Here's what's fixed, improved, and still broken in Windows 10 for PCs build 16179

Windows 10 for PCs build 16179 is the latest build from the Development Branch to hit PCs. It's the third preview of the next feature update for the OS, currently only known as Redstone 3.

Like the previous two builds - the last of which arrived five days ago - it doesn't contain many new features. As always though, there are a number of fixes, improvements, and known issues.

Here's what got fixed and improved in Windows 10 for PCs build 16179:

  • We fixed the issue causing 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.

  • We fixed an issue where adding Hindi to your language list and downloading the on-demand language resources would result in Microsoft Edge crashing on launch and file search returning no results via Cortana or Windows Explorer.

  • We fixed an issue where desktop icons would sometimes move around unexpectedly when “Auto arrange icons” was set to On and “Align icons to grid” was set to Off.

  • The existing Group Policy to disable the lock screen is now available for those on the Pro edition of Windows 10. Appreciate all who shared feedback on the subject. Note, the Group Policy text has not yet been updated to incorporate this change, that will happen with a later flight.

  • We fixed a rendering issue from previous flights where specific multi-monitor and projection configurations could fail depending on the hardware used. This could have impacted all Surface (Surface Book, Surface Pro, etc.) devices as well as other devices using similar chipsets. Another symptom may have been to see screen flickering and potentially being logged out when any screen mode change occurred.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the location icon being continually on in the taskbar after the first time the Action Center was opened if the night light quick action was visible.

Here are the known issues:

  • 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.

  • Insiders who use Simplified Chinese IMEs or the Traditional Chinese Changjie or Quick IME to input text will find that the candidate window doesn’t appear when typing into certain apps. If you press space, the first candidate will be finalized. Using the number keys will not finalize any other candidate. If the candidate you need is not the first one, for now you will have to enter your text into an app where the candidate window appears, such as Notepad, and copy it into the desired text field.

  • Navigating to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update may crash Settings app. You can simply re-open the Settings app again and it should work again.

  • The “Save” dialog appears to be broken in several desktop (Win32) apps. The team is investigating.

You should always weigh the risks of the known issues against the reward of the new features, but even more so now. This is because there really haven't been any major new additions in Redstone 3 just yet, so you might want to skip over this one.

To install the update, head over to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update -> Check for updates. If you're not on the Fast ring yet, go to the Windows Insider Program tab and click 'Get started'. When your PC reboots, go back and make sure that you're set to the Fast ring.

We're expecting to hear more about what's included in Redstone 3 at Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference, which kicks off on May 10. Neowin we'll be there, so make sure to check back in.

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