Being a Windows Insider can be very confusing nowadays. Previously, there was only one preview version of Windows 10 to test – the next update of the operating system feature – but now there are Skip Ahead flights that allow users to test versions of Windows 10 that will not see the light day for another year. Crazy.
On Tuesday, Microsoft released Windows 10 19H1 Build 18346 on the fast ringtone and we have today Windows 10 20H1 Build 18845 for Skip Ahead insiders. To access this version, you must have enabled the Ignore option. This branch is now closed, but it is still possible to get access if you wish. Follow the instructions here.
Microsoft explains that versions of the 20H1 branch are now available because of some of the things it's working on "require a longer delay", which is pretty fair (and ZDNet has more about it here), but I think the most people who have registered for Skip Ahead expected to test versions of the 19H2 branch, and these will probably not be released until the release of 19H1 this spring. Maybe we need a jump branch in advance.
In any case, I mislead. The main change of this version is the addition of keywords attributed to the new content Emoji 12.0. I know. Exciting, no?
Calm down at the back.
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Beyond that, the general changes, enhancements, and fixes in this release include:
- Fixed an issue that caused the Bluetooth Hands-Free audio driver to hang.
- Fixed a problem preventing some insiders from accessing the quest section of the comment center.
- Fixed a problem causing a decrease in the reliability of the Start menu during the previous flight.
- Fixed a problem causing Microsoft Edge to crash when launching some insiders during the previous flight.
- Some minor adjustments have been made so that the Help icons in the File Explorer look a bit better when the dark theme is activated.
- Issue resolved: In some languages, if you pressed WIN + V before choosing the clipboard history, the clipboard history user interface would be truncated.
- Fixed a problem with the new Adlam keyboard that prevented the input of some common words.
- Problem solved: when typing in Vietnamese, the touch keyboard automatically capitalized each word in some applications.
- Fixed a problem that could cause unexpected flickering if you use a stylus or key in some win32 applications to launch a second instance of the application in tablet mode.
- Fixed a problem that could cause DWM to hang after activating high contrast.
- Issue resolved: When certain friendly dates were enabled in the File Explorer, in some languages (such as Japanese and Chinese), the wrong day name was displayed by insiders.
- Fixed a problem that caused an unexpected and non-functional family safety icon to appear in the notification area of the taskbar.
- Fixed an issue where the search box text on the taskbar could become black on a black background.
- Issue resolved: The Start menu was crashing while using Narrator to browse folders pinned in Start.
There are of course known problems, including:
- Launching games using anti-cheat software may trigger a bug check (GSOD).
- While Microsoft has made some improvements to the reliability of the night-light in this flight, it continues to investigate the issues reported in this space.
- For display calibration scenarios, it is possible that monitors are missing from the built-in color management application. To work around the problem, use the Settings application to select the color profile, under the Display Settings page.
- When resetting this PC and selecting the Keep my files option on a device on which the reserved storage is enabled, the user must initiate an additional restart to ensure that the storage reserved works again correctly.
- Some Realtek SD card readers do not work properly.
- In Windows Sandbox, if you try to access the Narrator settings, the Settings application crashes.
- It is possible that the color of the mouse pointer is incorrectly blank after disconnection and reconnection.
- Creative X-Fi sound cards do not work properly.
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