New Edge Chromium to be released 15th of January

Edge Chromium is the New Browser from Microsoft based on the Chromium Engine

Release date set for Edge Chromium is set to January 15th 2020, test version are available in 3 flavors

Canary Channel – Daily new builds

Dev Channel – Weekly new builds

Beta Channel – New Major Build every 6 weeks

All of the above builds will install as an extra browser on your device, so you can test them side by side.

The final release will replace your ‘Spartan’ Edge Browser taht came with Windows 10. Want to get it now? here’s the direct download link for it:

Get your Stable version here today: Edge Chromium Stable

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19541

Hi all, Happy New Year! Microsoft has released the 1st Build of 2020, Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19541 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

Upgrading went smooth, seemed to take a while longer than usual in the pre-reboot fase. (already on the known issues list)

Enjoy this new stuff:

Not seeing any of the features in this build? Check your Windows Insider Settings to make sure you’re on the Fast ring. Submit feedback here to let us know if things weren’t working the way you expected.

What’s new in Build 19541

Location in-use icon update

As some keen eyed Insiders have noticed, we’ve updated the notification area icon for when an app is using your location. The new icon looks like this:

Showing the new arrow icon for location in use.

Showing architecture in Task Manager

When you’re using the Details tab in Task Manager, we’ve added a new option to show the architecture of each process. If you’re interested, you can add it by right-clicking on a column header, choosing Select Columns, and selecting Architecture from the list.

When you're in the Details tab of Task Manager, you can now add this Architecture option.

Other updates for Insiders

Cortana App Update:

Following up on our previous post, we want to let Insiders know that Bing Instant Answers and Timers are back online. We’re continuing to work on getting jokes (and other assistant conversations) back up and running, and appreciate your patience.

If you’re running English (United States) and would like to try it out, here are some example queries you can use with Hey Cortana or by typing into Cortana:

  • Set a timer for 10 minutes
  • When was the Space Needle built?
Cortana giving you Bing Instant Answers and Timers once again.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue impacted System Settings reliability.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Windows Update “Reboot needed” notifications persisting reboot.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the update speed in Task Manager unexpectedly being set to Paused.
  • We fixed an issue when using Narrator that could result in Start not saying the correct index of an app in the all apps list.
  • We fixed an issue where the Search window wasn’t showing acrylic at the top.
  • We fixed an issue from the previous build resulting in the Feedback Hub unexpectedly not showing store apps in the list of contexts when logging feedback under the Apps category. This same issue resulted in the symptom of apps continuing to show Install in the Microsoft Store, rather than Launch, after the app had been installed.

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, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 after they’re attached.
  • The Optimize Drives Control Panel is incorrectly reporting that optimization has never run on some devices. Optimization is completing successfully, even though it is not reflected in the UI.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).
  • Remote Desktop Connection crashes when attempting to connect to multiple sessions.
  • Snipping isn’t working on secondary monitors.
  • Timeline isn’t showing any activities.
  • We’re investigating reports that Outlook search isn’t working for some Insiders.
  • [ADDED] Narrator Home crashes when selecting “What’s New” button in Narrator Home.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19536

Hi all, last week Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19536 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

This will be the last build for this year, upgrades went fine and it’s running smooth so far, (the rdp client mstsc.exe crashes when you connect to a 2nd RDS farm)

What’s new in Build 19536

Optional Drivers

We’re still working on making it easier for you to see all optional updates (including drivers, feature updates, and monthly non-security quality updates) in one place. When optional updates are detected, they will be listed under Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update > View optional updates.

For drivers, you no longer need to browse Device Manager for a specific device to update. Windows Update will automatically keep your drivers up to date, but if you’re having a problem, one of those optional drivers might help.

View optional updates option in the Windows Update section of Update & Security Settings.

Re-releasing the updated Korean IME

During 19H1 development, we’d started work on an updated version of the Korean IME as part of our ongoing efforts to modernize and improve your typing experience in Windows. Based on feedback, we decided not to ship this with 19H1, and instead worked on further improving the experience first. With Build 19536, we’re re-releasing the updated IME, along with some improvements that help it work better with various apps.

To recap the most noticeable changes included as part of this IME work:

  • For those who’re familiar with typing in Korean when writing in Hanja, we have a new candidate selection window that uses modern controls and clearer typography:
Showing the candidate selection window of the updated Korean IME.
  • The new IME version also comes with an updated algorithm used for text prediction when writing Korean using the touch keyboard. Text suggestions should now be more accurate and relevant to what you are writing.

