Microsoft’s latest Windows 11 test build adds new group policies, drops SMB1 enablement by default

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Mary Jo Foley has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications, including ZDNet, eWeek, and Baseline. She is the author of Microsoft 2.

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Microsoft rolled out a new Windows 11 Insider test build, No. 22610, to the Dev and Beta Channels on April 29. This build includes a lot of fixes, along with a handful of new features and updates.

Today’s test build also no longer enables the SMB1 file-sharing client by default in the name of security. However, testers who have installed SMB1 manually or upgraded from a preview Windows version where SMB1 was installed will not have SMB1 removed from the latest test builds. 

Build 22610 adds new mobile device management and group policies for IT admins. These new policies can be configured locally using the group policy editor or via Microsoft EndPoint Manager. 

Among the policies available as of today:

Disable Quick Settings flyout Disable Notification Center and calendar flyouts Disable all taskbar settings Disable search (across Start & taskbar) Hide Task View from taskbar Block customization of ‘Pinned’ in Start Hide ‘Recommended’ in Start Disable Start context menus Hide ‘All apps’ in Start

Today’s test build also includes an update to the Family Safety Widget which provides a new location-sharing view to show

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