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Microsoft Releases Windows 10 19H1 Preview Build 18317

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Microsoft released Windows 10 Preview Build 18317 to Insiders in the Fast ring and this version decouples Cortana and Search.

Microsoft today released Windows 10 19H1 preview build 18317 to Insiders in the Fast ring. Today’s release comes on the heels of last week’s build 18312 which introduced the Reserved Storage feature for improved Windows 10 upgrades. The main takeaway from today’s build is the company is going to separate Cortana from search. Here is a look at what you can expect.

Windows 10 19H1 Build 18317

Cortana and Search are getting separated in today’s new build. Moving forward Search and Cortana will be decoupled on the taskbar. Separating the two will “enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases,” note Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar and Brandon LeBlanc.

Cortana Search Separated Windows 10 18317

The company is also making changes and improvements to the font management experience. You will now be able to drag and drop font files from File Explorer into Settings > Fonts to install them. And for Insiders, the company is introducing a simplified Windows Insider Program Settings page. It will make it easier to sign up for the program and know which builds you will receive from the ring you choose.

In addition to the new features above, here is the list of other changes and improvements to expect in today’s build.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in File Explorer unexpectedly having a lock on USBs when trying to safely eject them.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in frequent bugchecks (GSODs) in the last two flights, citing an error with bindflt.sys.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in frequent bugchecks (GSODs) in the last flight, citing error KERNEL_LOCK_ENTRY_LEAKED_ON_THREAD_TERMINATION.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to connect to VMs using Hyper-V console after upgrading to recent flights. This issue also impeded the ability to connect to VMs with Enhanced Sessions enabled.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some full screen games showing a black screen in recent flights even though they worked in windowed mode.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in CDP User Service periodically unexpectedly using a high amount of CPU in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue causing text in the Windows Security app to be incorrect or potentially missing altogether.
  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where clicking the network button on the sign-in screen didn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain devices not being able to wake from hibernation recently. There were two possible symptoms on wake if you were impacted – one was a black screen, one was a screen that continued to say “hibernating…”.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Display Settings crashing in recent builds. If you were impacted, this would have also had the symptom that clicking System or Ease of Access from the main Settings page may crash Settings.
  • We fixed an issue with certain touch keyboard languages where pressing AltGr + [any key] on the full layout would dismiss the touch keyboard.
  • We fixed an issue where Windows Sandbox wouldn’t launch on PCs with multiple GPUs.
  • When Scan Mode is on and Narrator is on a slider, the left and right arrows will decrease and increase the slider. Up and down arrows will continue to navigate to the previous or next paragraph or item. Home and End will move the slider to the beginning or the end.
  • The Narrator list of headings command now works as expected in Chrome.
  • We improved Narrator support for Microsoft Teams.
  • For cursor and pointer, fixed returning to the right mouse pointers when changing back to the original size and colors.
  • We fixed an issue where some devices would fail to install an update with error code If you are updating from 18309 or newer this issue will be fixed for this update, if you are updating from a build prior to 18309 it will be fixed for the next update.

Of course, as it the case with all early Insider preview builds, this one includes a healthy list of known issues for both user and developers. Make sure to read Microsoft’s full announcement for all changes, known issues, and workarounds.


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