Family group setup

Microsoft has family features that span across multiple platforms, like Windows, Xbox, and Android. On Windows, you can set things up for your family, like screen time limits, content filters, have kids ask before they buy things, or even stay organized with a shared family calendar, OneNote, and Office 365 Home subscription. If you share a device with family, it’s easy to get their account set up in a family group to take advantage of all these features.

In this build, we want to help customers set up their device to be used by multiple people in their family. While we’re not releasing an ISO for this build, some Insiders who choose to reset their PC may see a screen during setup that asks who’ll be using the device. If they select People in my family, we’ll help them get set up in a family group once they get to their desktop, so that they’re ready to get started with all the features.

Showing the OOBE screen for selecting who will use this device.

If you see this new page, let us know what you think by going to Security and Privacy > Child accounts and family settings in the Feedback Hub.

Other updates for Insiders

Your Phone app – new features rolling to Insiders and production

Photos has evolved. View and interact with your most recent 2000 photos!

We take a lot of photos on our smartphones. We heard our avid Your Phone app users when you when you said you wanted the ability to access more than 25 of your recent photos. Today, we’re happy to announce that we’ve addressed this by letting you view and interact with your most recent 2,000 photos from your Android smartphone’s camera roll on your PC!

With the Your Phone Photos feature, you don’t have to email photos to yourself. Simply take a pic and see it instantly on your PC. When you need to add a recent image to your email, paper, or presentation, just drag and drop. You can also conveniently share it with family or friends or save it directly to your PC by simply right clicking on the image.

Try out this newly enhanced capability and share your experience.

Screen showing photo gallery within the Your Phone app.

Photos requirements:

  • Any Android phones running version 7.0 or higher
  • PC running Windows 10 April 2018 Update or higher

Known Issues:

  • If the Photo selector in Messages appears blank, navigate to Photos on the left and hit refresh. Your photos should now appear in the Photo selector.

This feature will gradually roll out to Windows Insiders on the Windows 10 May 2019 Update or newer, so it may take a few days to be available inside the Your Phone app. Please make sure you have the latest versions of Your Phone Companion and the Your Phone app to experience this feature.

Phone screen now supports pen input

The Phone screen feature is getting a boost. In addition to keyboard, mouse, and touch support, you can now use your digital pen with a compatible stylus to input on any touch screen enabled Windows 10 PC to interact with your mobile apps while in Phone screen session. Leverage your pen’s pressure sensitivity for drawing and writing like you would with your phone’s stylus with apps that support pressure sensitivity. You will also be able to hover over buttons, and it differentiates between the pen and finger touch.

Screen showing a pen’s input on the PC screen and same showing up on the phone.

This feature is available to all Windows Insiders on Windows 10 October 2018 Update or newer and requires Phone screen compatible devices.

We value your feedback, so give it a try and let us know what you think. You can report any issues under Your Phone > Settings > Send feedback or directly through Feedback Hub.

Pen Input Requirements:

  • Your Phone App version 1.19102.500.0 or newer
  • Phone screen compatible devices

Calls—Fifth hero feature now gradually rolling out to all users

Thank you Insiders for your valuable feedback over the last few months to help improve the quality, performance, and user experience of the Calls feature, which originally rolled out in October. We are thrilled to announce that this feature is now ready and gradually rolling out to everyone.

You don’t have to split your attention between your phone and PC to answer those phone calls. With the Your Phone Calls feature, tap into your PC’s speakers, microphone, and larger screen for a richer calling experience. Effortlessly transfer calls between your devices for privacy or when you are on the go.

Detailed capabilities include:

  • Answering incoming phone calls on your PC.
  • Initiating phone calls from your PC using the in-app dialer or contact list.
  • Declining incoming phone calls on your PC with custom/pre-defined text or send them directly to your phone’s voicemail.
  • Accessing your recent call history on your PC. Select the phone number to call or text.
  • Transferring calls between your devices seamlessly.
  • Selecting a phone number in your supported browser initiates a call.
Screen showing recent Calls history and in-app dialer within the Your Phone app.

Calls requirements:

  • Any Android phones running version 7.0 or higher
  • Windows 10 PC with a Bluetooth radio
  • Windows 10 May 2019 Update or higher

You can reference the Your Phone support page for additional information.

