Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 18356

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 18356 for Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. Since the feature update for the OS should be finalized soon, there wasn't much in the way of new features. It's just the ability to mirror your Android phone through the Your Phone app.

But as always, there are a bunch of fixes, improvements, and known issues. In fact, the list of known issues is starting to shrink with Microsoft preparing to ship this update to the general public.

Here's what got fixed and improved in build 18356:

  • We fixed a Microsoft Edge crash encountered when interacting with combo boxes in PDF forms.

  • We fixed an issue that could result in night light being on after an upgrade, even though all the settings showed that night light should be off.

  • We fixed an issue where using the slider to adjust the night light strength could result in night light getting stuck on.

  • We fixed an issue where night light was skipping the fade transition when it was turned off (manually or scheduled).

  • We fixed an issue resulting in increased battery drain while the screen was on in recent builds.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the “…” menu contents being clipped for certain apps like Voice Recorder and Alarms and Clock when the app was full screen.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing bugcheck green screens citing a KERNEL_SECURITY_VIOLATION error.

Here are the known issues:

  • Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

  • We’re investigating an issue preventing VMware from being able to install or update Windows Insider Preview builds. Hyper-V is a viable alternative if available to you.

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

It's worth noting that the first known issue on the list requires a third-party fix, and that's what was preventing Microsoft from releasing a Slow ring build for so long.

To install today's build, head on over to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update -> Check for updates. If you're not on the Fast ring yet, you can go to the Windows Insider Program tab to get started.

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