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Nov282018

Windows 10 19H1 Build 18290 Improves Fluent Design, Insiders Build 17763.167 Fixes Tons of 1809 Issues

Even though it’s not a Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has delivered Cumulative Updates (CUs) for several of its older versions of Windows 10 operating system on November 27.

More specifically, the company pushed updates for April 2018 Update Windows 10 1803, Fall Creators Update Windows 10 1709, Creators Update Windows 10 1703, and Anniversary Update Windows 10 1607.

With the exception to the Windows 10 October 2018 Update Build 1809, which has several issues did not get an update today.

Even, the firm did not release a Cumulative Update for 1809 to Windows Insider “Release Preview” ring this week.

According to the release notes, KB4469342, this CU brings the build number to 17763.167 and is exclusive to the Release Preview ring.

In addition, Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18290 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

The build 18290, is a preview for the next feature update to Windows 10, says Microsoft.

Here is a list of the various bug fixes and patches released today:

  • Addresses an issue in Microsoft Edge with using the drag-and-drop feature to upload folders from the Windows desktop to a file hosting service website, such as Microsoft OneDrive. In some scenarios, files contained in the folders fail to upload, with possibly no error reported on the web page to the user.
  • Addresses an issue that degrades Internet Explorer performance when you use roaming profiles or you don’t use the Microsoft Compatibility List.
  • Addresses updated time zone information for Fiji.
  • Addresses time zone changes for Moroccan daylight standard time.
  • Addresses time zone changes for Russian daylight standard time.
  • Addresses an issue that causes display settings to stop working when changing a multi-monitor configuration.
  • Addresses an issue that displays a black screen on some servers when waking a display from sleep.
  • Addresses an issue with long delays in taking a photo when using the Camera app in certain lighting conditions.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents live Hulu TV content from playing in Microsoft Edge; instead, a black screen appears.
  • Addresses an issue that stops Bluetooth® headsets from receiving audio input after several minutes of listening.
  • Addresses an issue that causes the Brightness slider preference to be reset to 50% when the device restarts.
  • Addresses an issue with the OEM manufacturing processes when running sysprep /generalize.
  • Addresses an issue with Microsoft Intune that causes devices to be incorrectly marked as not compliant because a firewall incorrectly returns a ‘Poor’ status. As a result, the affected devices will not receive conditional access compliance approval and may be blocked from access to corporate resources such as email.
  • Addresses a performance issue with vSwitch on network interface cards (NIC) that do not support Large Send Offload (LSO) and Checksum Offload (CSO).
  • Updates the Wi-Fi policy for service set identifier (SSID) filtering to avoid filtering out Wi-Fi Direct devices.
  • Addresses an issue that causes rasman.exe to stop responding.
  • Addresses an issue in which regedit.exe fails to add double null terminator to REG_MULTI_SZ values in the Windows registry. The missing terminator may prevent services and applications from reading REG_MULTI_SZ values that regedit.exe adds after installing the operating system.
  • Addresses an issue with RemoteApp visibility that may cause the main window to disappear until the user clicks the screen.
  • Addresses an issue that prevents some users from setting Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or Settings > Apps > Default apps.
  • Addresses an issue that may cause mapped drives to fail to reconnect after starting and logging onto a Windows device.

Changelog of Build 17763.107 (KB4464455) released to Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview rings:

  • We fixed the issue where dragging (extracting) files from a .zip file in File Explorer to a write-protected location you don’t get a “Do you want to replace these files” prompt and the copy action fails silently.
  • We fixed an issue causing roaming profiles to not work correctly.

Changelog of Build 17763.104 (KB4464455) to Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview rings:

  • We have fixed the issue where the incorrect details were being shown in Task Manager under the “Processes” tab.
  • We fixed an issue where in certain cases IME would not work in the first process of a Microsoft Edge user session.
  • We fixed an issue where in some cases applications would become unresponsive after resuming from Connected Standby.
  • We fixed several issues causing application compatibility problems with 3rd-party antivirus and virtualization products.
  • We fixed several issues with driver compatibility.

Here’s what’s new in Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18290:

Microsoft has given a Fluent touch to the power and user menus in Start by adding icons for easy identification.

The image below shows the new power menu in Start with a touch of acrylic, reveal, and icons next to each entry:

Windows 10 19H1 Build 18290 Fluent Designed Power and User Menu

A new “Sync your clock” option in the Date & Time Settings manually synchronize the clock with the time server.

