Microsoft today is releasing Windows 10 Insider preview build 20161 to the Dev Channel (Formerly known as the Fast ring). Today’s release follows up last week’s build 20152. Today’s build has some new front-facing features. Here’s a look at what you can expect.
Important: Microsoft has recently reorganized the Insider program. The Fast ring is now known as the Dev Channel. The Slow ring is now known as the Beta Channel and Release Preview ring is now known as the Release Preview Channel.
Some of the new features in today’s release include Theme-aware tiles in Start. “We are freshening up the Start menu with a more streamlined design that removes the solid color backplates behind the logos in the apps list and applies a uniform, partially transparent background to the tiles,” writes Microsoft’s Brandon LeBlanc.
Other features include Alt+Tab for Microsoft Edge, a more personalized taskbar for new users, a new notification experience, and improvements to Settings. In addition, the new Windows Calculator graphing mode feature is rolling out.
Windows 10 Preview Build 20161
Here is the list of fixes contained in today’s new build:
- We fixed an issue resulting in Insiders experiencing bug checks when connecting and interacting with an Xbox controller.
- We’ve fixed an issue causing some games and applications to crash at launch or fail to install.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge not navigating to websites when WDAG was enabled on the last 2 flights.
- We fixed an issue which was increasing log off time in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue with the Chinese Pinyin IME where after setting your preferred IME toolbar orientation, you may not be able to change it again after rebooting your PC.
- We fixed an issue causing Reset this PC to always show the error “There was a problem resetting this PC” when launched from Settings in the last few builds.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Bluetooth devices no longer showing their battery level in Settings in the last few builds.
- We fixed an issue where Settings would crash if you went to Settings > Privacy > Microphone while a win32 app was recording audio.
- We fixed an issue where if Sound Settings showed “no input devices found” in the input dropdown and you clicked it, then Settings would crash.
- We fixed an issue where when adding a printer, the dialog might crash if you navigated through to the “Add a printer driver” dialog in recent builds.
- We fixed a graphics related issue resulting in some users experiencing bugchecks.
Don’t forget that Insider builds are meant for coders, IT admins, and Windows 10 enthusiasts who want to test new features and submit feedback to Microsoft.
These builds are not meant for inexperienced users. They are also not meant to run on your primary production machine. Insider builds contain many known stability issues that can cause your system to become unstable or even crash.
For more on this build’s full list of changes, known issues, and workarounds make sure to read Microsoft’s full blog post.