NEW: Microsoft PowerToys 0.71 revamps archival files support & stability

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Microsoft PowerToys 0.71, its latest version to this date, has just been launched, and we’re more than eager to unpack all the interesting features and improvements of Redmond’s freeware system utilities. 

As we’ve noted from its official release note, the 0.71 version introduces the ability to preview archive files with Peek. The recent update addressed a crash issue in PT Run, which stemmed from the absence of the App.Dark.png file. 

Furthermore, a new option has been added to enable users to set Registry Preview as the default application for opening .reg files. In addition, the Settings app has undergone a makeover to adhere to the Windows 11 guidelines, with a refreshed title bar and styling that incorporates a stylish Mica background material.

In short, ColorPicker, FancyZones, Hosts, ImageResizer, and File Explorer add-ons are some of the components that see significant improvement within this update. 

Here are all the general updates we’ve noted from the official release note:

  • Fixed infinite loop issue caused by global event not being reset. (This was a hotfix for 0.70)
  • Bump CommunityToolkit.Mvvm package version to 8.2.0. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Fixed issue causing runner lag by moving check for updates and running bug report logic to the background thread.
  • Bump WinUIEx package version to 2.2. Thanks @niels9001!
  • Fixed issue causing Settings app crash when launching a second app process. Thanks @BLM16!
  • Fixed network errors when checking for updates on virtual machines.
  • Bump Microsoft.CodeAnalysis.NetAnalyzers package version to 7.0.3. Thanks @davidegiacometti!
  • Bump Microsoft.Windows.Compatibility package version to 7.0.3.
  • Bump System.Management package version to 7.0.2.
  • Fixed issue causing PowerToys to start with Below Normal priority on startup.

To get your hands on the most recent version of Microsoft PowerToys, simply visit their official repository on GitHub and proceed with the download.

Have you taken Microsoft PowerToys 0.71 out for a spin? Let us know in the comments!