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The 8 Best Features of the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22579

Windows Insider Preview Builds are a great way to see the future of Microsoft’s operating systems, and 22579 is no different.

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Microsoft utilizes the Windows 11 Dev Channel as a platform to incubate and test new ideas, and monitor users’ feedback on its recent Windows updates, before deciding whether to scrap or incorporate them in future Windows releases.

One of these updates back is the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22579, which as a part of the Windows Insider Program, rolled out for devices enrolled in the Dev Channel. But before we delve further, here’s how you can download it.

How to Install the Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22579

These new updates are limited to users enrolled in the Windows Insider Program, so you’ll have to join the Insider community to experiment with each update’s exciting new features.

But if you’re already a Windows Insider of the Dev channel, you should have received this update and must be available for download. If you can’t seem to find it, navigate to Settings Windows Update Check for updates.

Alternatively, Microsoft’s also released the official ISO image of Windows 11 Dev Preview 22579 which is now available for download on the Windows Insider Preview Download page.

What’s New and Improved in Build 22579?

Following are the main highlighting features of Windows Insider Preview Build 22579:

Audio CD playback

Still prefer the old media like CD/DVD for music? Well, there’s good news for you.

The new Media Player software, which replaced Groove Music in the previous build, is receiving a new Audio CD option. Available on Media Player’s sidebar, it allows you to immediately browse files on disc-based media from within the software.

Naming Start Menu Folders

Following multiple concerns regarding Windows 11 Start Menu taking up unnecessary space and being less effective, Microsoft proposed an innovative solution; its release of the Windows Insider Preview Build 22557 brought the ability to arrange pinned apps in folders, giving the Start Menu a clean, organized look.

A step up from this, Build 22579 lets users rename their Start Menu folders with quick, easy steps.

  • First, open a folder (which is named Folder by default) by clicking on it or through keyboard FOCUS.
  • Tap on Edit name.
  • Name the folder whatever you’d like and hit Enter.

The Build 22579 also brought some Start Menu fixes. For instance, the bug which restored the Start Menu folder’s layout and pinned apps to default after explorer.exe restarted was taken care of.

Improved Printer Experience

The programs that require the CPrintDialog to show the Print Dialog will be using the new and improved print queue as introduced in the prior Insider Preview Build 22572; in this update, the Print Dialog’s been redesigned to match Windows 11 aesthetics.

Additionally, local network printers will now be detected automatically by the redesigned print dialog. It also means you won’t have to access Settings menu to install a new printer; instead, Windows will do it for you.

BitLocker USB exclusion

This Windows 11’s new policy is specifically directed at IT administrators, allowing them to exclude USB portable drives from BitLocker encryption. This step addresses the issue of automated or unintentional encryption of storage incorporated into specialized equipment such as conferencing systems, video cameras, medical devices, voice recorders, etc.

If you have enabled the Deny write access to removable drives not protected by BitLocker policy on your Windows PC, it won’t let you encrypt storage that’s on the exclusion list, or prompt you for any encryption when connected to a device. However, you should note that so far, the only way to configure this policy is through an MDM custom OMA-URI.

Added Pinned Site Suggestions in the Get Started App

As the name dictates, the Get Started app now comes with a new option to pin websites to your taskbar for easy access. To locate this feature, head over to the Get Started app Apps and sites we think you’ll love, and choose any suggested websites to pin them to your taskbar.

However, even though this feature is built on providing user convenience, it comes with its set of limitations. Microsoft reassures its users that this is only temporary, but right now it can only be enjoyed on EN-US devices with popular websites (personalized web recommendations will be supported soon).

Touch Gesture Improvements

As part of Microsoft’s work to enhance multi-finger touch gestures, the three-finger touch gesture comes supercharged, courtesy of which you can swipe left or right between recently used applications and easily switch between them.

Microsoft also tweaked and fixed other gesture issues where the Start menu popped up on the wrong screen, or the gesture for sliding up the Notification Center didn’t work for Hebrew or Arabic display languages.

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Office and Your Phone Integration

We know that Microsoft’s Your Phone app is hands down one of the most useful tools to connect your Android to Windows devices. With its last Recent Apps update, PC displays the three recently used apps from your Android phone.

