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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18242 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18242 (19H1) to Windows Insiders who have opted in to Skip Ahead.

We fixed an issue resulting in the background of notifications and the Action Center losing color and becoming transparent in the last two flights.
We fixed an issue where thumbnails and icons might not be rendered if there were any video files saved to the desktop.
We fixed an issue resulting in the back button in Settings and other apps becoming white text on a white background if you hovered over it.
We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps crashing when you tried to save a file from the app.
We fixed an issue resulting in nearby sharing not working for local accounts where the account name contained certain Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters.
We fixed an issue resulting in rendering issues in certain types of PDFs in Microsoft Edge.
The Emoji Panel is now draggable if you would like to move it to a different position.
We fixed an issue resulting in Narrator not reading selected word choices when typing using an IME (for example, in Japanese).
Some Insiders who have opted in to Skip Ahead may notice differences when using the Japanese IME in today’s build. We’re trying something out and will have more details about it later. If you have any feedback about your experience when using the IME, please let us know via Feedback Hub.
We fixed an issue where certain Bluetooth audio devices wouldn’t play sound in apps that also used the microphone.
We fixed an issue resulting in slower resume from hibernation on certain devices in the last few flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Hello spending more time in the “Getting Ready” state in recent builds.
We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpectedly increased use of battery recently when using certain apps like OneNote.
We fixed an issue in PowerShell where it wasn’t displaying characters correctly in Japanese.

Task Manager is not reporting accurate CPU usage.
Arrows to expand “Background processes” in Task Manager are blinking constantly and weirdly.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17763 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17763 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This doesn’t mean we’re done…
We fixed an issue where touching a Flash element in Microsoft Edge with two or more fingers could result in the tab crashing.
We fixed an issue where thumbnails and icons might not be rendered if there were any video files saved to the desktop.
We fixed an issue where certain Bluetooth audio devices wouldn’t play sound in apps that also used the microphone.
We fixed an issue resulting in an unexpectedly increased use of battery recently when using certain apps like OneNote.
We fixed an issue in PowerShell where it wasn’t displaying characters correctly in Japanese.
We fixed an issue resulting in display scaling factors not being applied correctly (so the UI was smaller than expected) when viewing a full screen remote desktop window on a monitor set to certain display scalings.

Task Manager is not reporting accurate CPU usage.
Arrows to expand “Background processes” in Task Manager are blinking constantly and weirdly.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17760 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17760 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

The Windows Compatibility Team is pleased to announce that the Windows 10 October 2018 Update will be fully compatible with all major Tencent games. Game compatibility can be challenging due to the complexity of the games and reliance on anti-cheat services. We’ve done this by partnering closely with Tencent to test these games, investigate issues and produce fixes. Our hard work has paid off: we are pleased to say that this will be a successful release for our shared customers! We encourage all game developers or partners that produce anti-cheat software to reach out to us so that we can ensure compatibility for your products as well.

The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This does not mean this is the final build as we are not done yet. We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release.
We fixed the issue causing apps that use .NET 4.7.1 to not work correctly in previous builds.
We fixed an issue resulting in rendering issues in certain types of PDFs in Microsoft Edge.
We fixed an issue that could cause a crash when using swipe to navigate back in Microsoft Edge.
We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge crashing after pressing F12 on certain webpages if certain extensions were enabled.
We fixed an issue resulting in the icons on Microsoft Edge error pages not being visible on localized builds.
We fixed an underflow in the Windows Security app that could result in the UI unexpectedly showing a very large number of threats had been found.

There are currently no major known issues to report but if anything pops up from Insiders, we’ll add it here as appropriate!
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18237 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18237 (19H1) to Windows Insiders who have opted in to Skip Ahead.

Bringing acrylic to the Windows sign-in screen
With today’s flight we’re adding acrylic, a type of brush from the Fluent Design System, to the sign-in screen background.  The translucent texture of this transient surface helps you focus on the sign-in task by moving the actionable controls up in the visual hierarchy while maintaining their accessibility.

