Windows 11 Build 22454 is available for supported devices in
the Dev Channel and this update is from the company’s active
development branch (currently codenamed Nickel, an element from
the periodic table).
This update is titled “Windows 11 Insider Preview 22454.1000
(rs_prerelease)” and the build number is apparently higher than
the preview builds offered in the Beta Channel as part of
version 21H2 (October 2021 Update). If you’re in the Beta
channel or you have an unsupported PC, Microsoft has released a
cumulative update (Build
22000.184) for your device.
Microsoft is planning to start proper work on the Windows 10
version 22H2 update – due to land in the second half of 2022 –
in a few weeks. For those unaware, Windows 11 will get only one
feature updates every year and 22H2 would be the first major
update for the operating system, following the imminent version
Windows 11 version 21H2 “October 2021 Update” is all about
design improvements with no major feature additions. On the
other hand, Windows 11 version 22H2 is expected to ship with
new features and additional improvements to the operating
system’s new design language.
This release of Windows is expected to enable modern volume
controls and introduce new customization options for the Start
menu. For example, you’ll be able to hide the recommendations
section with a dedicated toggle in the Settings app.
Features and improvements in Windows 11 Build 22454
So what’s new in Windows 11 Build 22454.1000? Well, there’s
nothing huge here. That’s because Windows 11 Nickel is still in
the early stage of development and Microsoft is currently
testing features internally.
Users won’t see major changes like modern volume flyout at the
moment, but these builds will contain more improvements than
Build 22000.xxx shipping to those in the Beta Channel.
New context menu for Recycle Bin
In addition to a new Start many and taskbar, Windows 11 ships
with redesigned context menus.
Right-click menu or context menu is one of the most important
shell extensions, but it offers a cluttered experience on
Windows 10 when you’ve installed apps that have their own
extension. The right-click menu also contains options that are
never used by the general public.
As a result, the context menu is super-long and it can result
in performance issues since it’s part of the Explorer.exe
Thankfully, Windows 11 context menus are optimized for
touch users and performance. The modern menus come with fewer
options by default and advance/third-party options are grouped
together under the “show more options” menu, which basically
opens the classic context menu.
Microsoft is now bringing the same modern context menu to
In Windows 11 Build 22454, Recycle Bin context many uses the
new modern context menu.
Furthermore, Windows 11’s latest update has also added a new
option that will allow users to pin the network share to the
Quick Access section without having to click “Show more
Microsoft is also rolling out updated IMEs with more reliable
input and a new visual design with acrylic for Korean users.
The IME menu now features acrylic, a new selection visual, dark
mode, and it also offers better performance and compatibility.
Windows 11 Build 22454 comes several other improvements:
- Microsoft has fixed an issue where Windows Defender
Application Guard (WDAG) feature could result in a continuous
- Windows Terminal now appears when you right-click on the
Start menu to access the secret menu.
- A bug has been fixed where preview thumbnails for desktops
wouldn’t render properly.
- A bug has been fixed where the volume icon tooltip
displayed the wrong number.
- Microsoft has finally fixed the taskbar flickering bug.
- Microsoft has fixed an issue where app icons would animate
onto the taskbar from random locations.
- Shift + Click on an app icon is now working as expected. In
other words, it can now launch a new instance of the app.
- A bug has been fixed an and the Start time is now visible
under Focus Assist > During these times.
- A crashing bug has been fixed when using Sound Settings.
- Microsoft has improved icon rendering for apps that appear
in the search flyout when you hover over the icon.
- Microsoft is improving the reliability of the context menu
in File Explorer.
- The context menu bug has been fixed where it will not
immediately dismiss with single-click.
How to install Windows 11 Build 22454
To install Windows 11 Build 22454.1000, use these steps:
- Join the Windows Insider program on an officially supported
- Select Dev Channel in the Windows Insider settings.
- Go back to the Windows Update page.
- Check for updates.
- Click on “restart now” after the build appears for
As we mentioned at the outset, this update is from the
development branch and it is only available for supported PCs.
If your device does not meet the requirement of newer
processors and security features like TPM, you cannot join the
Dev Channel even after modifying the registry.
If you have an unsupported device in the Windows Insider
program, you will receive a cumulative update titled
Unlike the builds from the active development branch, this
cumulative update does not come with a new context menu for
Recycle Bin and it contains two bug fixes only.
Microsoft is promising additional bug fixes after general
availability on October 5.