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Windows 10 Insider Preview 21354.1 (co_release) 210402-1630

Good Morning, friends! Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 pre-build number 21354 for Windows Insider program members using the Dev channel.

Build Number : Windows 10 Insider Preview 21354.1 (co_release) 210402-1630

Previous update update was 21343.1000 (rs_prerelease)

Windows 10 Insider Preview 21354.1 co release
Windows 10 Insider Preview 21354.1 co release

Starting with today’s construction, insiders will notice that the branch name on which the construction is being built has changed to CO_RELEASE. As of October, when insiders began construction from the FE_RELEASE branch, the company is working on the power to transform a branch that is considered an active development branch. Since engineers work in different branches within the development cycle, it may be necessary to move insiders between these branches. The company treats these builds the same as it does the builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.

We remind you that the Dev channel releases a build that can contain quite unpleasant errors. If you need more stability, we recommend switching to the Beta or Release Preview channels.

Innovations

New personalization features for the News and Interests widget»

Microsoft continues to improve the “News and Interests” widget on the taskbar, based on insider reviews. In the new build, the company introduces the ability to personalize the news feed according to their interests.

news and interests flyout scaled 1
news and interests flyout scaled 1

Now, at the top of the “News and Interests” window, you will see a new “Manage Interests” button, which is designed to go to a page in the browser where you can choose topics you are interested in. New users of the widget will see a card in the feed with an offer to personalize the news feed.

news and interests personalization flow
news and interests personalization flow

At the top of the My Interests page, you can use the search to find the topics or publications you want to subscribe to. In total, there are more than a dozen categories available. By subscribing to a topic, you will see more news related to it in the feed. You can edit the list of interests on the same page by selecting the appropriate section in the side menu.

Also on the “My Interests” page, you can go to the “Set up my channel” section, with which Microsoft will introduce you to publications from its partner network, as well as offer to rate articles to take into account what is interesting to you. To manage subscriptions, open the “Followed Publishers” section in the sidebar. You can customize your feed wherever you see the news cards. Click on the ” X “in the upper-right corner of the card to delete the article and specify one of the reasons:” Not interested in this news”,” Don’t like the source “or”Report a problem”.

The new personalization features are available in several markets, including the US, UK, Canada, India, and Australia. Over time, the features will become available in other regions as well.

We remind you that the “News and Interests” widget is gradually spreading among users, which means that the feature is not yet available to all insiders on the Dev channel.

Improved display settings

Disables automatic content-dependent brightness adjustment (CABC). The CABC function allows you to increase the battery life of the devices, although at the expense of reducing the image quality. Changing brightness can not only distract, but also interfere with the work, especially if the image quality is of great importance. For example, this may interfere with artists who care about colour accuracy. The ability to disable CABC was one of the most requested features, and now insiders will be able to manage it under “Settings” -> “System” -> “Display”.

Display brightness and colour
Display brightness and colour

Note. Depending on the device, you may only see one checkbox under the brightness slider. To find out if your device supports CABC, you can refer to the graphics professor’s control panel.

HDR certification. In the new insider builds, the “Settings” -> “System” -> “Display” -> “Advanced Display Settings” section will now show the HDR certificates for your displays. At the moment, there will only be certificates displayed for some Dolby Vision and VESA DisplayHDR models, so don’t worry if you don’t see an HDR certificate, even if your display is certified.

New Camera settings page

Microsoft is introducing a new Cameras page in the Settings app that will allow users to add and remove cameras, as well as adjust the default image quality for each specific camera.

Camera Light
Camera Light

This page allows you to manage the cameras regardless of whether they are connected directly to the device (for example, webcams), or are ONVIF IP cameras on your local network (read more about ONVIF support in Windows here). The page can be found under “Settings” -> “Devices” -> “Cameras”.

For each camera in the list, there is a “Customize” button that allows you to change the default brightness and contrast of the image. For example, you can use the settings to solve the problem of shading the face due to the light in the background. Depending on which features are supported by your camera, you can adjust the brightness, contrast, enable HDR, Eye Contact, or correct the camera tilt.