Microsoft Apps on Android gets rebranded as Your Phone Companion app
This week, we are bringing our apps closer together – Your Phone app on PC now links you to Your Phone Companion app on your Android phone. See the resemblance? Companions? Yea thought you’d like that! We heard your feedback on having both apps share a stronger name game. If you’ve previously installed Microsoft Apps on your Android phone, when the app auto-updates, you’ll see a fresh set of screens that maintain the mobile app’s visual connection to Your Phone app on PC. Loved the fact that the mobile app used to surface up other apps by the same maker, Microsoft? No fear, it’s still there. Tap on ‘Top Microsoft Apps’ to get 20 quick recommendations. Or click on the left menu button, and browse through mobile apps from Microsoft, organized by app categories.
Not sure why you need this goodness on your Android phone? Check out Your Phone app on PC. Did we mention you can text from your PC? Try it out and let @VishnuNath know what you think. We can’t wait to hear from you. Love it, like it, or have feedback in any form – share it! Android 7.0+ are compatible with Your Phone app. For PCs tied to the China region, Your Phone app services will be enabled in the future. We are still finetuning the app, so if you are looking for support, check out workarounds in the FAQ.

We fixed an issue where Task Manager couldn’t be resized in the previous flight.
We fixed and issue resulting in Settings crashing when navigating to Accounts > Sign-in in the previous flight.
We fixed an issue resulting in reduced Action Center reliability in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where if you opened one of the taskbar flyouts (like network or volume), and then quickly tried to open another, it wouldn’t work.
We fixed an issue for people with multiple monitors where if the Open or Save Dialog was moved between monitors some elements might become unexpectedly tiny.
We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps crashing recently when setting focus to the in-app search box.
We fixed an issue resulting in certain games, like League of Legends, not launching/connecting properly in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where clicking on web links in PWAs such as Twitter didn’t open the browser.
We fixed an issue resulting in certain PWAs not rendering correctly after the app had been suspended then resumed.
We fixed an issue where pasting multi-line text into certain websites using Microsoft Edge might add unexpected empty lines between each line.
We fixed a crash in recent flights when using the pen to ink in Microsoft Edge’s web notes.
We fixed a high hitting Task Manager crash in recent flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing for Insiders with multiple monitors when changing various options under Display Settings in the last few flights.
We fixed a crash when clicking the Verify link on the Accounts Settings page in recent flights.
We’ve added a new group policy for preventing the use of security questions for local accounts. This can be found under Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Credential User Interface.
We fixed an issue where the contents of the Apps & Features page wouldn’t load until the apps list was ready, resulting in the page appearing blank for a time.
We fixed an issue where the list on Settings of built-in phrases for the Pinyin IME was blank.
We fixed an issue in Narrator where activating Microsoft Edge history items would not work in Scan mode.
We made some improvements in Narrator Selection when moving forward in Microsoft Edge. Please try this out and use the Feedback hub app to let us know any issues you encounter.
We fixed an issue where Narrator would incorrectly report some standard combo boxes as “editable combo box” instead of “combo box”.

Narrator sometimes does not read in the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. Try switching to Narrator Scan mode temporarily. And when you turn Scan mode off again, Narrator will now read when you navigate using Tab and arrows key. Alternatively, you can restart Narrator to work around this issue.
You may notice the background of notifications and the Action Center lose color and become transparent (with an acrylic effect). We’re aware that for notifications this can make them difficult to read and appreciate your patience as we work on a fix.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17758 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17758 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

Starting with Windows 10, Storage Sense has embarked on a path to keep your storage optimized. We’re making continuous improvements in every feature update. From Build 17720 and later, we’re adding a new capability and making a few changes to Storage Sense’s behavior. Storage Sense now has the capability to automatically free up disk space by making older, unused, locally available files be available online-only. Learn more in the Storage Sense blog post here.

The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This does not mean this is the final build as we are not done yet. We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release.
We fixed an issue resulting in the back button in Settings and other apps becoming white text on a white background if you hovered over it.
We fixed an issue resulting in Narrator not reading selected word choices when typing using an IME (for example, in Japanese).
We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps crashing when you tried to save a file from the app.
We fixed an issue resulting in explorer.exe crashing recently when clicking on the “Import photos and videos” option from an autoplay notification.
We fixed an issue resulting in nearby sharing not working for local accounts where the account name contained certain Chinese, Japanese, or Korean characters.
[UPDATED] We fixed several bugs causing text clipping issues when you use “Make text bigger” setting in Ease of Access.

