Windows 11 Build 22579 released with new Start Menu feature and more

Windows 11 Build 22579 is now available and comes with a new Start Menu feature that lets you set a custom name for folders. In addition, today’s preview of Windows 11 adds support for new policies to exclude removable USB drives from BitLocker encryption and more.

When checking for updates, the build appears as “Windows 11 Insider Preview 22579 (NI_RELEASE)” and is from Nickel branch. Microsoft says the changes in the update are not tied to any particular release, but that most improvements and features will ship later this year as part of Build 22H2 or trial packages.

Version 22579 is not a major feature update and mostly comes with improvements based on features added over the past few weeks. For example, the Start menu was recently updated with folder support. Today’s update adds support for the Rename tool so you can create folders with a custom name.

Windows 11 Build 22579 Start Menu

For those unaware, the Windows 11 Start menu doesn’t come with live tiles and the customization options are limited. With Sun Valley 2, Microsoft plans to add new ways to customize the Start menu. This includes support for folders and an option to have more icons or recommended files in the list.

What’s new in Windows 11 Build 22579

Microsoft is working on a new policy to help users exclude removable USB drives from BitLocker encryption. This new policy is aimed at IT professionals, but anyone can use it if necessary.

As the name suggests, the new BitLocker policy aims to address the issue of automatic or accidental encryption.

When the policy is turned on, users will not be able to encrypt the storage in the exclusion list. To get started, administrators need to extract the hardware IDs of the devices they want to exclude or configure the BitLocker exclusion list policy in Intune.

There are some design improvements in this update as well. As you probably know, Microsoft recently added a new Fluent and WinUI design to the print queue experience.

With today’s update, Microsoft is updating the print dialog for Win32 applications. Desktop applications that use CPrintDialog can now display a modern print dialog that matches the look of Windows 11.

Windows 11 user interface update
Redesign the print dialog

Microsoft has also made improvements to the printing feature in Windows 11. If you choose a new printer, Microsoft will install it automatically.

Windows 11 update also makes it easier to access the console if Windows Terminal is uninstalled from Win + X. The Win + X menu will automatically redirect users to PowerShell if you remove the Windows Terminal app.

Windows 11 Build 22579 Improvements:

  • Microsoft is improving the Get Started app, allowing users to pin websites to the taskbar. To try out the new feature, open the Get Started app and head to the Apps & Sites We Think You’ll Love page. From there, simply click on any of the recommended websites on the page. You can now pin it to your taskbar and easily access the sites you care about.
  • As part of its efforts to improve Windows 11’s gesture feature, Microsoft is introducing responsive and delightful animations for multi-finger touch gestures. You can try the new Three Finger Gestures feature to swipe left and right and switch between recently used windows.
  • Task manager updated with “Run new task” button.
  • Customizable emojis now display a small colored dot at the bottom so you can easily find them.
  • Magnifier and on-screen keyboard now have new fluent icons

How to install Windows 11 Build 22579

To install Windows 11 Build 22579, use the following steps:

  1. Open settings.
  2. go to the Windows Insider Program A page under Windows Updates.
  3. Switch to the Dev channel if your device is on the production channel. Get Windows 11 first if you’re using Windows 10.
  4. Click “Check for updates“.
  5. He chooses “Download the installation file“.
  6. Click “Restart now“.