This week’s Windows 10 19H1 preview build is an exciting one. With the release of Windows 10 Preview Update 18282, Microsoft is extending its 19H1 preview branch further. Among the changes with this release include a Light Theme, and changes to Windows Update methods, printing compatibility, and snipping.
Now Windows 10 October 2018 Update has been re-released, Microsoft can move ahead with the next full platform update. Windows 10 19H1 is that build and will be released to end users during next spring. At the moment, the build is moving through previews on the Windows Insider Program.
Perhaps the standout new feature of build 18282 is the Light Theme. In recent years, we have seen Microsoft extend the Dark Theme across Windows 10 services. Well, the Dark Theme is so yesterday’s news it seems and naturally users no want a lighter Windows experience.
This latest release brings a lighter hue to the Start menu, Action Center, touch keyboard, taskbar, and other elements. It is worth noting this lighter color is options and can be found via Settings>Personalization>Colors>Light. To accompany the Light Theme, Microsoft has included the wallpaper you see in the main image.
Elsewhere in Windows 19H1, Microsoft has added a window snip mode to Snip & Sketch. However, this new feature is only available for around half of Insiders and will role out more widely later.
On the Windows Update side, Microsoft has made two changes to Pause Updates and Intelligent Active Hours. For the former, users can now pause updates from directly on the Windows Update page. For Active Hours, Windows can automatically push out updates based on your device activity.
This 19H1 build includes the following general bug fixes and improvements:
- Fixed an issue causing File Explorer to freeze when interacting with video files in the last few flights.
- Fixed an issue resulting in certain x86 apps and games having blurry text rendering in the last few flights, where the text appeared to have a shadow.
- If you were seeing certain games fail to launch with an error citing unexpected kernel modification detected, please check the games for available updates.
- When you hover over the navigation pane in Start, after a short period it will now automatically expand. This is something that a portion of Insiders have had for a little bit now, and is now rolling out to all Insiders.
- Added a shadow to Action Center, to match the shadow seen along the borders of our other taskbar flyouts.
- Fixed an issue resulting in some users not being able to set Win32 program defaults for certain app and file type combinations using the Open with… command or via Settings > Apps > Default apps.
- Fixed an issue resulting in the context menu not coming up when right-clicking an open app in Task View.
- Fixed an issue resulting in the touch keyboard not working correctly when trying to type Chinese with the Bopomofo IME.
- Some improvements in the Narrator and Chrome browser experience.
- Narrator Scan Mode will more reliability toggle off when a user reaches the Word Online canvas, making it easier to type.
- Fixed a race condition resulting in blue screens if your PC was set up to dual boot in recent builds.
- Fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a PDC_WATCHDOG_TIMEOUT bug check / green screen on resume from hibernate.
- Fixed an issue resulting in the Network button on the sign-in screen not working recently.
- Fixed an issue resulting in some users noticing the update status cycling between Getting Things Ready, Downloading, and Installing (often accompanied with error 0x8024200d caused by a failed express package download).
- Updated the Start and Taskbar jump lists to now have a touch of Fluent Design.