Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 18353 to the Fast ring with more fixes

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18353 to the Fast ring. Development of Windows 10 version 1903 is starting to wind down, as there should be an RTM build within weeks. That also means that there aren't any new features being added; instead, these builds are focusing on fixes and stability.

This is also the time when builds are showing up more frequently. The current pace seems to be Tuesdays and Fridays for the Fast ring, with a Skip Ahead build from the 20H1 branch arriving on Wednesdays.

While there are no new features listed for build 18353, there are a bunch of fixes, improvements, and known issues. Here's what got fixed and improved:

  • We’ve enabled microphone in Windows Sandbox, which among other things with improve several accessibility scenarios.

  • We’ve added functionality to configure the audio input device via the Windows Sandbox config file.

  • We’ve fixed an issue in which the Windows Sandbox time zone was not synchronized with the host.

  • We’ve enabled the Shift + Alt + PrintScreen key sequence in Windows Sandbox which activates the ease of access dialog for enabling high contrast mode.

  • We’ve enabled the ctrl + alt + break key sequence in Windows Sandbox which allows entering/exiting fullscreen mode.

  • We fixed a recent issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing bug checks upon lid close, monitor plug, or monitor unplug.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in preferred region settings getting reset on upgrade in the last few flights.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Chinese version of multiple games not working.

  • We fixed an issue in memcpy that caused some drivers to hard-hang the system on load; this could manifest as a hang on upgrade, depending on the system.

  • Here’s the latest on trying out our new Windows gaming technology:

    • Still haven’t had a chance to get the game State of Decay for free (for a limited time)? More slots are available again! Whether you’ve tried it in earlier builds or haven’t had the chance yet, these instructions have everything you need.

    • Installed the Insider version of State of Decay already? We’ll be trying out an update later To get it, launch the Store app, click […] and then “Downloads and Updates”. Once installed, you shouldn’t see any difference in the game – it’s just a test update – but please let us know if anything doesn’t work!

Here are the known issues:

  • 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 feedback in the night light space.

  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

  • We’re investigating an issue preventing VMware from being able to install or update Windows Insider Preview builds. Hyper-V is a viable alternative if available to you.

  • 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.

As always, you can install today's build via Windows Update. If you're not on the Fast ring yet, you can enroll through the Windows Insider Program tab in Settings.

You won't have to be in the Fast ring for long though. As mentioned earlier, Windows 10 version 1903 should be finalized this month, followed by a public release in April.

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