Windows 11 Insider Preview: Build 22494 will be rolled out via the Dev Channel

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Microsoft has released the Windows 11 Insider Preview with Build 22494.1000 for rollout in the Dev Channel of the Insider Program for Windows 11. In addition to the mandatory bug fixes and optimizations, there are new features for the microphone.

Microsoft Teams can be muted via the taskbar

The new 10.0.22494.1000 rs_prerelease, the full name of the updated Insider Preview, allows for the first time to mute and activate a headset or microphone directly via the notification area of ​​the taskbar. The first application that can use the feature is Microsoft’s own collaboration software Microsoft Teams. The “Chat” and “Microsoft Teams for Home” build-in apps, which are derived from the in-house groupware, have not yet had this feature extension.

In the future, headsets and microphones can be muted directly via the taskbar In the future, headsets and microphones can be muted directly via the taskbar (Image: Microsoft)

Currently the feature is only available for a “small group of insiders“Rolled out, which Microsoft teams use in everyday work or at school, according to Microsoft in the context of a contribution to the Windows Insider Blog.

Microsoft is cleaning up for Windows 11 22H2

The official release notes this time list a particularly large number of bug fixes and optimizations, which suggest that the autumn 2022 update, which will be launched as Windows 11 22H2 and drag and drop back to the taskbar, could become what Windows could do 11 21H2 should have been on release.

The various improvements of Build 22494 can be found in the areas of the taskbar, Windows Explorer, search, window management, input devices and settings.

Changes and Improvements

  • We are trying out showing snap groups in ALT + TAB and Task View with some Windows Insiders just like when you hover open apps on the taskbar, and you see them there. This isn’t available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.
  • If you’re searching for file type or link types under Settings> Apps> Default apps, we’ll now show a dropdown of options containing your current query without having to first press enter.
  • If needed, you can now launch the installed apps settings page under Settings> Apps> Installed apps directly via this URI: ms-settings: installed-apps.
  • Adjusted the names of the sort by options under Settings> Apps> Installed apps to help make them clearer and added a new option to sort from smallest to largest size.


  • Taskbar
    • Tooltips should no longer appear in random places on the Taskbar after sliding your mouse over volume, battery, network, or other icons in the Taskbar corner.
    • Addressed an underlying issue that was leading to come unexpected duplication of certain icons in the Taskbar corner.
  • File Explorer
    • Addressed an issue that was causing the context menu to crash for some people if you tried to scroll it.
    • Did some work to help address an issue where in certain areas of the screen the context menu submenus would draw on top of the context menu instead of beside it (for example, if you hovered over New).
    • The context menu icons should be less blurry on systems with multiple monitors with mixed DPI now.
    • Addressed an issue that could cause selecting Open With in the context menu to unexpectedly just open the file in certain cases rather than actually opening the Open With dialog.
    • Renaming files on the desktop is back up and running in this flight.
    • Made another adjustment to the command bar underlying logic to help improve performance of command actions in File Explorer.
  • Search
    • Fixed a recent issue that was causing the indexer database to become too fragmented, leading to the indexer unexpectedly consuming a large amount of memory and CPU for a prolonged period of time. This was particularly noticeable for people that have large Outlook mailboxes.
  • Input
    • Mitigated an issue that was causing certain apps to hang when trying to drag something with the Shift or Ctrl key held down.
    • Fixed an issue that was causing the touch keyboard to not appear on tablets when tapping the text field if you were to try to reset your PIN from the login screen.
    • Improved reliability of the pen menu.
  • Windowing
    • Fixed a few explorer.exe crashes related to using windowing features (snap, ALT + Tab, and Desktops).
    • If you open Task View on a system with multiple monitors, the background should now be acrylic on both monitors.
    • Addressed a couple UI issues with the window thumbnails in Task View and ALT + Tab, notably that the close button might get cut off if the app window was too thin.
  • Settings
    • Addressed an issue where Facial Recognition (Windows Hello) might be unexpectedly greyed out in Sign-in Settings in certain cases until closing and opening Settings.
    • Fixed an issue where Storage Sense wasn’t cleaning up C: Windows SystemTemp.
    • Standard users (aka non-admins) should now be able to change the time zone in Settings if Location access is not granted, rather than the dropdown going blank.
  • Other
    • Fixed an issue causing links to Windows Update, Recovery and For developers to show under the main Windows Update Settings page.
    • Fixed a bug where images had a yellow tonality in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Lightroom Classic when in HDR mode.
    • Mitigated an issue related to DHCP that was causing unexpected power usage while the screen was off in recent builds for some insiders.
    • Did some work to help address an issue where Service Host: WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service would unexpectedly utilize a lot of CPU.
    • Fixed an issue that could cause some devices to have a black screen when coming out of sleep (where the lock screen wouldn’t display).
    • Addressed an underlying issue that was causing some users with ARM64 PCs to experience an increase in Microsoft Teams crashes in the last few Dev Channel builds.
    • We have increased the padding for selected items as seen by clicking Show More Options in the File Explorer context menu, or the menu options in Task Manager.
    • WSL: Fixed error 0x8007010b when accessing Linux distributions via `\ wsl.localhost` or` \ wsl $ `(Issue # 6995).

Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 23494 – Release Notes

In addition to Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22494, Microsoft also has the appropriate developer tool Windows Insider Preview SDK 22494 released for download.

The new Microsoft Defender Preview should also be distributed to Windows 11 Insiders via the Dev Channel and then find its way into the Beta Channel.

Windows 11 for download on ComputerBase

Like the overview of all preview versions via the Microsoft Flight Hub reveals, the Insider Preview Build 22494 takes the place of the Insider Preview Build 22489 in the Dev Channel, while consumers in the Beta Channel have received the new Build 22000.282 as an official beta since October 15. Microsoft has released Build 22000.194 as a system image (ISO), which is linked as a download under this message.

With the help of the linked cumulative update KB5006674, which also contains the current Servicing Stack Update (SSU), the operating system can be upgraded directly to build 22000.258 after a new installation. With the optional update KB5006746 the current status from the beta channel is achieved.


  • Windows 11 ISO

    4.2 stars

    The Windows 11 ISO files can be used to create bootable installation media.

    • Version 21H2 (Build 22000.194) German
  • Windows 11 cumulative update

    5.0 stars

    Regularly updated packages with all security updates and bug fixes for Windows 11.

    • Version 21H2 (Build 22000.258) KB5006674, Win 11 German
    • Version 21H2 (Build 22000.282) KB5006746 Preview, Win 11 German

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