It's Wednesday, and that means Microsoft has released another weekly build of Windows 10 to Insiders in the Dev channel, but this time, it's a little more exciting. This week we're getting build 20150, a significant number jump from the past few builds. This is because this build is part of the 21H1 update for Windows 10, coming early next year, even though technically, Fast ring builds aren't tied to a specific Windows 10 release.
Jumping to a new development branch means there's finally some noteworthy additions with this build, which you can check here. There's also a small list of general improvements:
- With this week’s build, we’ll be starting to roll out the new search box on the default app settings pages As part of this, we’ve done some work to improve the performance of the search box.
- The new Korean IME is now available again for Insiders to use.
- Based on feedback, we’re updating the text of the Settings > Privacy > Location page to clarify that the icon displayed when your location is being used will be displayed in the taskbar.
Of course, as is usually the case, the build also comes with a list of fixes and improvements, plus some known issues to be aware of before installing it. In terms of fixes, here's what's new:
- We fixed an issue resulting in Visual Studio windows not consistently accepting clicks.
- We’ve fixed an issue where the Documents and Downloads sections in Settings > Privacy was showing a broken icon next to their name (just a rectangle).
- We fixed an issue where, if you paused Windows Update while a new build was downloading and then closed Settings, when you reopened Settings the Windows Update page may appear blank.
- We fixed an issue where updates made when editing VPN networks in Settings might not persist.
- We fixed an issue where the copy button under Settings > Network & Internet-Status > Properties wasn’t actually copying the content to the clipboard.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the data usage number in Network & Internet Settings not displaying correctly in Japanese if the data usage was less than 1 MB.
- We fixed a crash some Insiders were experiencing when opening Sound Settings.
- We fixed an issue where the Optimize Drives window position wasn’t preserved on elevation.
- We fixed a typo in the group policies under User Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Component > File Explorer > Do not move deleted files to the Recycle Bin.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the On-Screen Keyboard no longer displaying text predictions.
- We fixed an issue where double-clicking a OneDrive file in File Explorer might unexpectedly show a notification saying, “Windows Defender SmartScreen is downloading from OneDrive.”
- We fixed an issue where Resource Monitor could end up showing CPU usage at more than 100 percent.
- We fixed an issue that could result in qaa-Latn unexpectedly appearing in your list of keyboards after upgrading.
- We fixed an issue where, with multiple input methods, typing in your password incorrectly on the login screen would result in your keyboard changing back to your default input method (if that’s not what you were typing with).
- We fixed an issue where the touch keyboard space bar label would disappear when pressing it while using Japanese curve-flick input in abc mode.
- We fixed an issue that could result in your browser not launching in the foreground after selecting a web link from another app.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Search not accepting typed input.
- We fixed an issue where, if pinned to Start, the Windows Security app tile would be missing an icon when the tile was medium sized.
- We’ve made some updates to improve performance of the Windows Security app if there are a large number of detections.
- We fixed a few issues that could result in your PC bugchecking.
And for the known issues in this build, the list is actually fairly short:
- We’re working on a fix for an issue causing some systems to crash with a HYPERVISOR_ERROR bugcheck.
- We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
- We’re aware of an issue where Notepad might fail to reopen files which were automatically saved during a PC upgrade (or restart, if enabled in Settings). Documents can be recovered from %localappdata%\Notepad.
This week has brought about quite a few news for the Windows Insider program. The former Insider rings have been rebranded to Insider channels. That's why this build is in the Dev channel rather than the Fast ring. What's more, yesterday Microsoft released the first 20H2 build for Insiders in the Beta channel, formerly the Slow ring. That update is much smaller, and the only change we know of so far is the inclusion of the new Chromium-based Edge browser.
Today's build is the first of many that will come between now and the end of the year, and it's likely we'll see more significant changes in builds coming from this branch.