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Windows 11 is finally getting a new volume indicator​

It has taken nearly 10 years, but Windows is finally getting a new modern volume indicator. Originally introduced in Windows 8 in 2012, the black bar that pops up when you adjust the system volume using a keyboard or other device is finally going away. Microsoft is replacing it with a volume indicator that matches the overall Windows 11 design.

Indicators for volume, brightness, camera privacy, camera on / off, and airplane mode are all being updated soon with a more modern design. “These new flyouts will appear when you press the volume or brightness keys on your laptop and will honor light/dark mode to give you a more coherent Windows experience,” explains Microsoft’s Windows Insider chief Amanda Langowski. “Brightness and volume indicators continue to be interactive with the update.”
 

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Microsoft has released Windows 11 Build 22000.466 (KB5008353) to Windows Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels.
The new update includes the following improvements:

  • We improved the reliability of application installations on ARM64 devices.
  • We updated daylight savings time to start in February 2022 instead of March 2022 in Jordan.
  • We fixed an issue that causes ARM64 devices to stop responding when they hibernate or resume from hibernation.
  • We fixed an issue that might prevent some image editing programs from rendering colors correctly on certain high dynamic range (HDR) displays. This frequently affects white colors that might display in bright yellow or other colors.
  • We fixed an issue that affects predictive pre-rendering in Microsoft Edge Internet Explorer mode.
  • We fixed an issue that sometime prevents you from entering strings in the Input Method Editor (IME).
  • We fixed an issue that causes the audio service to stop responding on some devices that support hardware-accelerated Bluetooth audio.
  • We fixed an issue in which the text that informs a customer about the Windows update progress is incorrect for Japanese.
  • We fixed an issue that affects icons for apps when the apps are not running. On the taskbar, these icons might display as active as if the apps are running.
  • We fixed an issue that might cause VPN profiles to disappear. This issue occurs when you use Microsoft Intune or a third-party mobile device management (MDM) tool to deploy VPN profiles on Windows 11 (original release).
  • We fixed an issue that affects applications that are written to only integrate with Azure Active Directory (AAD). These applications will not work on machines that are joined to Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).
  • We fixed an issue that might cause the Get-TPM PowerShell command to fail when it attempts to report Trusted Platform Module (TPM) information. The command fails with the error, “0x80090011 Microsoft.Tpm.Commands.TpmWmiException,Microsoft.Tpm.Commands.GetTpmCommand”.
  • We fixed an issue that causes a remote desktop protocol (RDP) session to disconnect or the screen to be blank for Server Core. This issue occurs when you install the AppCompat feature.
  • We fixed an issue that affects windows.system.profile.retailinfo.dll.
  • We fixed some issues that affect File Explorer’s performance when you browse for files and select files.
  • We added a new Your Microsoft Account page to the Accounts category in Windows Settings for Home and Professional editions.
  • We fixed an issue that incorrectly shows the volume icon in the taskbar as muted.
  • We fixed a reliability issue that causes File Explorer and desktop context menus to stop working.
  • We fixed an issue that fails to pass the Shift KeyUp event to an application when you use the Korean IME.
  • We added the HelpWith feature, which uses Microsoft Bing technologies to suggest Help topics that are relevant for each Settings page.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents the touch keyboard from appearing on the lock screen when a device has a Microsoft account (MSA).
  • We fixed an issue that affects the loading of badging information on the taskbar, which sometimes causes a device to stop working.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents some options from appearing on the Win + X menu.
  • We fixed an issue that causes a device to stop working when it’s connected to multiple displays.
  • We fixed an issue that affects the auto-hide feature of the taskbar. The taskbar might not reliably appear when you hover over the primary or secondary display.
  • We fixed an issue that sometimes prevents you from using the Chinese Simplified IME.
  • We fixed an issue that might prevent icons from appearing on the taskbar of a secondary display.
  • We fixed an issue that fails to install certain printer companion applications when the printer device driver is installing.
  • We fixed an issue that displays outdated battery percentages for connected Bluetooth devices on the Bluetooth and other devices page in Settings.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents IP cameras from connecting and streaming to certain DirectShow (DShow) applications.
  • We improved the auto brightness algorithm to provide a better response under low light conditions on all the supported systems.
  • We fixed an issue that causes lsass.exe to stop working and the device restarts. This issue occurs when you query Windows NT Directory Services (NTDS) counters after the NTDS service has stopped.
  • We fixed an issue that causes a deadlock in the WebDav redirector. This issue occurs when you attempt to read a file from the local TfsStore, which causes the system to stop responding.
  • We fixed a performance regression issue that occurs when you enable the update sequence number (USN) journal.
  • We fixed an issue that fails to apply the Group Policy Object (GPO) “Do not allow compression on all NTFS Volume” in some cases.
  • We fixed an issue that prevents Robocopy from retrying the file copy process.
  • We fixed an issue that causes Windows to stop working and generates the error, “IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL”.
  • We fixed a memory leak that occurs when you call WinVerifyTrust(). This issue occurs if verification fails for the first signature of a file that has multiple signatures.
Windows 11 Insiders in the Beta and Release Preview Channels can install Windows 11 Build 22000.466 (KB5008353) by Checking for Updates in Settings.
 

