Windows 11 Release Preview build 22000.706 brings Windows Spotlight to the desktop

Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 Insider build on the Release Preview channel. The new build 22000.706 (KB5014019) contains many fixes, including for Direct3D, which was responsible for crashing applications on some systems, as well as improvements related to family safety checking and more.

There’s also the new Windows Spotlight for desktop, which has gone from the development of the 22H2 Beta Channel, scheduled for release later this year, to the current 21H2 release. The long list of changes is below:

  • New! We’ve improved the family safety verification process for a child account when you submit a request for more screen time.
  • New! Windows Spotlight on Desktop brings the world to your desktop with new daily background images. With this feature, new images will be automatically displayed as the desktop background. This feature already exists for the lock screen. You can also find out more information about each background image online. To enable this feature, go to Settings > Personalization > Background > Customize Background. Select Windows Spotlight.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the input application (TextInputHost.exe) to stop working.
  • Addresses an issue in searchindexer.exe affecting Microsoft shape searches. Vidio.
  • We’ve prevented users from bypassing enrollment enforcement by disconnecting from the internet when they sign in to Azure Active Directory (AAD).
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the AnyCPU application to run as a 32-bit process.
  • We fixed an issue where Azure Desired State Configuration (DSC) scripts with multiple partial configurations weren’t working as expected.
  • Fixed an issue affecting remote procedure calls (RPC) for the Win32_User or Win32_Group WMI class. The domain member running RPC contacts the primary domain controller (PDC). When multiple RPCs occur at the same time on many domain members, it can overload the PDC.
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when adding a trusted user, group, or computer with a one-way trust set. You receive the error message “The selected object does not match the target source type.”
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Application Counters section not being displayed in Performance Reports of the Performance Monitor tool.
  • Fixed an issue where the display brightness was not maintained after changing the display mode.
  • We fixed an issue that could affect some applications that use d3d9.dll with certain graphics cards and could cause those applications to close unexpectedly.
  • Fixed an issue affecting the IE mode window frame.
  • Fixed an issue affecting Group Policy templates.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Internet shortcuts not to update.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some users seeing a black screen when signing in and out of Windows.
  • We fixed an issue that caused the input method editor (IME) to discard a character if you entered a character while the IME was converting previous text.
  • We fixed an issue affecting the Desktop Duplicate API that affects display orientation and results in a black image on the screen.
  • We fixed an issue that caused printing to fail when a Low Integrity Level (LowIL) application prints to port zero.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in BitLocker failing to encrypt when using the Automatic Encryption option.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in a false negative when running scripts with Windows Defender Application Control (WDAC) enabled. This can cause AppLocker events 8029, 8028, or 8037 to appear in the log when they shouldn’t.
  • Fixed an issue that occurred when applying multiple WDAC policies. This can prevent scripts from running if policies allow scripts to run.
  • We fixed an issue affecting the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) driver that could increase system startup time.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause the Remote Desktop client application to stop working after the session ends.
  • Fixed an issue affecting Microsoft’s mouse cursor shape behavior and orientation . Application Guard in Defender (MDAG), Microsoft Office and Microsoft Edge. This issue occurs when the virtual graphics processing unit (GPU) is enabled.
  • Fixed an issue that caused widgets to display on the wrong monitor when hovering over the widgets icon in the taskbar.
  • We added an animation to the widget icon when you click or tap on the icon and the taskbar aligns to the left.
  • Fixed an issue affecting the display of the default widget icon on the center-aligned taskbar.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in app icons in search results being blurry when display scaling in dots per inch (dpi) was greater than 100%.
  • Fixed an issue that slowed file copying due to incorrect calculation of write buffers in the cache manager.
  • We fixed an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when the user logs out if Microsoft OneDrive is in use.
  • We fixed a known issue that could prevent recovery discs (CDs or DVDs) from starting if you created them using the Backup and Restore (Windows 7) application in Control Panel. This issue occurs after installing Windows updates that were released on or after January 11, 2022.

Windows Insiders should be able to download the update via Windows Update and you can find the official release notes here .

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