Today Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19577 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

This build is a post 20H1 build and is from the active development branch of Windows 10 at Microsoft. While features in the Active Development Branch may be slated for a future Windows 10 release, they are no longer matched to a specific Windows 10 release.

What’s new in Build 19577

Diagnostic data changes in Settings

As part of the Microsoft initiative to increase transparency and control over data, Microsoft is making some changes to the Settings app and Group Policy settings that will start showing up in Windows Insider builds this month. Basic diagnostic data is now known as Required diagnostic data and Full diagnostic data is now Optional diagnostic data. If you’re a commercial customer and choose to send Optional diagnostic data, Microsoft will also be providing more granular Group Policy settings to configure the data that’s collected within your organization. Microsoft will publish more specifics around the new policies when Microsoft gets closer to the retail release, and in the meantime, check out the Microsoft Privacy Report for more information around their data collection practices.

Note: Please make sure your device is set to “Full” before updating to Build 19577. You will not be able to take future flights if your diagnostic level is left at “Enhanced”. AAD/Domain-joined PCs set to “Enhanced” will be blocked from taking Build 15977. For more information, see this Answers post.

More new icons: Windows Security

Microsoft is continuing to roll out updated icons to many of the built-in apps in Windows 10. In today’s build, Microsoft has updated the Windows Security icon to match the new design principles outlined here from the Microsoft Design Team. Unlike many of the built-in apps in Windows 10, which can be updated through the Store, the new Windows Security icon is updated through the OS and will rollout in a future Windows 10 feature update.

The new Windows Security icon as it appears on the taskbar.

Other updates for Insiders

Announcing PowerToys 0.15.1

Yesterday, during their Windows Insider webcast, the PowerToys Team announced the release of PowerToys 0.15.1. PowerToys 0.15.1 contains these improvements:

  • Notifies you there’s a new version from within PowerToys
  • Removed requirement to always ‘run as admin’
  • Added almost 300 unit tests to increase stability and prevent regressions.
  • Resolved almost 100 issues
  • Made .NET Framework parts of the source run faster with NGEN
  • Improved for how Microsoft store data locally
  • Increased FancyZones compatibility with applications
  • Created the 0 strategy, the launcher, the keyboard managerspecs
  • Worked on cleaning up their issue backlog and labels

Get more details about these improvements. If you missed their webcast yesterday, watch it on-demand from their Mixer channel!

Continuing the optional updates experiment with drivers

Microsoft is continuing to look at ways Microsoft can improve the update experience on Windows 10 PCs for their customers. Back in January in Build 19551, Microsoft announced they were conducting an experiment related to how Microsoft delivers driver updates through Windows Update. During this experiment, drivers categorized as “optional” will not be automatically downloaded and installed on Windows Insider’s PCs running Build 19536 and newer. To install any new optional drivers available for a PC that’s involved in this experiment (including drivers for new devices that might get plugged in to a PC), Insiders can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates and manually download these drivers. Microsoft is extending this experiment to now run through the end of March. (Note: This applies ONLY to the latest builds in the Fast ring and not 20H1.)

General changes & improvements

  • Following up on their post about the new Cortana app, Microsoft wanted to let you know that in addition to timers and instant answers, which lit up last month, assistant conversations are now online. Some examples to try are “tell me a dad joke”, “tell me a bedtime story”, or “rock, paper, scissors.” Microsoft appreciate your patience while Microsoft worked on this. This is a server-side change, however Microsoft is noting it here for awareness.
  • Microsoft has updated the behavior of Advanced startup (Settings > Update & Security > Recovery > Advanced startup “Restart now”) to enable some Ease of Access features to work properly. For example, previously, if the narrator feature was enabled prior to launching Advanced startup, it would stop working. Now, Advanced startup will reboot directly into the Windows Recovery Environment.
  • While the Vietnamese alphabet doesn’t include the Latin letters F, J, W, or Z, based on feedback Microsoft is updating the grouping in the Start menu’s all app’s list to account for these letters when using this display language, so that apps like Windows PowerShell are included in the expected group.

Fixes

  • Microsoft fixed an issue where input would stop working in some places if clipboard history (WIN + V) was dismissed without pasting anything.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in extra characters in the message in File Explorer when no files were listed yet in Recent Files.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where, when setting up Windows Hello while using the Arabic display language, the box tracking progress of setup wouldn’t line up with your face.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where preferred SafeSearch settings (Settings > Search > Permissions & History) were no longer persisting upgrade.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue which caused the microphone to sometimes not work on certain devices from Builds 19559 to 19569. If you continue seeing issues with your microphone, please file a problem report in Feedback Hub with “recreate my problem” logs.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue impacting Explorer.exe reliability when navigating in File Explorer for some Insiders.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where using Restart Manager API to restart explorer.exe would result in all open UWP apps being closed as well.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in the DWM crashing when inking on your PC.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in Outlook crashing if you typed too many characters into the To field using the Korean IME.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where, when using Storage Sense to clean up Windows.old, it might not be totally removed.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue that could result in Settings hanging when accessing Windows Update Settings.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue where the Family & Other Accounts page wouldn’t finish loading for some Insiders.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the system potentially bugchecking upon toggling Bluetooth ON and OFF after waking back from sleep.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue for local account users where, until rebooting, night light would no longer work after attaching your Microsoft account.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in the machine not rebooting and kicking off the scan when you selected Microsoft Defender Offline Scan in Windows Security.
  • Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in Windows Update failing with error 0x80070002 for some users.
  • Microsoft fixed a high hitting DWM crash that some Insiders were experiencing.

Known issues

  • BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, Microsoft have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • Microsoft are aware Narrator and NVDA users that seek the latest release of Microsoft Edge based on Chromium may experience some difficulty when navigating and reading certain web content. Narrator, NVDA and the Edge teams are aware of these issues. Users of legacy Microsoft Edge will not be affected. NVAccess has released a NVDA 2019.3 that resolves the known issue with Edge.
  • Microsoft is looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • Microsoft is investigating reports that some Insiders are unable to update to newer builds with error 0x8007042b.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
  • When you upgrade with certain languages, like Japanese, the “Installing Windows X%” page isn’t rendering the text correctly (only boxes are displayed).
  • The cloud recovery option for Reset this PC isn’t working on this build. Please use the local reinstall option when performing Reset this PC.
  • When trying to use Win + PrtScn to capture a screenshot, the image is not saved to the Screenshots directory. For now, you’ll need to use one of the other options for taking screenshots, such as WIN + Shift + S.
  • Microsoft is looking into reports where, when running corruption repair (DISM), the process will stop at 84.9%.
  • Notifications sometimes have the wrong actions associated with them (for example, a reply box or various buttons).

Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring can download the update by Checking for Updates in Settings.

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