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Microsoft released Windows 11 Build 25120 to the Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel. The latest build doesn't bring any key new features but enables support for a new experimental "search bar" on the desktop. Not only this, there are several quality improvements and bug fixes in this build.


If you are an insider in the Dev Channel, you would like to update this build to try and provide feedback to Microsoft related to the "Search Bar" feature on the desktop. The company also released an ISO image of Windows 11 Build 25120. For more details, continue reading further.


Windows 11 Build 25120 adds a new experimental search bar


What's new and improved in Windows 11 Build 25120

An experimental search bar on the desktop

Microsoft adds a new "Search Bar" widget on the desktop. When enabled, it will allow you to directly perform a Bing search from the desktop. Do note that this feature is currently limited to a set of insiders running the Windows 11 Dev Channel build 25120.


Microsoft also allows you to remove the search box from the desktop. To do so, right-click on the desktop, and then navigate to "Show more options" to toggle the "Show search" from the context menu.


We are excited to learn your feedback on this interaction model, so please use the Feedback Hub to provide feedback if you receive this experiment, says Microsoft in the announcement post.



Fixes and improvements

  • Suggested actions should appear for more date and time formats now.
  • Addressed some issues with certain formats when copying a date and/or time.
  • Improved overall performance and reliability of the feature.
  • Fixed an issue that could crash Settings when opening and looking at the battery usage graph.
  • Improved performance of displaying Wi-Fi networks after enabling Wi-Fi from the Wi-Fi section of Quick Settings.
  • Addressed an issue leading to some unreadable text in the Performance page when a contrast theme was enabled.
  • Fixed an issue which could cause Windows Update to stall and roll back updates for WSA users.
  • Did some work to address a stutter in the progress wheel animation when upgrading to a new build.



How to download Windows 11 Build 25120

If you are already a Windows Insider and running Windows 11 Preview Build from the Dev Channel, navigate to Windows 11 Settings > Windows Update page and click "Check for updates". Then click on the "Download and install" link to begin installing the latest dev channel preview build. It may take some time based on your hardware configuration and internet bandwidth.


Once installed, you will need to reboot your system to complete the upgrade process.


Microsoft also provided an offline installer (ISO image) of the Windows 11 Build 25120. Those who are interested in a clean installation, can navigate to this page and follow the steps to get the Windows 11 Build 25120 ISO image. You must log in with your MSA credential used to register as a Windows Insider.


The downloadable link will be available for 24 hrs only after the generation.


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