New Features and Changes in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18282

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18282 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring on Nov 14, 2018. Microsoft has introduced Light Theme for Windows and several other improvements to existing features. Here we present the list of new features and improvements introduced in this insider preview build.

What’s new in Insider Preview Build 18282

Here is the list of all major changes made to this build.

1. Windows Light Theme

Microsoft recently introduced Dark theme for Windows 10 in version 1809. After the requests received from insiders, Microsoft has finally come up with a Light Theme for Windows. Now you can choose between light and dark in Windows 10, and can see a truer separation between the two options.

Full screen screenshot showing the Start menu open in light theme, as well as the taskbar. A new Windows wallpaper is visible, with the Windows logo

After selecting Light under Settings > Personalization > Colorsall system UI will now become light. This includes the taskbar, Start menu, Action Center, touch keyboard, and more.

System color won’t automatically change to new Light after updating to build 18282. Microsoft kept this so because they want everything to be exactly as you left it before the update. However, you can manually change the color to Light. If you had light mode selected prior to the update, this is what Color Settings will look like after updating:

Showing Color Settings with Custom selected in the ”Choose your color” dropdown, and a new separation between Windows mode and app mode

If you wish to try the full light experience, just click the “Choose your color” dropdown and select Light. New default Light wallpaper as also been added. You can use it on your PC by going to Settings > Personalization > Themes and select “Windows Light”. Changing to this theme will also change your PC to be light themed.

2. New Features in window snip

Following two features were first choice of Insiders as well as normal users:

  • Add a delay snip option
  • Add window snip mode

Delay snip was missing in earlier versions of this feature, but after repeated requests from insiders, Microsoft released both the features in this build.

Showing an example of window snipping. This one happens to have Settings in focus.

You can start snip tool via keyboard shortcut WIN + Shift + S or  Print Screen (if you’ve enabled it), and select the window snip option at the top, and snip away! Snip tool will remember the selection for the next time you start a snip.

*This app update is now starting to roll out to people on Windows 10 version 1809! Please note that the borders feature is currently only supported on 19H1 builds, and like window snipping is currently only available for 50% of Insiders.

3. Improvements in printing experience

After you update to Windows insider preview build 18282, you’ll notice a few changes to printing interface:

  • First of all, the modern print dialog now supports light theme!
  • Microsoft has updated a number of the printing options to now include icons to help you easily and quickly identify the one you’re looking for. You will also find a line of description to some of the dropdown settings. You can check this in the screenshot shown below.
  • If your printer’s name is too long, it will now wrap the name rather than cutting it off.

howing the modern print dialog in light theme

4. Changes in Windows Update

Pause Updates:

The Pause Updates feature was hidden deep down in Windows update settings somewhere earlier. After updating to this build, you can see Pause Updates option directly on ‘Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update’ page. Using this setting, you can pause updates for a pre-defined number of days or until the specific day (day selector is available on Advanced options page).

Showing the updated Windows Update Settings page. The subpage links are now buttons instead of hyperlinks, and have icons next to them.

Intelligent Active Hours:

By setting your active hours, you can prevent Windows from rebooting your device while you are working on it. However, some of the users work in shifts and to adjust Active hours can be a challenge for them. Now, Windows can automatically adjust active hours for you based on your device activity. Just go into ‘Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > Change active hours’ page to turn this setting on and know that reboots will not disrupt your productive time.

5. Display brightness changes when going to battery power 

After receiving feedback from insiders about a specific case where a display can become brighter when transitioning from a battery charger to battery power, in Insider build 18282 (19H1), Microsoft has changed the display brightness behavior. Now, it will no longer happen. If a user changes their display brightness, that brightness will now be remembered as his preferred brightness whether the system is on battery or connected to a charger. This new behavior will results in a more consistent and battery friendly experience. This does not affect battery saver mode settings; if a person has opted into lowering the screen brightness in battery saver mode, their display will still dim when the battery is below the threshold selected.

6. The OneDrive flyout now supports dark theme

OneDrive is rolling out an update after which the OneDrive flyout will support Dark theme. I will be dark if you have dark mode selected in Settings!

 Showing the OneDrive flyout in dark theme

General changes, improvements, and fixes in Insider Preview Build 18282

  • Fixed an issue causing File Explorer to freeze when interacting with video files in the last few flights.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in certain x86 apps and games having blurry text rendering in the last few flights, where the text appeared to have a shadow.
  • If you were seeing certain games fail to launch with an error citing unexpected kernel modification detected, please check the games for available updates and let us know if you encounter further issues.
  • When you hover over the navigation pane in Start, after a short period it will now automatically expand.
  • Added a shadow to Action Center, to match the shadow seen along the borders of our other taskbar flyouts.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in some users not being able to set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or via Settings > Apps > Default apps.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the context menu not coming up when right-clicking an open app in Task View.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the touch keyboard not working correctly when trying to type Chinese with the Bopomofo IME.
  • Made some improvements in the Narrator and Chrome browser experience.
  • Narrator Scan Mode will more reliability toggle off when a user reaches the Word Online canvas, making it easier to type.
  • Fixed a race condition resulting in blue screens if your PC was set up to dual boot in recent builds.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a PDC_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT bug check / green screen on resume from hibernate.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the Network button on the sign-in screen not working recently.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in some users noticing the update status cycling between Getting Things Ready, Downloading, and Installing (often accompanied with error 0x8024200d caused by a failed express package download).
  • Updated the Start and Taskbar jump lists to now have a touch of Fluent Design.

Known issues

  • PDFs opened in Microsoft Edge may not display correctly (small, instead of using the entire space).
  • The hyperlink colors need to be refined in Dark Mode in Sticky Notes if the Insights are enabled.
  • Settings page will crash after changing the account password or PIN, we recommend using the CTRL + ALT + DEL method to change the password
  • Due to a merge conflict, the settings for enabling/disabling Dynamic Lock are missing from Sign-in Settings. We’re working on a fix, appreciate your patience.
  • Settings crashes when clicking on the “View storage usage on other drives” option under System > Storage.
  • Remote Desktop will only show a black screen for some users.

About Aslam Khan

Hi there, I am a blogger, engineer and a computer geek. I love kittens. I spend some of my time blogging besides full time job as Senior Windows Administrator. I like to learn new things.

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