This Wednesday Microsoft released Insider Preview Build 18965 to Fast ring insiders, a build that adds app restart control and Feedback Search UI updates.
This Insider update also includes Windows Insiders Achievements and other improvements, features and fixes.
If you’re a Windows Insider in the Fast ring, you can update to the Preview Build 18965 by going to Settings -> Update & Security -> Windows Update and checking for new updates.
Control over restarting apps at sign-in
As some of you may already know, applications have the option to register for restart, which can be useful in some situations, especially if you need to restart your PC to get back to what you did. Previously, this option was associated with the option “Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting up my device” under Sign-in Options in Account Settings. We’ve heard comments that some of you would prefer more explicit control over when Windows automatically restarts applications that were open when your PC restarted, and with 20H1 we offer this option.
Windows now gives you control over a new application restart setting. After powering on, Windows automatically saves your restartable applications when you log out, restart, or close Windows, and restarts them the next time you connect. This setting is disabled by default and can be changed at any time under Settings > Accounts > Sign-in Options. You can find it by searching for “restart apps” in Start or in the search box.
More updates for Insiders
Feedback Hub Updates
The Feedback Hub team has worked hard lately to provide you with application updates based on your feature requests, and we have announced some changes and improvements to the latest version currently in use at Insiders in the Fast Ring.
Feedback Search UI Updates
In the feedback section of the application, you can now see the difference between Problems and Suggestions more clearly, with each one showing an icon, a color, and the Problem or Suggestion labels above each feedback entry. We’ve also updated the iconography and displays to add similar comments to problems, upvoting suggestions, and adding comments to feedback.
Adding similar feedback
Previously, Feedback Hub allowed two types of participation in feedback: upvoting and adding additional details. The idea of voting on suggestions makes a lot of sense – Microsoft engineers want to know what features the community should develop next, and voting on feature suggestions is a good way to see where your interest lies.
However, the vote on Problems was more sensitive – problems are not a question of popularity, and what helps engineers solve problems here is a clear description of how the problem arose. Feedback is especially useful when it involves replication of the problem, diagnoses that help our teams see what went wrong so they can solve problems faster. Often the research side vote has not provided enough detail on what happened, and we have seen that few people have gone into the existing comments to add their personal reproductions to the topics.
With the new Add a similar comment feature, by selecting a problem whose symptoms match your own, you can access the comment form with the prefilled title. You change the title or add your own description to tell us exactly what happened when you encountered the problem. We’ve already selected your category to make sure the right feature team sees your comments, and in our new Similar Feedback section, the comments you’ve selected are already selected. As usual, the last step is to optionally add your own reproduction of the desired number or attachments.
Windows Insiders Achievements
The Windows team is pleased to announce an update of the Windows Insider Achievements page. They have made achievements more visible by moving them from your profile page to their own target page, and they have added additional features to help you rank and track your progress. Try it today and start unlocking the badges.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- We fixed an issue resulting in the screens shown while updating Windows unexpectedly saying “managed by your organization” for some Insiders.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the taskbar unexpectedly hiding sometimes when launching the touch keyboard.
- We fixed an issue where some of the colors weren’t correct in Language Settings if using High Contrast White.
- We fixed an issue that could result in background tasks not working in certain apps.
- We fixed an issue where if you set focus to the notification area of the taskbar via WIN+B, then opened a flyout and pressed Esc to close it, then the focus rectangle would no longer show up correctly anymore.
- We fixed an issue where on the Bluetooth & Other Settings page, the device type wasn’t read out loud when using a screen reader.
- We fixed an issue resulting in help links not being accessible when adding a new wireless display device on the Bluetooth & Other Settings page if the text scaling was set to 200%.
- Insiders may notice a new “Cloud download” option in the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) under “Reset this PC.” This feature is not working quite yet. We’ll let you know once it is, so you can try it out!
- There has been an issue with older versions of anti-cheat software used with games where after updating to the latest 19H1 Insider Preview builds may cause PCs to experience crashes. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of running into this issue, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with anti-cheat and game developers to resolve similar issues that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview builds and will work to minimize the likelihood of these issues in the future.
- Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
- We’re working on a fix for an issue resulting in the minimize, maximize, and close title bar buttons not working for certain apps. If you’re using an impacted app, Alt+F4 should work as expected to close the app if needed.
- Some WSL distros will not load.
- We’re investigating reports that DWM is using unexpectedly high system resources for some Insiders.
- There’s an issue impacting a small number of Insiders which started on the previous flight, involving a lsass.exe crash and resulting in a message saying, “Windows ran into a problem and needs to restart.” We’re working on a fix and appreciate your patience.
See the original Windows Insider Release page here.