Now, Microsoft’s taken this app a step further by integrating Your Phone and Office mobile on your (selective) Samsung device, aiming to maximize Office productivity. This will let you open supported documents from your phone in the Office desktop app or browser allowing you to pick up right where you left off.

Windows 11: How to safely install the new Insider Preview build

The new OS update has dropped, but you shouldn’t be installing it over your main build just yet.

  • Register for Windows Insider Program
  • Check Windows 11 minimum system requirements against your PC
  • Enable TPM 2.0 via BIOS
  • Download Windows 10 ISO via Media Creation Tool
  • Install Windows 10 on separate drive/partition
  • Enable Windows Insider Program Dev Channel
  • Download Windows 11 via Windows Update
  • Enjoy your buggy, feature-incomplete Windows 11 Insider Preview

Windows 11 is here and more than just in name only because, as promised, preview builds of the new Microsoft OS have started going out to Insiders. But who are these mysterious Windows Insiders and how can we join their illustrious ranks?

Essentially, they’re you and me. Enthusiastic tech junkies happy to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous early code bugs. And all you need to do is let Microsoft into your heart. And PC. Especially your PC.

Signing up to become a Windows Insider is a simple matter of registering with the same Microsoft account you log into Windows with and allowing Microsoft to gather diagnostic data from your machine. And once that’s done you can pick a channel and gain access to the very first public build of Windows 11.

But how do you do it safely, without compromising your current gaming rig and all the precious saves, pics, and game worlds that exist therein? The early preview builds will be feature-incomplete and buggy, but there are ways to check out the future of Windows safely.

The first Windows 11 Insider Preview build (22000.51) is ready to download from the Dev Channel of the Insider program, and offers our first glimpse of the new Start menu, centred Taskbar, rounded Windows, and soothing sound effects. Yes, Microsoft has gone ASMR.

AutoHDR has also made an appearance as one of the new Windows 11 gaming features, though has been floating around Insider builds of Windows 10 for a little while, too, while Microsoft shore it up.

How do I become a Windows Insider?

The first step is to sign in with your Microsoft account (which can just be your Hotmail/Outlook account) at the Windows Insider Program home page and click the big blue ‘Register’ button.

Then you just have to accept the terms and conditions, hit submit, and you’re in.

Once you’ve set yourself up as one of the Insider chosen you can then straightaway go to the Windows Insider Program settings screen in the main Settings app of Windows 10. You may have to enable optional diagnostic data to progress here if you initially had that disabled.

You will then have to pick from either the Dev Channel, Beta Channel, or Release Preview Channel. These are essentially ranked in terms of the most buggy to the closest to release—right now Windows 11 is only just hitting the Dev Channel. Microsoft describes the different channels thus:

  • If you want to be the first to get new updates and can handle some issues and bugs, you might want to try the Dev Channel.
  • If you want more reliable updates but to give us impactful feedback, you might want to try the Beta Channel.
  • Or if you want something extremely stable, you can try the latest version of Windows, but with ongoing advanced quality updates and key features in the Release Preview Channel.

You will also want to check your system’s specs against the minimum system requirements for Windows 11. Now, that’s easier said than done after Microsoft pulled the PC Health Check app which did it automatically, but essentially almost any PC from the past four years or so will be eligible.

There are CPU compatibility lists, but Microsoft seems just as confused as we are about which ones will actually work with the latest builds, so it may just be a case of trying it out if you have an older processor.

The main hurdle is the Windows 11 requirement for TPM 2.0 support, though for most of us that will simply require a trip into your BIOS to enable. You will have to check how to do that yourself, as it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Some label it simply as an option to enable TPM 2.0, while I found my Asus ROG Z490 board referred to it as PTT (Intel’s own Plaform Trust Technology, which incorporates TPM 2.0).

How do I install Windows 11?

Anyway, when this has been enabled at a BIOS level you should then be able to install the Windows 11 Insider Preview. And once you’ve enabled the Windows Insider checkbox in your Settings menu then all you need do is head over to Updates and give it a check; Windows 11 Insider Preview will magically appear, start downloading, and then install.

But that’s a bit ambitious for my tastes.

