Windows 11 Build 22621 is here as Microsoft prepares the first big feature update

Windows 11 Build 22621

Windows 11 Build 22621 is now rolling out to users in Beta
Channel and it doesn’t come with new features as the focus is
now entirely on bug fixes. With Build 22621, Microsoft has
taken another step towards the launch of the first big feature
update and it’s evaluating the RTM (final build revision) for
OEMs and consumers.

As we reported exclusively recently,
Microsoft is the on verge of finalizing Windows 11 version
22H2 and Build 22621 is one of the release candidates,
according to sources familiar with the development and the fact
that no new features or major improvements introduced

This update has been pushed out to Beta Channel testers, and as
we highlighted above there are no new features or noticeable
improvements at all. That’s because Windows 11 version 22H2 is
pretty much done (without tabs in File Explorer) and builds now
include some slight tweaks and adjustments to the OS.

What’s new in Windows 11 Build 22621

As expected, this preview update contains a small set of fixes
that will improve the overall experience. For example,
Microsoft says it improved the activity detection for voice
access, so you will notice a better experience during live
captions and voice typing.

For File Explorer, Microsoft says it patched an issue where
CTRL + ALT + DEL keyboard shortcut would crash the
explorer.exe. Another issue has been fixed where the Settings
app stops working and users see loading icons in place of
system tray icons in Personalization > Taskbar.

Microsoft believes that this particular issue with Settings may
have led to some explorer.exe crashes.

Microsoft has also patched an issue that prevents live captions
from being visible in certain apps. This happens when certain
apps which were positioned near the top of the screen
accidentally closed the live captions.

Other fixes and improvements in Windows 11 Build 22621:

  • Microsoft fixed an issue which could result in Smart App
    Control unexpectedly blocking apps.
  • Fixed an issue causing error 0x800703E6 when copying files
    from Google Drive.

A potential RTM candidate

Microsoft is not talking about the final build of Windows 11
version 22H2 and it still says that the removal of the
watermark means nothing.

However, as mentioned at the outset, Build 22621 is actually
one of the potential RTM candidates for Sun Valley 2. In other
words, the work on the anniversary update is done and it’s
feature locked at the moment, with upcoming builds expected to
include minor bug fixes and improvements.

It’s possible that Build 22621 could be released to the
manufacturer by the end of May, except for a few last-minute

Regarding the tabs support in File Explorer, Microsoft never
promised it for version 22H2, but there’s always a chance it
will be shipped to the consumers this year via some experience
packs or cumulative updates.

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