As is Microsoft's habit, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring are getting a new build to play with today, and in addition to a few improvements like a redesigned page for language settings, there are a few smaller improvements worth noting, as well as known issues.
Starting with the good news, Microsoft has addressed a long list of problems, including some that might have prevented users from installing updates through Windows Update. Here's the full list:
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders getting Windows Update error 0x80010105 when updating to recent builds.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders getting Windows Update error 0xc0000005 when updating to recent builds.
- We fixed an issue where the Action Center background was unexpectedly opaque in the quick action section.
- We fixed an issue where if you used the spacebar to switch to a different Focus assist state in Settings, keyboard focus would unexpectedly jump to the Have a Question? Section.
- We fixed an issue with the Bopomofo IME where the character width would suddenly change to Full width from Half width.
- We’ve added a tip to the Bopomofo IME settings that Ctrl + Space can be used for toggling conversation mode.
- We fixed an issue where, when using the Japanese IME with Excel, if you’d turned off Japanese input-mode by clicking the input-mode indicator, the input-mode would revert back to “Hiragana” every time focus moved to another cell.
- Based on feedback, we’ve updated the Chinese Pinyin IME settings to now refer to Default mode, rather than Input mode.
- We fixed an issue for some of the Insiders with the updated File Explorer search experience, resulting in suggested results in the search dropdown not responding when clicked. Thanks for reporting this!
- We’ve made a few small design tweaks to the updated Windows Ink Workspace, including changing the overflow menu button to new use an ellipsis icon. Note – this feature update is still in the process of rolling out.
- We’re now starting to roll out the updated Settings header again after addressing an issue with the OneDrive entry – appreciate your patience!
Of course, being that this is a preview build, you should expect some known issues... including another one that will stop updates from installing. Though, to be fair, Microsoft says this should only happen the first time you try to download it. Here's what you need to be aware of:
- This update might fail the first time you try to download it with a 0xc0000409 error code.
- For Home editions, some devices might not be able to see the “download progress %” change on the Windows Update page.
- There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
- Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
- Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.
- We’re investigating an issue where some users are reporting that File Explorer search is rendering in an unexpectedly small area and clicking it results in a crash.
Finally, Microsoft notes that developers need to be mindful when switching between the different rings of the Insider program, since developer packages target specific builds in specific rings.
We're still early into the development cycle for Windows 10 20H1, which should be available to the general public early next year. As such, not a lot of big changes have been made yet, and it may not be worth it to join the program given the known issues you may run into. We should see more worthwhile features coming further down the road.