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Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 17650

If you're a Windows Insider that's enrolled in the Skip Ahead subset of the Fast ring, then it's once again time to check for updates on your PC. Microsoft released Windows 10 build 17650 today, and it contains a couple of new features for Windows Defender.

But while it doesn't contain much in the way of new features, as usual, there's a list of fixes, improvements, and known issues. Here's what got fixed and improved in Windows 10 build 17650:

  • We fixed an issue where File Explorer would always open with the ribbon minimized, rather than remembering how you’d left it.

  • We fixed an issue where elements on the main page of the Windows Defender Security Center app would slightly change size on mouse hover.

  • We fixed an issue where non-default languages might unexpectedly have the option to remove in Settings greyed out.

  • We fixed an issue where the Color Filters and High Contrast icons were switched in Settings.

  • We fixed an issue where clicking links in Settings that launched other apps would result in Settings crashing and nothing else happening.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in some people experiencing a Settings crash when navigating to Apps > Default Apps > Set defaults by App.

Here's what's still broken:

  • On resuming from sleep, the desktop may be momentarily visible before the Lock screen displays as expected.
  • When Movies & TV user denies access to its videos library (through the “Let Movies & TV access your videos library?” popup window or through Windows privacy settings), Movies & TV crashes when the user navigates to the “Personal” tab.
  • Tiling and cascading windows, including features like “View Side by Side” in Word, will not work for inactive tabs.
  • The Office Visual Basic Editor window will currently be tabbed but is not intended to be in the future.
  • Opening an Office document while the same app has an existing document open may cause an unintended switch to the last active document. This will also happen when closing a sheet in Excel while other sheets remain open.
  • Local files or non-Microsoft cloud files will not be automatically restored and no error message will be provided to alert the user to that fact.
  • Sets UX for Office Win32 desktop apps is not final. The experience will be refined over time based on feedback.
  • The top of some Win32 desktop app windows may appear slightly underneath the tab bar when created maximized. To work around the issue, restore and re-maximize the window.
  • Closing one tab may sometimes minimize the entire set.
  • We’re aware of an issue that causes Narrator to read extra text when invoking Alt + Tab, and we’re working on a fix.
  • Using arrow and Page Up / Page Down keys doesn’t work to scroll webpages in Microsoft Edge. You’ll need to use another input method (mouse, touch, or touchpad).
  • If you complete the setup for a Windows Mixed Reality headset on this build, the headset will remain black until it is unplugged and reconnected to the PC.

As always, it's recommended that you read through the known issues before installing a Windows 10 build, especially when it's this early in the development cycle. Remember, Redstone 5 isn't even available in the regular Fast ring yet. Skip Ahead is for the earliest of early adopters.

If you've opted into Skip Ahead, you can get today's build by heading to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update -> Check for updates to download today's build. If not, you can always try to opt in through your Windows Insider Program settings, although space in Skip Ahead is limited, so you might not be able to. If you can't, that's OK, as RS5 builds should arrive for the standard Fast ring soon.

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