Windows 11 Build 25158 released with new features

Windows 11 Build 25158 update

Windows 11 Build 25158 is now rolling out to testers in the Dev
Channel and it comes with plenty of improvements. For example,
Microsoft is introducing support for notification badges for
widgets. Likewise, the taskbar’s search icon is getting new
styles, including support for the search bar, similar to the
version we’ve on Windows 10.

Windows 11 Build 25158 isn’t tied to any particular feature
update. However, it’s believed to be a part of
Windows 11 version 23H2, which is set to arrive next year.
In Build 25158, you can try out the new dynamic widgets board
experience where the notifications will appear directly on the
taskbar.

As you can see in the below screenshot, you can click on the
notification badge to open the widgets board. A new banner at
the top of the board will provide more information on what
triggered the notification badge. Of course, you’ll be able to
disable the functionality or remove the widget’s icon from the
taskbar.

Build 25158

What’s new in Windows 11 Build 25158

Windows 11 Build 25158

In addition to new dynamic widgets notification badge support,
Microsoft is also bringing back the search bar to the taskbar.
Notably, this functionality isn’t confirmed for Windows 11
version 23H2 as it is part of the company’s new A/B test system
where select users will gain access to the feature.

Windows 11 Build 25158 search bar

The search bar on the search bar will be updated
with different visual treatments, but a reboot is required
to trigger this experience.

Windows 11 Build 25158 also enables DNS over TLS – a new
protocol in addition to DNS over HTTPS (DoH) which is already
included in the operating system. DNS over TLS isn’t a
consumer-friendly feature which means it requires advanced
steps and can be activated using the command line only.

Microsoft recommends DNS over TLS to advanced networking users
only.

Likewise, Windows 11 Build 25158 includes support for the new
Nyala font Gurage language orthography from the Ethiopic
Extended-B Unicode range.

List of other improvements in Windows 11 Build
25158
:

  • Microsoft has fixed an issue where testers may experience
    Blue Screen of Death errors with error code
    “KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED” in NetAdapterCx.sys.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue that causes a black screen
    when you resume the device from a low power state.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue impacting performance across
    the Windows shell.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue where Mica material and
    Acrylic blur effect was rendering incorrectly in some areas.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue where closing command bar
    flyouts could crash explorer.exe.
  • Microsoft has fixed an issue that could lead to File
    Explorer (explorer.exe) crashes.
  • Microsoft has fixed CTRL + F4 and it should work to close
    the current tab now.
  • Starting with Build 25158, a zipped folder opened in a new
    tab will not have a blank tab name.

Microsoft is aware of a couple of known issues in Build 22158
for Windows 11. This includes an issue where games that use
Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause your PC to bug check.

Microsoft is aware of another bug where the up arrow is
misaligned in File Explorer, but this will be fixed in a future
release. The tech giant is also working on a fix to improve
File Explorer’s launch experience when using dark mode.

Another bug has been confirmed where certain apps in full
screen prevent live captions from being visible.

How to install Windows 11 Build 25158

To install Windows 11 Build 25158, 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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