Windows 11 Build 22621.575 and 22622.575 are in the Beta channel

Besides the new Dev channel build, Microsoft today updated the Beta channel for Insiders with Windows 11 version 22H2, builds 22621.575 and 22622.575. They are out with KB5016694 and have quite a different set of features.


  • 🆕Build 22622.575 = New features rolling out.
  • ⏹️Build 22621.575 = New features off by default.

Windows 11 Build 22621.575 and 22622.575

If you are in a group with features disabled by default (build 22621), then check for updates in Settings > Windows Update and agree to install an optional update that will make these features available (build 22622).

What's new in Build 22622.575

The only new feature in build 22622.575 is the ability to open a folder in a new File Explorer tab with a middle click. But it also includes a number of exclusively available fixes.


File Explorer

  • Fixed an issue where launching File Explorer in certain ways when using dark mode (for example, from the command line) was showing the body of File Explorer unexpectedly in light mode.
  • Fixed an issue where the left/right arrows in File Explorer were in light mode when you were using dark mode, causing them to not have enough contrast to show when they were enabled.
  • Fixed an issue causing UI issues in File Explorer when using F11 to put File Explorer in full screen mode.
  • Fixed an issue where if you drag and drop a folder into the navigation pane was sometimes unexpectedly putting the folder at the bottom of the list rather than where you’d dropped it.
  • Fixed an issue where the dividers in the navigation pane were overlapping / drawing too close to text sometimes.
  • Fixed an issue where the context menu when right clicking on a tab wasn’t being translated.


  • Fixed an issue where the taskbar overflow flyout wasn’t showing up on the correct monitor.

Open With

  • Fixed an issue where Narrator wasn’t reading out the “New” text next to the app name in the Open With dialog.

Suggested Actions

  • Improved date / time recognition for existing supported markets (U.S., Canada, and Mexico).

Common fixes for Build 22621.575 & Build 22622.575

  • An app update for the issue causing Photos to crash on launch for Insiders in the Beta Channel is currently rolling out via a Microsoft Store app update.
  • Microsoft have fixed an issue that causes the App-V client service to leak memory when you delete App-V registry nodes.
  • Microsoft have fixed an issue that prevents you from opening a URL if the URL’s length is more than 2084 characters. This update supports a URL of up to 8192 characters.

Finally, there is a list of known issues.

Known issues

  • General
    • Recent updates to the Beta channel have identified an issue that is causing the Photos app to crash. An updated version of the Photos app with a fix for the issue will be available in the Microsoft Store soon.
    • Microsoft are investigating reports of SQL Server Management Studio not launching for some members of the Windows Insider Program.
    • Microsoft are investigating reports that audio playback has stopped working for some Insiders.
  • File Explorer
    • The left half of File Explorer's title bar may not be drag-and-drop or touch-enabled.
    • File Explorer tabs incorrectly display up arrow button next to the address bar. This will be fixed in future builds.
    • [New] Engineers are working on a fix for an issue where the Home, Documents, Pictures, and other folders are unexpectedly duplicated in the navigation bar or appear on the desktop.
    • [New] Engineers are working on a fix for an issue where the background color of the "Search" field in File Explorer may be the opposite of what is set by the current theme.
    • [New] Engineers are working on a fix for an issue where the Delete key does not work with files in File Explorer. You can still use the context menu to delete files.
    • [New] Engineers are working on a fix for an issue where the taskbar may not appear when the File Explorer window is maximized to full screen and the taskbar is set to auto-hide.
  • Taskbar
    • [New] Engineers are working on a fix for an issue that could cause the taskbar overflow menu to appear on the opposite side of the screen.

The official announcement is here.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

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