📢 Windows 11 Build 22579 adds new USB encryption policy and other improvements


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Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22579 is now rolling out to the Dev Channel with the following new features and improvements. - Story published by Kunal Chowdhury on




Microsoft releases Windows 11 Build 22579 with a new encryption policy for USB devices and other improvements. The latest build is now rolling out to the Windows Insiders in the Dev Preview Channel. The company also releases a new ISO image for this build to test the clean installation path.

 

To learn more about the new features and changes introduced in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22579, continue reading further.

 

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22579

 

What's new in Windows 11 Build 22579

Exclude USB removable drives from encryption

In the latest Windows 11 Preview Build 22579, Microsoft introduced a new policy so that IT administrators can exclude USB removable drives from BitLocker encryption. This will solve the problem of automatic or accidental encryption of storage built into specialized devices like video cameras, voice recorders, conferencing systems, medical devices, and many more.

 

When this policy is enabled, you will not be able to encrypt storage that is on the exclusion list, and you will not be prompted for encryption if you connect such storage to a device while “Deny write access to removable drives not protected by BitLocker” policy is enabled on it. This policy so far can only be configured via MDM custom OMA-URI.

 

 

Changes and Improvements in Windows 11 Build 22579

[General]

  • As some Insiders noticed, along with our updated Print Queue experience, we have also made an update so that win32 apps which use CPrintDialog to display the print dialog will now show our modern print dialog. In addition, the modern print dialog discovers local network printers automatically. If you choose a new printer, it will be installed without you needing to go into Settings. Please file feedback about your printing experiences under Devices and Drivers > Print in the Feedback Hub.
  • We are reverting the Open With dialog box redesign that began rolling out with Build 22567 to the previous design. We plan to bring this back in the future after addressing some performance issues identified by Windows Insiders. Thank you for your feedback!
  • To ensure users are still able to quickly access the console if Windows Terminal has been uninstalled, we are updating the WIN + X menu to point to Windows PowerShell. If you have Windows Terminal installed and would like Windows PowerShell to open in Windows Terminal, we recommend going to Settings > Privacy & Security > For Developers, and setting Windows Terminal as your default terminal app.
  • Magnifier and the on-screen keyboard now have new Fluent-style icons.

[Start menu]

  • You can now name your folders of apps in Start. To name a folder, simply create a folder (which will have the default name of “Folder”), open it, click on “Edit name”, and type your folder name. Alternatively, use keyboard focus to open the folder then select the text box and start typing.

[Get Started app]

  • We have added pinned site suggestions to the Get Started app so you can conveniently pin websites to your taskbar. To find this new feature, launch the Get Started app and navigate to the “Apps and sites we think you’ll love” page. Click on any of the sites suggested on the page to pin it to your taskbar so you can access the sites you care about in one-click. Please file feedback in the Feedback Hub (WIN + F) under Apps > Get Started.

Note: This experience recommends popular sites and is currently only available to EN-US devices. Personalized site recommendations and other locales will be supported soon.

[Windowing]

  • Continuing our effort to update multi-finger touch gestures to include responsive and delightful animations that follow your finger, try out using three fingers to swipe left and right and switch between recently used windows.

[Task Manager]

  • Based on feedback, the Run New Task button is now available on all pages of Task Manager.
  • Updated the icon for Run New Task.

[Input]

  • To help improve discoverability, emoji that can be personalized (such as the family emoji) now display a small accent colored dot in the bottom corner of their entries in the emoji panel.
  • Removed the Keyboard Layout section from Quick Settings.

 


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