Windows 11 Build 22504 released with new personalization features

Windows 11 Build 22504

Microsoft has published Windows 11 Build 22504 for testers in
the Dev Channel. This release comes with a couple of minor
improvements, but there are no new exciting features that you
won’t find in the production build. With today’s update,
Microsoft is introducing a new personalization experience, one
new keyboard shortcut and more.

The update is titled “Windows 11 Insider Preview 22504
(rs_prerelease)” and users can download it by joining the Dev
Channel. As Microsoft has stated in past, these builds and
improvements are not tied to a specific release, so we don’t
know if the improvements highlighted here will ship with
Windows 11 version 22H2.

In the Dev Channel, builds will be released with new features
or minor improvements, but those improvements will not have a
release date for consumers. Microsoft says it will release new
features for existing Windows 11 version 21H2 when they’re
ready, and they can be delivered as full OS updates or service
releases.

It’s also worth pointing out that your device can’t be
downgraded to the Beta, Release Preview or production Channel
if you install Dev Channel updates like Build 22504. To go back
to the stable release, you will need to do a clean install
using
Windows 11 ISO images.

New features in Windows 11 Build 22504

Starting with Build 22504, it is now possible to apply the
pre-installed virtual keyboard themes to other input
experiences, such as the emoji panel and voice typing. As you
can see in the below screenshots, Windows 11’s emoji panel and
voice typing popup can now use the themes available via
personalization settings.

Build 22504 personalization

This is part of Windows 11’s new theme engine that allows users
to create their own themes using background images. This isn’t
available to everyone, but some can find all new controls under
the new “Text Input” section under Settings >
Personalization.

Windows 11 Build 22504 emoji

The new emoji panel is also getting support for new emojis
based on the face and skin tones of family members. You can
open the emoji panel and try Windows 11’s new style by
searching for keywords like family, couple, holding hands, or
kissing.

Finally, there’s a new keyboard shortcut that lets you toggle
the new mute feature added in the previous release. At the
moment, it works with Microsoft Teams only, but WIN + Alt + K
keyboard shortcut or taskbar mute button will also support
third-party apps in future.

Windows 11 Build 22504 also comes with these improvements:

  • Microsoft is improving the search quality of emoji in
    Portuguese and Polish.
  • Microsoft is introducing .NET Framework 4.8.1 which is the
    latest .NET Framework and it includes support for ARM64.
  • Microsoft has removed the alerts for microphone access when
    it has been restricted in privacy settings.
  • The touch indicator would be turned off by default under
    Settings > Accessibility > Mouse pointer and touch on new
    installs.
  • On small devices with 11-inch screen and under, apps will
    now launch maximized by default if you use the device in the
    tablet posture.

How to install Windows 11 Build 22504

To install Windows 11 Build 22504, try these steps:

  1. Switch to the Dev Channel or join the Insider program, and
    then select the channel.
  2. Check for updates.
    Build 22504 for Windows 11
  3. In most cases, Build will start
    downloading automatically.
  4. Click on Install/download” followed by “restart now” to
    finish the installation.

Known issues in Windows 11 Build 22504

Microsoft is currently aware of these issues:

  • Windows Updates installation can fail with error
    0x80070002. If you are experiencing issues with Windows Update,
    reboot your PC and try again.
  • Blue Screen of Death (the black screen has been replaced
    with blue): Error code 0xc1900101-0x4001c when installing the
    build. Pause updates if you run into system crashes.

In addition to the preview update,
Microsoft has also released a new Your Phone app for Windows
11.

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