Windows 11 Build 22494.1000 rolled out with Mic icon on Taskbar when calling

Windows 11 insider preview build 22494 changes, bug fixes, Known issues, and download 

Windows 11 Build 22494.1000

Rs_Prerelease brings another update to the Windows 11 Insider with a bunch of new improvements and bug fixes. Windows 11 Build 22494.1000 is the release that has added a mic icon to the taskbar when on Microsoft team calling. This is a Dev channel roll out and has fixed Tooltips in random places on the Taskbar, context menu crashing, black screen when resuming from sleep.

Full name of this update is Windows 11 Insider Preview 22494.1000 (rs_prerelease).

Windows 11 Build 22494.1000 changes, bug fixes, and known issues


Easily mute and unmute your microphone directly from your taskbar during a Microsoft Teams call

The build has brought a feature according to which Mic will be automatically showing on Taskbar when you are on call. This will also reveal the call audio status, the name of the app accessing your microphone, and quickly mute and unmute your call at any time.

Windows 11 Build 22494.1000 rolled out with Mic icon to mute

Your Taskbar will show the following icons during a meeting as in the below screenshot. The icon will be showing throughout your call, so it is always accessible, regardless of how many windows you have open on your screen.

This feature will be rolled out for a little number of insiders for now.

Other apps will also be capable to add this feature that allows you to mute or unmute a call.

The availability of mute and unmute Features and app may vary by region.

Changes and Improvements

  1. The experts in the team are working to display snap groups in Task View and ALT+TAB to some Windows Insiders. Hovering on open apps from the taskbar will show the snap groups.
  2. The File type will be available in a drop-down in Settings => Apps => Default apps. From this build, a URI ms-settings:installed-apps will open Settings => Apps => Installed apps.
  3. Rs_Prerelease Windows build 22494.1000 adjusted the names of the sort by options under Settings => Apps => Installed apps. This will help make the apps clearer. Furthermore, You will notice a new option to sort the apps from smallest to largest size.

Bug Fixes


  1. The experts in the insider team have fixed Tooltips that were showing in random places on the Taskbar after sliding your mouse over network, battery, volume, or other icons in the Taskbar corner.
  2. Furthermore, they addressed an underlying issue that was leading to showing unexpected duplication of certain icons in the Taskbar corner.

File Explorer

  1. Windows 11 Insider Preview 22494.1000 (rs_prerelease) addressed context menu crashing issue that occurs for some people if you tried to scroll it.
  2. The rollout did some work to help address the context menu submenu glitch. The sub-menus would draw on top of the context menu instead of beside it certain parts of the screen (for instance, when hovering over New).
  3. In Windows 11 22494.1000, the context menu icons should be comparatively less blurry on systems with multiple monitors with mixed DPI now.
  4. The rs_prerelease build addressed selecting Open within the context menu that unexpectedly opens the file in certain cases instead of opening the Open With dialog.
  5. Renaming files was creating issues in the last flight; now it is fixed.
  6. The Dev channel rollout made a further adjustment to the command bar underlying logic that will help improve the performance of command actions in File Explorer.


  1. The insider team experts fixed indexer database too fragmented leading it to unexpectedly consume a large amount of CPU and memory for a prolonged period of time in the recent builds. The problem was particularly noticeable for people having plenty of Outlook mailboxes.


  1.  Windows 11 22494.1000 mitigated certain apps that hang when trying to drag something by pressing and holding Shift or Ctrl.
  2. Also, the rollout fixed on screen keyboard aka OSK that was not appearing on tablets when tapping the text field if you were to try to reset your PIN from the login screen.
  3. Improved reliability of the Pen menu.


  1. Experts in the insider team have fixed a few explorer.exe crashes related to using windowing features (snap, ALT + Tab, and Desktops).
  2. Furthermore, the background of  Task View on a system with multiple monitors should now be acrylic on both monitors.
  3. The rollout addressed a couple of User Interface problems with the thumbnails in ALT+Tab and Task View. This may occur notably that the close button might get cut off if the app window was too thin.


  1. The experts in the Windows Insider team addressed Facial Recognition (Windows Hello) might be unexpectedly greyed out in Sign-in Settings in certain cases until closing and opening Settings.
  2. They fixed Storage Sense that wasn’t wiping out C:\Windows\SystemTemp.
  3. Also, Standard users (i.e. non-administrators) should be able to modify the time zone via Settings if Location access is not granted, rather than the dropdown going blank.


  1. Windows 11 Build 22494.1000 Rs_prerelease removed links to ‘For developers’, ‘Recovery’, and ‘Windows Update’ from the Windows Update Settings page.
  2. The rollout fixed the images that had a yellow tonality in Adobe Lightroom Classic, Adobe Lightroom, and Adobe Photoshop when in HDR mode.
  3. Experts in the team mitigated an issue related to DHCP that was causing unexpected power usage while the screen was off.
  4. Additionally, they addressed Service Host: WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service that would unexpectedly use a high amount of CPU.
  5. The build fixed black screen that occurs when resuming from sleep (where the lock screen would not display).
  6. Windows 11 Build 22494.1000 addressed an underlying issue that was causing an increase in Microsoft Teams crashes in ARM64 PCs.
  7. Experts in the insider team have increased the padding for selected items as seen by clicking “Show More” Options in the File Explorer context menu, or the menu options in Task Manager.
  8. In Windows 11 Build 22494.1000, WSL: Fixed error 0x8007010b when accessing Linux distributions via `\\wsl.localhost` or `\\wsl$` (Issue #6995).

Windows 11 Build 22494.1000 Known issues


  1. Windows 11 Build 22494 is also with the prevailing issue showing links to “Windows Update”, “Recovery” and “For developers” under the main Windows Update Settings page. Furthermore, you will have to click on Windows Update twice to check for updates. For developers and Recovery links are unnecessarily appearing under Windows Update in settings. Hopefully, the problems will be fixed in a future build.
  2. If you are installing the update through ISO image and you are currently on Build, or earlier,  then you may encounter a warning. This will be like – “The build you are trying to install is Flight Signed. To continue installing, enable flight signing”. In case of seeing this message, press the Enable, restart the PC, and then retry checking the update.
  3. On this Active Development  Branch rollout, after installing some users may confront the sleep and screen timeouts being decreased. The expertise in the team is looking into the potential impact that shorter screen and sleep timeouts could have on energy consumption.


  1. You might not be able to type text in Search when using it from Start or the Taskbar. In case of facing this, press Windows and R keys together to launch the Run dialog box, then close it.

[File Explorer]

  1. Desktop icons are not letting rename in this build. If you experience this issue, press  Win+E, go to desktop then rename any item.
  2. When you are changing the input method editors, the taskbar might flicker at times.
  3. The experts’ team is working to fix tooltip that appears in an unexpected location after hovering over the Taskbar corner.


  1. In Windows 11 Build 22494.1000, the Search panel mayn’t launch on clicking the Search icon on the Taskbar. If you find this problem go to the task manager, and restart the Windows Explorer process and then try to open the search panel again.

[Quick Settings]

  1. The team experts are investigating reports that the brightness and volume control bars aren’t displaying properly in Quick Settings.

Windows 11 Build 22494 Download link direct (when ready)

Source – Windows insider blog.

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