Build 25267 of Windows 11 is available for developers.

Microsoft has now made the fresh Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25267 available to developers. For the time being, this is the final Dev Channel flight before the holidays. In January 2023, new buildings will be made available.

Improvements & Modifications in Windows 11 Build 25267

Do a taskbar search.

Since Build 25252, we’ve been experimenting with several ways to make search appear on the taskbar. Starting with this build, Dev Channel insiders will start to see an enhanced treatment with more rounded corners. If you notice the new layout, you can change how it feels by right-clicking the taskbar to access taskbar settings.

Fixes \s


  • Fixed a problem that prevented some Insiders from casting (with WIN + K) on the prior flight.

[System Tray & Taskbar]

  • Fixed a problem that was causing some users’ Quick Settings to crash when they were in the Bluetooth area.
  • It has been updated so that when using a screen reader and setting attention to any of the Quick Settings icons in the taskbar, it no longer says “system status” and instead just says what the icon is (for instance, it no longer says “system volume state” but simply “volume”).
  • Narrator will now indicate that an app icon has been moved if focus is on it and you use ALT + Shift + Left/Right to move it while it is selected on the taskbar.
  • Fixed a severe explorer.exe crash that affected several Insiders on the previous two flights.

Do a taskbar search.

Only Windows Insiders who received one of the different taskbar search enhancements that started rolling out to Insiders with Build 25252 are affected by the fixes:

  • When you switched your primary monitor or brought in an external display, a search box that looked to be floating on the desktop was a problem that we fixed.
  • When using greater text scaling, the bottom of the text in the search box shouldn’t be clipped.


  • It should now open the customise choice when you click the notification you got the first time you used ALT + Shift rather than unexpectedly opening a Command Prompt window.
  • We resolved a problem that occasionally resulted in the first candidate item in the Simplified Chinese IME candidate window being cropped or invisible.

The file browser

  • Fixed a problem where, for some users, using “Browse for Folder” from an app would only display the desktop (and no other folders).


  • The error code in the Windows Update history may now be chosen if you want to copy it out if a Windows Update failed to install.


  • The most recent Dev Channel builds no longer regularly hang when restartable copies of a file with alternative data streams are used (for instance, using robocopy).

NOTE: A few of the fixes mentioned below in Insider Preview releases from the Dev Channel might find their way into the service updates for Windows 11’s finalised version.

The Windows 11 Build 25267 has known problems.


  • [NEW] A dark screen may appear on some Arm64 devices when they wake up from sleep or hibernation. Pressing the power button a few times will wake up the device and bring up the Lock screen, where you can log in.
  • [NEW] On some devices, using Windows Hello to sign in using face recognition might not function. You can get around this by using the Hello PIN path.
  • We are attempting to resolve a problem that occasionally causes certain UI elements in apps to vanish and reappear in recent releases.

[System Tray & Taskbar]

  • Using the tablet-optimized taskbar occasionally results in the taskbar being cut in half. This problem might also be visible on other monitors.

Do a taskbar search.

  • Only Windows Insiders who received one of the many changes to how search appears on the taskbar as indicated above in this blog post are affected by the following known issues:
  • You can experience problems with the taskbar’s search box rendering incorrectly and presenting visual artefacts.
  • The text in the taskbar’s search box has layout issues for languages with right-to-left displays, such as Arabic.
  • The taskbar’s search field has several Japanese IME candidate items clipped inside it.

[Project Manager]

  • On the Processes page, the publisher name filter does not match properly.
  • After filtering is used, some services might not appear on the Services page.
  • A new process may briefly appear in the filtered list if it is starting while the filter is active.
  • When using the Task Manager Settings page to apply a theme, some dialogue boxes might not display properly.
  • When theme changes are made in the Task Manager Settings page, the data content area of the Processes page may flash once.
  • We’re looking into a problem where Task Manager displays light and dark content incorrectly, resulting in unintelligible writing. This occurs if your mode is set to Custom in Settings > Personalization > Colors. As a temporary fix, please change it to Light or Dark.
  • For some Insiders, there are no apps listed on the Task Manager tab for startup apps. Please utilise Settings > Apps > Startup for the time being if you are affected.


  • We’re looking into a problem where, for Insiders in China (and possibly other countries as well), the widgets board will become stuck open and invisible, making it impossible to click on the left side of the screen. If you experience this, hitting WIN + D might help.
  • When clicking to the enlarged view of the widgets board in right-to-left display languages like Arabic, content animates out of view before the widgets board resizes.

[NEW] In this build, Live Captions are not functional. After the holidays, we want to swiftly test a fresh build that includes a repair.

from Microsoft

Christopher Woodill

About ME

Enterprise technology leader for the past 15+ years…certified PMP, Six Sigma Black Belt and TOGAF Enterprise Architect. I collaborate with companies to help align their strategic objectives with concrete implementable technology strategies. I am Vice President, Enterprise Solutions for Klick Health.

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