As a reminder, the Your Phone app has evolved over the past few months and now provides you with instant access to your recent photos, apps, texts, notifications, calls, and more on your PC. You don’t have to split your attention between your devices or break away from your PC workflows. Give this app a try and let us know what you think!

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • Whether you want to increase your productivity, decrease your stress levels, or just free up some mental space, Microsoft To Do makes it easy to plan your day and manage your life. If you are opening To Do for the first time, you may notice some new UI that helps ensure you have the latest version of To Do installed. You will only see this the first time you open the app, and users who already have To Do installed will not see this step at all.
  • Windows RE (Recovery Environment) no longer requires an administrator password to access recovery tools.
  • We’ve updated the new File Explorer search experience to enable you to remove previous searches via an option if you right click the entry in the dropdown.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the first character of your query getting dropped when “automatically type into the search box” File Explorer setting was enabled.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in unexpectedly needing to re-download the whole game when an update to your installed game came via the store.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Task Manager’s icon not appearing in the notification area of the taskbar even though it had been enabled in Settings.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Resource Manager getting stuck and not showing any disk activity.
  • We fixed an issue with the Vietnamese Telex keyboard where after typing an upper-case letter in certain apps, Ctrl+A would stop working in that app.
  • We fixed an issue where creating a new storage pool in the UI would fail with incorrect parameter.
  • We fixed an issue where after dragging the bottom of a UWP app up to resize it, any further resizing actions from the bottom wouldn’t work.
  • With this build, users who had previously used HomeGroup will no longer see a notification on upgrade about its deprecation.
  • We fixed a typo in the text under Settings > Search > Searching Window.
  • We’re working on adding Downloads Folder to your Privacy Settings options, and you’ll see it in today’s flight. More details will be shared later.
  • We fixed an issue where if your device was offline, Narrator would still announce that language features were available to download when you navigated to the per-language options under Language Settings.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in no tooltip with the full text appearing in Settings when hovering over text truncated with an ellipsis.
  • We’re removing the separate Hotspot 2.0 setting under Wi-Fi. This setting was provided while the feature was still in experimental phase, and having it enabled is now part of having Wi-Fi enabled.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Bluetooth battery level displayed in Settings getting stuck and thus reducing accuracy.
  • We fixed an issue where if you rolled back the build you were on, Windows Update might still list the older build number under Update History.

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, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 after they’re attached.
  • The Optimize Drives Control Panel is incorrectly reporting that optimization has never run on some devices. Optimization is completing successfully, even though it is not reflected in the UI.
  • The Documents section under Privacy has a broken icon (just a rectangle).

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19035 & 19037

Hi all, lost s of releases these days, feels like Christmas came early this year 🙂 Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19035 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in BOTH the Fast ring and Slow rings.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This doesn’t mean we’re done…
  • We’ve completed the experiment related to how we deliver driver updates through Windows Update. Devices that were involved in the experiment will no longer see the Optional Updates link under Settings > Windows Update. This also resolves an issue where after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install.  Thanks to the Insiders who have provided feedback on this feature.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in fingerprint (if enabled) sometimes unexpectedly not being offered as a sign-in option after waking your device from sleep.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in certain apps not launching the first time you tried after resetting the app via Settings.
  • Thank you for all the feedback you provided on the Store version of Notepad. At this time, we’ve decided not to roll this out to customers. Insiders may notice some changes as we remove this change from this build:
    • If you pinned Notepad to your Taskbar or Start menu, you will need to re-pin after you upgrade to this new build.
    • If you had certain file types set to open in Notepad by default, you will see a prompt when you try to open files of that type again and will need to re-select Notepad.

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, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • Some Insiders have reported when attempting to install recent builds, setup rolls back and returns error code 0xc1900101. In some cases, the update completes successfully on a subsequent attempt.  If you are experiencing the issue, please be sure to file feedback in the Feedback Hub.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 after they’re attached.
  • We’ve received reports of the Optimize Drives app incorrectly reporting that optimization has never run on SSD devices.

Last Friday, Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19037.1 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast and Slow rings.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build.This doesn’t mean we’re done…
  • Windows PowerShell ISE is now a Feature on Demand (installed by default), and you will see it in the list in Optional Features Settings.