Narrator sometimes does not read in the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. Try switching to Narrator Scan mode temporarily.  And when you turn Scan mode off again, Narrator will now read when you navigate using Tab and arrows key. Alternatively, you can restart Narrator to work around this issue.

Can modern IT help support police officers and community safety? Check out how Eric Wood, IT Pro and Windows Insider, is on a mission to do just that.
And what do ten 200-ft high grain elevators have in common with Windows 10? They’re all helping a rural business tap into the power of productivity tools – thanks to the winner of our latest Insiders in Action Contest! Check out how.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17755 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17755 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

No need to dig for your phone to text. Leave it in your pocket, bag, or purse. Your Phone app now gives you instant access to your most recent photos and texts from your Android phone. Snap a pic on your Android, see it on your PC. It’s just easier. Text your friends, group message, and type with a keyboard—Your Phone app allows you to view, send, and receive the SMS from your Android, on your computer.

There are a few ways you can text from your PC. We mentioned the ability to type with a keyboard, the obvious. But how about inking a reply? On pen-capable devices, use your digital pen to focus near the text field in Your Phone app’s messages. Ink a message and watch your fresh ink convert to text and send. Or try using just your voice to dictate a message (US English only at this time). Press the Windows logo key + H to start dictation. On a touch keyboard, select the microphone button. Use dictation to make your text entry easier.
Try it out and let @VishnuNath know what you think. We can’t wait to hear from you. Love it, like it, or have feedback in any form – share it! Have you pinned Your Phone app to your taskbar yet? We are still finetuning the app, so if you are looking for support, check out workarounds in Your Phone app FAQ.
Your Phone app is also live for Insiders who are in Skip Ahead running 19H1 builds. You must link your Android phone to your computer through Your Phone app. You will receive an app from Microsoft, which you must download to your mobile phone and follow the setup prompts. Android 7.0+ are compatible with Your Phone app. For PCs tied to the China region, Your Phone app services will be enabled in the future.
For iPhone users, Your Phone app helps you to link your phone to your PC. Surf the web on your phone, then send the webpage instantly to your computer to pick up where you left off to continue what you’re doing–read, watch, or browse with all the benefits of a bigger screen. With a linked phone, continuing on your PC is one share away.

The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This does not mean this is the final build as we are not done yet. We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release.
We fixed an issue resulting in slower resume from hibernation on certain devices in the last few flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in HDR video being unexpectedly clipped in certain situations.
We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Hello spending more time in the “Getting Ready” state in recent builds.

When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
Narrator sometimes does not read in the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. Try switching to Narrator Scan mode temporarily. And when you turn Scan mode off again, Narrator will now read when you navigate using Tab and arrows key. Alternatively, you can restart Narrator to work around this issue.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18234 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18234 (19H1) to Windows Insiders who have opted in to Skip Ahead.

Microsoft To-Do gets ink support!
Capture and complete your tasks naturally with Ink! We’ve added support for handwritten input to allow you to capture your tasks seamlessly in Microsoft To-Do (Version 1.39.1808.31001 and higher).

Ink support is now available to #WindowsInsiders! Become an Insider to try it out and let us know what you think! https://t.co/Jvkj6hXIeW pic.twitter.com/8DERbhDJdN
— Microsoft To-Do Help (@MicrosoftToDo) September 4, 2018

Please try it out and let us know what you think by tweeting at @MicrosoftToDo on Twitter! With Ink you now can:
Capture your tasks naturally by writing directly on the list’s surface.
Complete your tasks by striking through them.
Use check-marks within the circle to the left of a task to complete it.
Sticky Notes 3.0
Last week, we rolled out a major update to Sticky Notes for Windows Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead. Read all about the awesomeness in Sticky Notes 3.0 in this article on our Insider website. Let us know what you think of the update!

