and start reverts.

  2. hidp123

    Settings looks much better with the use of colours. Previously it was so dull and white/gray.

    • dftf

      While I don't mind the look of Settings in Windows 10, it is odd that with the monochrome-style icons they use, they don't recolour themselves to match your accent colour. Only the large icons on the first page of Settings do, but none of the smaller ones do...

  3. javial

    I'm trying Windows 11 in an Intel Core i7 5930K with 6 cores at 4,2 GHz. (all cores with overclocking), hyperthreading, 128 GB. RAM at 3000 MHz, 1 TB. Samsung 960 NVMe, Geforce GTX 1070, without TPM, and runs very well, rapid, fluid and zero problems.


    Seems to be that the CPU and TPM requirements are only for Windows Hello, Device Encryption, virtualization-based security (VBS), hypervisor-protected and code integrity (HVCI), and CPU's that have adopted the new Windows Driver Model, no more.


    I also see some options in Windows Defender, in Windows 10 and 11, that you can only activated depending on your processor or ir you have a TPM module.

    • Alastair Cooper

      The hardware requirements for the final (not Insiders) version aren't based on whether it would run if allowed to do so. The installer will check if your hardware meets certain specs and block it from installing if so.

  4. justme

    Several things strike me as I look at the new screenshots.


    • Recommended: The question I have is where *else* will Microsoft stick their recommendations/suggestions/advertisements. Action center? The new widget? File Explorer (at least for One Drive space, anyway).
    • Hardware requirements: I do think this looks to be a release which is much more consumer oriented. Given the current hardware bar to entry, I find it hard to see enterprises rushing out to upgrade - particularly if they have a fleet of relatively new machines that dont meet the installation criteria.
    • The Store: A very Teams-esque interface.



  5. thewarragulman

    Love the new look of the FIle Explorer. Granted, below the command bar it's the same old explorer dating back to Windows 8, however the new command bar looks nice and looks a lot cleaner compared to the ribbon. I liked the ribbon but I always felt it was poorly used for File Explorer and could have been better.


    The new settings app looks good too. Will have to check this out once I'm off work and can install it on my test machine (1st gen Surface Laptop).

  6. shark47

    This looks pretty cool. Hopefully we’ll see some performance improvements over Windows 10 as well.

  7. xboxonejimcramer

    New Microsoft Store looks like Teams app. Wonder what other apps will be getting this overhaul too?

  8. ndragonawa

    They might be AB testing the File Explorer; I still have the Windows 10 style command bar.

  9. JacobTheDev

    Loving the look! Can't wait for the update ?

  10. rehilliard

    What's interesting is that after the update (was win10 education), Settings nor Store have rounded corners. And, the Store main window doesn't show the icon panel down the left side. Still looks just like it did in win10 with choices across the top. I only changed to dark mode.

  11. lvthunder

    Of course, there are going to be ads in there. That's how they are going to pay for the store since they are allowing the big apps to bring their own payment system to the store.

  12. jumpingjackflash5

    The design has improved. But this should probably have been 21H2 update for Windows 10 with optional (or switchable) user interface change. The hardware requirements will put many machines behind, staying on Windows 10 up to the end of their life.

    But surely this will drive the sales of new machines with Windows 11.

  13. LocalPCGuy

    I wonder why Microsoft doesn't put items in Settings in alphabetical order. Do they need to break away that far from the Control Panel layout, which is in alphabetical order, making it easy to locate what you'r looking for? This "modern" Settings layout always looks sloppy and tedious to me for said reason.

    • dftf

      "I wonder why Microsoft doesn't put items in Settings in alphabetical order [like with] Control Panel ..."


      It will only be in A-Z order when using the "Large icons" or "Small icons" view. Remember, the default view for Control Panel is "Category", which isn't, and groups settings into various "themes", very-similar to how it's done in Settings

  14. dftf

    Could just be me but that new font on the first "working on updates" screenshots doesn't look great.


    Start: I see they have replaced "PowerShell" with "Windows Terminal" in the right-click menu. So that would mean if you ran it "as administrator" that every PowerShell and Command Prompt tab you open within the app would be ran with admin rights, yes?


    File Explorer: the light-theme version as briefly seen in one of Microsoft's promo videos looked better. Though I've always been puzzled as to why when the Ribbon APIs were first added into Windows 7, why they never went with the Microsoft Office style of ribbon? In Windows, you cannot re-order buttons once added, and there are no separator lines you can add.


    The updated Microsoft Store looks okay, I guess. The more-important thing to consider though is whether they will now curate is better, stop all the crapware and get more common apps into it.


    The new Settings looks fine, though time will tell how-much stuff from Control Panel actually makes its way over. I also wish they'd stop having "Display" and "Sound" in the "System" category. To me it would make more-sense to have them under "Devices" and rename them "Screens & Projectors" and "Speakers, Headphones & Microphones" respectively.

  15. beckoningeagle

    Is it rolling out to insiders or is it an ISO?

  16. eric_rasmussen

    It looks nice, but of the 7 PCs I have in the house for me and the family, only one PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11.


    Normally I would build new PCs for everyone, but getting gaming-class video cards right now is basically impossible without paying 3-5x the retail price each.


    I'm a bit dumbfounded that Microsoft chose this moment in time to turn a huge number of computing products into e-waste. The chip shortages are bad enough without a push to upgrade the planet to new PCs.

    • compuser

      Yea, I tried to run the Windows 11 upgrade on my Insider system yesterday, and even though it says right on the Windows Insider page of Settings/Update & Security, that even though the PC doesn't meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11, it also says the PC can receive Insider Preview builds until Windows 11 is generally available, then should be reverted back to a Windows 10 clean install, the upgrade stopped after 8% was downloaded, saying the the PC can't run Windows 11. But I wonder why it didn't stop the upgrade right away instead of waiting until it completed 8% of the download. Whatever, I think Microsoft is making a huge mistake with these requirements on consumer PCs running Windows Home.

      • compuser

        (Posting this as an addition to my original comment since actually editing the original comment is not an option.) So I just discovered a 3rd-party app called WhyNotWindows11, and according to it, my Insider PC failed for all the following reasons: boot method (not UEFI), CPU compatibility (CPU not listed as compatible), disk partition type (not GPT), no secure boot, and no TPM.

    • aardvark45

      This is a consumer focused OS, and few people will bother buying a new computer to run it. Businesses will ignore it and stick to Windows 10. I don't think many working computers will get junked because of Windows 11.

      • compuser

        Actually, I don't think that's true. I've read that one of the primary reasons Microsoft gave for requiring TPM and secure boot is that it provides tighter security for businesses who have employees connecting to their networks while working from home. There's no legitimate security reason to have those strict requirements on consumer PCs running Windows Home. Businesses don't typically use Windows Home, because of it can't join domains, and if any business allows their employees to connect into their network from their personal computers, they kind of deserve whatever security issues they experience as a result.

      • codymesh

        businesses will wait until long-term support versions are made available but I think businesses machines will have an easier time meeting the system requirements because of their security focus

  17. ringofvoid

    Which font did they pick? I was hoping for Bierstadt but it's obviously not that

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