The new settings also display last successfully synced time along with the address of current time server.

Another update introduces a microphone icon in the notification area that when hoer over shows which apps are using a mic.

Double clicking on the microphone icon will open Microphone Privacy Settings.

Improvements to Search and Cortana experiences introduces updates to the landing page that includes more room for recent activities, light theme support, acrylic touch.

It also includes all search filter options as pivots from the get-go.

The 19H1 build will now show Windows Update icon with an orange indicator in the notification area alerting to restart the device.

Mail & Calendar version 11001.20106 added an ability to switch directly to To-Do in-app navigation.

Since, Insider Preview builds always have a built-in expiration date, called as “timebomb,” Microsoft noted that those running an older build should upgrade to the latest build.

The current build expires on December 14. Those who will continue past this date will start getting a daily notification/warning that the build is expired.

Additionally, Insiders will also receive a User Access Control (UAC) warnings.

Eventually, the build will stop functioning completely.

Users can find out a build expiration date by running the ‘winver’ command in search on the taskbar.

Those, who are not on the Fast ring, head over to the Windows Insider Program tab to get started.

Insiders in both Fast and Slow rings must make sure to always run the latest builds.

Fast ring Insiders should take on the 19H1 updates.

To update to a latest build, navigate to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update -> Check for updates.

Here is a complete changelog of Windows 10 build 18290:

  • We fixed an issue resulting in PDFs opened in Microsoft Edge not displaying correctly (small, instead of using the entire space).
  • We fixed an issue resulting in mouse wheel scrolling in many UWP apps and XAML surfaces being unexpectedly fast in recent builds.
  • We’ve made some updates to the taskbar to reduce the number of times you may see the icons redraw. Most noticeably when interacting with the recycle bin, although in other scenarios as well.
  • Antivirus apps must run as a protected process to register with Windows and appear in the Windows Security app. If an AV app does not register, Windows Defender Antivirus will remain enabled.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the System unexpectedly consuming a high amount of CPU for prolonged periods of time when enumerating Bluetooth devices.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Cortana.Signals.dll crashing in the background.
  • We fixed an issue that caused Remote Desktop to show a black screen for some users. This same issue could also cause freezes over Remote Desktop when using VPN.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in mapped network drivers potentially displayed as Unavailable when using the net use command, and displaying a red X in File Explorer.
  • Improved compatibility of Narrator with Chrome.
  • Improved performance of Magnifier centered mouse mode.
  • We fixed an issue where the Pinyin IME would always show English mode in the taskbar, even when typing in Chinese in the previous flight.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in languages showing an unexpected “Unavailable input method” in their list of keyboards in Settings if you added the language via Language Settings in recent flights.
  • Thanks everyone who’s shared feedback about the new Japanese Microsoft IME introduced with Build 18272. For the moment the IME version will be returning to the one that shipped with the October 2018 Update while we take your feedback into consideration.
  • We’ve added support for LEDBAT in uploads to Delivery Optimization peers on the same LAN (behind the same NAT). Currently LEDBAT is only used by Delivery Optimization in uploads to Group or Internet peers. This feature should prevent congestion on the local network and allow peer-to-peer upload traffic to back off instantly when the network is utilized for higher priority traffic.

Known issues

  • The hyperlink colors need to be refined in Dark Mode in Sticky Notes if the Insights are enabled.
  • Settings page will crash after changing the account password or PIN, we recommend using the CTRL + ALT + DEL method to change the password
  • Due to a merge conflict, the settings for enabling/disabling Dynamic Lock are missing from Sign-in Settings. We have a fix, which will flight soon.
  • Settings crashes when clicking on the “View storage usage on other drives” option under System > Storage.
  • The Windows Security app may show an unknown status for the Virus & threat protection area, or not refresh properly. This may occur after upgrade, restart, or settings changes.
  • Delete previous version of Windows in Configure Storage Sense is not selectable.
  • Settings will crash when opening Speech Settings.
  • Insiders may see green screens with error System Service Exception in win32kbase.sys when interacting with certain games and apps. We have a fix that will flight in an upcoming flight, we appreciate your patience.
  • There’s an update block for this build in place for a small number of PCs that use Nuvoton (NTC) TPM chips with a specific firmware version (1.3.0.1) due to a bug causing issues with Windows Hello face/biometric/pin login not working. The issue is understood and a fix will flight to Insiders soon.

Known issues for Developers

  • 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.
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