Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 22526 with improved file search

After taking a break for the holidays, the Windows development team is back with the first new release of Windows 11 Dev Channel of 2022.

Build 22526 ships with a decent number of fixes, along with some welcome changes and improvements.

Starting with this release, Microsoft is experimenting with indexing more file locations. This will make finding important files in Explorer much faster.

The company is also experimenting with displaying ALT + TAB in windowed mode instead of full screen. However, this change will only be available to certain insiders. If you don’t see it, you’ll have to wait for Microsoft to make the feature more widely available.

Additionally, Microsoft has added broadband speech support when using Apple AirPods products – AirPods, AirPods Pro, or AirPods Max – thereby improving the quality of voice calls.

From version 22518, Accreditation custody will now be enabled by default on Windows 11 Enterprise (E3 and E5) licensed PCs that are joined to the enterprise.

The fixes in this release include:

[File Explorer]

  • Microsoft has done work to help resolve an issue where if you used search in file explorer then explorer.exe crashed, the next time you try to search in file explorer it won’t work not.


  • Added another fix to help resolve the issue of the recent research flywheel getting stuck on screen (appearing transparent except for the border).
  • Improved the resolution of app icons displayed in search results when the display scaling was greater than 100%.

[Spotlight collection]

  • If you are using the Spotlight collection, the current image should migrate when you upgrade now (if the version you are upgrading from is version 22523 or higher).


  • Fixed an issue that caused the widget table to potentially not have the correct resolution when hovering over the entry point on a secondary monitor.
  • Resolved an issue where the widget table was temporarily empty, showing only an Add Widgets button (which also opened to an empty dialog).


  • Fixed a bug check with KMODE_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED remote desktop users encountered while attempting to shutdown or restart.
  • Microsoft Store should no longer display a message stating that attempting to install the latest Web Media extension update returns error code 0x80073CFB.
  • Resolved a DWM crash affecting some Insiders on the previous flight.

The known issues are:


  • You may not be able to sign in to some apps such as Feedback Hub. Restarting your PC should correct the problem.
  • Microsoft is investigating reports that some insiders are seeing driver and firmware update failures in recent versions with error 0x8007012a.


  • In some cases, you may not be able to enter text when using search from start or taskbar. If you have the problem, press WIN + R on the keyboard to launch the Run dialog box and then close it.


  • The taskbar will sometimes blink when changing the input method.
  • Sometimes the network icon disappears from the taskbar when it is supposed to be there. If you experience this, try using Task Manager to restart explorer.exe.
  • If you have multiple monitors connected to your PC and right click on the date and time in the taskbar of your primary monitor, it will crash explorer.exe


  • After clicking the Search icon on the taskbar, the Search panel may not open. If this happens, restart the “Windows Explorer” process and reopen the search panel.


  • When viewing the list of available Wi-Fi networks, the signal strength indicators do not reflect the correct signal strength.
  • Settings may get stuck when you navigate to System> Display> HDR.
  • There is an empty entry under Bluetooth and devices.
  • Microsoft is working on a fix for an issue affecting some insiders that causes settings to hang when trying to access Installed Apps, Starter Apps, and Default Apps pages. If you are one of those affected and you need to uninstall an app, use fin should work.


  • Changing the alignment of the taskbar may cause the Widgets button to disappear from the taskbar.
  • When you have multiple monitors, the content of widgets in the taskbar may get out of sync between monitors.
  • With the taskbar aligned to the left, information such as temperature is not displayed. This will be fixed in a future update.

[Voice access]

  • Some text creation commands, such as “select this” or “delete this”, may not work as expected in Windows applications.
  • Recognition of some punctuation marks and symbols such as the @ sign is not accurate.


  • Narrator settings must be restarted after downloading a voice to see “Jenny” and “Aria” in the voice selection combo box.
  • Users may see a longer period of time before speech stops when they press the CTRL key in continuous reading scenarios.

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Brandon D. James