The latest version of Windows 11 continues its difficult release as new features are being released to the preview channel at the same time a new performance bug has been discovered.
Windows 11 22H2 was first released a few weeks ago on September 20 and brought with it a variety of changes, such as tabs for the File Explorer, as well as the return of various features to the taskbar. Now with Preview version 22621, users will see more changes in File Explorer, a new tool called Suggested Actions, and a variety of non-security fixes. You can download this build from the Release Preview Channel, but first you will have to register for the Windows Insider Program.
Preview version 22621
Going into the preview version, most features will be released globally, except one: Suggested Actions, which is only available to users in the US, Canada, and Mexico. As the name implies, it will give you a suggestion on what to do with the copied text. Microsoft gives the example of copying a phone number, which will result in Windows 11 suggesting you make a call in the Teams app. If you copy a date, the operating system will suggest that you add the event to the Calendar app.
File Explorer is getting three small changes to “improve” its usability. First, users will be able to pin important files and folders to the app’s homepage for quick access. Second, you can see all recent changes made to files shared on Microsoft OneDrive. And third, File Explorer “provides personalized suggestions” according to a person’s Microsoft 365 account.
For the final two main features, there is very little information available. According to Microsoft, there is a new overflow menu for the taskbar. This means that if there are too many apps open on the taskbar, they will spread out to a smaller context menu, so you don’t have to scroll down the bottom bar to find them. And users can “share to more devices”, but which ones are still unknown. We contacted Microsoft for further clarification on these features. This story will be updated if we receive a response.
As for fixes, there are 30 in total, from font issues affecting Chinese characters to the sudden crash of the Microsoft Store after an update and forced reloads affecting IE mode in the Edge browser. The full patch notes are available at Microsoft support page (opens in new tab).
But it looks like there’s still more to fix, as Microsoft ignored a pretty substantial bug. According to a post on the company’s tech community page (opens in new tab), file transfer speeds can suddenly drop to up to 40% when copying large “multi-GB” files in Windows 11 22H2. Transferring that same file to a non-22H2 PC does not suffer this performance drop. The original poster provides a temporary solution, but cannot provide “an ETA for a permanent fix”.
While the bug is unfortunate, it’s not surprising for Windows 11 22H2. The operating system has been experiencing an unstable release. About a week ago, there were reports of a bug crashing PCs running the Intel Smart Sound Technology audio driver. Then there is the latest printer bug causing certain features to stop working.
Microsoft said it is working on fixes for all these bugs, but did not say when we can expect the release. In the meantime, check out ‘s guide on how to fix common issues in Windows 11.