Snip & Sketch gets better!
We recently flighted version 10.1807.2286.0 of Snip & Sketch (née Screen Sketch) to Skip Ahead, which included the highly requested delay snip feature. There was a bug in Build 18219 blocking the New button from working, so please try it out today once you upgrade! Just click the chevron next to the New button in the app and you’ll now find options to “Snip now”, “Snip in 3 seconds”, and “Snip in 10 seconds”. If you have the app open or pinned to your taskbar, you can also just right click the icon in the taskbar to get these options, since we’ve added them to the jump list – let us know what you’d like to see next!

The dark theme File Explorer payload mentioned here is included in this build!
We fixed the issue where logging out of your user profile or shutting down your PC would cause the PC to bugcheck (GSOD).
Thanks everyone for your feedback about the XAML shadows we added recently. We’re taking them offline for the moment while we work on addressing some of the things you shared with us. You will also notice that the acrylic has been removed from some popup controls. They will be back in a future flight.
We fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc) no longer having an acrylic background.
We fixed an issue resulting in hangs when using WSL in the previous flight.
We’ve updated the Emoji Panel to now support search and tooltips for the Emoji 11 emoji that were added recently. These keywords will also populate text predictions when typing with the touch keyboard.
We fixed an issue where explorer.exe would crash if you were in Tablet Mode and opened Task View while in portrait orientation.
We fixed an issue where the app icons in Task View might appear slightly blurry on high DPI devices.
We fixed an issue where on narrow devices activities in Timeline might slightly overlap the scrollbar.
We fixed an issue where you might unexpectedly get an error saying no supported app is installed, after clicking certain activities in Timeline, even though a supported app was installed.
We fixed issue where Taskbar background could become transparent when changing graphics device.
We fixed an issue resulting in pinning to app icons to the taskbar taking longer than usual recently.
We fixed an issue where after setting a pin and removing it, the option to setup a pin from the lock screen could get stuck as the default login method, rather than the login screen remembering your preferred login method.
We’ve made some adjustments to improve the amount of CPU that cdpusersvc uses.
We fixed an issue resulting in New button in Snip & Sketch not working.
We fixed an issue resulting in Notepad’s “Search with Bing” feature searching for “10 10” instead of “10 + 10” if that was the search query. We also fixed an issue where accented characters would end up as question marks in the resulting search.
We fixed an issue where Ctrl + 0 to reset the zoom level in Notepad wouldn’t work if the 0 was typed from a keypad.
We fixed a recent issue resulting in an increase in the amount of time taken to open large files in Notepad when word wrap was enabled.
Thanks for everyone that’s shared feedback about naming the tabs you’ve set aside in Microsoft Edge. We’re evaluating the right approach for this feature and in the meantime it has been removed.
We fixed an issue where downloading a big file in Microsoft Edge would stop at the 4gb mark.
We fixed an issue where clicking the “more” button in Microsoft Edge’s inline definition pop up when reading in recent flights would open a blank pane.
We fixed an issue where items in Microsoft Edge’s Settings and More menu would become truncated when the option to increase text size was enabled in Settings.
We fixed an issue where using Find on page in Microsoft Edge didn’t highlight/select the current instance of the result.
We fixed an issue where after resetting Microsoft Edge saved favorites would get stuck showing a star next to the favorite name rather than populating the website’s favicon (if available).
We fixed an issue where text copied from certain websites in Microsoft Edge couldn’t be pasted into other UWP apps.
We fixed an issue that could result in the contents of the Microsoft Edge window becoming offset from its window frame.
We fixed an issue resulting in the spellchecking menu appearing in the wrong place when you right-clicked on a misspelled word in Microsoft Edge.
We fixed an issue for Insiders using Windows 10 in S Mode recently resulting opening Word from a Word Online document not working.
We fixed an issue impacting Teams resulting all unsent typed text disappearing following the completion of an emoji composition (for example being turned into a smiley).
We fixed an issue where nearby sharing would become blocked on the sender device after canceling share to three different devices.
We fixed an issue resulting in the nearby sharing section of the Share UI not being visible for some users despite being enabled.
We fixed an issue in recent flights where components of a notification with a progress bar (like the one when using nearby sharing) might flash every time the progress bar updated.
We fixed an issue from recent builds resulting in share target windows (aka the app you select when prompted from the Share UI) not closing when you pressed Alt+F4 or the X.
We fixed an issue resulting in a decrease in Start reliability over the last few flights.
We fixed an impactful race condition in recent flights resulting in Cortana crashing when launching tips and doing web searches.
We fixed an issue where right-clicking the desktop and expanding the New subsection of the context menu took longer than usual recently.
We fixed the issue causing Office in the Store to fail to launch with an error about a .dll not being designed to run on Windows on PCs running in S Mode.
We fixed an issue where, when installing a font for a single user (rather than installing as admin “for all users”), the install would fail with an unexpected error saying that the file was not a valid font file.
We fixed an issue where non-admin local users would get an error saying that updating the security questions for their account required admin permissions.
We fixed a recent issue where color and wallpaper settings weren’t correctly applied after a system upgrade when migration was done in offline mode.
We fixed an issue resulting in the amount of time it took to launch Settings having noticeably increased recently.
We fixed an issue where if Settings was open to “Bluetooth & Other Devices” and then minimized to the taskbar, when you tried to resume the app Settings would crash.
We fixed an issue from recent builds where the first time you manually selected the date in Date & Time Settings, it would revert to Jan 1st.
We’re updating the image size limit for clipboard history (WIN + V) from 1MB to 4MB to accommodate the potential size of full screen screenshots taken on a high-DPI devices.
We fixed an issue where when using the Chinese (Simplified) IME it would leak memory on focus switch, adding up over time.
We fixed an issue resulting in text prediction and shapewriting not working when typing in Russian using the touch keyboard.
We fixed a recent issue that could result in some flakey network connectivity (including networks stuck “identifying”, and stale network flyout connectivity state). Note, there are a variety of factors that may impact your networking experience, so if you continue to experience flakiness after upgrading to this build, please log feedback.
Thanks everyone who tried out and shared feedback about the performance visualizations we added to the game bar with Build 17692. We’re taking them offline for now to re-evaluate the best possible approach going forward and work on giving you a great gaming experience on your PC.
We fixed an issue in Narrator so when toggling a checkbox with a braille display and Narrator, the displayed state is now updated and the control information is maintained on the display.