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here are some (new) infos on installing Win11 on unsupported devices. Currently my machines are unsupported threfore im still with W10 (Pro)...

source (post #662): Let's install Windows 11 on a incompatible hardware
And updates from Windows update after hacks? Are fully functional and without any restrictions from MS or not?
Yes. An install on an unsupported device gets all the same updates through Windows Update as a supported device. I have both, and there's no difference in the updates they get. That may change, but for now you'll be fully up to date.
 

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here are some (new) infos on installing Win11 on unsupported devices. Currently my machines are unsupported threfore im still with W10 (Pro)...

source (post #662): Let's install Windows 11 on a incompatible hardware
It will probably work like this:
No update checks compatibility, except when you want to upgrade to a newer build. Such an upgrade is not offered since the computer is unsupported. You have to manually download the new Windows 11 ISO, mount it and do the upgrade hack (delete the file). So far I have upgraded many unsupported machines with this hack, never had any problems.
I have upgraded all incompatible and 1 compatible laptops in my household to Windows 11.
For the incompatible laptops I have used Windows11Upgrade.
When a new build (ISO) comes out I can use that tool again to upgrade.
 

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I stll have a (my) laptop with an incompatible processor (AMD A10-9620P RADEON R5, 10 COMPUTE CORES 4C+6G 2.50 GHz) but i think he will be added soon by MS...???
My desktop (2015) is not supported (no TPM & no Processor)
Even without support, there is a workaround which lets you install it on unsupported hardware. It runs really well on my 2012 model ThinkPad.
 

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Third-party widgets could soon arrive on Windows 11, suggests leak​

Today, Twitter user and prolific Windows leakster, FireCube, has uncovered purported evidence that suggests the reports back then could indeed be true. The leak, in the form of screenshots, suggests that third-party widgets support could soon be coming to a Windows 11 build near you.

The leaked images show information related to the publishing of widgets on Microsoft Store as recommended by Microsoft for greater discoverability on both the Store as well as on the Widget Board.

Widget submission Microsoft Store
 

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I installed Win 11 (bypass) with USB flash on my main PC a few days ago it went good and i got updates today, i'm on Win 11 Pro 21H2 (OS build 22000.434)
Time to install the latest update:
Windows 11, version 21H1 (original release): KB5010795
Gets you Win 11 21H2 (OS build 22000.438)
 

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How to bring back legacy desktop icons on Windows 11​

Although the Windows 11 desktop only comes with the Recycle Bin icon, it's still possible to bring back all the legacy system icons to the desktop, including Computer, User's Files, Network, and Control Panel, even though the Settings app is replacing it. You only need to know where to find them.

If you want a little more traditional look, Windows 11 continues to ship with the "Desktop Icon Settings" that lets you choose the icons you want to on the desktop and the option to change their icons to anything you like. In this Windows 11 guide, we will walk you through the easy steps to bring back the legacy system icons to the desktop.
 

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Narrow Taskbar on Windows 11 build 22538 may be a hint for new changes, new Task Manager too
A couple of days ago, Microsoft released a new Windows 11 build 22538 to Insiders on the Dev channel. The build fixes Explorer crash issues, Taskbar date and time problems, among others.

Speaking of the Taskbar, German outlet Deskmodder discovered something interesting in the new build 22538. Apparently, when narrowing the Taskbar now, the Date and Time section is no longer cut off unlike in some of the previous builds. The site has provided a comparison image of three different scenarios.

Narrow Taskbar bug comparison
The first (top) image is that of the narrow Taskbar in the release version of Windows 11 where the date and time section clearly cuts off. The second image is under a normal Taskbar view (not narrow) in Build 22538 where the date and time appear normally. The third and final image (at the bottom) is also under Windows 11 build 22538 where, despite using a narrow Taskbar, the date and time are not cut off.

The site speculates that this could be an indication of Microsoft internally tinkering around with the Taskbar and could be a sign of further changes to come, such that we need not use Registry edits to resize the Taskbar anymore and it may become a feature in the future. Microsoft had already fixed a somewhat similar issue back with Build 22463.

The new Build 22538 has also revealed a new hidden gem related somewhat closely to the Taskbar. Microsoft is seemingly working on a redesigned Task Manager. The feature was shared on Twitter by FireCube and here are some of the images:

From a quick glance, it appears that there will be new dedicated options for adding tasks or ending running ones, new CPU, GPU, Memory, Disk icons, alongside an apparent dark mode option. Although it is hidden from plain sight, the redesigned Task Manager can be activated using ViveTool.
 

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I installed it:

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I like the new Alt+tab design, and the new design for Notepad.
The screenshot above says its valid till October 2022. So will the new stuff be available in the stable version of Windows by the October 2022?