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, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • Some Insiders have reported when attempting to install recent builds, setup rolls back and returns error code 0xc1900101. In some cases, the update completes successfully on a subsequent attempt. If you’re experiencing the issue, please be sure to file feedback in the Feedback Hub.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 after they’re attached.
  • We’ve received reports of the Optimize Drives app incorrectly reporting that optimization has never run on some devices.

source: Windows Blogs 19035 & 19037

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19033

Time Flies, build 19030 and 19033 have been released, 19033 release to Slow and Fast Rings at the same time, this does not mean all work is done, just the 20H2 builds will soon be hitting the Fast Rings. With the watermark removed & Winver showing Windows 10 2004 – not 2003

Upgrades went smooth, running without any big issues so far

Happy Upgrades!

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build.This doesn’t mean we’re done…
  • Eagle-eyed Windows Insiders will notice that that as of this build, 20H1 officially shows it is version 2004. We have chosen to use 2004 as the version to eliminate confusion with any past product names (such as Windows Server 2003).
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing for some users if you navigated to About when in Safe Mode.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some paired Bluetooth audio devices unexpectedly displaying with a cellphone icon in Bluetooth Settings.
  • We fixed an issue where preferred Focus Assist automatic rules settings weren’t persisting upgrade.
  • We fixed an issue where pressing the WIN + P keyboard shortcut twice in a row could result in ShellExperienceHost crashing.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Start menu crashing on launch if a Windows update was pending restart.
  • We fixed an issue where if you were using night light and weren’t already signed into a Microsoft Account, and subsequently attached your MSA, it would result in night light no longer working.
  • We fixed an issue where if you quickly toggled Magnifier on and back off in Settings it would result in Magnifier.exe crashing.
  • At this point, we’re removing the known issue that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) – so far we have not seen any reports from Insiders in the Slow ring that bypassed the impacted build range. If you are in the Fast ring, were on the impacted build range, and are one of the few still experiencing this issue, you will need to reset your PC. We appreciate your patience.
  • We fixed an issue where you wouldn’t be able to type Chinese punctuation with the Pinyin IME after moving focus to and from a password field.
  • Some users may have experienced error 80092004 when attempting to install build 19025.1052. This was isolated to that specific Cumulative Update and should not prevent installing build 19033.
  • We have fixed an issue resulting in Start Code 38 with certain external USB 3.0 drives.

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, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • Some Insiders are reporting that after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install. We’re looking into the issue.
  • We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 after they’re attached.

source: Windows Blogs

Event: December update for IT Pro’s

Wednesday December 4th TechNine organizes the last event of the year, Hosted at Ingram Micro, your added-value distributor.

3 Speakers with a lot of experience have will be presenting inspiring content 

Session 1:

Didier Van HoyeMVP Cloud and Datacenter Management and Veeam Vanguard. Presents the good, the bad and the ugly van Hyper-V Backups. Will take us on the ride through updates and improvements on Hyper-V backup for Server 2016 en 2019. Closing his session with some notes from the field.

Session 2:

Wim Matthyssen visiting from the BEMUG community is bringing his 7 Habits every Azure Admin Must Have presentation. He’s the Azure specialist at Cegeka, valued speaker and Microsoft Certified Trainer.

Session 3:

Diego Lens, trainer since 2001, spreaker and Citrix expert. As Cloud Technology Strategist will talk about Azure Migrate, The tool to migrate workloads to Azure. The merge of Azure Site Recovery and Azure Migrate created a central hub for cloud migration.

Agenda:

• 18h00: Welcome & Food

• 18h30: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly – Didier van Hoye

• 19h15: 7 Habits Every Azure Admin Must Have – Wim Matthyssen

• 20h00: Break

• 20h15: Azure Migrate – Diego Lens

• 21h00: Networking and Questions

• 21h30: End

When: Wednesday December 4th at 18:00

Where: Ingram Micro, Hermeslaan 1b / 3rd floor, B-1831 Diegem

Reserve your seat here

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19025

Hi all, a 2nd release to the Fast Ring this week! 19025 is ready to grab in your Updates, the Windows Defender Application Guard & Sandbox issue has been fixed.

Improving Windows Search

As Insiders know, over the releases, we’ve been continuing to work on improving search results based on your feedback. Including adding Enhanced search mode (adding an easy option to expand search across all folders and drivers) in 19H1, as well integrating Windows Search into File Explorer, to ensure more consistent results regardless of where you start your search.

