Windows 11 Build 25120 released with new experimental search bar

Windows 11 Build 25120

Windows 11 Build 25120 is now available in Dev Channel and it
doesn’t come with groundbreaking features, but it enables
support for a new experimental ‘search bar’ that appears on the
desktop. Build 25120 is apparently part of next year’s feature
update codenamed ‘Sun Valley 3’, version 23H2.

As mentioned, Windows 11 Build 25120 isn’t a big release, but
there are several quality improvements and bug fixes. For
example, there’s a new experimental feature that lets you
directly explore the Bing web search directly from the desktop.

Microsoft has previously stated that Dev Channel is now
eligible to receive new features and experiences that may never
get released. That’s because Microsoft wants to try out
“different concepts and get feedback”. In this particular
preview build, the search bar from the widgets panel is now
accessible on the desktop.

Windows 11 Build 25120 search bar

You can remove the search box from the desktop by
right-clicking on the desktop, and then you need to toggle the
‘Show search’ option in the “Show more options” option of the
context menu.

“We are excited to learn your feedback on this interaction
model, so please use the Feedback Hub to provide feedback if
you receive this experiment,” Microsoft said.

Windows 11 Build 25120 improvements and fixes

Windows 11’s new feature suggested actions been updated again
and suggestions will now appear for more date and time formats.
For those unaware, Windows 11’s Suggested Action lets you
easily perform tasks by recommending apps based on the selected
texts.

For example, if you select a date in the Teams app, you will
get recommendation to open Outlook Calendar. The preview update
also improves the overall performance and reliability of the
feature.

Other fixes in Windows 11 Build 25120:

  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could crash the Settings app.
  • Microsoft is improving the performance of Wi-Fi networks
    after enabling Wi-Fi from the Wi-Fi section of Quick Settings.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue leading to some unreadable text on
    the Performance page.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue which could cause Windows Update
    to fail.
  • Microsoft fixed a bug that causes stutter in the progress
    wheel animation.

Microsoft is aware of a known issue where games that use Easy
Anti-Cheat may crash or cause your PC to bugcheck. Likewise,
there’s another bug that prevents live captions from being
visible.

How to install Windows 11 Build 25120

To install Windows 11 Build 25120, follow
these steps:

  1. Signup for Windows Insiders Program.
  2. Open
    the Settings page.
  3. Switch
    to Dev Channel.
  4. Click on “Check for updates“ and select
    Download & Install”.
  5. Click on “Restart now”.

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