Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 19035 to Fast and Slow rings, pulls Notepad from Store

Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 19035 to the Fast and Slow rings today. As of last week, the two rings are aligned on the same build from the 20H1 development branch, as the Insider team did warn that the Fast ring should be receiving builds from the next branch soon. However, it would seem that the Fast ring is still on 20H1 for now.

As usual, there aren't any new features. It's no surprise, since Windows 10 20H1, now called version 2004, is almost done. The Insider Preview watermark is removed, and it officially has a version number. RTM is almost here, although the public won't get their hands on this until the spring.

There are a bunch of fixes, improvements, and known issues though. Here's the list of fixes and improvements in build 19035:

  • 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’ve completed the experiment related to how we deliver driver updates through Windows Update. Devices that were involved in the experiment will no longer see the Optional Updates link under Settings > Windows Update. This also resolves an issue where after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install. Thanks to the Insiders who have provided feedback on this feature.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in fingerprint (if enabled) sometimes unexpectedly not being offered as a sign-in option after waking your device from sleep.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in certain apps not launching the first time you tried after resetting the app via Settings.
  • Thank you for all the feedback you provided on the Store version of Notepad. At this time, we’ve decided not to roll this out to customers. Insiders may notice some changes as we remove this change from this build:
    • If you pinned Notepad to your Taskbar or Start menu, you will need to re-pin after you upgrade to this new build.
    • If you had certain file types set to open in Notepad by default, you will see a prompt when you try to open files of that type again and will need to re-select Notepad.

There are also some 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.
  • Some Insiders have reported when attempting to install recent builds, setup rolls back and returns error code 0xc1900101. In some cases, the update completes successfully on a subsequent attempt. If you are experiencing the issue, please be sure to file feedback in the Feedback Hub.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 after they’re attached.
  • We’ve received reports of the Optimize Drives app incorrectly reporting that optimization has never run on SSD devices.

Probably the biggest news of this build is that Notepad is removed from the Store, and there will be some workarounds you'll need to use when the Store version is replaced on your machine with the built-in version. Oddly, this isn't under known issues.

As always, you can grab today's build through Windows Update. If you're not on the Fast or Slow ring, you can sign up via the Windows Insider Program tab.

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