When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
When using Narrator Scan mode Shift + Selection commands in Edge, the text does not get selected properly.
Narrator sometimes does not read in the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. Try switching to Narrator Scan mode temporarily. And when you turn Scan mode off again, Narrator will now read when you navigate using Tab and arrows key. Alternatively, you can restart Narrator to work around this issue.
This build fixes a general issue resulting in links that launched one app from another app not working in the last flights for some Insiders, however there’s one specific variant of this that will still not work in today’s build: Clicking on web links in PWAs such as Twitter doesn’t open the browser. We’re working on a fix.
You may notice the background of notifications and the Action Center lose color and become transparent (with an acrylic effect). We’re aware that for notifications this can make them difficult to read and appreciate your patience as we work on a fix.
[ADDED] You may not be able to resize the Task Manager window on this build.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17754 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!
Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17754 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This does not mean this is the final build as we are not done yet. We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release.
We fixed an issue resulting in reduced Action Center reliability in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where if you opened one of the taskbar flyouts (like network or volume), and then quickly tried to open another, it wouldn’t work.
We fixed an issue for people with multiple monitors where if the Open or Save Dialog was moved between monitors some elements might become unexpectedly tiny.
We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps crashing recently when setting focus to the in-app search box.
We fixed an issue resulting in certain games, like League of Legends, not launching/connecting properly in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where clicking on web links in PWAs such as Twitter didn’t open the browser.
We fixed an issue resulting in certain PWAs not rendering correctly after the app had been suspended then resumed.
We fixed an issue where pasting multi-line text into certain websites using Microsoft Edge might add unexpected empty lines between each line.
We fixed a crash in recent flights when using the pen to ink in Microsoft Edge’s web notes.
We fixed a high hitting Task Manager crash in recent flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing for Insiders with multiple monitors when changing various options under Display Settings in the last few flights.
We fixed a crash when clicking the Verify link on the Accounts Settings page in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where the contents of the Apps & Features page wouldn’t load until the apps list was ready, resulting in the page appearing blank for a time.
We fixed an issue where the list on Settings of built-in phrases for the Pinyin IME was blank.
We fixed an issue in Narrator where activating Microsoft Edge history items would not work in Scan mode.
We made some improvements in Narrator Selection when moving forward in Microsoft Edge. Please try this out and use the Feedback hub app to let us know any issues you encounter.

