Microsoft Releases New Dev Build of Windows 11

Posted on September 15, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 11 with 13 Comments

A new pre-release build of Windows 11 is available for testing to users in the Windows Insider Program’s Dev channel.

As a reminder, these builds are for testing features that will arrive after the initial version of Windows 11 is released to the public next month. Or, as Microsoft puts it, “builds released to the Dev Channel no longer match the Windows 11 experience that will be released to customers on October 5th.”

There are no major new features, but build 22458 includes a single new feature, albeit a minor one: There is now a link to Sign-in options on the Power menu that’s available in Start. Also, the Tips app has been refreshed to look more natural in Windows 11.

There are also a ton of known issues, including one I noticed this past week where the taskbar buttons, which should be centered, are not centered, but are off a bit (to the right, in my case).

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13 responses to “Microsoft Releases New Dev Build of Windows 11”

  1. johnlavey

    I agree with you, Paul, on the taskbar buttons. I think by default they are skewed to the right which blocks some of my icons. So I left aligned my taskbar icons and hope they can fix this situation.

    • Greg Green

      An MS tweet to someone with the same complaint:


      Hi. We got your tweet and have responded to it via DM. This way we can maximize the character usage and discuss this further. Please check our message. Thanks. -- LJ


      so it sounds like it was deliberate.

      • VMax

        I don't see anything in that tweet that says much of anything about the issue itself - could you be misinterpreting "this way we can maximise the character usage" as referring to the bug when I think it's referring to the DM'd rather than public response?

    • SvenJ

      I have the off-centered task icons too. They are skewed right. If you want to have some fun, turn on some more system tray icons. Each one you add moves the task items farther right, closer to the system tray. No way that was intended. The more system tray icons you have, the less room you have for task icons? Someone just dorked up the positioning algorithm.

  2. joep517

    The update failed with a TPM 2.0 block message on a version 22454 Hyper-V installation.

  3. wpcoe

    Update also fails on the free version of VMware Workstation. Apparently only VMware Workstation Pro supports TPM 2.0, or at least I haven't been able to find a way to enable TPM on the free version.

  4. lewk

    I'm still unsure about the centred icons. I have used them this whole time since the first windows 11 build, and I like them centred. It might just be me, but I feel like having the start button in the far left might make more sense. I keep clicking that corner out of habit for the start menu. But I like the apps in the middle. I know, I'm strange.

    • wpcoe

      I agree with you. I think the Task Bar would look more balanced with the Start button on the left, the System Tray on the right, and the program icons centered as a group.

      • Sihaz

        Haven't tried this on windows 11 yet but that is exactly what I get using a tiny free app called centertaskbar on windows 10.

    • SvenJ

      I think a bit more user configuration might be in order, though that flies inf the face of 'simplification'. In this case, I can that individuals and setups might make a difference that MS can't and shouldn't make decisions for. I feel like the centered option would work very well for a very widescreen monitor, at least how I work. My main focus app is normally in the middle, and the ancillary stuff on either side. A centered task bar makes it closer to where I am typically working. Might not make as much sense on a smaller screen, or maybe just irrelevent, beyond what you are used to.

  5. blue77star

    New beta build just got released 22000.194

  6. John Dunagan

    How about just having the damn Taskbar itself along the left, or across the top? Who's deciding up there that we must always have it along the bottom?

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