Latest Windows 11 Insider Preview Build Brings a New PC Game Pass Widget

Part of Insider Preview Build 25174 for the Dev Channel

Microsoft is releasing yet another Windows 11 Insider Preview Build to the dev channel. Build 25174 actually has some decent additions, including a new PC Game Pass widget, and also a decent number of fixes with that.

New Game Pass Widget

 

Windows 11 New PC Game Pass Widget

Windows 11 puts a lot of focus on UI, and interactive widgets make a big part of that experience. To that end, Microsoft has introduced a new Game Pass Widget for Windows Insiders on preview build 25174. The new widget will display the latest releases, along with games that are leaving soon and even some from highlighted categories. The Windows team is also working on adding addition features to the widget, like a direct sign-in option, and even jumping back into recently played games. They also plan on displaying more personalized game recommendations with future updates to the Widget. 

Like all widgets on Windows 11, the new Game Pass widget can be accessed from the widget board on Windows 11. You can also access the widget board by the Win + W hotkey. Other changes include a new way of opening a folder in a new tab. This can be done by middle clicking a folder in the navigation pane of File Explorer. 

Fixes

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue which could cause explorer.exe to crash when opening new File Explorer windows.
  • Fixed an issue where launching File Explorer in certain ways when using dark mode (for example, from the command line) was showing the body of File Explorer unexpectedly in light mode.
  • Fixed an issue where the left/right arrows in File Explorer were in light mode when you were using dark mode, causing them to not have enough contrast to show when they were enabled.
  • Fixed an issue where the dividers in the navigation pane were overlapping / drawing too close to text sometimes.
  • Fixed an issue where if you drag and drop a folder into the navigation pane was sometimes unexpectedly putting the folder at the bottom of the list rather than where you’d dropped it.
  • Fixed an issue causing UI issues in File Explorer when using F11 to put File Explorer in full screen mode.

[Taskbar]

  • Fixed an issue leading to various system tray elements being unexpectedly missing for some Insiders on the previous build.

[Settings]

  • Fixed a crash on some PCs were experiencing when going to System > Storage > Disks & Volumes.

[Other]

  • Fixed an issue which was leading to mouse and keyboard input not working correctly in certain games in the last 2 flights.
  • Fixed an issue believed to be leading to SQL Server Management Studio failing to launch for some Insiders.
  • Fixed an issue where Memory Integrity in Windows Security might show a warning saying it couldn’t be enabled due to incompatible drivers, but the incompatible drivers list would be blank.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing some apps to unexpectedly not launch in the last few flights when core isolation was enabled in Windows Security.

NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.

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