Windows users insiders on the slow ring are finally starting to get acquainted with the next major update of Microsoft Windows 10. The tech giant has delivered Windows 10 build 18342.8 to the Slow ring, which in fact the first 19H1 build to extend beyond Fast Ring Insiders.
This release includes all features intended to be bundled with the Windows 10 19H1 update later this spring, as well as a large number of bugfixes. Here is a full summary of the Microsoft blog post:
Improve games on Windows 10: Thanks to everyone who has registered to try our new Windows game technology in Build 18334. With the new version (Build 18342), we have fixes that we can not wait for players to try: the game now works properly enabled controls, and the installation process is more stable (including a fix for the game stuck in "Pending" instead of downloading).
- If you have already tried State of Decay and everything is working fine: thank you for uninstalling State of Decay, then restart the installation to make sure everything is still working.
- If you have already tried State of Decay and something is not working: try again and see if your problem has been solved. If this is not the case, it would help us a lot if you informed us using the Windows Feedback Hub (instructions described here in this article). Even if you have already sent comments on the problem before, it is very useful to know that this always happens in a new version of Windows.
- If you were unable to get a location for State of Decay: we opened more, go to the Xbox Insider hub and click on an insider's content to join it. NOTE: We always limit availability as we deploy. We recommend that you register immediately. If you miss this time, do not worry, we'll add it again soon!
Linux files inside the file explorer: We added the ability for users to access Linux files in a WSL distribution from Windows. These files are accessible via the command line and Windows applications, such as file explorer, VSCode, and so on. can interact with these files. Access your files by accessing wsl $
, or check the list of running distributions by accessing wsl $.
New Chrome extension for Timeline: New Chrome extension for Timeline: We're happy to announce an extension that consolidates your Chrome browser activities and adds them to your Windows timeline. You can now download the new Web Activity extension from the Chrome Web Store.
General changes, improvements and fixes for PC
- The new tamper protection setting of the Windows Security Application protects your device by preventing malicious actors from changing the most important security settings. The setting is now enabled by default for Insider Preview versions.
- We have resolved an issue that prevents Windows Sandbox from starting on localized versions.
- We have done some work to improve error reporting in Windows Sandbox. Now the error dialog includes the error code and a link to the comment hub.
- We solved the following problem: Windows Sandbox generated an unexpected error due to the reference to a deleted file on Windows.old.
Windows Sandbox now captures keyboard shortcuts in full screen.
- Windows Sandbox now supports configuration files! These files allow users to configure certain aspects of the sandbox, such as vGPU, networking, and shared folders. A blog article explaining this new feature will be available here.
- We have improved the capabilities of the wsl.exe command line interface by adding new features such as importing and exporting distributions and consolidating existing features from wslconfig.exe , such as the list of distributions and the definition of default values.
- We solved the following problem: if Magnifier was enabled and configured in docked mode, the computer would hang and reset at login, creating a boot loop.
- Fixed a problem that prevented the build from connecting to WinRE with an administrator account during the last two flights.
- We solved the following problem: If you removed Start groups from the group, applications might end up thinking that their thumbnails were still pinned.
- We've fixed a problem that prevented us from rearranging pinned folders in Start's thumbnail grid.
- We solved the following problem: The text explaining the Storage Sense Downloads section contained unexpected characters.
- We solved the following problem: sometimes, the Windows settings would crash when opening the "Advanced Display Settings" from the display settings.
- We have solved the following problem: After changing the audio endpoint of an application, it may no longer follow changes to the master volume.
- We have solved a problem preventing the addition of a drive to the list of folders to exclude when configuring advanced search in settings.
- We solved a problem with the header settings of some window sizes, in which long names could be truncated in the middle, instead of being properly wrapped.
- We have fixed a problem of the previous flight where a right click on the desktop would display a contextual menu of light color in a dark theme.
- We corrected a problem affecting the reliability of the history of Emoji panels and clipboard.
- Another solution has been found to solve the problem of blocking the text "Hibernating …" displayed on the screen during hibernate hibernation.
- We fixed a problem that could cause Windows to log in and forget the last logged in user. Instead, it displays the default user login prompt in the list after closing the locked screen.
- We resolved a problem that prevented some of the real-time protection options from Malwarebytes Premium from being enabled.
- We have fixed a problem that caused the incorrect display of the Internet Explorer menu bar, if enabled.
- We fixed a problem that caused CDPUserSVC to use an unexpected amount of CPU resources for extended periods of time.
- We fixed a problem that caused a frequent DWM crash for some insiders of the previous flight.
- We have solved the following problem: some games recently went to the black screen / did not respond if their resolution was less than 1920 * 1080 and if the game was in full screen mode.
- Fixed a problem that prevented some games from rendering UI updates (visually blocked) after using Alt + Tab to quickly jump to the game.
- Fixed a problem that caused a significant video and audio lag when projecting videos from some devices on recent releases.
- We fixed a problem that required several clicks to disable the location from the Maintenance Center.
- We corrected a problem that caused the failure to insert a single Unicode character for IMEs, the touchpad and the Emoji panel in some types of editing controls recently.
- We corrected a problem resulting in the insertion of 4 and 6 in the respective languages of the left and right arrows of the touch keyboard.
- We have resolved the following issue: newly installed applications might not appear in search results.
- We corrected a problem that caused truncation of the search pane if it was launched after the rotation of the device orientation horizontally to vertically.
- We have fixed a major impact issue that has reduced the reliability of Start in recent flights.
- We fixed a recent problem in which, if you hide the search icon in the taskbar, a number of Win32 applications would be updated unexpectedly when opening the menu Start.
- We 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.
- Do you need to create a file that starts with a dot? The file explorer will now allow you to rename a file into something like ".gitignore" – before, there was an error citing the fact that you had to provide a name.
- We fixed a problem that caused the potential crash of the File Explorer when attempting to rename, delete, or move MKV files during the previous flight.
- We fixed a problem preventing some insiders from opening Cortana in tablet mode.
- Fixed a problem that caused the taskbar to flash if an AC adapter was connected while the device had less than 20% battery.
- Fixed a problem that caused the taskbar to disappear for a second when returning Start / Cortana / Search to a secondary monitor.
- We are updating the name of the theme "Windows Light" so that it now becomes "Windows (Lightweight)".
- We corrected a problem where Cortana's icon on secondary monitors did not update colors after switching between light and dark themes.
- We solved the following problem: when using a bright theme, small icons and a vertical orientation of the taskbar, the text written in the taskbar remained blank and could not be read.
- We fixed a problem that could prevent open applications from displaying on the taskbar (but not visible in Alt + Tab).
- We fixed a problem that caused a slight unexpected shade of pink / purple on some aircraft during the last flights.
- We fixed a problem that could cause DWM to hang after enabling high contrast.
- We fixed a problem in the cursor and pointer settings of Ease of Access. The size and color of the mouse pointer are now preserved during the upgrade. There is still a problem with the mouse pointer displaying the white color instead of the selected color after disconnecting and reconnecting.
- When you use the magnifying glass with larger pointers, scrolling is progressive when the pointers change shape.
- We corrected a problem where the navigation mode on the Orbit display could not be changed.
- We fixed a problem that caused Narrator to pause unexpectedly while reading a PDF file.
- We've fixed a problem that prevents users from joining or switching between Windows Insider ringtones.
- We solved the following problem: The Windows Security application could display an unknown status for the virus and threat protection area or fail to refresh properly.
As always, you can view the full release notes on the Microsoft blog. Otherwise, start Windows Update slowly to recover version 18342.8 now.
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