Windows 11 Build 25115 is here with a new feature and tons of general improvements.
Today, Microsoft released a slew of new preview builds for Windows 11, including a new preview build of the active development branch. Windows 11 Build 25115 is rolling out to testers in the Dev Channel and it’s basically one of the first flights of version 23H2 (the update that will go live later next year) .
For those unfamiliar with the Windows development cycle, we’ve reached the point where Windows 11 build 22H2 is complete and likely to reach RTM status by the end of the month. Since this year’s feature update is nearly finalized, Microsoft has started working on testing the 23H2 “Sun Valley 3” build, releasing an initial build for testers.
With today’s preview release, Microsoft has introduced a new feature called “Suggested Actions” which was originally teased earlier this year.
So what is a suggested action? As the name suggests, this is a new feature that tries to guess what you want to do next based on the text you’ve selected. For example, if you highlight a date in Microsoft Teams, chances are you’ll paste it into another app or create an event in your calendar.
With Suggested Actions, Microsoft will reduce the number of steps required to perform the action after copying or selecting text. In the above case, when you highlight a date, a prompt will now appear in the app suggesting you create an event in the calendar for the selected day.
Likewise, if you highlight a phone number, as shown in the screenshot above, you’ll see an option to call the number or search for it on Bing with Microsoft Edge. At the moment, there’s not much to do, but we’ve heard that the tech giant plans to use its machine learning capabilities to better understand user behavior and come up with relevant suggestions,
This feature could really speed up some of the tasks that we do manually in Windows, but it depends on how well it is implemented.
Windows 11 Build 25115 Improvements and Fixes
As we’ve highlighted in our previous reports, Windows 11 Update 2023 is in early development and most features are expected to launch a bit later.
Besides the suggested actions, Windows 11 Build 25115 only includes improvements and bug fixes.
For example, Microsoft claims to have updated Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) icons to better match the look and feel of Windows 11. The underlying voice platform is updated to provide better support. support for Voice Access, a voice detection feature that allows you to work in Windows with your voice.
Fixed a bug that caused system tray icons to hang in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar when recently opening this page. This issue also led to File Explorer (explorer.exe). Another bug has been fixed where users get error 0x800703E6 if they copy files from Google Drive.
Microsoft says it has also made changes to improve the performance of File Explorer, specifically the “Home” page. Fixed a bug that caused Explorer to crash when pressing and holding CTRL+ALT+DELETE.
Other fixes in Windows 11 build 25115:
- Fixed an issue that caused explorer.exe to crash.
- Fixed an issue that could crash explorer.exe in some cases.
- Fixed issues with the passkey in Task Manager, including users being unable to press ALT+ directly without releasing the ALT key.
- Fixed an issue that caused 100% CPU usage on Windows.
- Fixed an issue that could cause properly signed apps to be blocked by Smart App Control.
- Fixed an issue that incorrectly disabled the Memory Integrity feature.
- Fixed an issue where apps that use Easy Anti-Cheat would crash the PC with a blue screen of death error.
- Fixed an issue where some apps would close before running live captions.
How to install Windows 11 version 25115
For install Windows 11 version 25115Follow these steps:
- Register for Windows Insider Program.
- Open the Settings page.
- Switch to Developer Channel.
- Click on “Check for updates” and select “Download and install”.
- Click on “Restart now”.
Remember that users cannot downgrade to Windows 11 version 22H2 after upgrading to Build 25115. Indeed, Build 25115 is essentially a new version of Windows 11 and it will eventually become version 23H2.
People who choose to stay on Beta Channel will be doing final testing of Windows 11 build 22H2 as Microsoft fully stabilizes the update. New versions will be released with mostly bug fixes.
If you stay on Dev Channel, you’ll get Windows 11 version 23H2 builds and access to new features coming next year. Initial builds will be a bit buggier than normal, but eventually they will become usable. It should be noted that Build 25115 is not really different from Beta channel builds.