In 19H1, we asked Insiders why they were turning off the search indexer. Your feedback helped us make improvements then and helped us focus on three key areas of improvement in 20H1: excessive disk and CPU usage, general performance issues, and low perceived value of the indexer.

Based on this, we’re introducing an algorithm that detects high disk usage and activity, so it can better identify peak usage times and manage the indexer accordingly. We’re also making changes for developers to prevent searches of certain repositories and project folders to improve disk usage.

Learn more about these features that we’ve been working on throughout 20H1 and get helpful tips and troubleshooting info to help you make the most of Windows Search in our Supercharging Windows Search article.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We fixed an issue from the previous flight preventing Sandbox and WDAG from working.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain fingerprint readers no longer working as of Build 19013.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in VPN Settings hanging after upgrade.
  • We’ve done some work to help address an issue that could result in certain modern UI components (including notifications and the network flyout), scaling either too large or too small after attaching an external monitor or remoting into the machine from a monitor with a different DPI.
  • We fixed an issue impacted login performance for some users in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Windows Hello authentication not working with certain apps in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the mouse pointer not displaying when logging in to a PC locally after remoting in.
  • We fixed an issue where, when using the touch keyboard docked on a large screen, the keys would stretch out to span the width of the monitor, rather than staying an optimal width for touch interaction.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in ctfmon.exe crashing when using reconversion with the Japanese IME in certain text fields.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in web activities in Timeline not opening if you had new Edge installed.
  • We fixed an issue where a high number of app deployment failures in a short period of time could result in an unexpectedly large volume of disk space being used by evtx files saved under %windir%\temp.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some apps failing to update with error 0x8007000A.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in jitters when using Magnifier in certain multi-monitor configurations.
  • We fixed an issue where the mouse pointer did not start from where the Magnifier viewport was if it had moved from typing.
  • We fixed an issue impacting Narrator performance reading aloud in Outlook after switching focus from an email back to the list of emails in your inbox.
  • We fixed a memory leak in EoAExperiences.exe after using the text cursor indicator for prolonged periods of time.

Knowns 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, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We’ve heard that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) for some Insiders and are investigating.
  • Some Insiders are reporting that after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install. We’re looking into the issue.
  • We’re looking into reports where, when certain external USB 3.0 drives are attached, they stop responding with Start Code 10 or 38.

source: Windows Blogs

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19023

Hi all, earlier this week Microsoft released Build 19023 to the Fast Ring, If your’re using Windows Defender Application Guard or Windows Sandbox, you might want to hold off on this one, it’s not working on this build

Other updates for Insiders

We’re continuing to look at ways we can improve the update experience on Windows 10 PCs for our customers. As part of this effort, we are conducting an experiment related to how we deliver 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 20H1 Build 18980 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 > Windows Update > Optional Updates and manually download these drivers. This experiment will be running now through November 25th, 2019.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • We resolved an issue where, if a build attempted to download and install before you had completed the first log in of a prior install (such as Build 19013), you would experience a 2-hour window before you could install this new build.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in a lag processing input when running a video fullscreen.
  • We fixed an issue where the quick action section in the Action Center was slightly off-center in the last few builds.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana’s voice activation setting switching from on back to off after explorer.exe restarted, or if you rebooted your PC.
  • Just a reminder for Insiders, that as of the previous flight, based on feedback, we’ve decided to remove the downloads folder from Disk Cleanup. If you liked having this option, it’s still available via Storage Settings.

Known issues

  • We’ve identified an issue preventing Sandbox and WDAG from working. If you rely on these features, you may consider pausing updates before taking this build. We know what’s causing this issue, and we’re working hard to get another flight out with the fix as quickly as possible.
  • 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, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We’ve heard that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) for some Insiders and are investigating.
  • Some Insiders are reporting that after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install. We’re looking into the issue.
  • We’re investigating reports that certain fingerprint readers are no longer working as of Build 19013. If you’re impacted, for now you’ll need to log in with a password instead–appreciate your patience.

source: Windows Blogs

Lost your Windows 10 Recovery Partition? Can’t run mbr2gpt?

