Microsoft today is rolling out Windows 10 20H1 preview build 18975 to Insiders in the Fast ring. This build follows up last week’s build 18970 which includes cloud recovery and an improved tablet mode experience. Today’s build doesn’t include much in the way of new features but does include a lengthy list of fixes and improvements. Here is a look at what you can expect.
Windows 10 20H1 Preview Build 18975
Finally. Microsoft is including the ability to move the Cortana window in this build. The default position of the Cortana window has never been ideal. But starting with this Microsoft notes that you can “Move the window (by dragging the title bar area), to anywhere you’d like on the screen–just like you can with other windows.” You start to wonder why this wasn’t a feature of the Cortana app in the past.
Today’s build also sees improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and the first preview and code release for the reboot of PowerToys. In addition, the ability to rename virtual desktops, which was first released to a portion of Insiders starting with build 18963 is now available to all Insiders.
In addition to the changes above, here is a look at the list of other changes and improvements to expect in this build:
- We fixed an issue resulting in the “Bluetooth and Other Devices” and “Printers and Scanners” not rendering correctly in the last two flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in search crashing on launch for Insiders using certain display languages, including Polish.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders receiving error 0xC0000142 when attempting to upgrade to recent builds.
- We fixed a recent issue resulting in some Insiders finding that various File Explorer settings were unexpectedly modified, and in some cases couldn’t be corrected. This impacted File Explorer’s navigation pane visibility, the option for the navigation pane to automatically show all folders, and showing the drive letters. Please note that while this fix will stop it from happening, if you were impacted, you will need to take steps to return these settings in File Explorer to be their desired state.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the minimize, maximize, and close title bar buttons not working for certain apps.
- For those who would prefer not to see the post upgrade setup page, we’ve added a new option to turn it off under Notification Settings. Note, it will only be visible for users eligible for seeing this setup page.
- We fixed an issue where the text candidate list, when typing in Korean using the touch keyboard, was in reverse order.
- We updated the Chinese Pinyin IME toolbar to now be light when using light theme.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the Chinese Pinyin IME not responding the first time you tried to select a text candidate in certain types of text fields.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the mouse cursor becoming transparent and not visible when HDR was enabled.
- We fixed an issue where if MS Paint was open in the background, using the arrow keys would result in the mouse cursor changing position despite MS Paint not being in focus.
- We fixed an issue when using your PC in Arabic or Hebrew, where when maximizing win32 apps you could see the title bar flip for a second to show the close button on the right instead of on the left.
- We fixed an issue impacting Action Center reliability in the previous flight.
- We’ve made some adjustments to help address potential out of memory issues over Remote Desktop that could result in you being unexpectedly logged out of your remote session.
- We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to setup Windows Hello during OOBE.
- We’ve updated our upgrade logic so that going forward, your preferred scheduled defragmentation settings will be preserved on upgrade. Thanks to those who shared feedback about this.
- We’ve made some improvements to help address out of memory issues resulting in users potentially getting logged out of remote desktop sessions.
- We fixed an issue impacting Your Phone reliability in recent flights that resulted in seemingly random crashes during use.
- We fixed an issue where, when taking a screenshot using the pen after rotating your device, the screenshot might not be in the expected orientation.
- We fixed an issue when taking a snip that could result in your screenshot being unexpectedly blacked out.
- We have removed the option to change Magnifier UI to a magnifying glass and be in the viewport. We would be interested to hear if this option was useful to you and why.
- Magnifier reading now supports reading in more places.
- Several issues have been resolved that caused the Magnifier UI not to scale or resize correctly when users adjusted the Make text bigger or the Make everything bigger settings.
- We resolved an issue where users could not use some Magnifier hotkeys after sign-in until Magnifier was restarted.
- We resolved an issue where Magnifier Docked and Lens mode would turn into Full Screen mode when User Account Controls were active.
- We resolved an issue in Notepad where the text cursor would display, but the text cursor indicator would not.
- We resolved an issue in Notepad where the text cursor indicator prevented users from double-clicking to select text.
- We resolved an issue where the text cursor indicator preview in Ease of Access settings was not usable when Dark Mode is enabled.
- We resolved an issue where the text cursor indicator was randomly filling in with black.
- We fixed an issue with Narrator stopping early when reading certain dialogs.
- Based on user feedback, we enhanced Narrator’s reading experience when arrowing through messages in Outlook. When the importance column is read the “importance” header is always spoken before the high or low. If a message has been flagged that column’s information will be spoken immediately after the importance column instead of at the end.
- We fixed a bug where Narrator did not play the error sound in certain scenarios.
- We raised the volume of Narrator’s link and scroll sounds.
- We fixed a bug when the Narrator page summary was not working in the Chrome browser.
- We fixed a bug where assistive technology (e.g. Narrator, Magnifier, NVDA) were starting after sign-in when only the before sign-in setting was set.
- Narrator is now presenting “flash messages” on a configured braille display as expected for reading the window title and when presenting suggested content.
- Narrator is now presenting cell contents on a configured braille display as expected when navigating a table.
Remember that Windows 10 20H1 is an Insider build that will include the feature the updates we expect to see next Spring. Microsoft has announced that 19H2 will basically be a service pack which is expected to roll out later this month.
With Insider builds you can expect a lot of bugs and other issues for both users and developers. Make sure to read Microsoft’s full blog post for all changes, known issues, and workarounds.