Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19030 to the Fast ring, removing the Insider watermark

Today, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19030 to the Fast ring. Just like last week, this adds up to two Fast ring builds this week, with the Tuesday build being build 19028. More frequent builds typically means that Microsoft is gearing up for the RTM, and that can be combined with the fact that we haven't seen any actual new features in weeks.

Another piece of evidence showing an imminent RTM of Windows 10 20H1 is that this build actually removes the Insider Preview watermark. Microsoft's Brandon LeBlanc noted in the blog post that this doesn't mean that the team is done, and since the team did actually say it was done with 19H2, it's likely that it will still be a few weeks before the actual RTM build.

While there aren't any new features, there are some fixes, improvements, and known issues. Here's what got fixed and improved:

  • The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This doesn’t mean we’re done…
  • We fixed an issue where if you started to reset your MSA pin from the sign-in screen and left it without interacting with it for some time, it would result in a black screen, requiring a reboot to recover.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in night light settings getting lost on the primary monitor when the system is connected/disconnected from a secondary monitor.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in an out of memory message when watching a long HEVC video.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps not fully filling the screen when maximized in recent builds.

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 looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • 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.
  • We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 or 38 after they’re attached.

Normally, we wouldn't expect an 'H1' version of Windows 10 RTM until the spring, but according to a report from October, Microsoft might be shifting to a December/June RTM schedule. At least for this update, that report seems to be correct.

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