Windows 11 Build 22509 released with new Start Menu features

Windows 11 Build 22509 hands on

Windows 11 Build 22509 is now rolling out to testers enrolled
in the company’s preview testing program (Dev Channel). This
preview update comes with some much-needed quality improvements
for Start Menu and Taskbar. With Build 22509, Microsoft is
adding new customization features to the Start.

The update is simply called “Windows 11 Insider Preview
22509.1000 (rs_prerelease)” and it can be downloaded by heading
to Windows Update. It’s worth pointing out that Microsoft has
clarified changes included in the update are not tied to a
specific release like October 2022 Update for Windows 11.

Windows 11’s preview update includes some much-needed
improvements for the Start Menu. For example, we’re getting new
options to change the layout for Start. Additionally, you will
be able to view the clock and date on the taskbar of secondary
monitors. This feature is currently missing in production

It’s important to understand that Dev Channel includes builds
from the active development branch of Windows. If you upgrade
to newer builds, you won’t be able to downgrade to Beta,
Release Preview Channel or stable builds. If you plan to go
back to stable builds, you will need to use Media Creation Tool
or download Windows 11 ISO.

A closer look at new Start Menu improvements

Starting with Windows 11, Microsoft has done away with Live
Tiles completely. Those shinny live tiles have been replaced
with a scrollable list of pinned apps. Microsoft has dropped
support for customization options and apps cannot be grouped at
all, but you can unpin them.

Build 22509 Start Menu

With Windows 11 Build 22509, Microsoft is now testing a new
feature that will allow you to right-click on the Start to open
a new settings popup. The new settings dropdown menu includes
two new options called “More pins” and the “More
recommendations” layout option.

Based on your preference, you can either select “More pins” or
“more recommendations”.

As the name suggests, the first option “More pins” allows you
to have more app shortcuts on the Start. On the other hand, the
second option lets you configure Start to show more
recommendations based on your preference. These new options
will help show an extra row of pins or recommendations.

Other improvements in Windows 11 Build 22509:

  • Microsoft is testing an updated version of the taskbar with
    better support for the secondary monitor. You’ll be able to
    view both clock and date on the taskbar across the two
    monitors. Microsoft is currently testing the feature with a
    select group of testers, so it may not appear on your device.
  • Microsoft is improving the Windows notifications experience
    in the OS. You get a lot of notifications, Microsoft will stack
    your three high priority notifications. In this case, you might
    see three high priority notifications and one normal priority
    notification. Like the aforementioned feature, this change is
    also available to a small group of users.
  • Microsoft has moved advanced sharing settings to Windows
    Settings app.
  • Microsoft has made changes to the new device-specific pages
    under Printers & Scanners in Settings.
  • Settings’ “Installed Apps” page will allow users to filter
    apps using Name (Z to A) or (A to Z).
  • Microsoft will now remember your Bluetooth or WiFi actions
    when you enter aeroplane mode.
  • Windows Sandbox now lets you reboot.

How to install Windows 11 Build 22509

To install Windows 11 Build 22509, try these steps:

  1. Switch to the Dev Channel. If you’re not part of the
    program, join the Insider program, and then select the channel.
  2. Check for updates on Windows Update.
    Windows 11 Build 22509
  3. The build will start downloading automatically.
  4. Once done, click on “Restart now” to finish the

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