Today Microsoft launched a final Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18305 (19H1) for 2018 for Windows Insiders in Fixed Dial. Microsoft says it's the last major Insider building, but they can send out additional cumulative updates as needed.
Despite the fact that the last it looks like it may be one of the largest, with a massive change log.
Here's What's New in Build 1
A Simplified Startup Setup
On the basis of feedback, Microsoft introduces a simplified default Startup Setup for new devices, new user accounts, and clean installs. The new design has been simplified into a slim one-column design with reduced top-level tiles. Commercial and education customers will also see a simplified layout tailored for these scenarios.
Along with previous changes that allow you to uninstall multiple inboxes, and a new way to easily loosen a folder or group of tiles, the simplified startup screen
is part of a continuous effort to improve the startup experience in the forthcoming release of Windows. Note: When you update to this building, the Startup Setup will not automatically change to the new setup because Microsoft wants everything to be exactly the way you left it before you made the update.
Introduction of Windows Sandbox!
Windows Sandbox is a new lightweight desktop environment tailored for safe operation of applications in isolation.
How many times have you downloaded an executable file but were afraid to run it? Have you ever been in a situation that required a clean install of Windows, but did not want to set up a virtual machine?
Microsoft regularly meets these situations, so Microsoft developed the Windows Sandbox: an isolated desktop environment where you can run insecure software without fear of lasting impact on your device. Any software installed in Windows Sandbox stays in the sandbox only and can not affect your host. When Windows Sandbox is closed, all software with all its files and state will be permanently deleted.
Windows Sandbox has the following features:
- Part of Windows – All that is required for this feature comes with Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise. No need to download a VHD!
- Pristine – Every time Windows Sandbox runs, it's as clean as a brand new Windows installation
- Disposable – nothing goes on the device; Everything is discarded after closing the application
- Secure – uses hardware-based kernel insulation virtualization, which depends on Microsoft Hypervisor to run a separate kernel that isolates the Windows Sandbox from the host
- Effective – user integrated kernel planner, smartphone management and virtual GPU
To install Windows Sandbox, go to Settings> Apps> Applications and Features> Programs and Features> Turn Windows Features on or off and then select Enable Windows Sandbox .
To start Windows Sandbox, open Start the menu, type Windows Sandbox and select it.
Windows Sandbox responds to host diagnostic data settings. All other privacy settings are set to the default values.
For more information, please visit Windows Sandbox on Windows Kernel Internals.
- When installing Windows Sandbox first and every service event, an installation process will run and trigger significant CPU and disk activity for a minute or so.
- Opening the Start menu in Windows Sandbox takes some time, and some boot menus will not run.
- The time zone is not synced between Windows
- Windows Sandbox does not support installers that require restart.
- The Microsoft Store is not supported in Windows Sandbox.
- Windows Sandbox does not support high dpi monitors very well.
- Windows Sandbox
Windows Security Utility Improvements
New Protection History Experience: Based on the suggestions and feedback, the protection story is ex. perience in windows security has been fully upgraded. The new protection story experience shows continued discoveries of Windows Defender Antivirus, but it is now updated to provide more detailed and easier to understand information about threats and available actions. Microsoft has also added Controlled Folder History Blog to history, along with any blocks created through Organization Configuration of Attack Surface Reduction Rules. If you use the Windows Defender Offline Scanning tool, it will detect which detections it does, now also in your history. In addition, you will see any pending recommendations (red or yellow states from the whole app) in the history list.
Introduction of damper protection ! Tamper Protection is a new setting from Windows Defender Antivirus, available in the Windows Security app, which, when it's on, provides additional protection against changes to key security features, including limiting changes that are not directly made through the Windows Security app. You can find this setting under Windows Security> Virus and Threat Protection> Virus and Threat Protection Settings.
Symbols and Kaomoji are now just a shortcut away!
Have you ever tried to write an em-dash and do not remember the Alt-key code? Wanted to post "flip the table" in social media but could not remember the sequence of characters? When you press WIN + (period) or WIN + (semicolon), in addition to the emoji picker that appears, now contain symbols and kaomoji!
You can ask what is kaomoji? Translated literally from Japanese, it means "facials" – basically there is a way to make faces using text only. You can already use them, for example, the above is relatively popular: (? °? °) ??
Diver more into the symbol page, you'll find Microsoft has included punctuation, currency, geometric, math, latin, and language symbols. When you select the most commonly used symbols, the most commonly used tab will fill with them, making it even easier to choose them next time.