Camera Light 1
Camera Light 1

Updating pre-installed apps

MS Paint is now updated via the Microsoft Store

Paint icon
Paint icon

From now on, Classic Paint can be updated through the Microsoft Store, regardless of the Windows 10 feature updates. The application also received a new icon and was moved from the “Standard-Windows” folder to its location in the “Start” menu.

“Scissors” is now updated with the Microsoft Store

Snipping tool
Snipping tool

Scissors is now also updated via the Microsoft Store, regardless of the Windows 10 feature updates. The app has become part of the “Sketch on Screenshot” package, so the company can release updates for two products at the same time. And it was also moved from the “Standard-Windows” folder to its location in the Start menu.

Note. Since the company combines “Sketch in Screenshot” and “Scissors”, insiders who have not previously installed the “Sketch in Screenshot” app will see that “Scissors” is missing from this build, which means you will have to download “Sketch in Screenshot” from the Microsoft Store.

Organizing administrative tools and system utilities

Windows tool Icon
Windows tool Icon

In Build 21343, Microsoft announced the renaming of the Windows Administration Tools folder to Windows Tools in the Start menu. This was the first step to getting all the administration tools and system utilities organized in Windows 10. In Build 21354, the company removed the Standard — Windows, Windows Administration Tools, Windows PowerShell, and Utility — Windows folders from the Start menu, and all applications from these folders are now located in the Windows Tools folder. All applications can still be found using search, pinned in the Start menu or on the taskbar, and your shortcuts will continue to work. By the way, as part of this change, “Explorer” has moved to its location in the Start menu.

Changes and improvements

  • [News and Interests] As mentioned earlier, the ability to disable the “Open on hover” function in the taskbar settings has been added.
  • The default path for accessing Linux files from Windows (the change applies to Windows Subsystem for Linux) has changed from `\wsl\ ‘ to ‘\wsl. localhost\ ‘ to improve performance and stability. However, you will still be able to access Linux files using \ \ wsl $ \ ‘.
  • Under Settings – > Update & Security – > Change Activity Period, you will see that the option “Automatically change activity period for this device based on actions” is enabled, even if you have never configured this feature. Microsoft has decided that this option will now be enabled by default. It allows Windows Update to more accurately schedule an automatic reboot of the device at a time when you don’t normally use it.
  • Now all pinned sites from Microsoft Edge (regardless of when you pinned them) should use the feature described here). You no longer need to unpin and re-pin the site.
  • On ARM64 devices, you can now switch the compatibility setting for x64 applications.
  • In Settings -> Personalization -> Device Usage, you can specify how to use your device to get personalized tips, tools and services.

