Microsoft has released another build of Windows 11 to Insiders on the Dev Channel, revealing some of the new features that are making their way to the operating system in the future. Specifically, this release features a new USB4 page in Settings, along with recently announced improvements to the default app settings. The build number is 23419, and as a reminder, this Dev channel is a new channel, while the new Canary channel has replaced the old Dev channel, as Microsoft has not announced a new version yet.
USB4 settings page
A settings page dedicated to USB4 devices was spotted in an earlier version of Windows 11 thanks to some hacking, but it wasn’t working or easily accessible yet. This page is intended to allow users to see more information about the USB4 devices connected to their computer, assuming the computer supports USB4 in the first place. You can see information about USB4 hubs you may be using and the devices connected to them, as well as USB4 domain details. You can also easily copy these details to share with your customer support and IT administrator in your enterprise environment.
USB4 has become more widely available and is largely based on Thunderbolt, so if you have a Thunderbolt 4 port, you should be able to see a USB4 host router listed in Device Manager. If you don’t see it, you also won’t see the new settings page.
Best app default settings
As Microsoft detailed earlier this week, Windows 11 is seeing some changes to the way app defaults work, making it easy to change default apps for a particular file type or protocol. Now, when an app asks you to set it as default, if you choose to do so, you will be taken directly to the settings page where you can change its defaults thanks to the deep link URI. Previously, any attempt to change the default app would take you to the global default apps page, so you still had to search for the app and then choose it as the default for the file type you wanted.
Microsoft also promised a new experience for apps you try to pin to the taskbar, but that will be available at a later date.
Live kernel memory dump in task manager
This feature was previously available in the old Dev Channel and the new Canary Channel, but now, users in the rebooted Dev Channel can also create kernel memory dumps directly for a specific process within Task Manager. This is especially useful for developers to identify issues with their apps. You can also change the settings for freeing up memory in the Task Manager settings.
Apart from the above changes, most of the additions in this version are rather minor and were already available in other channels. If you use a Chinese IME, you’ll now be able to use cloud-powered suggestions for common Chinese words, for example. Microsoft has also modified the network icon when showing the VPN connection indicator, where the VPN icon now follows the theme color you set for Windows.
There’s also the ability to enable seconds on the taskbar clock, something already available in the Canary channel, as well as a new, faster way to access Bing through a button within the search bar on the taskbar. Microsoft has also improved the Voice Access Commands app with a full list of available commands. Additionally, since Microsoft is deprecating the Microsoft Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT) and MSDT Troubleshooters, some troubleshooting tools found in the Settings app have started redirecting users to the Get Help app.
One change that some users may not like is that the Print Screen key on the keyboard will now open the Snipping Tool by default. This capability does exist but it was turned off by default and now Microsoft is switching to the default on policy. You can still turn it off in the Settings app under Accessibility -> Keyboard.
Finally, of course, there’s the usual list of bug fixes that every build comes with. You can see this list below:
- ...-boot login experience is improved by minimizing the performance impact of startup applications.
[Taskbar & System Tray]
- Fixed an issue causing Narrator to read the position before the name on system tray icons.
- Fixed an issue that caused the hidden icons popup to open for display behind things like the OneNote popup and Live Annotations.
- Fixed an issue that could cause explorer.exe to crash related to drag and drop.
[Search on the Taskbar]
- Fixed a search crash from the last flight.
- Fixed an issue that could cause explorer.exe to crash on opening the home page if certain content was visible in the Recent section.
- Made some improvements to File Explorer loading performance if a disconnected network drive is visible in the Navigation Pane.
- Fixed an issue where dragging content across an open Start Menu folder could cause a crash.
- Fixed an issue where the computer might not enter modern standby after using voice typing.
- We fixed an issue that caused live captions to not work with Chinese Traditional on Arm64 devices.
- Fixed an issue where some details on the Performance page were not displayed correctly until you resized the window or changed pages back and forth.
There are also some known issues in this release:
[Search on the Taskbar]
- There is an issue where some people may not see the search box on the taskbar and/or settings to adjust the search box experience on the taskbar after updating to Building 23403. We are aware of the issue and are working to fix it.
Insiders with access keys in File Explorer:
- Access keys will appear inconsistently if no button is pressed. Pressing a button will make them appear again.
Insiders will have problems with the following commands on recommended files in File Explorer:
- Clicking the Share command will now bring up the Windows share sheet (not OneDrive).
- Clicking the Open File Location command will bring up an error dialog that can be easily dismissed.
- Clicking the “Remove from List” command will not take any action.
- On ARM64 devices, enhanced speech recognition support installed through the Language and Region settings page will require a restart of Live Captions if you switch languages in the Live Captions and Subtitles language menu.
- Some languages that appear on the Language and Region settings page report support for speech recognition (for example, Korean) but do not yet have support for live annotations.
- When you add a language through the Language and Region settings page, the language feature installation progress may become hidden, and you may not see the Enhanced Speech Recognition installation complete (required by Live Captions). (You can use the language’s “Language Options” to monitor progress.) If this happens, there may be an unexpected delay before the live caption setting experience detects this and lets you continue.
- Subtitles may degrade in languages other than English and lose out-of-language filtering in languages other than English (US) which means incorrect captions for speech not in the caption language will be displayed.
If you are a Windows Insider in the Dev Channel, you can download this update by going to the Settings app and checking for updates. Keep in mind that if you were on the Dev Channel before the split into Canary and Dev Channels, now you’re on the Canary Channel instead. You need to do a clean install of Windows 11 to join the new Dev channel.