Windows 10 20H1 Build 19023 is here with no new features but lots of changes

Arif Bacchus

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Microsoft late this afternoon has announced the release of Windows 10 20H1 build 19023 to Fast Ring Windows Insiders. Yet again, this build doesn’t deliver on any major new features, but there are some changes, and an important experiment with drivers to take note of.

We’ll start first with the drivers experiment, which isn’t exactly specific to this build. According to Microsoft, the company is looking into ways to see how they can deliver driver updates through Windows Update. This means that drivers which Windows characterized as optional will not be automatically downloaded and installed on Windows Insider’s PCs running 20H1 Build 18980 and newer. According to the company:

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.

Now, for the actual changes, improvements, and fixes delivered in this build. First off, Microsoft has resolved the issue where if  a build attempted to download and install before you had completed the first login of a prior install (such as Build 19013), you would experience a 2-hour window. An important bug with lag processing input in full-screen videos has also been resolved. Other changes are below.

  • 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.

Finally, for the list of known issues. There’s a key problem where Sandbox and WDAG won’t work. Microsoft recommends for you to pause updates if you’re concerned about this. Additionally, the same incompatibility issue with certain games using BattlEye anti-cheat software is still persisting. Other known issues are below.

  • 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.

As we continue to see smaller and smaller Windows 10 20H1 builds, it might look as though the update is getting closer to being finalized. Previously, it was rumored that the update might go RTM this December. Microsoft is just coming off the launch of the Windows 10 November 2019 Update, so this shouldn’t be surprising.