Bug Fixes

  • [Games] Fixed an issue where some games might crash, sometimes syncing saves would not work if you were playing on a different device, and data might not be saved when installing a new game.
  • [File Explorer] Resolved an issue where all pinned folders in the Quick Access section disappear after installing Build 21343. Note that the fix prevents the problem from happening in the future, but will not restore those unsold folders if you install 21343.
  • [File Explorer] Fixed an issue that caused some insiders to completely lose the “Quick Access” section after installing build 21343.
  • Fixed an issue that affected the stability of the search in the previous build.
  • [News and Interests] Fixed an issue where the “News and Interests” button could overlap other content on the taskbar. This occurs mainly for devices with small screens.
  • Fixed an issue where the text in the tooltip for items in the Power Off button menu in the Start menu was displayed incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the system to crash if you logged in to WinPE and tried to turn on the “Screen Announcer” using the WIN + Ctrl + Enter combination.
  • Fixed an issue where some insiders would have a GSOD with the SYSTEM_THREAD_EXCEPTION_NOT_HANDLED error when rebooting or shutting down in a previous build.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a GSOD to appear when running WSL.
  • Fixed an issue where the Windows Update page displayed a progress bar, but no downloads were made.
  • Fixed an issue where switching to the Power and Sleep Mode section would cause the Settings app to crash.
  • Fixed an issue where there was a new toggle in Settings – > Personalization – > Lock Screen that didn’t do anything.
  • Fixed an issue where some insiders would get an error when trying to add a password to a local account that was created without a password.
  • Fixed an issue where the Pinyin IME settings page was empty if opened via search.
  • Fixed an issue where the desktop background could turn black after snapping the app to the edge of the screen.
  • Fixed an issue where some text in the Scissors tool was displayed incorrectly.
  • Fixed an issue where the handwriting panel did not work with the pen on devices with ARM64 processors.
  • Fixed an issue that affected the stability of the clipboard history.
  • Fixed an issue that caused some applications to duplicate characters when typing using Korean IME.
  • Fixed an issue where after copying and pasting a text field in PowerPoint, it was not possible to insert composite lines when typing using IME.
  • Fixed an issue where when entering text using IME in Japanese or Chinese in some applications that have their user interface for IME candidates, candidate words were not displayed in the application user interface.
  • Now all insiders on the Dev channel can fix the problem that caused the switched key on the touch keyboard to have the wrong background colour when hovering over it with the mouse or pen. This fix was already mentioned in build 21327.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the login time to increase in the previous build.
  • Fixed an issue that appeared in the previous build that caused some insiders to have longer system load times than usual.
  • Fixed an issue where the Network button on the login screen would not work and could potentially cause the system to crash.
  • Fixed an issue where the system could freeze on a black screen when logging in to some profiles. If you still face this problem, then send a new review via the Feedback Hub.
  • Fixed an issue that in previous builds could cause freezes when viewing videos in Chromium-based browsers.

Known issues

  • We are investigating reports that the system update process may hang for a long time when trying to install a new build.
  • [News and Interests] The Esc key closes the pop-up window, not the context menu called up inside the pop-up window.
  • [News and Interests] Sometimes the pop-up window of news and interesting information cannot be closed with a pen.
  • [ARM64] Insiders who installed a preview version of the Qualcomm Adreno graphics driver on the Surface Pro X may experience reduced display brightness. This issue has been fixed in the updated preview version of the graphics driver, which you can find at the link: https://aka.ms/x64previewdriverprox. If you encounter this problem, then check out the topic in the “Feedback Center” at this link.
  • We are investigating a problem that causes Windows Search elements (including the search field in the “Explorer”) to display incorrectly in a dark theme.
  • Engineers are working to fix an issue that appeared in a previous build and affected WSUS users, which caused the “Check online for updates from Microsoft Update” option to become inactive. If you are affected by this issue, run the following command in the “Command Prompt” as an administrator so that Microsoft servers are accessed when checking for updates:
reg add "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\WindowsUpdate\UX\Settings" /f /v ScanMicrosoftOnly /t REG_DWORD /d 0x01
  • After executing the command, click on the “Check for updates” button in the “Windows Update” section in the “Settings”. Note that the command must be run every time you want to re-check for an update because after checking for updates, the value in the registry is reset.
  • Due to a problem with transferring shortcuts to the new Windows Tools folder, “This computer” is displayed with the name “computer”. The engineers have already prepared a fix that will be included in the next builds.
  • Some applications, such as 3D Viewer and Print 3D, that were previously located in the “Standard — Windows” folder, are now located in the “Windows Tools” folder. After fixing the problem, these shortcuts will be returned to the Start menu and will not be located in any folder. In the meantime, you can find them through the search or in the “Windows Tools” folder.
  • The Camera app currently does not take into account the default brightness setting set on the new page in Settings.
  • Some cameras may not support the settings from the “Camera” section in “Settings” if this camera is used in another application.
  • Access to the virtual GPU does not work for Windows and Linux guest systems. Adding a vGPU to the VM will not have any effect, so it will continue to work with software rendering.
I wish you a successful update!

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