Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 for PCs build 16176

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 for PCs build 16176, the second one from the Redstone 3 branch. While there's not much to say about the build itself - since it contains mainly improvements to OneCore and one Windows Subsystem for Linux feature - there are, of course, a number of fixes, improvements, and known issues.

Here's what got fixed and improved:

  • You can now hold down the power button on your device for 7 seconds to trigger a bugcheck. This will only work on newer devices that don’t uses legacy ACPI power buttons.

  • Narrator will work again on this build.

  • We fixed the issue causing some apps and games to crash due to a misconfiguration of advertising ID that happened in a prior build.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Start menu and Action Center having a noticeable framerate drop in their animations on certain devices if transparency was enabled and there were open UWP apps.

  • We fixed an issue from the previous build where the Action Center could get into a state where dismissing one notification unexpectedly dismissed multiple.

  • We fixed an issue where the Clock and Calendar flyout was unexpectedly missing the agenda integration for some Insiders.

  • We fixed an issue from the previous build (Build 16170) resulting in Surface Books unexpectedly doing a disk check after waking from sleep due to it bugchecking during sleep.

  • We fixed an issue from the previous build resulting in Win32 app text sometimes not rendering, for example in File Explorer, until logging out and back in.

  • We fixed an issue where the Extensions Process was suspended inappropriately during Connected Standby, resulting in Microsoft Edge becoming unresponsive on wake if any extensions had been installed.

Here are the known issues:

  • Apps that use the Desktop Bridge (“Centennial”) from the Store such as Slack and Evernote will cause your PC to bugcheck (GSOD) when launched with a “kmode exception not handled” in ntfs.sys error.

  • Some Insiders have reported seeing this error “Some updates were cancelled. We’ll keep trying in case new updates become available” in Windows Update. See this forum post for more details.

  • Double-clicking on the Windows Defender icon in the notification area does not open Windows Defender. Right-clicking on the icon and choosing open will open Windows Defender.

  • Surface 3 devices fail to update to new builds if a SD memory card is inserted. The updated drivers for the Surface 3 that fix this issue have not yet been published to Windows Update.

  • Pressing F12 to open the Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge while F12 is open and focused may not return focus to the tab F12 is opened against, and vice-versa.

  • exe will crash and restart if you tap any of the apps listed in the Windows Ink Workspace’s Recent Apps section.

It's worth noting that since the amount of new features is minimal, you might want to skip over this build until the Fast ring gets a bit more exciting. After all, the known issues present a risk, and the lack of features means that there's no reward to warrant that risk.

If you're in the Fast ring, you can get today's build by heading over to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update -> Check for updates. If not, go to the Windows Insider Program tab and click 'Get started'. Once your PC reboots, go back and set it to the Fast ring.

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