Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18343 to the Fast Ring, fixing blocking issue

Microsoft is making Windows 10 build 18343 available to Insiders on the Fast Ring today. Unfortunately, compared to the usual releases of new builds, this one doesn't really contain any new features, probably owing to the fact that the last Fast Ring build (18342) was released just two days ago.

With the release of build 18342, the company had excluded machines running Intel64 Family 6 Model 142 and Model 158 chipsets due to a problem with Connected Standby. Thankfully, Microsoft has now fixed that issue and that seems to be the main reason behind the release of a new build so soon. The build only contains two major items of note in terms of changes, improvements and fixes, which are listed below:

  • We fixed the Connected Standby issue that resulted in us blocking PCs with Intel64 Family 6 Model 142 and Intel64 Family 6 Model 158 processor model. If your PC was unable to take Build 18342 from earlier this week due to having one of these processor models, you should be able to take this flight!
  • We fixed the issue that required an additional reboot when performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled.

As is always the case with pre-launch software, there are a number of known issues, which mostly mirror those found in build 18342:

  • Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.
  • We’re continuing to investigate reported issues in the night light space.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
  • In Windows Sandbox, if you try to navigate to the Narrator settings, Settings app crashes.
  • Mouse pointer color might be incorrectly switched to white after signing out and signing back in.
  • We’re investigating reports of the Chinese version of multiple games not working.

Similar to Build 18342 again, there's also one known issue for developers:

  • If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

Containing no new features compared to the last Insider build released to the Fast Ring, build 18343 may be a slightly disappointing release, but for those with one of the Intel processors affected, it'll be a welcome one. We'll likely see more significant changes with the release of a new build sometime next week as Microsoft prepares for RTM sometime next month.

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