Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19018 to Insiders in the Fast ring

Today is Tuesday, and that means it's time for a new Windows 10 build for Insiders in the Fast ring. This time, it's build 19018, and it's only available in the Fast ring, since Microsoft is killing the Skip Ahead ring going forward and moving those users back to the Fast ring.

This build doesn't come with any new features itself, though Microsoft has highlighted some updated to Search which are rolling out on the server side. These include new quick search suggestions and a new design for web result previews.

Aside from that, there quite a few fixes in this build. Here's what's changed:

  • For Insiders that did not take the Cumulative Update to Build 19013, just a note that this build, vvnmcflr (like that update), also includes the fix for the issue resulting in black screens and disconnects over remote desktop in the last couple of flights.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where the Settings app was hanging or crashing when accessing the System or Ease of Access sections.
  • We fixed an issue where if a new account profile picture synced down from the cloud, your old one might not be listed in the picture history in Accounts Settings.
  • We fixed an issue where Windows Update history might show an update having failed with error 0x80240017 even though the update had actually succeeded.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Search sometimes not rendering in the enter space available within the Search window.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in exe using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU when your device was unplugged in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not responding to Hey Cortana.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not being visible in the taskbar right after upgrading, or being visible but not working, until you restarted your PC.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to keep the Shift key pressed in order to type capital letters in certain languages recently when typing with the onehanded touch keyboard.
  • As some Insiders know, a few releases ago we announced a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + B) in order to help troubleshoot black screens. With today’s build, in this vein, we’re announcing a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + L) to help investigate issues with the login screen. Simply press the keyboard shortcut while your PC is locked, reproduce your issue, and then press the keyboard short again–a reference number will be displayed that you can share when reporting your issue. Please note, currently this is only supported for local sessions that have connected to the network and power, and for whom Diagnostic Data is set to Full.
  • Narrator no longer announces changes in fonts when they have not changed.
  • We updated Narrator’s autocorrect sound to be more consistent with the editing experience.
  • We improved Narrator’s navigation and reading experience within Chrome.
  • We’ve improved the Outlook experience with Magnifier when Magnifier is set to track the text cursor in the center of the screen. Arrowing up and down in a list of emails will no longer force the viewport to the left of the list of messages.

Despite the new fixes, there are still some issues to be aware of in this release. Microsoft is also still mentioning issues with BattlEye anti-cheat software, even though it's up to game developers to address the issue:

  • 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’ve heard that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) for some Insiders and are investigating.
  • Some Insiders are reporting that after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install. We’re looking into the issue.
  • If this build attempts to download an install before you have completed the first login of a prior install (such as Build 19013), you will experience a 2-hour window before you can install this new build.

With 20H1 builds continuing to be very small in terms of new features, it's looking more and more like this will be the second Windows 10 update to not bring any significant changes. The November 2019 Update, which isn't generally available yet, is also focused on smaller improvements and fixes.

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