Windows 11 KB5025299 beta: What you need to know

Windows 11 is the latest operating system from Microsoft, and it comes with many new features and improvements. However, it is still in development, and Microsoft is releasing regular updates to fix bugs and add more functionality. One of these updates is the Windows 11 KB5025299 beta, released on April 13, 2023, for users in the beta channel of the Windows Insider Program.

In this blog post, we will explain what Windows 11 KB5025299 beta is, what it does, and how to install it. We will also answer some common questions about this update.

What is Windows 11 KB5025299 beta?

Windows 11 KB5025299 beta is a cumulative update that contains several changes and improvements for Windows 11. It has two versions: Build 22624.1610 and Build 22621.1610. The difference between them is that Build 22624.1610 has some new features, while Build 22621.1610 has them off by default.

Windows 11 KB5025299 beta: What’s new and how to get it

Windows 11 continues to be in development, and Microsoft keeps releasing regular updates for testers in the Beta Channel of the Windows Insider Program. One of these updates is KB5025299, which brings two different builds: 22624.1610 and 22621.1610. Depending on which build you get, you may see some new features or not.

Build 22624.1610 has new features, while build 22621.1610 has new features off by default. The main difference between these builds is the presence sensor privacy settings and the Windows Update toggle.

The presence sensor privacy settings allow you to control which apps can access your device’s presence sensors, if it has any. These sensors can detect if you are near your device or not, and adjust power and performance accordingly. Microsoft says no images or metadata are collected by them, and all processing is done locally on your device.

To access these settings, go to Settings > Privacy & Security > Presence sensing. You can block or allow specific apps from using your presence sensors, or turn them off completely.

The Windows Update toggle is a new option that lets you get the latest updates as soon as they are available. This toggle is meant to help you switch more seamlessly to the enablement package, which is a small update that turns on new features already pre-loaded on your device.

Installing KB5025299

To use this toggle, go to Settings > Windows Update and look for “Get the latest updates as soon as they are available“. Once you turn it on, you will be updated to build 22624.1610 via the enablement package. If you turn it off, you will stay on build 22621.1610 with new features off by default.

KB5025299 also includes some fixes for various issues, such as explorer.exe crashes, registry editor problems, and language feature installation failures.

If you want to install KB5025299, you must be in the Beta Channel of the Windows Insider Program. You can join it by going to Settings > Windows Update > Windows Insider Program and following the instructions. Then, you can check for updates and install KB5025299.

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