Windows 11 Insider Preview 22H2 Build 22454.1000 x64 En-Us September 2021
The launch of the next big Windows update is the talk of the town in 2021, even from before Microsoft unveiled details about its new features in the month of June. And here we are in August with Microsoft releasing the first ISO files available for the Windows 11 Insider Preview program. In other words, by joining in the program, you get to experience the next major Windows version yourself and even offer feedback to actively contribute to the way the future Windows is shaped. How cool is that?
Get Windows 11 ISO files to take the new OS for a spin
The ISO images are available for both the Dev and Beta channels, but Microsoft advises those who use the Dev to switch to Beta for enhanced stability. The setup allows you to run an in-place upgrade from previous editions of Windows or do a clean installation of Windows 11 on your device.
Please keep in mind that your device must meet the minimum system requirements for Windows 11, as listed on this page. Alternatively, you can use the PC Health Check application from Microsoft or a similar third-party application to test the compatibility of your system with Windows 11.
Enjoy the next generation of Windows
Like most Windows enthusiasts, you might be curious and excited about the upcoming release of the operating system. And for good reason, considering that Windows 11 is the first major upgrade since back in 2015.
First, Microsoft promises a brand-new user experience due to the revamped user interface in Windows 11. The new working environment showcases Microsoft's Fluent Design guidelines and was inspired by the shift of the Windows computer from a functional instrument to the tool that brought people together during the difficult times in 2020.
A centered taskbar with customizable behavior
Let’s now dive deeper in and see what the new Windows 11 brings to the table. The new design is simpler and cleaner, with a new color palette, rounded item geometry and multiple desktops to work with. The taskbar is centered and the button of the main menu is placed in the middle as well, building up a layout that might remind you of the macOS dock.
The taskbar is permanently pinned to the bottom edge of the screen and there is no way to move it to the right, left, or top. On the other hand, icons on the taskbar can be aligned to the left.
All the essential tools are practically pinned in the taskbar and the icons of newly opened applications are added to the right. While the defaults are designed to provide one-click access to everything you need, you are free to customize the taskbar items as you please.
While Windows 11 does come with a dedicated search app that you are instantly redirected to, there is an issue with the Start Menu search bar that prevents you from typing inside it. This bug is a known issue and, hopefully, Microsoft will fix it in the following releases.
A Windows Explorer overhaul
The new look and feel of the File Explorer (old Windows Explorer) ditches the ever-popular ribbon and replaces it with a much more simplified toolbar that includes small icons to help you carry out basic tasks. Additional options are available in the three-dot menu, such as managing and mapping network drives or accessing the extra options. It is a matter of taste to whether you will like the new design better than the old ribbon-based one.
As for the sidebar, it is somewhat similar to the one in Windows 10, allowing you to pin items and manage favorite locations. The new icons are easily noticeable, but what is changed to a higher extent is the right-click context menu, which now uses small icons instead of a list for common file management operations.
Miss them? The widgets are back in Windows!
Provided you are logged in with your Microsoft account, you can enjoy the new Windows 11 widgets. Thanks to the AI-powered functionality, widgets can change by the time of day and your habits in using apps. Touch screens allow widgets to be revealed as you swipe right the monitor.
Somewhat reminding of old Windows widgets and gadgets, although not the same, the new widgets include the news feed powered by Microsoft News, the weather forecast, financial market reporting, and so on.
The new Microsoft Store puts developers in first place
The new Microsoft Store app is also significantly enhanced, now providing support for Android apps that run on Windows 11. Moreover, the partnership with Amazon makes it possible for users to access Amazon Appstore apps from within the Microsoft Store.
The purpose of the new Store is to allow as many developers as possible to populate the Store marketplace with their apps and games. Showing openness and flexibility, Microsoft allows the usage of third-party commerce systems.
More changes to come until the official release
There are noticeable differences between the new Windows 11 and its predecessors, but there also plenty of legacy dialogs that are practically the same. The changes we have seen so far improve the overall user experience, focusing more on productivity, usability and ease of access. Microsoft announces more features to be implemented until the official release of Windows 11 later in 2021. Until then, you can sign up for the Insider Preview program and experiment with the new Windows 11 yourself.
REMINDER: Build numbers are higher in the Dev Channel than the Windows 11 preview builds in the Beta Channel because we’ve moved the Dev Channel back to receiving builds from our active development branch (RS_PRERELEASE). This means the builds released to the Dev Channel no longer match the Windows 11 experience that will be released to customers on October 5th. The desktop watermark you see at the lower right corner of your desktop is normal for these pre-release builds.
- Title: Windows 11 Insider Preview 22H2 Build 22454.1000 x64
- Developer: Microsoft Corporation
- Compatibility: PC * 1 gigahertz (GHz) dual-core 64-bit processor
- Language: English
- Size: 4.38 GB