Windows 10 19H1

Microsoft today surprisingly released a new Windows 10 Build 18298 for Insiders in the Fast Ring. The latest build is from the next update dubbed ’19H1′ and it comes with many new improvements.

There are no new features included in the build but Microsoft has made a lot of improvements based on the feedback by Insiders.

What’s new in Windows 10 Build 18298

Windows 10 Build 18292 comes with File Explorer improvements, new Start menu changes, Notepad features and more.

File Explorer improvements

File Explorer icon

Microsoft has updated the File Explorer icon to make it better with the new light theme introduced some time back.

Default downloads folder sorting

Microsoft is now making changes to the default sorting by introducing “Most recent downloaded file” at the top of the sorting list. This makes it easier for users to find the latest downloaded file even if they have not changed the file name. You also have the option to switch the sortings by going to the View tab in File Explorer.

Start menu improvements

Start menu unpin feature

Microsoft had introduced the ability to unpin groups and folders in Start via a context menu entry. This is now available for all Insiders in the Fast Ring.

Touch keyboard improvements

Microsoft has made some improvements to the Touch keyboard which now brings more accuracy to the words while typing faster.

Console Updates

There are some improvements made to the console with a new “Terminal tab” introduced in the properties page with new settings to enable new and experimental features to be rolled out in future updates.

Notepad Updates

There are some improvements made to the Notepad encoding with Microsoft adding the option to save files in UTF-8 which now will be the default Byte Order Mark for new files.

Additionally, a new column to the status bar has also been added that displays the encoding of the document. Notepad now has a new Modified indicator and will show an asterisk (*) in the title bar which indicates any unsaved changes to the documents.

Narrator Improvements

Starting with this build, you will find a new Narrator Home which gives access to everything you need for the Narrator or to learn the Narrator basics. You can turn off or remove the Narrator Home by going to the Alt + Tab list.

Windows Update Notifications

With Windows 10 19H1, Microsoft is making improvements to the Windows Update Notifications which now shows the Power button in the Start menu with orange indicator alerting you to restart your device to update to newer builds.

As you can see, Microsoft has updated Windows 10 with tons of changes based on the feedback provided by Insiders. The latest build is currently rolling out and if you are enrolled in the Fast Ring, then you can get it by going to Settings > Windows Update > Check for Update.

  • Scott M

    There are some laptops out there, like my original HP Spectre x360, and I’ve seen reports of some Dells, that the 18xxx builds will not install. The two latest builds hang when they get to 48% installing, the older 18xxx builds would hang at 42%. (the circular animation literally freezes)

    No word from MS on this problem still… anyone else have any ideas how to get past this? I think it is some sort of driver issue. I even wiped my spectre, put on a clean 1809 build with no 3rd party drivers, but still the same problem.

    • James Pensacola

      with the latest build 18298 there is no audio driver and no fix

    • M Rankin

      Probably linked To this notice you know from the blog post. We’re putting an update block for this build in place for a small number of PCs that use Nuvoton (NTC) TPM chips with a specific firmware version (1.3.0.1) due to a bug causing issues with Windows Hello face/biometric/pin login not working.

      • Scott M

        I thought it might be the TPM problem, but the builds are still not blocked. I also went into the bios setup and hid the tpm from the OS so it can’t see it, but the install still freezes at 48%. I think it is something other than the TPM, but no matter how much feedback I send to MS, there is no response.

        • M Rankin

          Have you tried downloading the ISO 18290 is available.
          They also might have way of detecting it prevent it from finishing installing.