Windows 11 Build 25115 is here with a new feature and lots of general improvements.
Today, Microsoft released a series of new preview builds for Windows 11, including a new preview build of the active development arm. Windows 11 Build 25115 is now rolling out to testers in the Dev Channel, and it’s essentially one of the first flights for version 23H2 (the update that goes live later next year).
For those unfamiliar with the Windows development cycle, we’ve reached the point where Windows 11 version 22H2 is complete and will likely reach RTM status by the end of the month. As this year’s feature update is nearing completion, Microsoft has started testing version 23H2 “Sun Valley 3”, releasing an initial build to testers.
With today’s preview build, Microsoft has introduced a new feature called “Suggested Actions,” which was originally teased earlier this year.
So what exactly is a suggested action? As the name suggests, it’s a new feature that tries to guess what you want to do next, depending on the text you’ve selected. For example, if you mark 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 reduces the number of steps it takes to perform the action after copying or selecting a text. In the case above, when you mark 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 is not much to do, but we have heard that the tech giant plans to use its machine learning features to better understand user behavior and make relevant suggestions,
This feature can really speed up some of the tasks we perform manually on Windows, but it depends on how well it’s implemented.
Windows 11 Build 25115 improvements and fixes
As we’ve highlighted in our previous reports, Windows 11’s 2023 update is at an early stage of development and most features are expected to launch a little later.
Apart from suggested actions, Windows 11 Build 25115 only contains improvements and bug fixes.
For example, Microsoft says it’s updated the icons in Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) to better match the look and feel of Windows 11. It’s updating the underlying speech platform to provide better support for Voice Access, a voice-detection feature that lets you tap Windows with your voice.
Fixed a bug causing system tray icons in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar to freeze when opening that page recently. This problem also led to Explorer (explorer.exe). Fixed another bug where users get the error 0x800703E6 when copying files from Google Drive.
Microsoft says it has also made changes to improve File Explorer’s performance, most notably the “Home” page. Fixed a bug that causes Explorer to crash when holding CTRL + ALT + DEL.
Other solutions in Windows 11 Build 25115†
- Fixed an issue that caused explorer.exe to crash.
- Fixed an issue where explorer.exe could be blocked in certain cases.
- Fixed issues with the access key in Task Manager, including users not being able 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 Smart App Control to block properly signed apps.
- Fixed an issue where the Memory Integrity feature was incorrectly disabled.
- Fixed an issue where apps that use Easy Anti-Cheat to crash the PC with a Blue Screen of Death error.
- Fixed an issue where certain apps were closed before running live captions.
How do I install Windows 11 Build 25115
Until install Windows 11 Build 25115Follow these steps:
- Sign up for Windows Insiders Program†
- Open the Settings page†
- Switch to the V Channel†
- Click on “Check for updates” and select “Download and install†
- Click on “Restart now†
Keep in mind that users cannot downgrade to Windows 11 version 22H2 after upgrading to Build 25115. That’s because 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 running the final tests of Windows 11 version 22H2 as Microsoft fully stabilizes the update. New builds will be released with mostly bug fixes.
Staying on Dev Channel will give you builds of Windows 11 version 23H2 and access new features next year. The first builds will be quite a bit buggier than usual, but they will eventually become usable. It’s worth noting that build 25115 isn’t really different from beta channel builds.