Game Pass for Windows 11

Home windows 11 Construct 22616 is now obtainable to Insiders with one new characteristic and a number of enhancements. This preview replace to Dev and Beta features a new Controller Bar for Home windows 11, however we do not know if the experimental characteristic will likely be included within the 22H2 launch.

The preview launch is titled “Home windows 11 Insider Preview 22616 (NI_RELEASE)” and comes with a listing of enhancements. We count on the 22H2 model to be prepared for RTM customers in a couple of weeks. Subsequently, there are not any important modifications within the new model.

You possibly can attempt the experimental characteristic known as Controller Bar with Construct 22616. The Controller Bar is lively when the controller is linked to the Home windows 11 pc operating the newest Insider Preview construct. As a matter of reality, it will likely be potential to entry your newest video games and recreation platforms put in on the system with a single button. If you’re not already in a recreation, you may invoke this characteristic by urgent the Xbox button in your controller. If you’re in a recreation, the Xbox button will take you on to the Xbox Recreation Bar and recreation widgets.

Necessities for Early Entry to Controller Bar Function

  • It’s essential be on one of many Dev and Beta Channels and operating the newest Insider Preview (Construct 225xx).
  • Obtain the Xbox Insider Hub from the Microsoft Retailer.
  • Open Xbox Insider Hub and sign up together with your Microsoft Account. If you’re not already an Xbox Insider, you can be requested to hitch.
  • After logging in, go to “Previews” and be part of the Home windows Gaming preview.
  • Examine for updates within the Microsoft Retailer and ensure you have the newest model of Xbox Recreation Bar (Model 5.722.5022.0 or greater).
  • Restart your PC (that is vital for the Controller Bar replace to kick in for the controller).
  • After that every one you must do is pair your controller or join it to the pc.
  • Moreover, you may present suggestions to Microsoft relating to the characteristic.

Home windows 11 Construct 22616 Enhancements

As a reminder, the construct watermark within the decrease proper nook of the desktop is now not obtainable on this construct. However that watermark will return for Insiders in one of many future builds.


  • Adjustments to the system tray launched in Construct 22581 are disabled for now. The system tray and particularly the “Present hidden icons” popup will work the identical as the unique model of Home windows 11, together with the power to rearrange the icons within the window. These modifications will likely be made obtainable once more sooner or later, together with suggestions and varied enhancements.


  • We talked about earlier that when putting in in Home windows 11 Professional, an web connection and Microsoft Account are required. Home windows Insiders on Home windows 11 Professional version will now have to make use of a Microsoft Account and web connection throughout preliminary machine setup (OOBE) when establishing for private use solely. In the event you select to arrange the machine for work or college, you’ll not encounter any modifications.

Issues Solved


  • Mounted a difficulty within the newest Insider Preview releases the place the efficiency and reliability of explorer.exe may degrade over time, finally inflicting a bugcheck.


  • Mounted a difficulty that brought on the “Present hidden icons” popup within the system tray to vanish utterly for some Insiders, although it was “open” underneath Settings > Personalization > Taskbar and “Different system tray icons”.


  • Mounted a difficulty that brought on some apps to crash when urgent the half-width/full-width key whereas utilizing the Japanese IME.


  • Mounted a difficulty that brought on the widget panel to open and shut instantly whenever you tried to open the widget panel from the aspect of the display.
  • Mounted a difficulty that brought on customers to be unable to make use of the swipe performance to reliably invoke Widgets.


  • Mounted a difficulty that would trigger Fast Settings to crash when mirroring to sure wi-fi gadgets.


  • Addressed a difficulty the place utilizing the 3-finger on-screen faucet gesture for minimizing would trigger animations to cease working system-wide.
  • Mounted a difficulty affecting DWM (Desktop Window Supervisor) reliability in latest builds.
  • Mounted a difficulty that brought on some apps, reminiscent of Settings, to open clean when reopened throughout an improve or reboot.

Activity Supervisor

  • Mounted a difficulty the place clicking on Productiveness mode from the command bar brought on the method listing to fluctuate between Purposes and Background teams.

Home windows Sandbox

  • Mounted a core challenge that would trigger some textual content in Home windows Sandbox to seem as black packing containers in sure conditions.


  • Mounted a difficulty the place Home windows Replace notifications had been despatched from “Home windows.SystemToast.WindowsUpdate.MoNotification” as an alternative of “Home windows Replace”.

Fatih, who has been intertwined with expertise and video games from a younger age, is pleased to conduct analysis and convey his experiences to individuals.