Microsoft Released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18317

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18317 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring on Jan 16, 2019. This build includes enhances to Cortana, Start, Font management and some other basic fixes. Here is brief review of all new features and improvements in this build.

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New Features in Build 18317

1. Separating Search and Cortana

Microsoft has been testing separating Search and Cortana for some time. And it’s now being rolled out to insiders. This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases. This update has already been rolled out to some Insiders for a few weeks now, and with positive feedback received from insiders, it is now rolling out for everyone. After you update, you’ll find clicking the search box in the taskbar now launches experience focused on giving you the best in house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience.

Showing the taskbar, pointing out the search box, and the Cortana icon.

Other available Search and Cortana settings have also now been split between the two, along with the familiar group policies.

2. Improvements in Start reliability

As some of you may already know, up until now Start in Windows 10 has been hosted by something called ShellExperienceHost.exe. In order to provide you the best possible Start experience, Microsoft is separating it into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces. This has already been running as an experiment for a few weeks now and now it’s being rolled out to everyone.

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3. Better Font management in Settings

After installing this build, you can now drag and drop font files from File Explorer into the new Settings > Fonts page to install them. After installation, click on the font in the Font page, to view the different font faces associated with the font and all the details of the font. You can also uninstall the font from this font details page. Drag and drop font installation by default is installed as a per-user font which does not require elevation, hence it will not be available for other users. To install the font for all users in the device, use the “Install for all Users” option by right clicking the font on file explorer.

4. Improvements in Windows Insider Program Settings page

After installing this update (Build 18317), you will find a simpler Windows Insider Program Settings page via Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program. This improves signing up for the Windows Insider Program and setting up your PC to take new builds much easier by simplifying the experience and removing some of the clutter. All other similar functionalities are still there. You can change your Insider ring settings under “Pick your Insider settings” on your PC.

New simplified Windows Insider Program Settings page via Settings, Update & Security, Windows Insider Program.
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General changes, improvements, and fixes in Build 18317

This build includes following general fixes and improvements:

  • Fixed an issue resulting in File Explorer unexpectedly having a lock on USBs when trying to safely eject them.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in frequent bugchecks (GSODs) in the last two flights, citing an error with bindflt.sys.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in frequent bugchecks (GSODs) in the last flight, citing error KERNEL_LOCK_ENTRY_LEAKED_ON_THREAD_TERMINATION.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in not being able to connect to VMs using Hyper-V console after upgrading to recent flights. This issue also impeded the ability to connect to VMs with Enhanced Sessions enabled.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in some full screen games showing a black screen in recent flights even though they worked in windowed mode.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in CDP User Service periodically unexpectedly using a high amount of CPU in recent flights.
  • Fixed an issue causing text in the Windows Security app to be incorrect or potentially missing altogether.
  • Fixed an issue from recent flights where clicking the network button on the sign-in screen didn’t work.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in certain devices not being able to wake from hibernation recently. There were two possible symptoms on wake if you were impacted – one was a black screen, one was a screen that continued to say “hibernating…”.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in Display Settings crashing in recent builds. If you were impacted, this would have also had the symptom that clicking System or Ease of Access from the main Settings page may crash Settings.
  • Fixed an issue with certain touch keyboard languages where pressing AltGr + [any key] on the full layout would dismiss the touch keyboard.
  • Fixed an issue where Windows Sandbox wouldn’t launch on PCs with multiple GPUs.
  • When Scan Mode is on and Narrator is on a slider, the left and right arrows will decrease and increase the slider. Up and down arrows will continue to navigate to the previous or next paragraph or item. Home and End will move the slider to the beginning or the end.
  • The Narrator list of headings command now works as expected in Chrome.
  • Improved Narrator support for Microsoft Teams.
  • For cursor and pointer, fixed returning to the right mouse pointers when changing back to the original size and colors.
  • Fixed an issue where some devices would fail to install an update with error code If you are updating from 18309 or newer this issue will be fixed for this update, if you are updating from a build prior to 18309 it will be fixed for the next update.
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Known issues in Build 18137

Despite several improvements and fixes, there are some known issues in this build. These known issues are explained below. However, there may be some other unknown issues which are not discovered yet. Insiders are encouraged to test their builds and report if any bugs are found.

  • Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) will likely cause a bugcheck (GSOD) when using certain Linux binaries such as VI and tar. If you require WSL to work, please pause taking flights until the issue is fixed. [UPDATE 1/17] WSL should work correctly on this build.
  • The Windows Security app may show an unknown status for the Virus & threat protection area, or not refresh properly. This may occur after upgrade, restart, or settings changes.
  • Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
  • Clicking your account in Cortana Permissions doesn’t bringing up the UI to sign out from Cortana (if you were already signed in) for some users in this build.
  • Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. Microsoft is partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.
  • When attempting to update this build some S Mode devices will download and restart but fail the update.
  • Night light functionality is impacted by a bug in this build. Fix will be included in an upcoming build.
  • When you open Action Center the quick actions section may be missing.
  • Windows feature update may fail but show up as a successful update in Windows Update history page. If this happens you will see more than one successful install for the same update in the history page.
  • When performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled the user will need to initiate an extra reboot to ensure Reserved Storage is working again properly.
  • There is an issue impacting a small number of users enrolled in Microsoft Intune where they may not receive policies. Those policies are not applied and left in a “pending“ state on the server. The workaround is to go to Settings/Accounts/Access work or school and “Disconnect” your Azure AD account and then re-enroll.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly.
  • Update Orchestrator Service stops working periodically. A fix will be included in an upcoming build. As a result of this issue, you may see an error on Windows Update Settings saying that the update failed to restart. If you see this, restarting using the power menu in Start (“Update and restart”) should work, although there’s a chance that it won’t.
  • Closing the lid to a laptop and re-opening can cause icons in the task bar to appear blank. To fix this open task manager and restart explorer.exe or reboot.
  • If you download a theme from Microsoft Store, it won’t appear in Themes Settings.

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