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Jun012018

Windows 10 Redstone 5 Test Build 17682 Makes RSAT On Demand!

Windows Insiders in the Fast ring and those who have opted in to Skip Ahead today received a new Redstone 5 (RS5) Insider Preview Build 17682 that brings in improvements to Sets along side making the RSAT tool available as on demand.

Improvements to Sets now show you apps included in frequent destinations list when the plus button in the Sets windows is clicked. Also, integrated in to this build is a new apps list that let you browse all your apps that support Sets and clicking an app will launch into a new tab.

For getting start, just click the “Apps” link next to “News Feed” to switch to all apps list.

Sets’ new tab page, shows apps listed like File Explorer and Word.

RSAT on demand means “no more you’re required to manually download RSAT every time you upgrade.” Simply go to Settings —> “Manage optional features”, then click “Add a feature” and pick an RSAT components from the list to add.

Microsoft is advising to delete the following registry key if you encounter a long time in loading the feature after click “Add an optional feature.”

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Servicing\LocalSourcePath.

For web developers, Microsoft Edge is introducing a preview of “Web Authentication API” (a.k.a. WebAuthN) that provides an open, scalable, and interoperable solution to facilitate authentication, which replaces passwords with stronger hardware-bound credentials.

With WebAuthN, Edge users will be able to use Windows Hello via PIN or biometrics and external authenticators, like FIDO2 Security Keys or FIDO U2F Security Keys, to securely authenticate to websites.

In this build, a new control banner will appear at the top of the screen when you’re in a wireless session and reminding you the state of your connection, let quickly disconnect/reconnect to same sink. It also let you tune the connection.

A click on the settings gear will optimize the screen to screen latency based on any of the following scenarios:

  • Game mode minimizes the screen to screen latency to make gaming over a wireless connection possible.
  • Video mode increases the screen to screen latency to ensure the video on the big screen plays back smoothly and without glitching.
  • Productivity modes strikes a good balance between game mode and video mode where the screen to screen latency is responsive enough that typing feels natural, while ensuring videos don’t glitch too often.

By default, all connections start off in productivity mode.

An image of new wireless connection banner:

Wireless connection managing banner in Windows 10 RS5 Build 17682

Lastly, a screen (see the image below) will appear after you upgrade—For now, simply click “Let’s Go” to go through those setup questions, or click “Skip for now” to go straight to the desktop.

Post-upgrade setup screen in Windows 10 RS5 Build 17682

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