Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 18845

It's time for Windows Insiders on the Skip Ahead subset of the Fast ring to once again check for updates, as Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18845 today. The only new front-facing feature is Emoji 12.0, which will likely make it into 19H2 when that shows up in the Fast ring this spring.

But as always, there are a whole bunch of fixes, improvements, and known issues to be aware of. Here's what got fixed and improved:

  • We fixed an issue which would cause the Bluetooth Hands-Free audio driver to hang.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders not being able to access the Quests section of the Feedback Hub.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in a decrease in Start menu reliability in the previous flight.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge crashing on launch for some Insiders in the previous flight.

  • We’ve made some small tweaks to make the help icon in File Explorer look a bit better when dark theme is enabled.

  • We fixed an issue where in certain languages if you pressed WIN+V before having opted into clipboard history the clipboard history UI would be truncated.

  • We fixed an issue with the new Adlam keyboard resulting in not being able to type certain common words.

  • We fixed an issue where, when typing Vietnamese, the touch keyboard was auto-capitalizing every word in certain apps.

  • We fixed an issue that could result in unexpected flickering if you used pen or touch in certain win32 apps to launch a second instance of the app when in tablet mode.

  • We fixed an issue that could result in DWM crashing after enabling high contrast.

  • We fixed an issue where, when friendly dates were enabled in File Explorer, in certain languages (such as Japanese and Chinese) Insiders would see the wrong day name displayed.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected and non-functional Family Safety icon in the notification area of the taskbar.

  • We fixed an issue that could result in the taskbar search box text becoming black on a black background.

  • We fixed an issue where Start menu would crash when using Narrator to navigate pinned folders in Start.

Here are the known issues:

  • Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
  • Please note that while we’ve made some improvements to night light reliability in this flight, we’re continuing to investigate reported issues in this space.

  • For display calibration scenarios, monitors may be missing in the built-in Color Management application. As a work around, please use the Settings app to select color profile instead, under the Display Settings page.

  • When performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled, the user will need to initiate an extra reboot to ensure Reserved Storage is working again properly.

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

  • In Windows Sandbox, if you try to navigate to the Narrator settings, Settings app crashes.

  • Mouse pointer color might be incorrectly switched to white after signing out and signing back in.

  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Skip Ahead and switch to either the Fast ring or 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.

Windows 10 20H1 is very early on in the development cycle; in fact, this thing isn't even going to RTM for over a year. With that in mind, you should definitely be aware of any known issues before installing the build, and expect that other issues that haven't been found yet could pop up.

To install today's build, head over to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update -> Check for updates. If you're not on the Skip Ahead ring, you're out of luck. Space is limited, and it's currently full. You can keep checking back to your Insider settings though, because as space opens up, you'll be able to enroll.

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