Windows 11 Build 22000.71 (KB5004252) comes with minor new features

Windows 11 Build 22000.71 update

Windows 11 Build 22000.71 (KB5004252) is rolling out to testers
in the Dev Channel of the Windows Insider program. This is the
third public preview of the upcoming operating system and it
comes with a number of quality improvements, including a new
widget and more.

The update is titled “Cumulative Update for Windows 11
(10.0.22000.71) (KB5004252)” and it’s rolling out along with
“2021-07 Cumulative Update for .NET Framework 3.5 and 4.8 for
Windows 11 for x64 (KB5004316)”, which is a security and
servicing update for .NET framework.

Windows 11 KB5004252 adds a new feature called “Entertainment”
to the widgets panel of the operating system. As you’re
probably aware, new widgets experience is more than an
overhauled news and interests feed and it comes with support
for widgets like Weather, To-Do, Calendar, and more.

Windows widget entertainment

Windows widgets panel is a new way to access things that matter
to us. With today’s cumulative update for Windows 11, Microsoft
is introducing a new widget called “entertainment”. As the name
suggests, this new widget gives you access to movie titles
available in the Microsoft Store.

The entertainment widget may not appear in all regions. Using
this new feature, you can now select a movie and visit its
Microsoft Store listing directly from the widgets panel. To add
the new widget, tap on the “Add widgets” option and select the
entertainment widget.

Microsoft is also updating the algorithm behind Windows widgets
to enable faster sync for Outlook client, Calendar, and To-Do
widgets. Another bug has been fixed where widgets could stop
responding or appear as blank squares in the window.

New features in Windows 11 Build 22000.71 (KB5004745)

In addition to new widgets, Microsoft is also introducing
support for the Fluent Design-ready context menu.

Build 22000.71 is adding the acrylic (blur) effect to many
default menus, and shadows are now also visible. If you want to
try the new context menu, right-click anywhere on the desktop
or File Explorer, and the blur or transparency effect would be
visible, similar to the jump list of the modern taskbar.

KB5004252 context menu

Microsoft is also updating the Taskbar previews (which appears
when you hover over the open apps on the taskbar) with Fluent
Design’s acyclic effect. These changes are part of the new
visual design of Windows 11, according to Microsoft.

Windows 11 Build 22000.71 taskbar

Here’s a list of other improvements in Build 22000.71
(KB5004252):

  • Microsoft is working on a new SplitButton for File
    Explorer. This will be used for making new folders and files
    directly from the new command bar, which replaces the ribbon
    menu.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue where Explorer.exe might crash
    when you hover the Task View icon in the Taskbar.
  • Volume mixers in the Settings app are now more responsive.
  • You can now click on the command bar button twice to close
    open dropdown menus.

How to install Windows 11 KB5004252

To install Windows 11 KB5004252, use these
steps:

  1. Open Windows Settings and navigate to Updates & Security
    page.
    Windows 11 KB5004252 update
  2. Check for updates and click on “Restart now” when prompted.
  3. If you’re not part of the Insider program, open the
    Settings app > Updates & Security > Windows Insider
    program.
  4. Signup for the program and join the Dev Channel.
  5. Reboot and check for updates, and this preview build will
    appear on your screen.

Needless to say, your device must meet the minimum requirements
to install the cumulative update.

If you’re on Windows 10 and you do not see the update after
joining the Dev Channel, modify Windows Registry to
force install the update on unsupported devices.

Known issues in Build 22000.71

Microsoft is aware of multiple critical bugs in Build 22000.71.
For example, a bug could crash File Explorer if you click on
the Quick Settings (WiFi, audio or battery toggle) when the
“Focus Assist” feature is turned off.

To resolve File Explorer crashes, you need to enable Focus
Assist or revert to the previous build.

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