Windows 10 Preview Build 17063 for PC brings improvements to numerous Settings

The new build of 17063 Windows 10 Preview Insider Build brings improvements to the Settings of the OS, including bringing fluent design to this corner of the OS.

There are also many new features including:

Security questions for local accounts:  Users will now be able to recover their lost password from the lock screen, even if they are using a local account. Users will be prompted for recovery questions at account setup and if you already have a local account, you can add security questions by going to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options > “Update your security questions”.

The new build also brings changed to display settings, with settings now all in one location.

With Build 17060, you can now view detailed information about your display by visiting the new “Advanced display settings” page linked at the bottom of Settings > System > Display.

The settings include new items such as:

  • Desktop resolution vs active signal resolution. Typically, your desktop resolution and your active signal resolution will be identical. To provide a smoother experience, Windows prefers to keep your display running at its native signal resolution. If you change your display resolution under Settings > System > Display > Scale and layout > Resolution, you may see a difference between your desktop resolution and your active signal resolution.
  • 59 Hz refresh rate. For monitors and TVs that report only 59.94 Hz but not 60 Hz. Learn more about it here.

Improving your scaling experience to address blurry apps:  Some desktop apps can become blurry when laptops are undocked from monitors and other changes to displays. When this happens, you have to log out and back in to Windows to have these apps render properly. With the new build  you can turn on a feature that will enable these apps to be fixed simply by re-launching them. There are three components to this feature:

  • A new setting in the Display Settings page: Under Settings > System > Display > Advanced scaling, you’ll find a new section called “Fix scaling for apps” where you can enable a setting to let Windows try and fix apps so they’re not blurry.
  • A toast that pops up when we detect that you might have blurry apps on your main display.

  • A per-app override of the global setting. By right clicking on the exe for a desktop apps and choosing properties, you can select “Change High DPI Settings”, then “Override System DPI”, then configure the behavior.

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New Keyboard Settings page: With the new Keyboard Settings experience users are able to easily add new keyboard layouts, switch between Japanese 106/109 and English 101/102 keyboard layouts, turn on and off settings like key sounds and autocorrect, and other advanced keyboard-related settings. Additionally, you can now change the default keyboard independently of the display language, for example using the French display language and having English as the default keyboard (this option was previously available in Control Panel, but has now been moved to Settings). Duplicate settings from Control Panel have been removed.

A new and improved Region & Language Settings page: Microsoft has added icons to each language entry to indicate when language support is installed for display language, text-to-speech, speech recognition, and/or handwriting. Microsoft also added an entirely new language selection experience – enabling you to quickly identify available language features per language. This also marks the initial integration of Local Experience Packs, native AppX packages, that with Microsoft Store to enable Microsoft to regularly update language resources with translation improvements collected from Windows Insiders and other feedback channels.

Set data settings to prefer cellular usage: In Cellular Settings you can now choose to use cellular instead of Wi-Fi always or when Wi-Fi is poor. This updated Windows feature allows people with fast LTE connections and large/unlimited data plans to favour cellular whenever available and avoid being stuck on poor Wi-Fi connections.

Improved Data Usage Management: You can now configure data limits and/or place background data restrictions to Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections, in addition to cellular connections, in the Data usage page. The updated settings page aims to support a diverse set of devices and users. Whether you have a PC with cellular connectivity or a metered ethernet network connection, tailor your data usage to your budget and needs. Want to see your data usage at a glance? Right click on the Data usage tab in Settings and pin it to the Start menu to see a data usage live tile.

Reset your Game Mode Settings: Under Settings > Gaming > Game Mode there is a new option called ”Reset Game Mode Settings” that allows you to restore Game Mode settings for their PC back to the default values for the feature.

Improved Per-app Settings: Microsoft added app permissions to the Settings right-click context menu of apps, along with an easy option for you to toggle them. Microsoft also added links to check background usage, lock screen notifications, and defaults, and options to terminate and/or uninstall the app.

Insiders can download Build 17063 now.

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