Build 25201 for Windows 11 recovers memory leaks and more; ISOs are available

Build 25201 for Windows 11 recovers memory leaks and more; ISOs are available ...

Microsoft has released a new Windows 11 Insider build 25201 to the Dev Channel. This is still version 22H2, as the Sun Valley 3 development, which was previously known as Windows 11 23H2, has been canceled in favor of a major new Windows version every three years. For the time being, the Dev Channel is sticking with version 22H2, which will eventually release sometime in 2023.

Here''s what''s new in Build 25201:

Widgets'' Expanded View

Is there any room on your widgets board? Cant quite see everything at an glance? We are planning to make some tweaks that will allow you to expand the size of your widgets board.

Use the expand and collapse button in the top right corner of the board, next to the add widgets button, to expand or collapse the size of your widgets board.

If your widgets board does not always include more content and leaves it expanded then thats how it will be the next time you open it.

[We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isnt available to all Insiders yet as we intend to monitor feedback and see how it progresses before distributing it to everyone.]

FEEDBACK: Please send feedback in the Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under the Desktop Environment > Widgets.

Improvements in Game Pass Widget

Last month, we made a preview of the Game Pass widget without having to login to your Xbox profile. Today, the game pass widget was begun to roll out and update, which provides the ability to sign-in with your Xbox account. Once signed-in, the widget will show the whole range of Game Pass games available to you.

The widget will also reveal the most recent set of PC Game Pass titles you have played. It allows gamers to make adjustments just as quickly as possible.

As always, we would love to hear from you how the team can make the Game Pass widget easier and more personalized for you. Please share your feedback!

[We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isn''t available to all Insiders yet, as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it progresses before sending it to everyone.]

FEEDBACK: Please submit feedback in the Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under the Desktop Environment > Widgets.

Here are the improvements and changes in Build 25201 going ahead.


[File Explorer]

  • File Explorer search will now show results as you type. The full search results page will update live without needing to press enter. We are beginning to roll this out, so the experience isnt available to all Insiders just yet.
  • Were experimenting with adding more cloud files to search results from Home.

The following are some bugs that are being fixed:


  • Fixed the issue in the last few flights causing a bugcheck when moving your mouse in certain games.

[File Explorer]

  • As a one-time change to help people find their folders with the navigation pane updates, if the default folders pinned to File Explorers navigation pane had been unpinned, they will be re-pinned after upgrading.
  • Fixed a memory leak which was happening when closing File Explorer windows.


  • The apps in the taskbar overflow flyout should now be in the correct order when using an Arabic or Hebrew display language.


  • Fixed an issue where if you hadnt already opened OneNote once, using the pen click to invoke OneNote wouldnt work.
  • Made a change to help address an issue where it wasnt possible to use the Pinyin IME to type in the chat box of certain games.


  • Fixed an issue which was causing sporadic Settings app crashes.
  • Removed an erroneous white pixel in the icon animation when clicking the Apps category in Settings.


  • We have fixed the issue where in some cases, the notification banner for some badging would not appear in the widgets board.


  • Fixed an issue where explorer.exe was crashing if you dragged a snap group in Task View and dropped it into another Desktop.
  • Fixed an issue related to interacting with the Desktops flyout in the taskbar which was causing periodic explorer.exe crashes.
  • Fixed a DWM crash in the last few flights which could lead to a brief black screen when rotating a tablet.
  • Fixed a rare issue which could cause a DWM crash when watching videos in certain UWP apps in recent builds.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue impacting Task Manager reliability.


  • Fixed an issue causing some Insiders to unexpectedly get the message it is not possible to connect to this network when connecting to certain Wi-Fi networks recently, although the network was working with other devices.
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to Windows Sandbox opening to just a black window on certain PCs.

Note: Some upgrades from Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel might make their way into Windows 11''s initial testing.

Finally, there are some issues that have been addressed.


  • Were looking into reports that audio stopped working for some Insiders after upgrading to the latest flights.
  • Were investigating reports of a few different apps having started crashing in recent builds.
  • Were investigating reports that some Insiders are seeing OneDrive setup asking for permission to set up every time their PC reboots.

[File Explorer]

  • Were working on the fix for an issue where command bar items like copy, paste, and empty recycle bin may unexpectedly not be enabled when they should be.


  • Were investigating some issues where uninstalling certain apps using Settings > Apps > Installed apps isnt working correctly.

[Tablet-optimized taskbar]

  • The taskbar sometimes flashes when transitioning between desktop posture and tablet posture.
  • The taskbar takes longer than expected to transition to the touch-optimized version when switching between desktop posture and tablet posture.
  • Using the left or right edge gestures can result in the Widgets or Notification Center (respectively) to overlap with or look truncated by the taskbar.
  • When using the bottom right edge gesture to see Quick Settings, the taskbar sometimes stays stuck in the expanded state, instead of dismissing to collapsed state.
  • When there are no running windows on the desktop, the taskbar can sometimes collapse, when it should be expanded.


  • [NEW] In right-to-left display languages like Arabic, content animates out of view before the widgets board resizes when clicking to expanded view of the widgets board.
  • Notification badge number may appear misaligned on the taskbar.

ISOs for Build 25201 are also available. Microsoft''s official website is here. The official blog post for Build 25201 can be found here.