Microsoft is releasing the first update this week on the Dev channel. The new weekly Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25145 is now available on the Dev channel. This update is for Windows Insiders who choose the Insider Preview program. If you are a Windows user, let’s find out what’s new in Windows 11 Build 25145, which will eventually be available to all users at a later date.
The latest Insider Preview build 25140 was released last week with some changes and improvements. If you’re unfamiliar with Insider Builds, these are weekly updates meant for testing purposes and their feature is added to a public build once testing is complete.
The latest Windows 11 Insider Update comes with build number 25145. As mentioned earlier, this new Windows 11 brings some new features, changes as well as bug fixes. This is a larger update than the last few Insider builds. Below you can find all the new features and bug fixes that are part of the changelog. Some of these changes will be made available to limited Insider users first before wider rollout.
Changelog Windows 11 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 current braille support in Narrator if it is already installed by following these steps.
- Open settings.
- Go to Apps > Additional Features > Installed Features.
- Accessibility Search – Braille support.
- Expand Accessibility – Braille Support and remove this feature.
Install the new Braille support for Narrator:
- Go to Settings > Accessibility > Narrator > Braille.
- Click the “More” button.
- Download Braille from this new window by clicking the Download and Install Braille button.
- After installing Braille, go back to Settings > Accessibility > Narrator > Braille.
- Select the braille display driver used by the third-party screen reader under Braille Display Driver. This only needs to be done once.
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.
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.
Solution for local administrator password
The legacy product Local Administrator Password Solution (also known as “LAPS”) is now a built-in part of Windows and includes many new features.
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 a basic Active Directory domain joined client scenario:
- Extend your Active Directory schema by running the Update-LapsADSchema cmdlet in the new LAPS PowerShell module.
- Add the necessary permissions to your computer’s organizational unit by running the Set-LapsADComputerSelfPermission cmdlet.
- Add a new LAPS GPO, enable the “Configure password backup directory” setting, and configure it to back up the password in “Active Directory”.
- 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.)
- 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.
Changes and improvements
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 make privacy decisions with ease and confidence. 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).
The Action Suggestions, which began rolling out with Build 25115, are now available to all Windows Insiders in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Middle-clicking a folder in the body of File Explorer now opens it in a new tab.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Closing the action center using the keyboard now displays the closing animation correctly.
- When entering a number in the settings search box 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 a couple of crashes that some Insiders were experiencing 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.
- The SOM currency sign (U+20C0) has been added to the Courier New font family.
- Pressing CTRL + Page Up and CTRL + Page Down should now work again for page navigation in Task Manager.
- We fixed a rare issue that could cause some apps to crash on launch from time to time.
- 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.
- 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.
- We’re working on a fix for an issue where widget settings (temperature units and pinned widgets) were unexpectedly reset to default.
- 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.
Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25145 is available on the Dev channel. And if you’ve joined the Insider Preview developer channel and are running Windows 11, you’ll get a new Insider Preview build. You can just go to Settings > Windows Update > click on Check for Updates. And from there, you can simply install the update on your computer.
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