The known Windows 11 issues and how you can fix them

​The first Windows 11 preview build was released yesterday, and with it came a variety of bugs that are sure to frustrate testers. Below we have listed the most noticeable issues and how you can fix them.

New issues pop up in every new release of Windows, so it’s not surprising that we will find numerous bugs in the early preview builds of Windows 11.

Thankfully, most of the bugs have been pretty easy to fix so far and should get you back up and running playing with Windows 11.

Windows Insiders can’t install Windows 11

When Microsoft announced the upcoming preview builds of Windows 11, they promised that existing Windows Insiders in the ‘Dev’ channel could install the Windows 11 preview build even if they do not meet the minimum system requirements.

Yesterday, when the Windows 11 preview build was released, Windows Insiders reported they could not install the operating system due to missing hardware requirements. 

Even more concerning, users who had modern hardware that met all of the requirements were also unable to install the preview build.

Yesterday afternoon, Microsoft released an update to the Settings app that fixes this issue.

To apply the update, simply reboot your computer, and Windows 10 Insider builds will now be able to upgrade to Windows 11.

File Explorer shows the old Windows 10 layout

The Windows 11 File Explorer got a redesign with new colorful icons and a streamlined action bar at the top.

Unfortunately, some users, like myself, find that the File Explorer reverts to what I call the ‘Classic’ skin from Windows 10.

To fix this issue, click on the ‘View‘ menu option, select ‘Options,’ and when the options dialog opens, click on ‘View.’

You will now be shown a list of options you can select. Look for the ‘Launch folder windows in a separate process‘ option and uncheck it, as shown below.

Now press ‘Apply,’ and File Explorer will restart.

Once it has restarted, you should see the new Windows 11 File Explorer layout.

Start Menu search does not work

For those who quickly open the Start Menu and start typing to perform a search, you may have noticed a bug that causes the Start Menu not to recognize your typing, effectively breaking search in the Start Menu.

Microsoft is aware of this bug and shared that open the Run: dialog and then close it to fix the bug preventing searches from the Start Menu.

When we experience the bug, the easiest fix is to just quickly use the Win+R keyboard combination to open the run dialog and then hitting the escape key to close it.

Your Start Menu search will now work again.

Other known issues

Unfortunately, there are some other noticeable issues that Microsoft is aware of but have not provided a fix as of yet.

Unfortunately, Microsoft is aware of some other noticeable issues but has not provided a fix for them as of yet.

Other noticeable issues include:

  • Taskbar will not be shown across multiple monitors but will return in an upcoming build.

  • The preview window may not display the entire window when hovering over Task View on the taskbar.

  • A small set of Settings legacy pages as well as fit and finish bugs will be addressed in future releases.

  • When using Quick Settings to modify Accessibility settings, the settings UI may not save the selected state.

  • We’re working on fixing an issue that’s preventing unpinning apps from Start, making the command bar in File Explorer disappear, or hiding snap. To work around these, restart your PC.

  • App icons in the Search panel may do not load, and instead, appear as gray squares.

A complete list of known issues can be found in the Windows 11 Build 22000.51 release post.

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