Microsoft Releases New Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25120 to Dev Channel

Microsoft rolled out new Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25120 with fixes and a new search box that permanently floating on the desktop.

Example of interactive content on the desktop.

Microsoft today releases a new preview build of Windows 11 with new changes and improvements updates including the new floating search box right middle of the desktop that allows you easily to search the web. The build also comes with a load of fixes for improving system stability. The new build number is 25120 and will be available for PCs enrolled in Dev Channels.

Microsoft also made this build available for ARM64 devices and the ISO file is available for download for this build.

What’s New in Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 25120

Here is the complete changelog of the new build:

Changes and Improvements

General

As described in our blog post here, Windows Insiders who use the Dev Channel may get to try out new ideas, longer lead features, and experiences that are intended to help validate concepts. Starting with this preview build, some Insiders will see one of these conceptual features as we begin to explore exposing lightweight interactive content on the Windows desktop. Today, Windows exposes this type of content in the Widgets board. To begin assessing this general idea and interaction model, the first exploration in this area adds a search box displayed on the desktop that enables you to search the web.

If you would like to remove this search box, you can right-click on the desktop, choose “Show more options,” and toggle the “Show search” option. 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.

Note A reboot is required after updating to this build to trigger this experience but please note that not all Windows Insiders will have this experience enabled even after the reboot.

Fixes

Suggested Actions

  • Suggested actions should appear for more date and time formats now.
  • Addressed some issues with certain formats when copying the date and/or time.
  • Improved overall performance and reliability of the feature.

Settings

  • 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.

Task Manager

  • Addressed an issue leading to some unreadable text on the Performance page when a contrasting theme was enabled.

Other

  • Fixed an issue that 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.

NoteSome fixes noted herein Insider Preview builds from the Dev Channel may make their way into the servicing updates for the released version of Windows 11.

Known issues

General

Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause your PC to bug check.

Live captions

  • Certain apps on full screen (e.g., video players) prevent live captions from being visible.
  • Certain apps positioned near the top of the screen and closed before live captions are run will re-launch behind the live captions window positioned at the top. Use the system menu (ALT + Spacebar) while the app has focus to move the app’s window further down.