Here’s how to fix it:

You will need Windows 10 Setup media to recover the WinRE.wim, if you don’t have this you can user

Media Creation Tool

To avoid the need for extra partitions, I used a folder c:\recovery

mount your setup media (iso or usb) 

in an elevated prompt run the following commands:

creating folders

md c:\recovery

md c:\recovery\mount

** mounting Windows Image from media

** (if setup media drive letter is not e: replace the e:\ with the correct driveletter)

dism /mount-wim /wimfile:e:\sources\install.wim /index:1 /mountdir:c:\recovery\mount /readonly

** Copying WinRE.wim from image

copy “C:\Recovery\mount\Windows\System32\Recovery\Winre.wim” c:\recovery\

** Unmounting Image

dism /unmount-wim /mountdir:c:\recovery\mount /discard

** Enable WinRE

reagentc /SetReImage /Path c:\recovery\winre.wim /index 1

reagnetc /enable

reagentc /info

** The last command should show RE enabled, after this I was able to successfully run MBR2GPT

also available here: answsers.microsoft.com

Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19018

Hi all, last week Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19018 (20H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. Search is getting some tweaks, looking good!

Check out the new super key-combo Win + CTRL + SHIFT +L below in the fixes!

From now on the Skip ahead ring will be merged into the Fast Ring, no user action needed, everyone on the Skip Ahead will be auto-moved to the Fast Ring, this ring will have the latest releases.

What’s new in 19018?

Quick searches now in Search Home

To help you find the info that matters even faster, we’ve added four quick web searches to your Search Home:

  • Weather: Get current conditions and the upcoming forecast
  • Top news: Read the latest headlines from popular news sites
  • Today in history: Explore four events that happened on this day
  • New movies: Find out what’s playing in theaters near you
Showing said entries in the Search home.

To preview these web answers and results, select the search box to open Search Home, then choose one of the quick search buttons. Need quick answers about other topics or searches? Just enter a query into the search box for quick results about almost everything.

Let us know what you think about quick searches and how you would like to see them evolve.

Note: This is a server-side change that’s currently rolling out and will appear for users across builds from version 1809 to 20H1. Currently, quick searches are only available in the US, but will be available soon internationally. (to test this outside of the US, set you reguional settings to US )

Updated design for web preview in search results

We have made a few small tweaks to how it looks–here’s what you’ll see now:

New Open results in browser button, and the Bing filters that used to display at the top are no longer visible.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • For Insiders that did not take the Cumulative Update to Build 19013, just a note that this build (like that update), also includes the fix for the issue resulting in black screens and disconnects over remote desktop in the last couple of flights.
  • We’ve fixed an issue where the Settings app was hanging or crashing when accessing the System or Ease of Access sections.
  • We fixed an issue where if a new account profile picture synced down from the cloud, your old one might not be listed in the picture history in Accounts Settings.
  • We fixed an issue where Windows Update history might show an update having failed with error 0x80240017 even though the update had actually succeeded.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Search sometimes not rendering in the enter space available within the Search window.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in exe using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU when your device was unplugged in recent builds.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not responding to Hey Cortana.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Cortana not being visible in the taskbar right after upgrading, or being visible but not working, until you restarted your PC.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to keep the Shift key pressed in order to type capital letters in certain languages recently when typing with the onehanded touch keyboard.
  • As some Insiders know, a few releases ago we announced a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + B) in order to help troubleshoot black screens. With today’s build, in this vein, we’re announcing a new keyboard shortcut (WIN + Ctrl + Shift + L) to help investigate issues with the login screen. Simply press the keyboard shortcut while your PC is locked, reproduce your issue, and then press the keyboard short again–a reference number will be displayed that you can share when reporting your issue. Please note, currently this is only supported for local sessions that have connected to the network and power, and for whom Diagnostic Data is set to Full.
  • Narrator no longer announces changes in fonts when they have not changed.
  • We updated Narrator’s autocorrect sound to be more consistent with the editing experience.
  • We improved Narrator’s navigation and reading experience within Chrome.
  • We’ve improved the Outlook experience with Magnifier when Magnifier is set to track the text cursor in the center of the screen. Arrowing up and down in a list of emails will no longer force the viewport to the left of the list of messages.

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, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We’ve heard that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) for some Insiders and are investigating.
  • Some Insiders are reporting that after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install. We’re looking into the issue.
  • If this build attempts to download an install before you have completed the first login of a prior install (such as Build 19013), you will experience a 2-hour window before you can install this new build.
  • [ADDED] Based on feedback, we’ve decided to remove the downloads folder from disk cleanup.

source: Windows Blogs