At the moment, only the emoji section supports the type to be searched.
This experience, originally introduced for Chinese (Simplified) during the RS5 development, began rolling out to Insiders across all languages with Build 18252 – as today it is now available to all Insiders in Fast!
History of the clipboard gets a new look
Have you already tried to use the clipboard history? If enabled, it allows you to save multiple clipboard for later use. Introduced during RS5 development, Microsoft has received good feedback from everyone on this experience, and one of the things Microsoft heard most is that the user interface was not compact enough – a large space was used for each entry, even if it was just a small text fragment . Microsoft originally chose to view larger entries so that it was possible to preview a preview image, but when Microsoft looked at its data, Microsoft found that 90% of the items in the clipboard history were text. Based on that and your feedback, Microsoft now optimizes the design for text bits – shrinks the height of each entry, giving you access to multiple listings without having to scroll through the view.
Hope you like the change Microsoft team! Copy some text and touch Windows Logo Key + V to check out the updated design.
Sign in to Windows with Microsoft Accounts without keywords
Microsoft pushes forward to eliminate passwords and keep your accounts safe with another fun feature. Today, Microsoft announces support for setting up and logging on to Windows with a phone number account without having to create or handle password issues! ? If you have a Microsoft account with your phone number, you can use an SMS to log in and set up your account on Windows 10. Once you've set up your account, you can use Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or a PIN. code (depending on device capabilities) to log on to Windows 10. No password required everywhere!
Create a phone number account without password
If you do not already have a password-less phone number account, you can create one in a mobile app like Word to try it out. Just go to Word and sign up with your phone number by entering your phone number under "Sign in or sign up for free".
Add password-free phone number account to Windows
Now that you have created a password-free phone number account, you can use it to log on to Windows with the following steps:
- Add your account to Windows from Settings> Accounts> Family and other users> "Add someone else to this PC."
- Lock the device and select your phone number account from the Windows login screen.
- Since your account does not have a password, select "Login Options", click on the alternative "PIN" tiles, and click Sign in.
- Review weblog and Windows Hi setup (this is what you want to log in to your account on login files again)
- You can now enjoy the benefits of logging in to Windows with your password-free phone number account.
Note: This experience is current y only available to Insiders on Home Edition. We Tell You When Expanding to Multiple Versions
Streamlined Windows Hi PIN Reset Experience
Microsoft knows it's hard to remember a PIN so Microsoft wanted to give our Microsoft account users a renewed Windows Hello reset experience with the same appearance as logging in to the web. Check it out in today's building by clicking the "I forgot my PIN" link when you log on to Windows with a PIN.
Note: This experience is currently available only for Insiders on Home Edition. We will tell you when expanding to multiple editions.
Keep your device steady with recommended troubleshooting
Microsoft can automatically fix certain critical issues on your Windows device to keep it steady. For example, Microsoft can automatically restore default settings for critical services, adjust feature settings to match your hardware configuration, or make other specific changes that are required for Windows to work normally. Critical troubleshooting occurs automatically and can not be turned off.
Microsoft also recommends troubleshooting for other issues that are not critical to normal Windows operation, but may affect the experience. For example, Microsoft may recommend turning off a setting that sometimes causes an app or feature to crash unexpectedly until an update is available. We will tell you when Microsoft can help and you can choose to run the debugger or ignore it. You can also change how recommended troubleshooting is running on your device by opening Start> Settings> Privacy> Diagnostics and Feedback .
You can see recommended troubleshooting from us while Microsoft is testing the feature. These tests, labeled as "Recommended Test Troubleshooter", are safe to run and will not make any changes to your device. Testing helps ensure that the function works as designed and gives you the opportunity to provide feedback so that Microsoft can help your device work properly.
You will see this notification when there is a recommended troubleshooting for your Device:
After clicking the notification, you will see this screen, where you can choose whether you want to run or not the recommended debugger.
Automatic Restart and Login (ARSO) for Business
Are you tired of seeing These flashing screens after each update?
ARSO is a feature that automatically logs into a user after an update to complete the setup and then lock the PC. This feature is part of our seamless update history for Windows, and the goal is to reduce the customer's pain points around updates, including things like mail sign-in setup time and unable to retrieve where you left.
