Windows 11 23H2 Dev build 25145 brings OneDrive warnings, local admin passwords, and more.

Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 11 Insider 25145 to the Dev Channel. This is a Sun Valley 3 (Windows 11 23H2) development for Windows Insiders that will eventually become the 2023 version.

The new build adds many new changes and improvements in addition to bug fixes. The full changelog for build 25145 is below:

What’s New in Build 25145

Narrator Braille Driver Solution

Braille devices will continue to work when you switch between Narrator and third-party screen readers because Narrator will automatically update the braille drivers.

Prerequisites:

You must uninstall Narrator’s current braille support if it’s already installed by doing the following:

  1. Open settings.
  2. Go to Apps > Additional Features > Installed Features.
  3. Accessibility Search – Braille support.
  4. Expand Accessibility – Braille Support and remove this feature.

Install the new Braille support for Narrator:

  1. Go to Settings > Accessibility > Narrator > Braille.
  2. Click the “More” button.
  3. Download Braille from this new window by clicking the Download and Install Braille button.
  4. After installing Braille, go back to Settings > Accessibility > Narrator > Braille.
  5. Select the braille display driver used by the third-party screen reader under Braille Display Driver. This only needs to be done once.

Refer to the detailed documentation to learn more about the Braille driver solution.

Additional resources. For more information about supported braille displays and Braille features in Narrator, see the Narrator User Guide.

FEEDBACK: Provide feedback in the Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Accessibility > Narrator.

OneDrive storage warning and subscription management in settings

In March , we improved the Microsoft 365 subscription management experience in Windows 11 Settings and added the ability to view your Microsoft 365 subscription payment method under Accounts in Settings.

You can manage your OneDrive Standalone 100 GB subscription from the Accounts page in Settings.
You can manage your OneDrive Standalone 100 GB subscription from the Accounts page in Settings.

Starting with today’s build, we’ve started enabling offline 100GB OneDrive subscriptions on the Accounts page in Settings, similar to Microsoft 365 subscriptions. This will allow you to view recurring payments, payment method, and OneDrive storage usage in Windows 11. Also, if you approach or exceed your OneDrive storage limit, you will be informed on the same page.

A banner displayed on the account settings page warns you about your storage usage.
A banner displayed on the account settings page warns you about your storage usage.

[We’re starting to roll out these features, so the experience isn’t available to all Insiders yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before offering it to everyone.]

FEEDBACK: Provide feedback in the Feedback Center (WIN + F) under Settings > Settings Home Page.

Solution for local administrator password

The legacy product Local Administrator Password Solution (also known as “LAPS”) is now native to Windows and includes many new features:

Easily manage the new LAPS Group Policy settings with the Group Policy Editor.
Easily manage the new LAPS Group Policy settings with the Group Policy Editor.

Feature documentation is not yet available, but if you used the legacy LAPS product, many of the features in the new version will be familiar to you. Here is a quick guide to help you get started with the basic Active Directory domain joined client scenario:

  1. Extend your Active Directory schema by running the Update-LapsADSchema cmdlet in the new LAPS PowerShell module.
  2. Add the necessary permissions to your computer’s organizational unit by running the Set-LapsADComputerSelfPermission cmdlet.
  3. Add a new LAPS GPO, enable the “Configure password backup directory” setting, and configure it to back up the password in “Active Directory”.
  4. A domain-joined client will process the policy at the next GPO refresh interval. Run “gpupdate/target:computer/force” to avoid waiting. (You can use the Invoke-LapsPolicyProcessing cmdlet for the same purpose.)
  5. Once the domain-joined client backs up the new password (look for event 10018 in the event log – see screenshot below), run the Get-LapsADPassword cmdlet to get the new saved password (you should be running as a domain administrator by default).

To access this new Group Policy, open the Group Policy Editor and navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > LAPS.

You can get detailed status with the new built-in event log:

Note. This feature is fully functional for Active Directory domain-joined customers, but Azure Active Directory support is currently limited to a small set of insiders. We will make an announcement as soon as support for Azure Active Directory becomes more available.

FEEDBACK: Provide feedback in the Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Security & Privacy > Attack Surface Reduction.

