Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 build 20211

Though it's a little behind the usual schedule, Microsoft has released another build of Windows 10 to Insiders in the Dev channel, formerly known as the Fast ring. This week, we're getting build 22101, and it actually includes a couple of new features, and it only includes a couple of notable changes, such as improvements to WSL and the Settings app.

Of course, in addition to those bigger changes, there's also the usual array of fixes, improvements, and known issues. You'll want to be aware of these before updating since they may include some issues that affect their usability. Before that, though, here's what's been fixed with this release:

  • Fixed an issue where certain 32-bit applications running on a 64-bit OS do not get properly promoted to the discrete GPU for hybrid configurations.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Start menu tiles continuing to display an “app update in progress” progress bar after an app had already finished updating.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in some of the app icons in Start appearing unexpectedly tiny.
  • We fixed an issue on ARM64 devices resulting in Start crashing on launch the next time it was opened after launching certain apps from Start and then closing them.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the lock screen hanging.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in ShellExperienceHost.exe hanging.
  • We fixed an issue where hero images weren’t showing up in notifications (for example, when taking a screenshot using WIN + Shift + S).
  • We fixed an issue from the last few flights that could result in Windows update getting stuck while downloading the update.

And as for the known issues in build 22101, there's still a fairly long list of them, including one that might cause the update process to hand for some time:

  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re working on a fix to enable live preview for pinned site tabs.
  • We’re working on enabling the new taskbar experience for existing pinned sites. In the meantime, you can unpin the site from the taskbar, remove it from the edge://apps page, and then re-pin the site.
  • We’re investigating reports of some Office applications crashing or missing after updating to a new build.
  • We’re working on a fix for an issue resulting in Settings crashing for some Insiders when opening Manage Disks and Volumes.
  • We’re working on a fix for the Linux kernel not being installed when using the `wsl –install` command in the Windows Subsystem for Linux. For an immediate workaround run `wsl –update` to get the latest kernel version.
  • We are investigating an issue affecting Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 distros where users can receive the error: “The remote procedure call failed” on startup.
  • We’re working on an issue where on a small subset of devices the Start menu does not reflect when an update is pending restart and scheduled restarts are cancelled. To install the next update, you will need to update and restart through the Windows Update settings page, notification area (system tray) icon, or restart notification.
  • We’re investigating a bug where the vEthernet adapter in Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 distros becomes disconnected after a period of use. For full details please follow this Github thread
  • We’re working on a fix for seeing generic errors when using `wsl –install` in the Windows Subsystem for Linux

Microsoft continues to test Windows 10 with Insiders in the Dev channel, and the features and changes in these builds don't have a specific target date for when they'll be generally available. According to recent reports, it could be over a year until Windows 10 gets a major feature update.

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