Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19008 with fixes

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19008 to the Fast ring. There really isn't much that's new; in fact, there aren't any new features listed at all. The timing is a bit strange, since the Insider team usually sticks to 10am or 2pm PT for build releases, and this one arrived at 4:19pm.

While there aren't any new features, there are a bunch of fixes, improvements, and known issues to be aware of. Here's what got fixed and improved in build 19008:

  • For Insiders that were experiencing their PCs getting stuck on restart and shutdown on Builds 18999-19002: A fix for this was included with the update to Build 19002.1002, but in case you didn’t see it, including a note here too. If you didn’t install Build 19002.1002, you may need to use the workaround in order to upgrade to this build.
  • We fixed an issue where, when optional updates were available, Insiders with the Settings header might see the Windows Update indicator in a warning state, although the main page of Windows Update Settings showed that everything is up to date.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in sometimes not being able to bring Settings back up after minimizing the window.
  • We’ve done some work to improve the launch speed of the taskbar jump lists.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Program Compatibility Assistant popping up for some Insiders
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Hello unexpectedly showing an error message periodically saying “Can’t turn camera on” on recent builds.
  • We cleaned up some UI in the Mouse pointer settings in Ease of Access.
  • We fixed a bug in Narrator where Narrator was not reading link text in the proper language in the Chrome Browser.

Here are the known issues:

  • BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We’re investigating an issue where initiating “Reset this PC” with the cloud download option isn’t working on this build or the previous one when started from Windows RE.
  • We’ve heard that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) for some Insiders and are investigating.
  • When using dark theme, the hardware keyboard text prediction candidate window is unreadable due to black text on a dark grey background.
  • Bluetooth devices may not reconnect as expected after closing the device lid for certain devices. We’re working on a fix, but in the meantime, you can toggle Bluetooth off and back on in the Settings app or reboot the device and that should resolve the issue.
  • Some Insiders are still reporting that after successfully updating to a new build, the Windows Update Settings page may show the same build needs to install. You can verify the build was successfully installed by checking the build number in the corner of the screen or going to Win + R, typing winver, and confirming the build number. We’re investigating this issue.
  • Some Insiders are still reporting that when viewing Optional drivers in the new section on the Windows Update page, there may be older drivers showing as available for download. If accepted, they will attempt to install and fail to do so. We’re investigating this issue.

There are a couple other things of note. Microsoft is promising a surprise that's coming soon for the Windows Insider Program's fifth anniversary. It seems like it will be a new badge, and you'll have to be receiving builds by October 31 to receive it.

Also, while this is once again a preview build for Windows 10 version 20H1, the Slow ring has been testing 19H2. But being that 19H2 is about to be released to the general public, the Slow ring will start getting 20H1 builds soon. That means that if you don't want 20H1, it's time to switch to the Release Preview ring.

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