PowerToys users should install this new update right away

Microsoft PowerToys

It may only be a few days since Microsoft released PowerToys v0.55.0 complete with new utilities, but there is already another update available to install.

This time around, with the release of PowerToys v0.55.1, there are -- sadly -- no exciting new toys to play with... but this does not diminish the significance of the update. This is an important patch release which addresses a number of issues that have come to light.

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Writing about the release on GitHub, the PowerToys team says of the v0.55.1 update: "This is a patch release to fix issues in v0.55.0 we deemed important for stability based on user feedback. See v0.55.0 for full release notes. We'd like to thank everyone to help us diagnose and fix these".

So, what has been fixed in this version? Microsoft shares details in the changelog:

  • #15910 - Shortcut keys retain taken after disabled for Shortcut Guide, Mouse highlighter, Mouse pointer crosshair. This was a bug we had for a while but with the increased mouse utilities using the shared code path, it was just noticed.
  • #15450 - Fixing a bug where settings wasn't properly saving. This bug was introduced with 0.53 installer update and now is fixed with 0.55.1.
  • #15487 - After install, PT won't automatically start as admin unless dont-elevate arg is used. This bug was introduced with 0.53 installer update and now is fixed with 0.55.1.
  • #15869 - Removed a dead code path and unused DLL
  • #15885 - Mouse pointer crosshairs crashing race condition bug.
  • #15348#15488 - Small UX fixes for helping wayfind.
  • #15887 - Revert part of a Window Walker improvements in #6084 that did a IsCloak check. This impacted virtual desktop users.

You can download PowerToys v0.55.1 here, or use the built-in update option to upgrade an existing installation.  

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