This feature will be enabled on Cloud Domain Joined devices that meet certain security requirements:
- BitLocker is enabled and suspended during upgrade
- TPM 2.0
To check if your device will get ARSO, go to Settings> Accounts> Login Options> Privacy:
If the switch turns on "On" and is not grayed out, the device meets security requirements for ARSO, and is enabled by default.
If the swap is Tinted and Enabled, this means that your IT administrator has explicitly enabled ARSO for you, regardless of the device's security requirements.
If the switch is grayed out and disabled, this may mean that you do not meet the minimum security requirements of Enterprise ARSO, or your IT administrator has explicitly disabled ARSO for you, regardless of the device's security requirements.
Set a default task manager tab
Do you have a preferred category in Task Manager – one that you're always immediately switching to? Microsoft is happy to share you, you can now choose your own default fan! When you start Task Manager, it will now jump directly to the preferred tab.
You can specify the preferred category via Options > Set the default fan .
Updated Settings Homepage
In this release, Microsoft introduces a new way to help users complete their Windows setup and quickly access some of the most frequently used settings. Inspired by the Microsoft account home page, the Settings homepage now has a header at the top so you can take faster actions for things like logging in and managing your Microsoft account so Windows and Microsoft experience better. It also gives you an overview of system status, such as when updates are available.
Some of you may have already seen this in earlier buildings, but do not worry if not, Microsoft continues to roll this out slowly and you will see it in an upcoming building.
Friendly dates in File Explorer
With Build 18272, Microsoft mentioned some Insiders may notice someone Get small changes in File Explorer. Microsoft promised details, and sharing the updated default download folder sorting was the first part of it. The other part of this is this: Microsoft is trying a new default date format in File Explorer! Cold friendly dates, you can see an example of how it looks in the picture below.
Why make the change? The new format simplifies the date changed column and provides consistency with other views you see through OS, apps, and the web.
In Build 18305, Microsoft makes it a little easier to turn off if there's nothing you've got – you no longer need to dig through settings, you can now just right-click on the changed column and swap the friendly date on and off.
Friendly date is not available to everyone, but will roll out to everyone later.
Shadows are back!
As some eager eye insiders have noticed, Microsoft recently began to roll out the shadow work. Microsoft was originally introduced with Build 17711.
Shadows are part of our long-term vision of the development of floating design, and Microsoft is pleased to bring them back to you today after addressing some of the feedback you shared with us after the initial rollout.
New Release of the New Japanese IME
Thank you for your valuable feedback on our new Japanese IME. A few weeks ago, Microsoft IME disconnected to retrieve some of the feedback that was shared with us, and Microsoft is now ready to start rolling out the IME again to Insiders. The latest version of IME has improved key customization options and improved candidate window reliability (fixes a problem that would not appear) and Microsoft looks forward to trying it. Because Microsoft wants to ensure the best possible writing experience, this will be a branched rollout – some Insiders will get it today, and Microsoft will carefully review both metrics and your comments before pushing IME out to everyone. We look forward to trying it and sharing feedback!
Note: Microsoft is aware of compatibility issues with some game programs, and the team is working with them – they will let you know when this has been addressed.
Introducing the Office App for Windows 10
This month, Windows Insiders get their first look at the new Office app, a simple experience designed to help users get the most out of Office and get back to work quickly. This app is based on the redesigned Office.com experience, which has received great feedback from users, and has changed how many of our network users are involved with Office daily.
The app is a great starting point for Office that helps you. You can easily find all your files in one place or access any Office solution available to you. It knows to connect to Office Rich Clients if they are installed on your computer or it will send you to the web version of Office if they are not. It will also appreciate the ability to customize the app by integrating other business lines using Azure Active Directory for the experience and using the company's branding for the app.
Please see the Microsoft 365 Blog post for more information about the Office app.
Note: You can notice the new Office icons in the screen above! They do not live for Insiders yet, but Microsoft wanted you to get a taste of how it will look when they are.
Get more done with Cortana and Microsoft To-Do
Wanting a to-do list only seems hard for you? Save time and keep organized – Cortana helps you by adding reminders and tasks to Microsoft To-Do lists with this preview so you can keep up to date with what matters most. Use your voice, your PC, your phone – your choice.
Enhance your tasks – Microsoft To-Do, Cortana lists and reminders, and Outlook tasks can now become one, centrally located in the Microsoft To-Do app. Use Microsoft to do anywhere: on Android or iPhone, with Cortana, or on your Windows 10 PC. You can also access it from the web. It will automatically sync so you never miss a beat.
