It’s been quite a while since Microsoft last released a new Windows 10 Insider build on a Friday, but the Redstone 5 build 17711 has just made its way to the Fast Ring and Skip Ahead rings. The new bits bring new features for Microsoft Edge, Fluent Design updates, as well as Display and Registry Editor improvements.
This new Redstone 5 build also introduces several quality improvements, including a fix for the 0x80080005 error that some Insiders were seeing when trying to update. It also addresses an issue where Ethernet and Wi-Fi settings could be missing some content, and Microsoft also says that it has fixed a couple of issues impacting Microsoft Edge reliability. You can check the full of improvements and known issues below:
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- We have fixed the issue that had regressed the time it takes to remotely deploy and debug a UWP application to a local virtual machine or an emulator.
- We fixed an issue that could result in any surface that used reveal (including Start tiles and Settings categories) going totally white.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing a 0x80080005 error when upgrading to recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where the “You are getting an update” dialog displayed unexpected extra characters.
- We fixed an issue where aborting a shutdown would break input in UWP apps until rebooting
- We fixed an issue in recent flights where attempting to pin Settings categories to Start would either crash Settings or do nothing.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Ethernet and Wi-Fi Settings unexpectedly missing content in the last flight.
- We fixed a high hitting Settings crash impacting pages with Get Help content, including Touchpad Settings, Accounts Settings, and Family and Other Users Settings pages.
- We fixed an issue that could result in Sign-In Settings being blank sometimes.
- We fixed an issue where advanced keyboard settings might unexpectedly show “some settings are hidden by your org”.
- We fixed an issue where creating a system image from backup and restore in control panel would fail on x86 machines.
- We’ve decided to turn off the acrylic background in Task View – for now the design will return to how it shipped in the previous release, with acrylic cards instead. Thanks everyone who tried it out.
- We fixed an issue where after using voice to ask Cortana certain questions you may not be able to ask her a second question with voice.
- We fixed an issue that could result in explorer.exe crashing if certain apps were minimized when switching to tablet mode.
- On the Share tab in File Explorer, we’ve updated the Remove access icon to be more modern. We’ve also made some tweaks to the Advanced security icon.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the console forgetting the cursor color on upgrade and it getting set to 0x000000 (black). The fix will prevent future users from hitting this issue, but if you’ve already been impacted by this bug, you’ll need to manually fix the setting in the registry. To do this, open regedit.exe and delete the ‘CursorColor’ entry in ‘Computer\HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Console’ and any sub-keys, and re-launch your console window.
- We addressed an issue where the audio driver would hang for many Bluetooth speakers and headsets which support the Hands-Free profile.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the Microsoft Edge favorites pane scrolling sideways instead of up and down on mouse wheel in recent flights.
- We fixed a few issues highly impacting Microsoft Edge reliability in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Internet Explorer losing all settings and becoming unpinned from the taskbar with each of the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in ethernet not working for some Insiders using Broadcom ethernet drivers on older hardware in the last flight.
- We fixed an issue where remoting into a PC running the previous flight could result in just seeing a black window.
- We fixed an issue that could result in certain games hanging when typing into the chat window.
- We fixed an issue from the last flight where text predictions and shapewriting candidates wouldn’t appear in the touch keyboard’s candidate list until backspace is pressed while typing.
- We fixed an issue where when Narrator started you would be presented with a dialog that informed the user of the change to Narrator’s keyboard layout and the dialog might not take focus or speak after Narrator has started.
- We fixed an issue where when you changed Narrator’s default Narrator key to just caps lock the Insert key would continue to function until the caps lock key was used as the Narrator key or if the user restarts Narrator.
- We fixed an issue where if your System > Display > Scaling and layout is not set to 100%, some text might appear smaller after reverting “Make text bigger” value back to 0%.
- We fixed an issue where Windows Mixed Reality might get stuck after going to sleep and display a persistent error message in Mixed Reality Portal or a “Wake up” button that doesn’t work.
- We’re progressing in our work on adding dark theme in File Explorer and the Common File Dialog – you’ll notice improvements in this build, although we still have a few things left to do. You may see some unexpectedly light colors in these surfaces when in dark mode and/or dark on dark text.
- In certain chases on PCs with multiple monitors, all the windows may appear shifted “up” and the mouse responds to the the wrong location. The workaround is use Ctrl + Alt + Del to bring up the task screen and then hit cancel. Repeat as necessary.
- When you upgrade to this build you’ll find that the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc) no longer have an acrylic background.
- We’re working on improving settings for HDR videos, games and apps in a new Windows HD Color page under System > Display. Some things temporarily will not work; notably, some users will not be able to enable/disable HDR display support.
- Applications that use ICC color profiles may encounter errors such as Access Denied. This includes the Color Management control panel, and color profile switching on certain Surface devices.
- When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
- You may find your secondary displays don’t render correctly. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del and then cancel and that should resolve it.
Known issues for Developers
- If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings. There has not yet been a RS5 build released to the Slow ring.
Known issues for Narrator
- We are aware of an issue causing Narrator speech to fade when waking from sleep mode. We are working on a fix.
- When the Narrator Quickstart launches, Scan Mode may not reliably be on by default. We recommend going through the Quickstart with Scan Mode on. To verify that Scan Mode is on, press Caps Lock + Space.
- When using Scan mode you may experience multiple stops for a single control. An example of this is if you have an image that is also a link. This is something we are actively working on.
- If the Narrator key is set to just Insert and you attempt to send a Narrator command from a braille display then these commands will not function. As long as the Caps Lock key is a part of the Narrator key mapping then braille functionality will work as designed.
- There is a known issue in automatic dialog reading where the title of the dialog is being spoken more than once.
- The state of a Narrator command such as toggling Scan Mode on and off, volume up and down, voice speed, changing verbosity and context verbosity commands may not be announced when executed.
- The framerate counter chart sometimes doesn’t show up correctly over known games.
- The CPU chart shows an incorrect percentage of usage in the top left corner.
- Charts in the performance panel don’t update immediately when clicking through tabs.
- The user’s gamerpic doesn’t display correctly, even after signing in.
As a reminder, Microsoft turned off Windows Sets in the previous Redstone 5 build, and the feature probably won’t make a comeback until Microsoft is ready to shift its focus on the next major Windows 10 release. That’s actually fine with us if this means we’ll get a more polished version of this major feature next year.Further reading: Build 17711, Fast Ring, Redstone 5, RS5, Skip Ahead, Windows 10, Windows Insider