Microsoft has released a new build of Windows 11 for Windows Insiders on the dev channel. Build 23435 has a new gallery feature in File Explorer some other interesting changes.

In File Explorer is a new Galley view which shows your photos on your PC. The view is the same layout and content as in the Photos app. The view also works in the file picker so apps that work with photos will be able to use the new feature. As ever Microsoft are rolling this out to as small set of Windows Insiders so you may not see the feature yet.

Another change with the build is Microsoft trying out different designs of Start Menu notifications:

Added to this build is a Presence Sensor privacy setting:

Here are the fixes and known issues in the build:


[Taskbar & System Tray]

  • Fixed a few explorer.exe crashes that were impacting taskbar reliability.


  • Updated the TextInput/EnableTouchKeyboardAutoInvokeInDesktopMode MDM policy to allow “2” as a valid value to enforce showing the touch keyboard on tapping an edit control even when the hardware keyboard is attached.


  • Fixed an issue which was causing Settings crashes when navigating to various Windows Update related pages in the last couple flights.

[Live captions]

  • Fixed the issue that caused enhanced speech recognition support installed through the Language & Region settings page to require restarting live captions if you switch languages in the live captions Caption language menu on Arm64 devices.
  • Fixed the issue where you may not see install completion of “Enhanced speech recognition” (required by Live Captions) when adding a language through the Language & Region settings page, and language feature installation progress may become hidden.

[Task Manager]

  • Improved the performance of the expand all / collapse all View options on the Processes page.


  • Updated Narrator’s default for “Context level for buttons and controls” to “3 – Immediate content name and type.”

NOTE: Some fixes noted here in Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.

Known issues

[Search on the Taskbar]

  • There is an issue where some people may not see the search box on the taskbar and/or the settings to adjust the search box experience on the taskbar after updating to Build 23403. We are aware of the issue, and we are working on a fix.

[File Explorer]

Insiders who have Gallery in File Explorer will see the following issues:

  • [NEW] Gallery may require clicking twice on the node in the navigation pane for initial load.
  • [NEW] Live updates (including filtering) are currently disabled and require using the Refresh button as a workaround.
  • [NEW] Thumbnail loading performance for dehydrated cloud files and memory usage in large collections are known issues we are focused on improving. Please capture Performance traces in Feedback Hub for any performance-related issues. Rebuilding your Indexer can help if thumbnails are missing for cloud files; Search for “Indexing Options” and look in Advanced settings to find the rebuild tool.
  • [NEW] Photos from OneDrive for Business currently must be hydrated to work properly.
  • [NEW] Some file types (e.g., HEIC) might not be rendered correctly or performantly.

Insiders who have access keys in File Explorer will see the following issues:

  • Access keys will appear inconsistently if no button is pressed. Pressing a button will cause them to reappear.
  • Shift + Right click on a file or folder is not opening “Show more options”.

Insiders will have issues with the following commands on recommended files in File Explorer:

  • Clicking on the Share command will currently bring up the Windows share sheet (non-OneDrive).

[Live captions]

  • [NEW] Live captions will crash on first launch due to an issue impacting registry data retrieval. A new fix is expected very soon.
  • Certain languages shown on the Language & Region settings page will indicate speech recognition support (e.g., Korean) but don’t yet have support for live captions.
  • Captioning performance may be degraded in non-English languages and missing out-of-language filtering in non-English (United States) languages which means that incorrect captions will be shown for speech not in the caption language


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