Microsoft released a new build of Windows 11 to Insiders running the OS in the Release Preview channel. It is out with the KB5020044 update, and raises the OS version to Build 22621.898. It comes with a few new features, including low disk space notifications and storage capacity in Settings, a new Windows Spotlight theme, and more.
With this release, the Settings app will show a banner in the System section when you are near to hit your OneDrive storage capacity. The banner will also include links to get more space or switch your subscription plan.
Another notable change in this update is a special theme, meant to activate the online desktop backgrounds for you with one click. It will automatically download stunning shots of landscapes, scenery, night views, and gorgeous paintings and arts from the Internet. Open Settings, navigate to Personalization > Themes, and click on the Windows Spotlight thumbnail icon.
The full list of changes looks as follows.
- New! We gave Microsoft OneDrive subscribers storage alerts on the Systems page in the Settings app. The alerts appear when you are close to your storage limit. You can also manage your storage and purchase additional storage, if needed.
- New! We provided the full amount of storage capacity from all your OneDrive subscriptions. It also displays the total storage on the Accounts page in the Settings app.
- New! We combined Windows Spotlight with Themes on the Personalization page. This makes it easier for you to discover and turn on the Windows Spotlight feature.
- New! We added the organizational messages feature. With it, third-party companies can now provide content to their employees. They do not need to use the default behavior of Windows.
- We fixed an issue that affected some modern applications. It stopped them from opening.
- We fixed an issue that affected some devices that are managed by an enterprise. We improved the reliability of app installations for them.
- We fixed an issue that affected daylight saving time (DST) in the Republic of Fiji. It canceled DST for 2022.
- We fixed an issue that affected Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) authentication hardening. We will automatically raise the authentication level for all non-anonymous activation requests from DCOM clients to RPC_C_AUTHN_LEVEL_PKT_INTEGRITY. This occurs if the authentication level is below Packet Integrity.
- We fixed an issue that affected Unified Update Platform (UUP) on-premises customers. It removed the block that stopped them from getting offline language packs.
- We fixed an issue that affected process creation. It failed to create security audits for it and other related audit events.
- We fixed an issue that affected cluster name objects (CNO) or virtual computer objects (VCO). Password reset failed. The error message was, “There was an error resetting the AD password… // 0x80070005”.
- We fixed an issue that affected transparency in layered windows. This occurred when you were in High Definition remote applications integrated locally (RAIL) mode.
- We fixed an issue that affected certain applications. They stopped working. This occurred when you used keyboard shortcuts to change the input mode for the Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
- We fixed an issue that affected microphone streams that used the Listen To feature to route to the speaker endpoint. The microphone stopped working after you restarted the device.
- We fixed an issue that might have affected applications that run on the Windows Lock Down Policy (WLDP). They might have stopped working.
- We fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Defender when it is not the primary antivirus. Microsoft Defender failed to turn off passive mode. This issue occurred when you turned off Smart App Control (SAC).
- We added .wcx to the list of Dangerous Extensions that some app control policies do not allow.
- We fixed an issue that affected Microsoft Defender for Endpoint. Automated investigation blocked live response investigations.
- We fixed an issue that affected printing in landscape mode in Microsoft Edge. The print output was incorrect. This issue occurred when you used Microsoft Defender Application Guard.
- We fixed an issue that caused File Explorer to stop working. This occurred when you closed context menus and menu items.
- We fixed an issue that might have caused certain apps to stop responding. This occurred when you opened the Open File dialog.
- We fixed an issue that sometimes affected File Explorer when you opened a file. Because of this, there was high CPU usage.
- We fixed an issue that affected protocol activation of the Settings app. The app failed to open a page under the Accounts category.
- We fixed an issue that affected a computer account. Use of non-standard characters stopped the cleanup of the Out of Box Experience (OOBE) accounts.
- We fixed an issue that affected the CopyFile It might have sometimes returned error 317: ERROR_MR_MID_NOT_FOUND.
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