Microsoft yesterday released a new Windows 10 preview with gaming improvements. The update bumps Windows 10 from build 18329 (made available to testers on February 1) to build 18334. These builds are from the 19H1 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update that will arrive in the first half of this year.
Windows 10 is being developed as a service, meaning it receives new features on a regular basis. Microsoft has released six major updates so far: November Update, Anniversary Update, Creators Update, Fall Creators Update, April 2018 Update, and October 2018 Update.
The seventh update will bring technology tailor-made for gaming. Microsoft is asking Windows Insiders to help “validate these systems work as expected” by playing the game State of Decay. The company is offering it for free (“limited time only”).
First, you’ll need an Xbox Live Gamertag (create an Xbox account if you don’t have one). Next, install the Xbox Insider Hub app, sign in with your Gamertag, select Insider Content in the upper left, click State of Decay, and hit Join. If you’re not redirected, click the “Show in store” button to launch the Store app, install the State of Decay test game, and launch it. You’ll have to install DirectX for testing purposes before you can play. If you find any issues with the install, launching the game, or actual game play, file a Feedback Hub bug under the Microsoft Store category and include WindowsGamingFeedback in the title.
Bug fixes and known issues
This 19H1 build includes the following general bug fixes and improvements:
- The new tamper protection setting in the Windows Security app protects your device by helping to prevent bad actors from tampering with the most important security settings. The setting is designed to be on by default, however the default state is not currently in effect for current Insider Preview builds. You may see a new recommendation in the Windows Security app suggesting you turn this setting on.
- Fixed an issue resulting in a recent increase in taskbar icons becoming blank.
- Fixed an issue where your cursor color and size settings wouldn’t persist upgrade.
- Fixed an issue where hardware keyboard text prediction settings wouldn’t persist upgrade.
- Fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing when going to Color Filters.
- Fixed an issue resulting in Sign-in Settings crashing recently under certain conditions.
- Fixed an issue where changing the state of the Hey Cortana toggle in Settings wouldn’t stick.
- Fixed an issue where the Cortana section of Settings was visible in regions where Cortana wasn’t supported.
- Fixed an issue where the icons and text in the new Settings header were misaligned an certain window sizes.
- Fixed an issue resulting in an unexpected blank space in the navigation pane in Privacy Settings.
- Fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft David speaking when previewing voices under Settings > Time & Language > Speech, regardless of which actual voice was selected.
- Fixed an issue resulting in unexpected double spaces when listing the active hours under Windows Update Settings.
- When you set focus to search the search box will now have an accent colored border.
- Fixed an issue where the Search box in the taskbar was no longer dark when dark mode was enabled.
- Fixed an issue where recent activities in Search would use a white icon in light theme even if a dark icon was available.
- Fixed an issue that could result in the Start menu resetting back to default on reboot for some users.
- Fixed an issue resulting in Shutdown and Restart options in Start’s power menu not showing up in a remote desktop session.
- Fixed an issue where having Cortana open would result in an invisible File Explorer window being shown as open in the taskbar.
- Fixed an issue resulting in unexpected “The item you selected is unavailable” errors when interacting with jump list list items.
- Fixed an issue where explorer.exe would crash if you shared a file via Nearby Sharing and then turned off Nearby Sharing.
- Fixed an issue where the File Explorer title bar would blend into black backgrounds when dark theme was enabled.
- Fixed an issue resulting in an error when extracting files on the last 2 flights.
- Fixed an issue where attempting to set default file association for a filetype that was not explicitly declared as supported by a Win32 app would fail.
- Fixed an issue resulting in mouse lag when certain XAML dropdowns were open.
- Fixed an issue where unzipping files would throw an error.
- Fixed an issue where when files were grouped by date, files that were actually downloaded last month would say “A long time ago” if it was January and the files were downloaded in December.
- Fixed an issue resulting in some apps not going full screen properly if the app started from being snapped to the side of the screen. This issue also resulted in the taskbar appearing on top of full screen videos in this scenario, and could result in apps slowly shifting offscreen if repeatedly toggle between snapped and fullscreen.
- Fixed an issue resulting in some languages not being able to type in UWP apps recently – Buginese, Friulian, and Gothic were among those impacted.
- Fixed an issue impacting the Japanese IME in certain apps, like Microsoft Teams, where if you tried to finalize a converted string by typing, the converted string would disappear.
- Fixed two issues impacting the ability to adjust brightness in recent flights.
- Fixed an issue that could result in notifications unexpectedly being drawn at the wrong scale fact (too large, or too small).
- Fixed an issue where the value in Narrator Settings “Change the level of detail Narrator provides about text and control” might be empty.
- Fixed an issue where Windows Sandbox may launch to a black screen for some users.
- Narrator now announces headings at all verbosity levels.
- Improved reading of pull-down menus in the Skype desktop client with Narrator.
- Improve pitch change detection by increasing the pitch deltas for capitalization reading option “Change how capitalized text is read” to “Increase pitch”.
- Improved reading while using Narrator’s text movement commands.
- Ensured that Narrator’s dialog reading behavior was more reliable.
- Ensured that focus is set on the Start menu when minimizing Narrator Home.
- Narrator now announces the value of the Calendar Date picker control as a user navigates with the Tab or Shift + Tab key.
- Narrator no longer announces blank tooltips.
- Removed the “not selected” phrase from speaking with Narrator unless multiple selection is possible.
- Continued to refine reading experiences for Chrome as well as some interaction with controls such as combo boxes and expandable buttons.
- Made moving by heading more reliable with Narrator and Chrome.
- Resolved an issue when changing the navigation mode on the Baum VarioUltra when used with Narrator.
- Small app update news for those in Skip Ahead: Rolling out Weather app version 4.28.10351.0, which addresses an issue in which the Weather live tile either wouldn’t work at all, or worked but highlighted the wrong location (depending on your configuration).
This build has 11 known issues:
- 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).
- Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly.
- While night light functionality is back up and running, there are still issues in this space.
- 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.
- Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly.
- After upgrade, there might be two Narrator voices talking at the same time. Reboot the machine once, this issue will go away.
- Some of the Real-Time Protection options for Malwarebytes Premium are not able to be turned on.
- MSA user after password change may not be able to login at next attempt. Reboot fixes the problem.
- If Magnifier is enabled and set to docked mode, machine will crash and reboot on sign-in creating a boot loop. Disable docked mode for this flight. For users who upgraded and encountered this reboot condition, you can try turning off Magnifier by pressing Win + Esc at sign-in, then change the Magnifier View to Lens or Full screen in the Magnifier settings.
- 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.
As always, don’t install this on your production machine.