Microsoft today released Redstone 4 Preview Build 17083 to Insiders in the Fast ring. This new build comes after Build 17074 which introduced new features for Edge, Windows Settings, and more. In addition to many overall fixes, this build includes some new improvements to Timeline, Diagnostics data, and Windows Hello.
Windows 10 Redstone 4 Preview Build 17083
New Features for Fonts: If you use a lot of different types of fonts for your work, you will be happy to see there is new methods to manage them. There are new features in the Fonts control panel in Settings. It allows you to preview each font family that are designed for specific language settings.
You can preview them in a new window that has a slider to change the size and width of the fonts. And another new addition introduces the ability to download new types of fonts in the Microsoft Store.
Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer: This is an early preview of a new tool that will allow you to view the type of diagnostic data sent to Microsoft servers from your device. This is an effort by the company to increase transparency for users worried about the data Microsoft collects from your system. You can find it by going to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback. With the tool, you will be able to search and filter diagnostic events and provide feedback. For full details read: Microsoft Introduces New Privacy Tools Ahead of Data Privacy Day.
Timeline: The highly-hyped Timeline Feature gets some privacy improvements like the ability to delete individual activities from the Timeline screen. You can delete activities for an hour or a full day. There is also a new setting that allows you to sync activities across multiple devices.
Focus Assist and Windows Hello: The Quiet Hours feature is now called “Focus Assist” and it lets you choose between three different modes. It will stop non-urgent alarms and notifications from popping up so you can get things done. Also, Microsoft’s facial recognition feature, Windows Hello, should now be faster and easier to set up.
There are also improvements to Windows apps, Hyper-V, Ease of Access features, and more. Here is a list of some other improvements and fixes you can expect in this Windows 10 Redstone 4 preview build:
- We fixed an issue for those using Start menu with the all apps list hidden, where Start would crash if you clicked on one of the all apps list headers, changed the width of Start’s tile grid, then went back to the all apps list.
- We fixed an issue where clicking on a toast notification might take multiple tries since a single pixel drag initiated a swipe and resulting in the click being ignored.
- We fixed a high hitting reliability issue from recent flights resulting in explorer.exe potentially crashing if you dragged a Microsoft Edge tab from its window then put it back.
- We fixed an issue where the lock screen background would be lost after restart if “Show lock screen background picture on the sign-in screen” was turned off.
- We fixed an issue where the login screen over remote desktop would be blank instead of showing a password prompt in recent builds after waking the host from sleep.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Start not having the Reveal effect in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where the all apps list in Start would become offset if you exited tablet mode while the all apps list was zoomed out to show only the headers.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Uninstall, Share, and Rate & Review verbs not working from a UWP app’s context menu in Start in the previous flight.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Store title bar overlapping the rest of the Store app when in tablet mode in the last two flights.
- With the recent redesign of Cortana’s Notebook, we’re shifting to use that as the primary entrance for Cortana’s lists, and removing the entry point for lists from Cortana’s navigation pane.
- We’ve updated Windows Defender’s systray context menu to now use the modern style.
- We fixed an issue resulting in rendering artifacts in the Clock and Calendar flyout when transparency was enabled.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Windows getting stuck on the rebooting screen for a long time.
- We fixed an issue where Settings would crash if you tried to change the state of the microphone or camera permissions in Privacy Settings.
- We fixed an issue where Settings would crash if you opened the notification settings for an app that had a notification waiting in the Action Center.
- We fixed an issue where Lock Screen Settings would crash if the “Force a specific default lock screen and logon image” group policy was set.
- We fixed an issue from recent flights where Settings might crash when navigating to “Email and App accounts”.
- We fixed an issue where Shared Experiences Settings took a really long time to load (30+ seconds).
- We fixed an issue resulting in microphone and camera settings in Privacy settings flipped to deny all device access after upgrading to recent builds.
- We fixed an issue where Windows Update Settings might show a red exclamation mark, but no text explaining why there was an alert.
- We fixed an issue where the width of the list of updates in Windows Update Settings would fluctuate as you scrolled it.
- We’ve made some tweaks to the Video Playback Settings page.
- We’ve made the decision to remove the recently added Keyboard Settings page under Settings > Time & Language and will consider returning it in a future release. If you’d like to add another keyboard to your language, you can do this as before from the Region & Language Settings page by selecting the language you wish to add to. Advanced keyboard settings (including overriding your default keyboard and emoji panel settings) are still available – the link to this page has been moved to Settings > Devices > Typing.
- Update and Shutdown is now available again as an option if you click the power button in Start when there’s an update pending.
- We fixed an upgrade issue resulting in a “Path Not found” error on “Staging apps on CreateMetadataDirectory” in the upgrade logs of you’d installed an app from the Store before upgrading and had moved it to a secondary drive (an option in Apps & Features Settings). If you were impacted by this issue upgrade would still succeed, however the app wouldn’t work after upgrading.
- We fixed an issue where the back button in Windows Defender Security Center would be invisible if you opened WDSC through a link in Settings.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the GraphicsPerfSvc service sometimes using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue from the last two builds resulting in apps that came preinstalled with Windows potentially failing to update in the Store with error 0x80073CF9.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the copy action in Photos only working the first time it’s used.
- We fixed an issue where the embedded handwriting panel and the handwriting panel might show at the same time.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the handwriting panel unexpectedly appearing recently when tapping or panning certain win32 text areas.
- We fixed an issue where the numeric keypad of the touch keyboard didn’t work in certain password fields found on the web.
- We fixed an issue where using a child key on the Greek or Czech touch keyboard layouts to input accented keys wouldn’t work.
- We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel’s Most Frequently Used section wasn’t updating.
- We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel would close after a single emoji was entered in certain apps even if the option to enter multiple emoji at once was selected.
- We fixed an issue resulting in two finger scrolling using touch or mouse not working Word 2016 in the last two flights.
- We fixed an issue where running Magnifier with bitmap smoothing enabled and then closing Magnifier could result in text now appearing blurry, or the PC suddenly becoming slow/laggy.
- We fixed an issue from the previous flight where the Windows Defender icon might be missing from the systray, even if it showed as enabled in Settings. We also fixed an issue from the last two flights where the icon unexpectedly showed a warning even though no warning was visible once you opened the app.
- We fixed an issue where when opening Task View immediately after an upgrade you might need to wait 15-30 minutes before Timeline was visible.
- We fixed two issues impacting Timeline reliability.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge not creating Timeline activities if used immediately after login.
- We fixed an issue where PDFs opened in Microsoft Edge on the previous flight would appear off to the right instead of centered.
- We fixed a high impact issue resulting in Microsoft Edge launch failures in the last two flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Microsoft Edge title bar sometimes being the wrong color.
- Thank you everyone who shared their thoughts on the updates made to the Microsoft Yahei font – we’ve made the decision to return the font to its Fall Creators Update state while take your feedback into consideration.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain devices hitting a bug check (GSOD) with error System Service Exception on the last two builds.
- We fixed an issue with Linux containers on Windows using Docker Community Edition for Windows (edge) on many machines. The docker pull or docker run commands will fail with an error “Not enough memory resources are available to complete this operation”.
Of course, as will all preview builds, this one contains several known issues and other changes. Make sure to read this post from Dona Sarkar to get a full list of all new features, known issues, and developer notes.
It’s also worth noting that the company is stopping the Sets tabbed experience for those Insiders who have had it. In her article, Dona Sarkar notes, “Starting with this build, we’re taking Sets offline as we ready RS4 for release. If you have been testing Sets, you will no longer see it – however, Sets will return soon in a post-RS4 flight!”
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