Windows 11 wants to make life easier for gamers

Currently, pressing the Xbox button on your Xbox controller overlays the Xbox Game Bar interface and its many widgets (friends list, volume control, performance, check-in tool, achievements, etc.). Handy when you’re already in game, but not as useful when you’re still on the desktop. This will soon change.

On Windows 11 in any case, since a preview test via a new build is available on the OS for Windows Insider members. Now, pressing the Xbox button on your Xbox controller out of game (only Series, or also One and 360?) will display a banner made up of shortcuts to the last three games launched and the download platforms installed (Steam, Xbox, EA, etc.) by the user. Pressing the in-game button retains the usual behavior.

Windows 11: the new Xbox Game Bar will make your life easier

SOON A NEW XBOX GAME BAR

Since Xbox is owned by Microsoft, it’s normal for Windows to be perfectly optimized for Xbox Series users. The Game Pass is the perfect example, a service allowing access to more than a hundred games on both PC and Xbox with a monthly subscription.

On Windows 10, the Xbox Game Bar appears as a hub bringing together many alternative functions while playing such as capturing, communicating with Xbox friends, managing music…

It’s a very complete interface with many windows that you can add, remove and move around as you wish. It can be activated with the shortcut Windows + G, and if you play with an Xbox controller, the Game Bar is also displayed by pressing the central button.

So far, the same menu is displayed whether you are in a game or not. However, the main interest of this Bar is to be able to access functions that are inaccessible, because you are playing.

That’s why Microsoft wants to change that on Windows 11, and make the Game Bar experience easier and more useful when not playing.

Windows 11: Microsoft is testing a handy feature for gamers

The “controller bar” view allows you to access all your recently launched games as well as your various launchers at the press of a button.

Microsoft is refining its Xbox Game Bar, this little tool for Windows that can be launched with the central button of an Xbox controller (or via the Win+G shortcut). The company takes advantage of the new “insiders” version of Windows 11 to inaugurate “Controller bar”. This is a new view of the Xbox Game Bar, which provides easy access to all the games you have recently launched, as well as all your launchers (Steam, Xbox, Gog, etc.)

With this update, it is now this list of shortcuts that appears when you press the central button of the Xbox controller, when you are not in game. The traditional menu, which groups together the different functions of the Game Bar (resource monitor, Xbox contacts, screenshots…) will continue to appear once the game is launched.

Microsoft recommends uninstalling the latest version of Windows 11

From the file not being deleted to the complete inability to install the operating system,

Windows 11 is regularly affected by bugs. Most of the time, these anomalies appear right after an update. This is how Microsoft advises its users to part with the latest version of Windows 11.

While updating to KB5012643, some users encountered issues during installation as well as in Safe Mode. In response, Microsoft quickly rolled out a patch to correct the problem. Unfortunately, it looks like another bug has crept into the update. There are many reports of apps crashing suddenly for no apparent reason.

Put simply, the update appears to have broken the .NET framework used by many apps on Windows 11. It includes a collection of codes that developers can use when building their apps. While it is necessary for the operation of some applications, it was broken during the transition to version KB5012643. This framework integration problem would therefore be the cause of the unexpected crash of certain applications.

To uninstall this update, as recommended by Microsoft, the path is relatively simple. You have to type in the search bar “Windows update settings”. Next, the user should click on “Update History” and then click on “Uninstall Updates”. In the window that opens, it will be necessary to select the KB5012643 version, right-click on the item and select “Uninstall”. Another solution: reactivate .NET Framework 3.5 and Windows Communication Foundation. This is done from the “Windows Feature Settings” page.

In addition to this bug, users have also reported problems with startup, the taskbar or USB.

Windows 11 (Build 22616) arrives in Dev and Beta versions: news and fixes

We continue to gradually approach Windows 11 22H2 RTM. Microsoft is still tweaking this build to be bug-free on release day and they seem to be on the right track. Build 22616 has reached Windows Insider’s Dev and Beta channels and won’t leave anyone indifferent: they rolled back changes to the system tray from the latest builds.

This should surprise no one. Microsoft has previously warned that news present in the Windows Insider Dev and Beta channels are not tied to any specific release and could be released the same way they arrive.

In this case, and just as they did a few weeks ago with the new taskbar for touch devices, Microsoft preferred to remove these two features from the initial version of Windows 11 22H2 until they were are fully finalized. Something similar will happen with File Explorer tabs. We can expect these features to arrive in post-launch cumulative updates.

Reminder: the window to switch from the dev channel to the beta version will close soon

Dev and Beta continue to receive the same builds, but that won’t be the case for long. Dev will be moving to the next branch soon, so anyone who wants to stay on Windows 11 22H2 and not experience the instability that will soon befall Dev should move to beta as soon as possible by following these steps:

  • Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program
  • Select “Beta” in the “Choose your Insider settings” section.

Changes and Improvements in Build 22616

General

  • The watermark in the lower right corner of the desktop is no longer present in this version. It will return to Insiders in a future release.

Taskbar

  • Following feedback from Windows Insiders, Microsoft has decided to disable the system tray changes introduced in Build 22581 for the time being. The system tray, and specifically the “Show hidden icons” drop-down menu, will now work the same as it did in the original version of Windows 11, including the ability to rearrange icons in the drop-down menu. I will return in the future when the experience is refined.

Others

  • Microsoft previously shared the new Internet and MSA requirements in the Pro edition of Windows 11. Today, Windows Insiders on the Pro edition of Windows 11 will now require MSA and Internet connectivity during initial device setup ( OOBE) only when configured for personal. If you choose to configure the device for work or school, there are no changes and it will work as before.

Fixes

General

  • We fixed an issue where the performance and reliability of explorer.exe could degrade over time, possibly leading to a bug check, in the latest Insider Preview builds.

Taskbar

  • Fixed an issue where the ‘Show hidden icons’ option in the system tray would completely disappear for some Insiders, even though it was shown as ‘on’ in Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and ‘Other system tray icons’. the system tray”.

Hall

  • Fixed an issue that caused some apps to crash when pressing the half-width/full-width key when using the Japanese IME.

widget

  • Fixed an issue where attempting to open the widget dashboard using a gesture from the side of the screen would cause the widget dashboard to open and close immediately.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented users from using the swipe function to reliably summon widgets.

Settings

  • Fixed an issue that could cause Quick Settings to hang when projecting to some wireless devices.

Window

  • Fixed an issue where using the 3-finger touch gesture on the screen to minimize could cause system-wide animations to stop.
  • Fixed an issue affecting DWM reliability on recent flights.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some apps, such as Settings, to open blank if reopened after an update or restart.

Task Manager

  • Fixed an issue that caused the list of processes to fluctuate between Applications and Background groups when Efficiency mode is clicked in the command bar.

windows sandbox

  • Fixed an underlying issue that could cause text in Windows Sandbox to appear as black boxes in some cases.