Windows 11 Build 22543 with UI improvements and more

Deepak Gupta January 30, 2022
Updated 2022/01/30 at 12:07 PM

Rolling out Windows 11 Build 22543 with UI improvements and more

Windows 11 Build 22543 is now rolling out for testers in the Dev Channel and it comes with changes that may ship in Fall 2022 as part of Sun Valley 2. With today’s preview update, Microsoft is adding support for new natural voices that will be used in the Windows Narrator feature.

Like the rest of the updates, today’s release is simply called ” Windows 11 Insider Preview 22543 (rs_prerelease) and is not intended for everyday use cases. It is available only to Dev Channel users in the Insiders Program and users can download the update from Windows Settings > Windows Update.

There are two major changes in today’s preview update: the introduction of new natural voices for Windows Narrator and UI improvements for the window snapping experience. The company says new voices will allow users to comfortably browse the web, read and write mail, and more.

These voices support on-device text-to-speech and use modern APIs that support offline content. For now, these new Natural Narrator voices are available in English and the United States. To get started, you’ll need to launch Narrator and open its settings page where you can simply select and add the “Jenny” or “Aria” voice.

If you’re not sure which voice pack to choose, you can always click the “Preview” button to hear a preview of the voice, then click “Install” to complete the process. After applying the changes, you can also try new Narrator commands: Narrator + Alt + the Minus key and the Plus key to switch between installed voices.

What’s new in Windows 11 Build 22543

Microsoft is now updating the experience with a new design for resizing app windows in Instant Layouts.

The update also overlaps the relevant app icons on top of the acrylic background, and you’ll notice a new animation when you resize the captured window layout.

Likewise, Microsoft is updating the design of the media controls that appear on the Windows lock screen. As you probably know, if you play music in the background in a supported app like Media Player or Microsoft Edge, a media control drop-down menu appears in the lower corner of the screen.

As you can see in the screenshot above, the new media controls in Windows 11 for the lock screen support light/dark themes and also match the visual style of the lock screen.

Other improvements in Windows 11 Build 22543 :

  • You will notice a new confirmation drop-down menu that will appear when you mute or unmute your call using the hotkey WIN + ALT + K.
  • Microsoft updates the input selector with an acrylic background.
  • A new progress ring animation is introduced that aligns with the updated splash screen animation. The new progress ring will appear when you install cumulative or preview updates.
  • Disks and volume and storage space get a makeover to match the design of the parameters of Windows 11. You can now directly view drive, volume, and space statistics on these pages as buttons.

In addition to new Narrator and UI improvements, Microsoft has also fixed various issues, including a bug where the Task Manager would hang when switching to the Performance tab. Similarly, hardware indicators will now show the level. Another bug has been fixed where the UI became unresponsive after enabling HDR.

How to install Windows 11 version 22543

To install Windows 11 Build 22543follow these steps:

  1. Open Windows Settings > Program tab Windows Insider and join the test program.
  2. Switch to the Dev Channel from the Beta or Release Preview.
  3. If you don’t see the update, just press “Vcheck for updates“.
  4. Select ” Download and install next to the preview update.
  5. Click on ” Restart now to apply the changes.

Known issues in Build 22543 for Windows 11

Microsoft is aware of these known issues in the Build 22543 :

  • A bug in the operating system could cause the taskbar to flicker when switching input methods.
  • You may not be able to open the Windows search panel if you click the search icon on the taskbar. You can solve the problem by restarting the “Windows Explorer” process.
  • The IME candidate window does not work sometimes.
  • The temperature may not appear when the taskbar is aligned to the left.
  • Voice not switched in Narrator after downloading Microsoft Aria (Natural).

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