When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
Narrator sometimes does not read in the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. Try switching to Narrator Scan mode temporarily. And when you turn Scan mode off again, Narrator will now read when you navigate using Tab and arrows key. Alternatively, you can restart Narrator to work around this issue.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17751 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!Today, we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17751 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. In a blog post earlier today about all the great things being shown at IFA, we announced that RS5 will officially be called the Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This does not mean this is the final build as we are not done yet. We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release.
We fixed the issue where logging out of your user profile or shutting down your PC would cause the PC to bugcheck (GSOD).
We fixed a recent issue where color and wallpaper settings weren’t correctly applied after a system upgrade when migration was done in offline mode.
We fixed an issue where, when installing a font for a single user (rather than installing as admin “for all users”), the install would fail with an unexpected error saying that the file was not a valid font file.
We fixed an issue where explorer.exe would crash if you were in Tablet Mode and opened Task View while in portrait orientation.
We fixed an issue where you might unexpectedly get an error saying no supported app is installed, after clicking certain activities in Timeline, even though a supported app was installed.
We fixed an issue resulting in the amount of time it took to launch Settings having noticeably increased recently.
We fixed an issue where if your PC transitioned from battery power to being plugged in while Windows Update Settings was open and downloading an update, you might unexpectedly see it switch to “You’re up to date” immediately afterwards instead of continuing to show the downloading update.
We fixed an issue where the “Logged” drop down box was unexpectedly large in Event Viewer’s filter dialog at high DPI.
We fixed an issue resulting in some people unexpectedly seeing an “Ask for permission” message from Microsoft family features for Windows Shell Experience.
We fixed an issue where in high contrast the icons for items in Windows Security’s navigation pane wouldn’t change color with the rest of the item when mouse hovering over the item, making them difficult to see.
We fixed an issue where when using the Chinese (Simplified) IME it would leak memory on focus switch, adding up over time.
We fixed a recent issue that could result in some flakey network connectivity (including networks stuck “identifying”, and stale network flyout connectivity state). Note, there are a variety of factors that may impact your networking experience, so if you continue to experience flakiness after upgrading to this build, please log feedback.
Thanks everyone who tried out and shared feedback about the performance visualizations we added to the game bar with Build 17692. We’re taking them offline for now to re-evaluate the best possible approach going forward and work on giving you a great gaming experience on your PC.
We’ve updated the messaging in Snipping Tool to more closely align with the commitment we made here. You’ll also notice in the message that we’re exploring renaming our updated snipping experience – bringing together the old and new. The app update with this change hasn’t flighted yet to Fast, but if you have any feedback on the subject we’re open to hearing it.

When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
Narrator sometimes does not read in the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. Try switching to Narrator Scan mode temporarily. And when you turn Scan mode off again, Narrator will now read when you navigate using Tab and arrows key. Alternatively, you can restart Narrator to work around this issue.
Clicking on web links in PWAs such as Twitter doesn’t open the browser in this build. We’re working on a fix.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Announcing Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build 17744 – Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders!Today we are pleased to release a new build of the Windows Server vNext Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) release that contains both the Desktop Experience and Server Core, as well as a new build of the next Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel release and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

To see the full list of new functionality introduced in earlier builds of Windows Server,  see aka.ms/ServerInsider-WhatsNew.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server: Improvements
For Windows Server 2019, Microsoft Hyper-V Server provides a robust, optimized enterprise-class virtualization platform that enables improved server utilization and reduced costs. This preview release of Microsoft Hyper-V Server includes various updates and fixes including:
Installation no longer prompts for a product key. Microsoft Hyper-V Server is an enterprise hypervisor that is provided at no additional cost.
Administrators are now properly prompted to change their passwords when initially signing in.
Updated installation branding.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2019 also includes additional features such as:
Failover Clustering hardening. Failover Clustering no longer requires the use of NTLM.
Server Message Block (SMB) hardening. SMB 1.0 is disabled by default.
Windows Subsystem for Linux is built in.
Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection is built in.
.NET Framework 4.7 is built-in. (Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 included .NET Framework 4.6).
Finally, Microsoft Hyper-V Server can be fully managed by Windows Admin Center to provide a modern, remote management solution that integrates with Azure Backup, disaster recovery, and more.

