Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 25197, along with updates to Calculator and Media Player apps

Windows Insiders may have had to wait another day for a new Windows 11 Dev Channel flight, but Build 25197 is finally here.

This release reintroduces tablet-optimized taskbar and system tray updates, and also fixes various issues. Microsoft also released a few insider app updates.

The touch-optimized taskbar automatically activates when you disconnect or fold your 2-in-1 device’s keyboard.

If available on your device, you will see “Optimize the taskbar for touch interactions when this device is used as a tablet” under Settings > Personalization > Taskbar > Taskbar Behaviors. It should be enabled by default. (This feature does not work on laptops or desktops).

System tray updates add rounded focus and floating view to icons in the lower right status bar.

Other changes and improvements in this release include:


  • Microsoft is starting to roll out animated icons and artwork in the Settings app. With animated icons in the navigation bar, it continues to develop its motion design principles to transform those familiar interactions from something purely functional to something that’s also enjoyable.


  • Microsoft is making the small tweak that started rolling out with Build 25179 to improve the key repeat rate for the traditional touch keyboard layout, as well as the default touch keyboard layout, so it’s more responsive and available for all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. Now it has the rate of 20 keys per second (eg when you hold down the delete key).

Fixes in this release include:

[System Tray Updates]

NOTE: These fixes will only appear if the tablet-optimized taskbar with system tray updates is enabled on your device. Please see above for more details on the tablet-optimized taskbar and system tray updates, which are starting to roll out to Windows Insiders and not yet available to everyone. .

  • The taskbar should no longer flicker due to system tray changes in scenarios not optimized for tablets.
  • Fixed an issue that caused certain parts of the taskbar or its icons to become stuck such as looking in the wrong theme colors when switching between light and dark themes.
  • The date and time should no longer get stuck on the side of the screen during system tray changes.


  • Fixed a crash users were seeing when using the recommended section of Start.

[File Explorer]

  • Fixed an issue causing a small group of Insiders to “launch folder windows in a separate process” to be unable to launch File Explorer in the last two flights due to an explorer crash. exe.
  • Did some work to help improve the performance of deleting files via File Explorer (when emptying the Recycle Bin or using Shift+Del) in the event that a large number of files are deleted at the same time. time.


  • Fixed an issue causing ctfmon.exe to crash for some insiders on recent flights when words were added to your spelling dictionary.
  • Dragging the voice input window to another monitor with a different scaling than the original monitor should now work instead of bouncing.
  • Fixed a sporadic crash in recent versions when using the input selector.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause voice input and other input functionality to hang during initialization.
  • Fixed an issue where some Sinhalese words would display unexpectedly overlapping.


  • Updated the design of the displayed Apps > Startup Apps and Apps > Advanced App Settings > App Execution Alias ​​pages to be more consistent with other settings pages.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause settings to crash when deleting devices.
  • Updated the Personal Dictionary section under Privacy & Security > Inking & Typing Customization to now say “Custom Word List”.


  • Fixed an issue that caused the weather icon in the taskbar to display too high and without text during recent flights.


  • Clicking on the title bar portion of a preview tile in Task View should now switch to that app, instead of just closing Task View.
  • Fixed a sporadic explorer.exe crash that could occur when using ALT+Tab or Task View.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue affecting Task Manager reliability.
  • If any graphs were hidden on the Performance page, the circles used to identify each of the different sections should be less blurry now.


  • Fixed an issue that could cause some applications to hang when trying to print if an IPP printer took too long to respond to the print request.
  • Fixed an issue where EnumPrinters did not always return the correct size for pcbNeeded, which could cause crashes in some programs.
  • Fixed a typo in the dialog displayed when Smart App Control crashed an app.
  • Fixed an issue where some characters were missing from the boot environment when using the Chinese (Simplified) or Korean display languages, resulting in square boxes in the text.

NOTE: Some fixes noted here in the Insider Preview builds of the Dev Channel may end up in servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.

Known issues are:


  • Microsoft is investigating reports that audio stopped working for some insiders after upgrading to the latest flights.
  • Microsoft is investigating reports of a few different apps starting to crash in recent builds.
  • Microsoft is investigating reports that Insiders are getting a bug check when moving their mouse in certain games
  • Microsoft is investigating reports that some Insiders are seeing OneDrive setup asking for permission to setup every time their PC restarts.

[File Explorer]

  • Microsoft is working on fixing an issue where command bar items such as copy, paste, and emptying the trash may unexpectedly not be activated when they should be.


  • [NEW] Microsoft is investigating some issues where uninstalling certain apps using Settings > Apps > Installed apps does not work correctly.

[Tablet-optimized taskbar]

  • [NEW] The taskbar sometimes flickers when transitioning from desktop to tablet position.
  • [NEW] The taskbar takes longer than expected to switch to the touch-optimized version when switching between desktop position and tablet position.
  • [NEW] Using the left or right edge gestures may cause the widgets or notification center (respectively) to overlap or appear truncated by the taskbar.
  • [NEW] When using the bottom right edge gesture to see Quick Settings, the taskbar sometimes gets stuck in the expanded state, instead of closing in the collapsed state.
  • [NEW] When there are no windows running on the desktop, the taskbar can sometimes collapse, when it should be expanded.


  • The notification badge number may appear misaligned in the taskbar.
  • In some cases, the notification banner for certain badges will not appear in the widget table.

Microsoft is also rolling out the following app updates for Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.

Calculator (Version 11.2208.1.0): Microsoft has added native Arm64 support to the calculator. You will see faster and better performance when using the app on Arm64 devices.

Media player (version 11.2208.22.0): Microsoft has added the ability to edit video files in Clipchamp with a new “Edit with Clipchamp” action available when you right-click on a video in your library and in the lower right corner of the video player UI under more options (…) when playing a video file.

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