Windows 11 is the latest version of Microsoft’s desktop operating system and it will begin rolling out to compatible hardware on October 5. While Microsoft has announced Windows 11 release date, that update won’t be officially available on most devices until early 2022.
More and more devices will get Windows 11 updates every week or month, allowing users to access new features and improvements. You can see which devices are compatible with Windows 11 by installing the PC Health Check Tool, and remember that the list of supported CPUs is final.
Ahead of the rollout, Microsoft has confirmed that additional bug fixes and improvements will be released in the coming weeks. In the release notes of Build 22468, Microsoft noted that fixes are not tied to a specific release, so some improvements and fixes could show up in the cumulative updates.
For example, Microsoft is testing a new feature that will allow users to see some stats about the VPN connection. Likewise, we’re also getting a new setting option to turn off the recent searches pop-up that appears when you hover over the search icon in the Windows taskbar.
This option will be offered under taskbar behaviours in taskbar Settings. Additionally, Microsoft is testing numerous bug fixes which will be released to users in the production channel later this year.
For example, Microsoft is working on a new change that would improve the reliability of flyouts when you hover over the search icon. Similarly, Microsoft has fixed an issue that prevented recent files from appearing when you search for apps like Word.
For File Explorer, Microsoft has made a change that will reduce context menu crashes when you right-click files in OneDrive locations. We’re also getting a fix for an issue where the shruggie kaomoji ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ will display in the incorrect position.
Microsoft is also working on these bug fixes:
- A bug that could result in text rendering issues has been fixed.
- A bug that could bring back removed apps after the system reboot has been fixed.
Note that Microsoft is still testing these improvements and most of the changes will be ported to Windows 11 version 21H2 this year.
If you can’t wait for Windows 11, you’ll be able to install it using the Media Creation Tool and ISO images on October 5. You can also buy plenty of devices that come with Windows 11 pre-installed, though the update will be eventually offered to older compatible PCs around the world.
Depending on the manufacturer and drivers you use, you might be waiting a while.