Windows 11 Build 25131 hits the Dev Channel with several Microsoft Store updates

Arif Bacchus

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Microsoft has just released Windows 11 Build 25131. This build brings a good set of fixes, along with some updates to the Microsoft Store. Here’s what you need to know.

First up, we’ll talk about the Microsoft Store updates in this build. Now up to version 22205.1401.3.0 on the Dev Channel, Microsoft says it has now rolled out native Arm64 support to the Store, for faster and better performance. They’ve also improved automatic updates for your apps. The Store will now skip over apps that you have open, so you don’t lose any important work. You can update the apps later in the Microsoft Store. Other store changes are below.

  • When you’re browsing the web, you might discover a new app. If it’s available in the Microsoft Store, we’ll show you a pop-up experience to help you install it. This experience now supports free Android apps (depending on device compatibility and age rating).
  • We have improved the browsing experience.
  • Improved viewing options UX for movies and TV shows: Ready for a new show but not sure how to watch it? Once you’ve selected a TV show or movie, you can see all your viewing options in a single list.

For this fixes in this build, Microsoft has a big one. They fixed an issue causing some Insider PCs with certain AMD processors to bugcheck and roll back when attempting to upgrade to last week’s flight. They also fixed an issue that was causing some Insiders with secondary accounts on their PC to not be able to upgrade to the latest builds. Other fixes are below.

  • The new folder icon used in the command bar should be consistent with the one used in the context menu now.
  • Fixed an issue which could lead to File Explorer hanging when browsing folders with lots of .mkv files.
  • Fixed an issue which was causing searching from Home to not return any results sometimes from the Open or Save dialog (when doing it from File Explorer returned results).
  • Searching for something like %appdata% should now show a proper folder icon and not just a blank square.
  • When selecting “Open file location” for a search result, it should now select the file in the folder again now, and not just open the folder.
  • Searching for “default” will now return the default apps Settings page as the first result, and not require you to click “show all results” in order to see it.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Listen to this device” audio option would stop working after a reboot until being unchecked and rechecked.
  • Narrator will now read out the position of the radio buttons in the Settings > Accessibility > Color filters page to make it easier to navigate.
  • Hovering over “Do you like what you see?” when using Windows Spotlight on the lock screen should no longer display a shadow which extends to the bottom of the screen.
  • Fixed an issue which was leading to certain frame rate monitoring applications impacting game performance.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause rounded corners to unexpectedly become pixelated at certain scale factors.

There are only three known issues in this release. There’s a new one where shutting down via the Start menu isn’t working for some Insiders and is unexpectedly rebooting instead. In addition, there’s the ongoing issue with Live Captions from the past build, and the issue where games that use anti-cheat might crash.

Happy downloading, Windows Insiders! And for you developers, there are now SDKs for new Dev Channel builds again.