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Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.2265 and 22631.2265 (Beta Channel)

Written By published August 31, 2023

[UPDATE 1:05pm PDT] The issue that was causing this update to not be offered to Windows Insiders in the Beta Channel is resolved and you should be able to download and install the update now. Apologies for the inconvenience. 

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22621.2265 and Build 22631.2265 (KB5029347) to the Beta Channel.

  • Build 22631.2265 = New features rolling out.
  • Build 22621.2265 = New features off by default.

REMINDER: Insiders who were previously on Build 22624 will automatically get moved to Build 22631 via an enablement package. The enablement package artificially increments the build number for the update with new features getting rolled out and turned on to make it easier to differentiate from devices with the update with features off by default. This approach is being used for the Beta Channel only and is not indicative of any changes or plans for final feature rollouts.

Insiders who landed in the group with new features turned off by default (Build 22621.xxxx) can check for updates and choose to install the update that will have features rolling out (Build 22631.xxxx).

Changes and Improvements in Build 22631.2265


  • With the update of our color font format to COLRv1, Windows is now able to display richer emoji with a 3D like appearance with support coming soon to some apps and browsers. These emoji use gradients to bring the design style that our customers have been asking for. The new emoji will bring more expression to your communications.
Before and after of the updated color format for emoji.
Before and after of the updated color format for emoji.


Fixes in Build 22631.2265


  • Fixed an issue causing explorer.exe to crash on the login screen when attempting to enter safe mode.

[Taskbar & System Tray]

  • Fixed an issue which was causing apps in the taskbar to appear cut off without a rounded corner on the end when you had a lot of app windows open and the taskbar was set to not combine.
  • Fixed an explorer.exe crash impacting taskbar appearing correctly after powering on your device.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed a few crashes impacting File Explorer launch reliability.
  • Did some work to help improve File Explorer launch performance in certain scenarios.
  • Fixed an issue where the icons on the desktop may all go blank.
  • Fixed an issue where using the Reset Folders button in Folder Options could cause explorer.exe to crash.
  • Fixed an issue where if you tried to copy and paste a file out of a compressed folder and into a OneDrive folder might fail with an error code.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing File Explorer to crash when navigating to Gallery if you had a large number of images.
  • Fixed an issue where saving files to OneDrive locations in File Explorer could take a very long time, making it seem like the app you were saving from had become unresponsive, in the latest Insider builds.
  • Fixed an issue where “Automatically type into the Search Box” wasn’t working when File Explorer was open to Home.
  • Fixed an issue where the chevrons in the File Explorer address bar were pointing in the wrong direction if your display language was set to Arabic or Hebrew.


  • Fixed an issue which was causing some labels to be missing across various places in Settings in the last couple flights.
  • Did some work to help improve the performance of opening Settings for Insiders with the new Home page.

[Dev Drive]

  • Fixed an issue where Dev Drives might not auto-mount after upgrading to a new build, causing apps that tried to access them to not work.
  • Improved error messages if Dev Drives fail to format.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue where if you did a search and then cleared it, the view would still be filtered.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing sporadic crashes when using Task Manager, including when ending tasks.
  • Fixed an issue where the search icon could become overlapped with the Task Manager text in the title bar.
  • Fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to move the Task Manager window with touch or pen.

Known issues


  • You may see some of the strings are NOT localized to the selected language. This will be fixed in a future flight.

About the Beta Channel

The Beta Channel is the place we preview experiences that are closer to what we will ship to our general customers. Because the Dev and Beta Channels represent parallel development paths from our engineers, there may be cases where features and experiences show up in the Beta Channel first. However, this does not mean every feature we try out in the Beta Channel will ship. We encourage Insiders to read this blog post that outlines the ways we’ll try things out with Insiders in both the Dev and Beta Channels.

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