Windows 11 (Build 22538): news and fixes

Windows 11 (Build 22538): news and fixes

We already have a new version of Windows 11 available on the Windows Insider Dev Channel. It’s about the Build 22538 and it comes with exciting new features and bug fixes. Let’s go for it!

What’s new in Build 22538

Updates for voice access

Voice access was first introduced in Build 22518. It is a new experience of controlling your PC simply through voice. With today’s build, Microsoft has updated this feature with some new features.

The first new feature is that we can now use the touch keyboard through voice access. Microsoft cites the following uses:

  • Spell words.
  • Enter numbers.
  • Enter punctuation marks and symbols.
  • Use emoji.
To do thisDi This
Open the touch keyboard“Show keyboard”
Hide the touch keyboard“Hide keyboard”
Press a letter on the touch keyboard“Click [número]”

Changes and improvements

  • The updated entry point for Taskbar Weather Widgets first introduced with Build 22518 should now be available to all Windows Insiders on the Dev Channel.
  • In ALT + TAB, in task view and in snap assist, the focus rectangle showing what is selected will now use the accent color chosen on your PC.
New ALT + TAB interface in Windows 11.
  • Updated layouts for IMEs and touch keyboards will now display on the lock screen and where account information such as username and password is entered. This change is being applied to a subset of Windows Insiders initially and will expand over time based on feedback.
Windows 11 lock screen touch keyboard
New touch keyboard on the Windows 11 lock screen.
  • The ability to download Language Packs from the Microsoft Store is starting to roll out for device-based speech recognition that provides better transcription performance.
  • Experimentation is ongoing with improving the discoverability of certain input functions in various areas of the operating system.
  • For those who need it, they can again access ncpa.cpl directly.
  • Added HTTPS boot for Hyper-V Generation 2 virtual machines. The feature is enabled by default.
  • For PCs that support it, display calibration is now available directly in Settings > Display > HDR instead of having to open a separate Settings page.

Build 22538 fixes

General features

  • Pressing the physical volume up/down buttons should no longer cause explorer.exe to crash for some Insiders.
  • It is believed that the issue causing some Insiders to see text in Settings and other places mixed up in the previous build should no longer happen in this build.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Narrator to crash on text boxes when using browse mode.
  • Mitigated an issue where, on some PCs, after resuming playback from sleep or hibernation, video playback would resume instantly, but audio could take up to 10 seconds to start playing.

File Browser

  • The folders named advanced should no longer unexpectedly open the Advanced Sharing Settings page in Settings.


  • Fixed an issue where typing from Start or after clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar would not launch Search as no text was entered. If you still have this issue after the update, please submit a new comment in Desktop Environment > Feedback Hub Search.


  • Taskbar date and time in long format should no longer be cut off on secondary monitors.


  • There should no longer be a random blank entry in Bluetooth and Devices.
  • Fixed an issue where Narrator was reading the Resume Updates button as “Search for updates” on the Windows Update page.
  • Settings should no longer crash when going to System > Display > HDR.
  • Fixed an issue believed to be the main cause of settings crashing sometimes when using the clear location history option.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some users to crash settings when viewing the properties of a Wi-Fi network.
  • The controls “private” Y “public” in the network properties should no longer flash for people with dual network cards.
  • when searching “network reset”, the Settings page to do so will now appear in the search results.
  • When viewing the list of available Wi-Fi networks in Quick Settings, the signal strength indicators should now reflect the correct signal strength instead of all showing the maximum strength.
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Input method

  • Removed the “test settings” checkbox from Personalization > Text Input > Custom Theme as it was not working.
  • The custom text color from Settings > Personalization > Text input > Custom theme” should now be applied to the text in the options window/clipboard history/emoji panel.
  • Fixed an issue impacting performance for Insiders with the new input switcher when quickly switching between inputs.
  • Clicking the search box in the touch keyboard input area should no longer cause the touch keyboard to turn off immediately the first time after switching input languages.
  • Removed an unexpected 1 pixel gap between the side of the touchpad and the edge of the screen when docked.
  • Added missing inverted question mark (¿) to WIN + Point overall score section.


  • For those using the custom mode in Settings > Personalization > Colors, the ALT + Tab background, Task View, and Snap Assistant should now follow the Windows default mode for light or dark and not the Windows default mode. application.
  • Dragging and dropping windows into Task View while using an Arabic or Hebrew display language should now drag in the correct direction.
  • .exe apps should no longer crash when closing groups that include 3 or 4 apps.


  • Fixed issue where if the taskbar alignment was changed, the widgets button would disappear from the taskbar.
  • The content of widgets on the taskbar should not be out of sync between monitors when multiple monitors are connected to the PC.

voice access

  • Fixed an issue where the recently deleted microphone would appear as the selected microphone.
  • Fixed an issue to ensure microphone state changes are announced to screen reader users.
  • Fixed an issue to ensure microphone names are read aloud to screen reader users on the microphone selection page while setting up voice access for the first time.
  • Fixed an issue to ensure microphone labels communicate the current state of the microphone to screen reader users.
  • Fixed an issue where duplicate number labels were appearing on the Microsoft Edge home page with the “show numbers” command.
  • Fixed an issue where the “previous lowercase character” command was not working as expected.
  • Fixed an issue where Voice Access would give an incorrect message when saying “voice access wake up” even when no microphone was connected.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Switch to Edge” command would not prompt for input when two Microsoft Edge windows were open with one of them maximized.
  • Fixed an issue where the “go to source” command was not giving the expected results in Microsoft Word.
  • Fixed an issue where the “voice access wake up” command would not activate the voice access microphone when speaking continuously without pauses.
  • Fixed an issue where dictation was not working as expected on the desktop and in File Explorer.
  • Fixed an issue where the “show numbers” command would not display number labels in the focused window.

Known issues in build 22538


  • Taskbar sometimes flickers when switching input methods.


  • 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 pane.

Input method

  • At a UAC prompt, the IME candidate window does not appear.


  • With the taskbar aligned to the left, information such as temperature is not displayed. This will be fixed in a future update.