Windows Server 2019 Preview is available in ISO format in 18 languages, and in VHDX format in English only. This build and all future pre-release builds will require use of activation keys during setup. The following keys allow for unlimited activations:
Datacenter Edition
6XBNX-4JQGW-QX6QG-74P76-72V67
Standard Edition
MFY9F-XBN2F-TYFMP-CCV49-RMYVH
Windows Server vNext Semi-Annual Preview – The Server Core Edition is available in English only, in ISO or VHDX format. The images are pre-keyed – no need to enter a key during setup.
Microsoft Hyper-V Server
Server Core App Compatibility FoD Preview
Symbols are available on the public symbol server – see Update on Microsoft’s Symbol Server blog post and Using the Microsoft Symbol Server. Matching Windows Server container images will be available via Docker Hub. For more information about Windows Server containers and Insider builds, click here.
This build will expire December 14th, 2018.

To obtain the Insider software downloads, registered Insiders may navigate to the Windows Server Insider Preview download page.  If you have not yet registered as an Insider, see GETTING STARTED WITH SERVER on the Windows Insiders for Business portal.

Use your registered Windows 10 Insider device and use the Feedback Hub application. In the app, choose the Windows Server category and then the appropriate subcategory for your feedback. In the title of the Feedback, please indicate the build number you are providing feedback on in this format:
[Server #####] Title of my feedback
We also encourage you to visit the Windows Server Insiders space on the Microsoft Tech Communities forum to collaborate, share and learn from experts.

[NEW] After a system running Server Core is transitioned (transmogrified) to Server Datacenter–for example, by running the command dism /online /setedition:ServerDatacenterCor /ProductKey:product-key/AcceptEula–the operating system is not licensed. On an affected system, the administrator is not instructed to restart the system, and the operating system indicates that it is a retail channel version rather than a Generic Volume License Key (GVLK) version, even when the product key is a GVLK key. To make an affected system licensed, run the following command: cscript c:WindowsSystem32slmgr.vbs /ipkproduct-key.
[NEW] The Italian language (it-IT) text of the End-User License Agreement (EULA) for Hyper-V Server is formatted incorrectly.
The operating system has an unnecessary utility account for Windows Defender Application Guard.
Authentication that uses Public Key Cryptography User-to-User (PKU2U) to access an SMB volume can result in an error, STATUS_LOGON_FAILURE, due to an invalid private key in the certificate for a cluster-created user account (CSUSR) on each cluster node. This issue can cause cross-cluster migration in cluster sets to fail, as well as possibly cause global namespace mappings to fail, leading to virtual machines being unable to access storage.
The Base Filtering Engine service may consume an inordinate amount of memory after starting and stopping thousands of containers.
The Virtual Hard Disk Miniport Driver (Vhdmp.sys) may experience a bug check, SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED (7e).
When a Windows Defender Application Guard container crashes, the resulting type of dump may be unexpected.
On recent preview builds, database applications might not be able to initialize a database and fail with a stack overflow or insufficient privileges when the database is located on an SMB volume.
Shielded VMs running Linux do not boot. The loader (LSVMLoad) waits for a passphrase for the boot partition.
Creating or modifying environment variables by using setx fails on a system running in a Nano Container (that is, Nano Server as a container image). On an affected system, setx requires a specific path in the registry, HKCUEnvironment, to exist by default. You can work around this issue by changing where the variable is stored in the registry, or you can add the expected registry path before executing setx commands. To specify that the variable be set for system-wide use in HKLM rather than in HKCU, the default, add the /M switch to a setx command. To instead add the expected registry path, run reg add HKCUEnvironment before executing setx commands.

This is pre-release software – it is provided for use “as-is” and is not supported in production environments. Users are responsible for installing any updates made available from Windows Update.   All pre-release software made available to you via the Windows Server Insider program are governed by the Insider Terms of Use.
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