Windows 11 Dev build 22523 redirects the more classic control panel to settings, etc.


Sayan sen


Dec 15 2021 1:24 PM EST

Microsoft today released a new version of Windows 11 for Insiders on the development channel. Dubbed Build 22523, the new version brings some improvements to File Explorer, Snap groups, as well as changes to the control panel in settings, returning to a more classic feel. And as usual, the version also has a long list of fixes.

And with the release of this version, Microsoft also wished Dev Channel insiders a very “Happy Holidays!”

Here is the list of changes and improvements made to this version:

  • We show groups of snapshots in ALT + TAB and the task view, just like when you hover over open apps on the taskbar, and see them there, with all the insiders in the development channel. just like when you hover over open apps on the taskbar and see them there, with all the insiders in the dev channel.

  • When File Explorer is open on this PC, the option to add media server and (if applicable) remove media server is now available when you click the “…” in the command bar .

  • As part of our ongoing efforts to move settings from Control Panel to the Settings app:

    • The links to Programs and Features in Control Panel will now open at Settings> Applications> Installed Applications.

    • We’re moving uninstall updates (for cumulative updates, etc.) from Control Panel to a new page in Settings under Settings> Windows Update> Update History.

Let’s move on to the list of fixes, here they are:


  • Fixed an issue with initializing text input that could cause the shell (e.g. Start menu and search) to stop responding on ARM64 PCs.
  • The battery icon tooltip should no longer unexpectedly display a percentage greater than 100.
  • App icons should no longer overlap the date and time on secondary monitors when there are a lot of open apps.

[File Explorer]

  • Did some work to fix an issue that sometimes caused the keyboard to lose focus after pressing Enter while using F2 to rename OneDrive files.

[Spotlight collection]

  • After enabling Spotlight Collection, your first frame (after Whitehaven Beach) should arrive a bit faster now.
  • Added icons to Spotlight collection context menu entries.


  • Improved reliability of voice input summon.
  • Fixed an issue where the border of our text input experiences (voice input, emoji panel, etc.) would not display correctly when a contrast theme was enabled.
  • Mitigated an intermittent crash with the pen menu process if it was launched and then immediately closed before launching.


  • We fixed the issue that prevented links from opening correctly when opening the widget table using hover.


  • Parameter content should no longer be truncated on the side of the window when the Parameters window is small.
  • Settings should no longer crash sporadically when opening dropdowns, which affected some settings such as the ability to set custom click actions for the pen.
  • Addresses an issue where the ‘Add a device’ option in Bluetooth and Devices would silently get stuck when trying to connect new Bluetooth devices.
  • Added a number of keywords to make Voice Access feature appear in the settings search results.


  • Fixed an issue that caused ARM64 PCs to experience bug checks citing a memory management error on the previous flight.
  • Fixed an issue that caused DWM to crash (causing the screen to flash repeatedly) when trying to use certain apps.
  • Mitigated an issue that caused some apps to crash when Narrator was running.
  • Added missing information when examining details in properties of narratorquickstart.exe.
  • Addressed issue where Narrator would not respond to UIA events such as notifications, live regions, or text events.

And here are the known issues in the build:


  • You may not be able to sign in to some apps such as Feedback Hub. Restarting your PC should correct the problem.
  • We are investigating reports that some insiders are seeing driver and firmware update failures in recent versions with error 0x8007012a.


  • In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using search from start or taskbar. If you have the problem, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box and then close it.


  • The taskbar will sometimes blink when changing the input method.
  • Sometimes the network icon disappears from the taskbar when it is supposed to be there. If you experience this, try using Task Manager to restart explorer.exe.
  • If you have multiple monitors connected to your PC and right click on the date and time in the taskbar of your primary monitor, it will crash explorer.exe


  • After clicking the Search icon on the taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this happens, restart the “Windows Explorer” process and open the search panel again.


  • When viewing the list of available Wi-Fi networks, the signal strength indicators do not reflect the correct signal strength.
  • Settings may get stuck when you navigate to System> Display> HDR.
  • There is an empty entry under Bluetooth and devices.

[Spotlight collection]

  • If you are using the Spotlight collection, the current image does not currently migrate when upgrading, which may leave you with a black background after upgrading to this version. This should be sorted out on the next flight.


  • Changing the alignment of the taskbar may cause the Widgets button to disappear from the taskbar.
  • Widget table may not have the correct resolution when you hover over the entry point on a secondary monitor.
  • The Widgets panel may be temporarily empty.
  • When you have multiple monitors, the content of widgets in the taskbar may get out of sync between monitors.
  • With the taskbar aligned to the left, information such as temperature is not displayed. This will be fixed in a future update.

[Voice access]

  • Some text creation commands, such as “select this” or “delete this”, may not work as expected in Windows applications.
  • Recognition of some punctuation marks and symbols such as the @ sign is not accurate.

You can find the original press release for version 22523 of the Dev Channel here.

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