Monday, May 20, 2024

Windows 11 22H2: Fall 2022 Update puts the desktop in the spotlight


With the latest Insider Preview Build 22598, Microsoft has released another preview of the Fall 2022 Update, also known as Windows 11 22H2 (“Sun Valley 2”). The “Spotlight” theme is another experimental innovation, to be tested as a future new standard for new installations using ISO.

In addition to the already confirmed tabs in file explorer, which may also feature a new home page and improved OneDrive integration, as well as the still inflexible taskbar and much-improved start menu, among other things. things, for customizable folders, the new “Spotlight” theme coming to Windows 11. The optical preset is meant to be tested first by a smaller number of testers and will roll out in waves.

Windows 11 “Spotlight” (Image: Microsoft)

The desktop in the experimental spotlight

Is the theme “Spotlight” under Personalisierung → Designs turned on, the backgrounds change on the desktop and use the image database of Windows Featured, which in turn is fed by the internal search engine Bing. In the color scheme context menu, you will also find options to change the wallpaper and rate it.

Introduction via the “Get Started” app

The official release notes also list a new “Get Started” app, which should make it easier for users to get started with Windows 11 after a fresh install or one of the annual feature updates.

  • We’re testing autostarting the Get Started app with some Windows Insiders after the update to help people get started with their PC.
Windows Featured
  • We are testing that Windows Spotlight on desktop is enabled as the default background for new devices (clean installs using the ISO) and for upgrades where the background is the Windows 11 default.
    • We are initially testing this experience with a limited number of Windows Insiders.
  • We are also testing the display of 4K wallpapers in Windows Spotlight.
    • We are also testing this experience with a limited number of Windows Insiders at first.
  • Updated the tooltip on the volume icon to tell you when you’re using spatial sound.

The standard browser selection via button, which is celebrating something of a comeback, is also back on board and will probably be found in Windows 22H2 as well. The same goes for the tablet-optimized taskbar.

Microsoft provides new ISO files

Microsoft has also made Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22598 available for download as a system image. However, to do this, users must have a Microsoft account and participate in the Windows 11 Insider program.

The download is directly above the official announcement the latest preview version available.

Windows 11 for download at ComputerBase

I like the overview of all preview versions through the Microsoft Flight Center reveals, Insider Preview Build 22598 takes the place of Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22593 in Beta and Dev Channel.

Microsoft had previously released the system image (ISO) for build 22000.318, which is linked as a download in this post.

With the help of the also linked cumulative update KB5012592, which also contains the current servicing stack update (SSU), the operating system can be updated directly after a fresh installation.


  • Windows 11 ISO

    3.7 stars

    Windows 11 ISO files can be used to create bootable installation media.

    • Version 21H2 (Build 22000.318) German
  • Windows 11 Cumulative Update

    4.1 stars

    Regularly updated packages with all security updates and bug fixes for Windows 11.

    • Version 21H2 (Build 22000.613) KB5012592, Win11 German
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