Microsoft today is releasing Windows 10 build 21364 to Insiders in the Dev Channel. This release is the follow-up to build 21359. That build had a change to the Start menu and this recent build has some new features including Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Task Manager changes for Edge processes. Here’s a look at what you can expect.
Windows 10 Build 21364
The WSL in build 21364 includes a preview of support for GUI apps. You can run your favorite GUI editors, tools, and applications for testing. For more, you can watch the following video.
There are also Task Manager improvements for Edge which support process classification. This can help you identify resource consumption issues with Edge. According to the recent blog post:
“The classification is broken down to several different components like Tabs, Browser processes (Browser, GPU Process, Crashpad), Utility plugins (Utility: Audio Service Extensions), Dedicated & Service workers etc. It also features separate icons for each process to help you identify them including fav icon for website.”
There is also a new experimental Task Manager feature called “Eco Mode” that provides a user the option to throttle process resources. This can help identify apps consuming high resources and limit their consumption and give your system priority to other apps.
Here is the list of other changes and improvements included in this build:
- Based on feedback, we’re updating the notification that used to say “We need to fix your account (most likely your password changed)”, to be more representative of what it’s for, and now say “Select here to sign in to your account to continue using apps between this device and your other devices.”
- When you turn on or off night light manually, for example via the Action Center, night light will now turn on immediately rather than slowly transition.
And this is the list of fixes contained in today’s release:
- We fixed an issue causing some USB attached printers to no longer work after upgrading to Build 21354 and higher.
- Theme-aware splash screens are now visible again in this build.
- We fixed an explorer.exe crash impacting Insiders in the last few builds.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the About page in Settings appearing blank sometimes.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some corrupted characters across Settings in the previous build, for example in the “These folders won’t be indexed” text on the Searching Windows page.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the Windows Update status in the Settings header not being correct.
- We fixed an issue where the “Manage Disks and Volumes” page in Settings was incorrectly displaying HDDs as SSDs.
- We fixed an issue where chkdsk was sometimes not calculating elapsed time correctly.
- We fixed an issue where some of the text in the UAC dialog wasn’t displaying correctly.
- We fixed an issue with where the recent changes to the default spacing in File Explorer, the icon in the address bar was a little too close to the side.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the New Text Document button in File Explorer’s ribbon not working.
- We fixed an issue where File Explorer was unexpectedly not pinned for some Insiders after resetting or clean installing their PC in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue where the battery icon in the taskbar looked like it was at 90% when it was actually at 100% at some scaling.
- We fixed an issue impacting Windows Hello reliability in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where Windows Firewall was unexpectedly giving an error recently when updating existing rules to Block.
- We fixed an issue where sihost.exe would crash sometimes when trying to use the Share option when right clicking an app in Start.
- We fixed an issue impacting Search reliability for some Insiders in the last two builds. Please let us know if you continue experiencing crashes after upgrading, as it may be a different underlying root cause.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing a CRITICAL PROCESS DIED bug check in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue that could result in freezing in certain games recently when bringing up overlays when HDR was enabled.
- We fixed an issue where certain images expectedly wouldn’t appear in your clipboard history after copying them from a webpage using Microsoft Edge.
- We fixed an issue where elements of the Japanese IME candidate window may get truncated when using a text scaling of 200%.
- We fixed an issue where after using the gesture on the touch keyboard’s space bar to move your cursor, the Shift and CTRL key displayed states may become out of sync with the actual state.
- We fixed an issue that was preventing x64 apps on ARM64 like Cyberlink PhotoDirector from detecting the presence of the C++ redistributables.
- We fixed and issue preventing split screen mode for Auto HDR from working.
- We added support for x64 out of process shell extensions on ARM64.
- 3D Viewer and Print 3D app shortcuts have been moved back into Start.
It’s important to know 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.