Changes and improvements

[General]

  • Every Microsoft customer should be able to use our products knowing that we will protect their privacy and provide them with the information and tools they need to audit all use of their personal resources. The new App Usage History features that began rolling out to Insiders with Build 25140 provide users with a 7-day resource access history for location, camera, microphone, phone calls, messaging, contacts, images, videos, music library, screenshots, and app through settings. You can find this new information in Settings > Privacy & Security > App Permissions (simply click on one of the app permission categories, such as microphone, and look at Recent Activity).

[Suggested Actions]

  • Started rolling out with Build 25115 , the Suggested Actions are now available to all Windows Insiders in the US, Canada, and Mexico.

[Conductor]

  • Middle-clicking a folder in the body of File Explorer now opens it in a new tab.

Here are the bug fixes in Windows 11 Build 25145:

[General]

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Insiders on Surface Pro X devices showing a black screen when trying to wake up from sleep.
  • Fixed a bug some Insiders were experiencing with SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED related to USB sticks.
  • Fixed a 0x1CA SYNTHETIC_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT error that could occasionally occur on some PCs after some time of inactivity. This could happen when the laptop lid was closed and the laptop seemed to restart while sleeping.
  • Fixed an issue in the last two builds that was causing InventorySvc to consume unexpectedly large amounts of memory the longer it ran.

[Conductor]

  • A row of tabs should now be included in the keyboard focus cycle when pressing Tab or F6. When the focus is on the tab bar, you can use the left or right arrow keys to navigate through them.
  • Fixed an issue where the order of tabs when using CTRL+Tab was incorrect if you rearranged the tabs in File Explorer.

[Start off]

  • Narrator will now correctly read the dialog that opens when you uninstall an app from its context menu in the Start menu and these options.
  • The animation when selecting the “More” button in the “Recommended” section of the Start menu in right-to-left (RTL) languages ​​should now display correctly.

[Task bar]

  • When closing the action center using the keyboard, the closing animation will now display correctly.

[Settings]

  • When entering a number in the settings search field when using the Arabic display language, the windows should no longer be displayed.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in settings crashing when going to Bluetooth and Devices > Printers & Scanners in the last few builds.
  • Fixed several crashes that some Insiders experienced in the last few builds when opening the Wi-Fi section in Quick Settings or after connecting or disconnecting from networks in the Wi-Fi section in Quick Settings.
  • We fixed an issue where the Wi-Fi option in Quick Settings and the Wi-Fi section in Settings would sometimes appear after a few seconds.
  • Using touch to reorder items in Quick Settings in Edit Mode should no longer occasionally cause Quick Settings to close unexpectedly.

[Entrance]

  • The SOM currency sign (U+20C0) has been added to the Courier New font family.

[Task Manager]

  • Pressing CTRL + Page Up and CTRL + Page Down should now work again for page navigation in Task Manager.

[Another]

  • We fixed a rare issue that could cause some apps to crash on launch from time to time.

NOTE. Some of the fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev channel may make it into service updates for the released version of Windows 11.

Here are the known issues in Windows 11 Build 25145:

[General]

  • We are investigating reports that the Mica material and Acrylic blur effect do not display correctly on OS surfaces such as the Start menu, Action Center, and other areas.
  • We’re investigating reports that shutting down via the Start menu isn’t working for some Insiders and is instead restarting unexpectedly.
  • Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause errors on your computer.

[Conductor]

  • The up arrow has been shifted on Explorer tabs. This will be fixed in a future update.
  • We are investigating reports that when launching File Explorer in certain ways while using dark mode (for example, from the command line), the body of File Explorer is unexpectedly displayed in light mode.

[Widgets]

  • We’re working on a fix for an issue where widget settings (temperature units and pinned widgets) were unexpectedly reset to default.

[Live subtitles]

  • Some full screen applications (such as video players) do not allow live subtitles to be displayed.
  • Some apps at the top of the screen that were closed before live captioning started will re-launch behind the live captioning window at the top. Use the system menu (ALT+Spacebar) when the application has focus to move the application window down.

You can find the official blog post here .

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