The safest way to deal with a whole new OS is to use it from within a virtual machine, a fake virtual PC that doesn’t run the risk of corrupting any real-life hardware. But where’s the fun in that?

To get a feel for a new OS you need to use it like you would on your ‘normal’ PC. And for that I’m going to suggest dual-booting. Now, there can be issues with dual-booting different operating systems on one machine, mostly down to when the time comes to remove one of them, but the whole process is pretty streamlined right now with Windows 10.

To be completely secure you could always remove your day-to-day drive from your PC entirely, eliminating the risk of corrupting your standard system boot. But, for now, I’m okay with dual-booting my system. Ask me again in six months, however, and you might get another answer.

If you have a spare drive—ideally an SSD to give DirectStorage a bash when it finally makes an appearance, though I appreciate few are likely to have one just lying around—or a bunch of spare capacity on an existing drive, then you can create a partition to dedicate to Windows 11.

You will have to drop a fresh install of Windows 10 on there first, but that’s easy, and free. Just head to the Windows 10 download page to create some installation media (ideally at least an 8GB USB drive), boot directly from that, and then install to your chosen drive/partition.

This will create two different options when you boot your PC from now on, to start with that will be a touch confusing as it will present two versions of Windows 10. But pick the empty install and you can start messing.

Once Windows 10 is installed all fresh-faced and new, you can dip into the Windows Insider Program settings page of your new install and enable it. Then Windows 11 will be available from the Update page and will install automatically.

And it doesn’t take too long to update and install either, depending on your download speed. I was up and running in no time with a whole new operating system to explore.

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Windows 11 Insider Build 25370 brings support for vTPM in Hyper-V

After successfully hosting the Microsoft Build 2023 Keynote, the company now starts adding the announced features to the Insider Preview builds. Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 25370 for Canary Channel and it brings some of the features announced in Microsoft Build 2023.

There are a bunch of AI capabilities coming to Windows 11 later this year. Yes, we already got to see the preview of many of these features at yesterday’s Microsoft Build 2023 event. And Windows Insiders already receiving first access to some of the new features through build 25370.

The Windows 11 Insider Preview build 25370 adds support for vTPM in Hyper-V on Windows on Arm (Arm64) builds. This means after updating your host OS to this or a higher version, you will be able to upgrade your guest OS Arm VM’s to Windows 11 Insider Preview Builds.

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After upgrading to Windows 11 Insider build 25370, you will be able to access advanced properties for network adapters and internet properties directly from Advanced network settings.

What’s new in Build 25370

Support for vTPM in Hyper-V on Windows on Arm (Arm64) builds

After upgrading your host OS to the latest flighted build (Build 25370 and higher), you will now be able to upgrade guest Windows on Arm VM’s to Windows 11 Insider Preview builds as it will detect the TPM 2.0 requirement.

Changes and Improvements

  • Added support for bridging adapters via command line via netsh.
  • Passpoint Wi-Fi networks will now support enhanced connection performance and will display a URL in Quick Settings to provide information to users about the venue or event.
  • We added WPA3 support to the Phone Link instant hotspot feature for more secure connections to a phone’s hotspot. Also made fixes to respect metered connection settings, reduce duplicate profiles, and show the phone’s display name in the network list.
  • We have added links to advanced properties for network adapters and internet properties under Settings Network internet Advanced network settings.

Since this is a Canary Channel Microsoft hasn’t provided a full list of changes and improvements that come with the update. Yes, this is the deal in Canary Channel. So to check all features you need to update to the same build.

If you are a Windows Insider to the Canary Channel you will receive the update on your system. To check for the update go to Settings Windows Update Check for Updates.

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Windows Insider Program: Everything You Need to Know

  • Nick Lewis
  • June 20, 2022, 1:00pm EDT

The Windows Insider Program lets you get a peek at what Microsoft is working on and the new features that will be introduced to Windows—both Windows 11 and Windows 10. It isn’t for everyone, however, and you definitely should not install an Insider Preview on your work computer.

What Is the Windows Insider Program?

