Dev and Beta Channels Get New Windows 11 Builds

Posted on September 9, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 20 Comments

Windows Insiders in the Dev and Beta channels have different Windows 11 builds to download today, both with very minor improvements.

The Dev channel is being updated to Windows 11 build 22454. This one has a few minor changes, including a proper modern context menu when you right-click the Recycle Bin on the desktop and a new option for pinning a network share from File Explorer when you right-click it. Yep, big stuff.

The Beta channel is being updated to Windows 11 build 22000.184, as since this channel represents the first shipping version of Windows 11, and that development is essentially done, there are only a few fixes, both minor.

Both builds still have long lists of known issues, however. And the Beta channel build still has the taskbar/Explorer reliability problems, so you’ll need that Registry key fix from last time.

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20 responses to “Dev and Beta Channels Get New Windows 11 Builds”

  1. feek

    Why have the last few builds had so few bug fixes? I understand it’s feature complete and being readied to roll, but why not test out bug fixes?

    • lvthunder

      You can only test out bug fixes that have actually been fixed. My guess is they are busy researching the known issues list to see how to fix the issues as well.

      • hrlngrv

        I've come across a bug for which I did submit a Feedback report. I can't run Feedback Hub at the moment, so can't provide a link.

        The bug: go into Settings > Apps and features, and installed apps and programs are listed. There are 3-dot menus for each. Store apps include Advanced Options in those menus. Click on the 3-dot menu for winget, then click on Advanced Options. That crashes Settings every time for me. I doubt that affects many Windows 11 users. After all, who'd use a GUI to change advanced options for a console/command line utility? However, I suspect some critical mismatch between winget and Windows 11 Settings; maybe not an indicator that other things could be fubar, but safer/wiser to believe other things may also be so affected.

        I have to figure MSFT's goal is always safe 99% of the time for 99% of users. As for the unlucky 1% of users or the other 99% 1% of the time, that's what waivers of implied warranties of merchantability and fitness are for.

    • VMax

      They do seem to make minor fixes that aren't mentioned in the blog post - I had a long-standing Bluetooth volume control issue resolved in the last build, and although they do mention BT fixes, none of them seem related to the problem that vanished for me. I can imagine there could be many fixes of that nature, too minor to mention but all contributing towards a reliable finished product.

  2. snow.steve22

    I also notice that at least for the Dev channel we're back to a watermark for Windows 11 (and also an ISO for the Dev channel as well.) This is an interesting change that suggests that they are maybe getting a little more serious about Windows 11 going forward. I just bought a new to me (refurb) system to use in testing and it's a lot less cranky than the earlier ones I've used. It's still complaining about the processor's age but the rest of the moaning has stopped. Hopefully, we can get down to some serious testing again.

  3. brothernod

    Did I already miss the window to exit the Insider Program and graduate to a stable release build?

  4. ivarh

    I just did a software update on my VM on an M1 MacBook pro and all I got was a cumulative update.

  5. polloloco51

    Windows 11, is like the UI refresh of Windows 7 over Vista, with the essence of Windows Whistler.

    Microsoft cut out Core 2 Duos and Athlon 64s. They only allowed 1st Gen Intel I-Series processors, and some late Core 2 Duos.

    If this occurred, Windows 7 would have burned very, very, very badly!

    Windows 11, will truly not succeed with the Processor generation requirements. I sincerely hope Microsoft fixes this at launch! It is utter nonsense and the antithesis of Windows.

    • navarac

      At least the refresh of Windows 7 over Vista was needed and a success. Windows 11 seems to be an arbitrary, and unnecessary, release over Windows 10 in nearly all respects.

  6. oscar90

    Windows 11 UI looks like its ripped from KDE plasma and the Ux likewise from ChromeOS..... with the older Windows legacy GUI just under it all, so weird of a mix.

  7. kevin.e

    This os is not even close to being ready for release. Obviously Microsoft is a enterprise company first. Should Microsoft even be in the consumer market at all? Everything they have done consumer wise has failed. Maybe not failed but discontinued.

  8. blue77star

    Why didn't they push right click window for recycle bin to beta channel as well. Seriously why not. I wish they waited with Windows 11 for whole another year to get all UI inconsistency ironed out and more.

  9. andrezzz91

    In the Dev channel - after getting this build the taskbar icons shift to the right, there are not centered anymore. Noticed that right away, not sure if others are seeing that.

  10. lvthunder

    Should I apply the registry key fix from last time even if I'm not having problems? I'm in the Beta Channel and haven't had the issue.

  11. epguy40

    maybe there will be a new set of Win11 builds coming next TH Sept. 16

    MS had been releasing W11 insider builds mostly on Thursdays

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