Yesterday, Slow Ring Insiders got some love with the first 19H2 build, but if you’re in the Fast Ring, there’s no reason to feel left out. Microsoft today pushed out build 18932 to the Fast Ring, and along with a number of new features and improvements, there are a number of changes and fixes with the new build.
Top of the list among these is news about some changes coming to the way settings in Windows 10 are synced among your devices. Microsoft is “in the process of converging settings sync engines to reduce complexity and improve reliability of sync,” and to accommodate those changes, it’s turning off the older sync engine in 20H1 builds starting with this one. Until work is complete with the new version, some settings will stop being synced. Settings impacted include “taskbar orientation, wallpaper, theming, and others.” You may see your settings sync one time after a PC reset or upgrade, but the sync will stop after that. You can find a full reference of settings sync listing all current settings coming to 20H1 in this Microsoft Docs file, and if you have feedback on which settings should be prioritized, be sure to let Microsoft know.
There are a number of other changes and fixes, as well, here’s the full list:
- We’re in the process of converging settings sync engines to reduce complexity and improve reliability of sync. As of today, the older settings sync engine will be turned off for 20H1 builds and changes made to settings that have not yet been migrated to the new settings sync engine will stop being sent and received until that work is complete. Some settings may not be migrated. The full list of settings that have been supported for sync are available here, but the list is subject to change during 20H1. Synced settings that are impacted by this change include settings pertaining to taskbar orientation, wallpaper, theming, and others. If there’s a setting you’d like to particularly be prioritized as we work on this, please let us know. Please note, you may notice a one-time receival of synced settings changes after you upgrade or reset your PC, but after that it will stop.
- We’ve updated our indexing behavior to exclude common developer folders, such as .git, .hg, .svn, .Nuget, and more by default. This will improve system performance while compiling and syncing large code bases in the default indexed locations such as user libraries.
- We fixed an issue where the update might have failed the first time you tried to download it with a 0xc0000409 error code.
- We fixed an issue where recent updates might have failed with a 0x80070005 error code.
- We fixed an issue for Home editions where some devices couldn’t see the “download progress %” change on the Windows Update page.
- We fixed a race condition resulting in some Insiders seeing a large number of explorer.exe crashes in recent builds. This is also believed to be the root cause for some Insiders finding that Control Panel wasn’t launching – please let us know if you continue seeing issues after upgrading to this build.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders finding that their File Explorer search box was rendering in an unexpectedly small space and crashed when clicked.
- We fixed an issue where Settings would crash if you tried to add a language on the previous build.
- In Word, after showing a “flash message” on a braille display, Narrator is now correctly showing just the current heading.
- We made a small backend change to the updated Windows Ink Workspace to help improve the launch time.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Task Manager unexpectedly showing 0% CPU usage in the Performance tab.
- We fixed an issue that could cause certain apps to crash when you input Asian characters.
- We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to use touch to open context menus on websites in Microsoft Edge after using pinch to zoom in and back out.
- Narrator search mode will now reset scoping to all elements each time it is opened.
- The data looks good, so we’re now rolling out the fix for taskbar unexpectedly dismissing when invoking Start if set to autohide to all Insiders in Fast.
- We fixed an issue where the Bluetooth Hands-Free audio driver (bthhfaud.sys) could get stuck when making or breaking a synchronous connection-oriented (SCO) link to the headset. This would cause all audio on the system to stop working until the system was rebooted.
The list of known issues should be familiar if you’ve been following along, with the usual anti-cheat and Realtek SD card caveats. If you’re having trouble installing games via the Xbox app, try again, or you may have to roll back to build 18922. Here’s the full list of known issues:
- If you’re seeing failures installing games via the Xbox app, you can retry the install. If it continues failing, you may want to roll back to Build 18922.
- 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.
- Tamper Protection may be turned off in Windows Security after updating to this build. You can turn it back on. In August, Tamper Protection will return to being on by default for all Insiders.
So for now, check your sync settings and get to downloading the latest Windows 10 Insider build 18932.
Further reading: build 18932, Fast Ring, Windows 10, Windows Insider