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Download Windows 11 22518 ISO with Spotlight collection, widgets on your taskbar, and major updates

Microsoft’s final version of Windows 11 OS is already available via stable or release channel with build 22000.318 (21H2), this is followed by the first ever update with Build 22000.194. Meanwhile, the Beta or Release Preview Channel and Dev Channel continue to be updated frequently with major major bug fixes, stability improvements, and experimental features. Today, the Dev channel received a new build 22518.1000 with Spotlight collection features, widgets for taskbar, and much more.

The most anticipated Spotlight collection feature is now available for Windows 11 via Insider Preview channel. The Spotlight collection will showcase beautiful new desktop pictures from around the world and set it as desktop daybackground. This is not only for the Lockscreen, but also for the homescreen.

In order to access Spotlight,

  1. Right-click on your desktop and choose “Personalize”.
  2. On the Personalization settings page, choose “Background”.
  3. Under the “Personalize your background” dropdown, select “Spotlight collection”.

The update also includes new entry point for Widgets on your taskbar. Widgets entry point on the left side of your taskbar with live weather content. You can also now install WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux) from the Microsoft Store.

Voice access is a new experience that enables everyone, including people with mobility disabilities, to control their PC and author text using their voice. You can find voice access in Settings > Accessibility > Speech.

Changes and Improvements in Windows 11 22518 Build

View the world on your desktop with Spotlight collection

Keep your desktop fresh and inspiring with Spotlight collection. You will get beautiful new desktop pictures from around the world every day and fun facts about each picture. Here is how you can try out Spotlight collection:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and choose “Personalize”.
  2. On the Personalization settings page, choose “Background”.
  3. Under the “Personalize your background” dropdown, select “Spotlight collection”.

Upon enabling Spotlight collection, you will see an inspiring picture from Whitehaven Beach in Australia on your desktop as well as the Spotlight icon.

Right-click on the Spotlight icon on your desktop to switch to between Spotlight pictures or tell us whether you like or dislike a picture.
Right-click on the Spotlight icon on your desktop to switch to between Spotlight pictures or tell us whether you like or dislike a picture.

Updated entry point for Widgets on your taskbar

We are trying out showing the Widgets entry point on the left side of your taskbar with live weather content. You can also open the Widgets board by simply hovering over the entry point.

We’re trying out showing the Widgets entry point, with weather, on the left side of the taskbar.
We’re trying out showing the Widgets entry point, with weather, on the left side of the taskbar.

For users who choose to align their taskbar, the Widgets entry point will be to the right of the Task view icon.

How the Widgets icon looks on a left-aligned taskbar with weather.
How the Widgets icon looks on a left-aligned taskbar with weather.

Group policies and the ability to show/hide the Widgets button from the taskbar remains unchanged.

Introducing Voice Access

Voice access is a new experience that enables everyone, including people with mobility disabilities, to control their PC and author text using their voice. For example, voice access supports scenarios like opening and switching between apps, browsing the web, and reading and authoring mail. Voice access leverages modern, on-device speech recognition to accurately recognize speech and is supported without an internet connection. Voice access supports English-U.S. language only, so the Windows display language should be set to English-U.S., otherwise voice access may not work as expected.

You can find voice access in Settings > Accessibility > Speech

Changes and Improvements

  • Starting with today’s build we’re rolling out an underlying platform change to improve the overall performance and reliability of the input switcher for Insiders using multiple keyboard languages and layouts. In addition to this, we’re updating the input switcher to now have an acrylic background. If you have any feedback for the input switcher, please file it in the Feedback Hub under Input and Language > Keyboard and language switching. [We are beginning to roll this change out, so it isn’t available to all Insiders just yet as we plan to monitor feedback and see how it lands before pushing it out to everyone.]
Input switcher UI with acrylic background.
Input switcher UI with acrylic background.
  • Updated the context menu in File Explorer to make these options top level based on feedback:
    • “Install” when right clicking on font files and .inf files.
    • “Install certificate” when right clicking on .cer files.
    • “Map network drive” and “Disconnect network drive” when right clicking on This PC.
    • “Disconnect” when right clicking on network drives.
  • The ability for personalized combinations of emoji based on face and skin tones of family members, couples with heart, kissing, and people holding hands which we began rolling out with Build 22504 is now available to all Insiders in the Dev Channel.
  • Starting with Build 22509, we began rolling out a change to display your clock and date will now also be displayed on the taskbars of the secondary monitor or monitors. This is now available to all Insiders in the Dev Channel.
  • We’ve added a new extra-large candidate height option for Simplified Chinese IME users under Personalization > Text Input in Settings.

The update also fixed a number of bugs. Checkout the complete changelog and bug fixes from Microsoft’s press release – Announcing Windows 11 Insider Preview Build 22518.

If you are already on the previous Dev Channel, visit All Settings > System Updates in order to get the update; without needing the ISO. Alternatively, download Windows 11 22518 ISO from below.

Download Windows 11 ISO Insider Preview Build 22518 From Microsoft Servers

Note: This build will not be offered to ARM64 PCs due to an issue that causes these devices to rollback when attempting to update to the latest build.

Microsoft is now seeding the latest Windows 11 ISO downloads directly on their servers. So download and install Insider Preview Build 22478 ISO from the Dev channel directly from Microsoft Servers.

There are three editions of Windows 11 (from Windows 10) that you can download directly from Microsoft. These include Windows 11, Windows 11 Enterprise, and Windows 11 Home (China); from three channels – Dev, Beta, and Release Preview. You can download the Windows 11 Insider Preview ISOs from the following link.

Step 1: Go to Microsoft website and Register for the Windows Insider Program.

Step 2: Head over to the Windows Insider Preview ISO Download page.

Step 3: Create a Windows 11 ISO.

This is a free Windows 11 upgrade for eligible Windows 10 systems. All you need to do now is become a Windows Insider and switch to the beta channel for a more stable experience.

You can switch to the Dev Channel or Beta Channel to get an OTA update on your Windows 10 PC.

However, Windows 11 still has eligibility criteria where your device needs to have Secure Boot and TPM 1.0 enabled in order to get the Windows 11 upgrade directly from Microsoft. In order to bypass this, download the latest ISO from below.

Download Windows 11 ISO 22518 Dev Build From UUP Dump

Notes to download: The one marked with x64 is for Intel/AMD processors. The one marked with arm64 can run on any ARM device like an Android phone or tablet.

Note 2: For cumulative updates, simply go to Settings > System Updates > and get the incremental update from there. No need to download a complete ISO. If you do want to download ISO, we recommend visiting our previous Windows 11 post here.

Alternatively, Windows 11 ISO is now available for download below. You can create bootable USB flash drives and install them onto any PC.

Note: This build will not be offered to ARM64 PCs due to an issue that causes these devices to rollback when attempting to update to the latest build.

BuildArchitectureDownloads (English)
Windows 11 Insider Preview 22518.1000 (rs_prerelease) arm64arm64 (ARM PCs)N/A
Windows 11 Insider Preview 22518.1000 (rs_prerelease) amd64x64 (Intel / AMD)Direct Download Link

Here is How to download Windows 11 ISO from UUP Dump.

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