Windows 11 Build 22489 is rolling out with Microsoft account
integration in the system settings. Like the previous updates
in the Dev Channel, this preview build is also from the active
development branch called “Nickel” and it comes with several
minor improvements, but there are no new exciting features.
Today’s preview update is titled “Windows 11 Insider Preview
22489 (rs_prerelease)” and it can be officially installed on
devices with TPM 2.0 and supported processors. If you wish to
install builds from the Dev Channel on an unsupported device,
you can try third-party open-source tools like InsiderOffline.
Windows 11 Dev Channel requirements apply to virtual machines
as well. In other words, if you don’t turn on the necessary
features (TPM, Secure Boot) in your virtual machine, you won’t
be able to install the update. In case you’ve VMWare
Workstation, edit VM settings and enable encryption, add a TPM
module and turn on secure boot.
Windows 11 Build 22489 comes with a new page to manage your
Microsoft account from the Settings app. This would be a new
entry point for the Microsoft account and it can be accessed by
heading to Settings > Account.
As you can see in the above screenshot, the page contains
information related to your Microsoft account.
You’ll be able to view and manage Microsoft 365 subscriptions,
orders, rewards, payment details, linked devices, and more
directly within the system settings in Windows 11. At the
moment, this feature is available for a small set of testers
and it will be released to more users in the coming weeks.
Improvements in Windows 11 Build 22489
Today’s update also comes with some improvements for Windows
11’s new DNS over HTTPS (DOH) functionality.
Microsoft is now taking the feature to the next level by adding
support for “Discovery of Designated Resolvers”, which
basically allows the operating system to communicate and
discover encrypted DNS configs from a DNS resolver.
As part of the Windows 11 refresh, Microsoft is also rebranding
Connect app and it will be now known as “Wireless Display”. It
would remain a feature-on-demand (FOD) and users can turn it on
by going to Settings > Apps > Optional features, and then
they need to select the “Add an optional feature” option.
The settings app is getting some improvements as well.
Microsoft is splitting up “Apps & Features” into two pages –
Installed Apps and Advanced app settings. The former allows
users to simply view and manage installed apps, while later
allows users to change the app settings.
Windows 11 Build 22489 also comes with these improvements:
- Microsoft has fixed a bug that prevented icons on secondary
monitors or resulted in a black screen.
- Microsoft has fixed explorer.exe (File Explorer, taskbar)
crashes when using the desktop flyout context menu.
- File Explorer’s Pin to Quick Access has been converted to a
- Microsoft is improving the performance of the buggy context
- Microsoft has made a few fixes to improve explorer.exe
- Task View should now be snappier.
Microsoft has addressed settings apps crashes.
How to install Windows 11 Build 22489
To install Windows 11 Build 22489, use these steps:
- Join the Dev Channel of the Insider program.
- Check for updates.
- The build will begin downloading or you can click on
- Click on restart now to finish the installation.
Known issues in Windows 11 Build 22489
- Microsoft is investigating reports of the reduced screen
and sleep timeouts.
- You won’t be able to rename some items on the desktop, but
rename feature would work when you do it via File Explorer.
- The search panel may not appear after clicking the Search
icon on the Taskbar, but this can be fixed by restarting the
“Windows Explorer” process.
In addition to the new preview build,
Microsoft has also released a new app store for Windows 10.