The Windows Insider Program lets the general public access the changes and new features Microsoft is in the process of developing. The program benefits a lot of people: Microsoft gets a large number of testers to help identify and iron out bugs, and to see if people like changes, developers get to check out changes before they appear in the live version of Windows so they can plan updates for their programs, and enthusiastic early-adopters get to enjoy fighting with pre-release hiccups all day long.

The Windows Insider Program really isn’t for everyone. Preview versions of Windows are usually much buggier than officially released versions. That alone makes them ill-suited for day-to-day use, but the fact that features and changes will often come and go makes things even worse.

Not all Preview versions of Windows are the same, though. There are three distinct “Channels” available to Windows Insiders.

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What Are The Different Channels?

The Windows Insider Program is divided into three channels, the Developer Channel, the Beta Channel, and the Release Preview Channel. Microsoft uses the term “flight” to describe joining and using Insider builds of Windows. Here is a brief idea of what flighting in each channel might be like:

The Developer Channel

The Developer channel is the “Bleeding Edge.” It is the most frequently updated Insider channel and tends to be the most unstable as a result. New features crop up fairly regularly and disappear just as frequently, while Microsoft tests brand new code and features on a wider scale. You’ll need to be comfortable working around bugs, and you should only pick the Dev channel if you’re technically inclined, otherwise you’re probably in for a miserable time.

You should not pick this as your daily driver unless you actually need to work with the latest updates.

The Beta Channel

The Beta Channel tends to be more stable than the Developer Channel. Updates to the Beta channel are more reliable, and you probably won’t spend as much time working around bugs with the operating system or the software you install on it.

Microsoft says that the Beta channel is specifically designed to help them collect user feedback on updates and new features, so all of the problems in the code can be ironed out before they go live.

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The Release Preview Channel

The Release Preview channel is the most stable channel of the Insider Program. The features in the Release Preview channel have all been through pretty thorough testing and are slated to be introduced into the live version of Windows. You probably could use the releases in this channel for your day-to-day operating system without too much difficulty, but there is no way to know for sure if existing third-party software will be fully compatible.

How to Sign Up for the Windows Insider Program

Microsoft has made signing up for the Windows Inside Program pretty straightforward. Head over to the Microsoft Insider Preview page, scroll down, and then click “Register.”

Note: You need to log in to the Microsoft website with the same account you have attached to your Windows PC.

Take note of the warnings on the next page — there is a real possibility you could lose data currently on your PC. After you’ve done that, tick the box and accept the terms and conditions.

Then you need to go to the Windows Insider Preview window in the Settings app on either Windows 10 or Windows 11.

Click the Start button, type “Windows Insider Program” into the search bar, and then hit Enter or click “Open.” Alternatively, you can open up the Settings application and navigate to System Windows Update Windows Insider Program.

Click “Get Started,” and then follow all of the steps. You’ll need to link an account first, then select the Channel you’d like to use.

Click through the next few prompts and restart your computer. The Windows Preview you selected will be installed.

Opting Out After You Join

It is a lot easier to join the Windows Insider Program than it is to leave it. You can quit on the Microsoft website at any time, but that won’t actually remove the Insider build from your PC. Getting back to a stable version of Windows is a bit more complicated.

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If you signed up for the Dev channel, the only way to return to a stable release of Windows is a complete reinstall. If you created a system image, you can also use that to restore your PC to a stable version of Windows.

You have two options if you’re in the Beta channel or the Release Preview channel. The first is to reinstall Windows using a fresh image or a recovery image, just like if you were participating in the Dev channel. The second option is to configure your computer to disable new Insider updates once the current Insider Preview goes live — eventually, the current build you’re testing will become the stable build. That isn’t ideal if you want to get back to a stable build now, however, since it can take months for a preview to go live.

The difficulty in reverting to a stable version of Windows only reinforces a key point: The Windows Insider Program is not for everyone. If you just want to try it out, use a virtual machine, or a computer you don’t care about. Installing preview versions of Windows on your daily work PC is a headache waiting to happen.

Nick Lewis Nick Lewis is a staff writer for How-To Geek. He has been using computers for 20 years. tinkering with everything from the UI to the Windows registry to device firmware. Before How-To Geek, he used Python and C as a freelance programmer. In college, Nick made extensive use of Fortran while pursuing a physics degree. Read Full Bio »

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