When you ask Cortana to add milk to your food list, it will appear on one of your Microsoft lists.
Or ask Cortana to remind you to call a friend and see the reminder displayed in Microsoft To- Make scheduled list.
With this integration, Microsoft is promoting efforts to seamlessly synchronize your To-Do, Cortana To-Do lists, and your tasks in Outlook. Learn more about integrating Microsoft To-Do and Outlook.
To start the synchronization, your Windows 10 computer must run Build 18267+ and connect to either Australia, India, the United States or the United Kingdom. Learn more about Microsoft To-Do and Cortana integration. To share feedback, join the cohort or use the Windows Feedback Hub. uses the Windows Feedback Hub.
- Microsoft solved a problem that resulted in error checking "KERNEL SECURITY CHECK FAILURE" while creating / starting World Championship or installing / performing scans with certain AV Apps.
- Microsoft solved a problem where the Open Folder Icon in File Explorer had a white background using dark theme.
- Microsoft solved a problem in the previous building where Settings crashed when you opened Voice settings.
- Microsoft solved a problem where the action center did not have an opened animation in the latest aircraft.
- Microsoft solved a problem where the activities were listed, so you could easily retrieve where you left when you opened searches, everyone had an unexpected old time stamp.
- Microsoft solved a problem where the search box in the taskbar had a truncated dark frame in light theme.
- Microsoft provided a few scenarios that could cause the taskbar to unexpectedly become transparent.
- Microsoft solved a problem th ved can cause taskhostw.exe unexpectedly using a lot of CPU for a long time.
- Microsoft solved a problem where Settings would crash when you click "Show storage usage on other drives" under System> Storage in newer buildings
- Microsoft solved a problem where "Delete previous version of Windows" in Configure storage session could not be selected .
- Microsoft resolved a problem that resulted in unexpected failure for backup by someone with a message saying media is read-only (error code 0x80070013).
- When the Search section is visible in Settings, it now comes before Update and Security.
- Microsoft solved a problem where some pages in Settings had more space on top than others.
- Microsoft fixed a problem resulting in? and some other characters are not displayed correctly in specific text fields.
- Microsoft solved a problem where Windows Ink Workspace used the old Microsoft Store icon.
- Microsoft solved a problem where the emoji pointer may partially shield if it was called near the bottom of the screen.
- Microsoft solved a problem where the second line of the input indicator in the taskbar, when displayed, was not readable in an easy theme.
- Microsoft has updated our message in the Clipboard tool to include a tip about using WIN + Shift + S to improve discoverability – thank people who suggested this!
- Microsoft solved a problem where you could not sort by "Shared GPU Memory" column on the Details tab of the  category Microsoft solved a problem that resulted in ShellExperienceHost.exe to prevent the device from falling asleep with the message "A Miracast -cans are currently connected. " Despite the fact that the session has already been disconnected.
- Mi crosoft solved a problem from previous aircraft, where in some systems the High Definition Audio Controller failed to start code 10, resulting in no sound from built-in speakers and microphone.
- Hyperlink colors must be refined in dark mode in Sticky Notes about insights are enabled.
- The Windows Security app may display an unknown status for the Virus and Threats area, or do not update properly. This may occur after upgrading, restart or settings change.
- The process cmimanageworker.exe can hang, which causes system malfunction or higher than usual CPU usage. This can be reversed by starting the computer if it occurs.
- Launch of games using BattlEye anti-cheat, triggering an error check (green screen) – Microsoft examines.
- USB printers can be displayed twice in the devices and printers under Control Panel. If you reinstall the printer, solve the problem.
- Microsoft is investigating a problem where you click your account in Cortana Permissions, does not bring the user interface to log out of Cortana (if you were already logged in) for some users in this building.
- If you are using Hyper-V and have added an external vSwitch in addition to default, many UWP apps will not be able to connect to the Internet. Removing add-on switch will resolve this.
- The task scheduler user interface may appear blank even if scheduled tasks. For now, use the command line to see them.
- Creative X-Fi sound card does not work properly. Microsoft works with Creative to resolve this issue.
- When you try to update to build 18305, some S Mode devices will download and restart but fail the update.
- If you install any of the latest buildings from the quick ring and switch to slow ring – optional content, for example, enable developer mode will fail. You must remain in the Quick Ring to add / install / enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on buildings that are approved for specific calling.
Windows 10 Insiders in the Fast Ring can download the new building by checking for updates in settings.