File Explorer tabs are now available with Windows 11 Build 25136


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  • A brand new Insider Build was delivered today to the Dev Channel.
  • File explorer tabs, as well as dynamic widgets have been added to the operating system.
  • Also note that Build 25316 also comes with a few known issues.

Yes, it’s about that time, and Microsoft hasn’t delayed that release in any way. The tech giant has started rolling out a new Windows 11 Insider build on Dev Channel.

Build 25136 is the development of Sun Valley 3 for Windows Insiders, which will eventually become the version released in 2023.

And you’ll be glad to know that the highlight of this release is the new tabbed interface for File Explorer and the addition of the dynamic taskbar widget.

We’ve already shown you how to enable these tabs in File Explorer, and also what to do if you miss the feature altogether.

What’s new in build 25316?

Describing the upgrades added to File Explorer, Microsoft also talked about the introduction of an updated left navigation pane layout that lets you easily switch between folders.

This update actually provides easy access to your pinned and frequently used (quick access) folders and OneDrive cloud profiles added to Windows.

Windows folders that are available by default in the Navigation Pane are no longer displayed under This PC to keep this view focused on your PC’s drives.

Besides the tabs added to File Explorer, Microsoft is also trying to bring more dynamic Widgets content to the taskbar.

In addition to seeing live weather widget content, you will also start seeing live sports and financial widget updates, as well as the latest news alerts.

Changes and improvements


  • We’re starting to roll out the ability for Insiders to report animated gifs they deem inappropriate from the emoji panel (WIN+.)



  • Fixed an issue causing some PCs to be incorrectly detected as tablets. When this happened, compact mode and the option to hide checkboxes in file explorer did not take effect.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some Insiders to experience a SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION bugcheck in recent builds in the dev channel.


  • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused taskbar apps to overflow system tray icons.
  • When hovering over an app in the system tray, its notification no longer flashes.


  • Fixed an issue that could cause Start to display only one column of recommended items.
  • If you pin a lot of apps to Start, it should now refresh to display them more reliably.


  • Fixed an issue from the previous flight where the Disks and Volumes section of System > Storage did not show any disks or volumes.


  • We fixed a rare issue that caused title bars to sometimes become transparent or sometimes missing in some apps.

[Windows Update]

  • Fixed an issue where Windows Update could unexpectedly show error 0x00000000 when there was nothing wrong.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some devices to bug check with HYPERVISOR_ERROR when trying to upgrade to a new version.

[Task Manager]

  • Fixed an issue that caused Task Manager to crash on launch sometimes after switching between light and dark modes or changing the accent color.


  • Fixed an issue that could cause increased latency or stuttering in games when v-sync was used.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause some PCs to hang after running the wsl –shutdown command.

Known issues


  • Windows Insiders on Surface Pro X devices will experience a black screen when attempting to wake from hibernation on this build. You will need to reboot (long power button shutdown) to get back into the device. It is recommended that Insiders on these devices suspend flight until we release a build with this patch.
  • [NEW] We are investigating reports that the Mica material and Acrylic Blur effect are not rendering correctly in operating system surfaces such as the Start Menu, Notification Center, and other areas.
  • We’re investigating reports that shutting down via the Start menu isn’t working for some Insiders and is unexpectedly restarting instead.
  • Some games that use Easy Anti-Cheat may crash or cause a bug check on your PC.

[File Explorer]

  • [NEW] Up arrow is misaligned in File Explorer tabs. This will be fixed in a future update.

[Live captions]

  • Some full-screen applications (eg, video players) prevent live captions from being visible.
  • Some applications positioned near the top of the screen and closed before running live captions will relaunch behind the top-positioned live captions window. Use the system menu (ALT+spacebar) while the application has focus to move the application window lower.

These are the latest Dev Channel updates for the Windows 11 Insider Program released today by the Redmond tech company.

Have you downloaded and installed build 25316? Any other bugs you may have found, you can share with us in the comments section below.


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