Today, Microsoft is rolling out a new preview build of Windows 10 October 2018 Update with a series of improvements and bug fixes. Windows 10 Build 17754 comes with fixes for Action Center, Microsoft Edge PWA integration, and more.

Like all updates, build 17754 can be downloaded by going into Windows Update and checking for new updates.

Like the previous version, Windows 10 Build 17754 does not have a build watermark in the lower right hand corner, but that does not mean that development is entirely finished yet. What it does mean, though, is that the October 2018 Update is in its final stages where Microsoft fixes bugs and existing issues so that it is ready for deployment as the next feature update.

One of the bigger issues that were fixed with this release includes fixing a problem that caused reduced Action Center reliability. Another bug with the taskbar flyouts has been addressed in this release. There's a long list of fixes and improvements that you can find below.

New ISOs now available

On Tuesday, Microsoft released new ISO Images of the preview build, allowing Insiders to clean-install the upcoming Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809). You can download Windows 10 17744 ISO images from Microsoft’s Windows Insider program download page here.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update likely to arrive by mid-October

According to the rumors, Microsoft wants to ship the final build to the Windows Insiders by late September. The public rollout of Windows 10 October 2018 Update is then projected to begin in the first half of October.

At IFA 2018, Microsoft said that the team will detail the rollout plans in the coming weeks.

The Windows 10 October 2018 Update comes with a a lot of new features, which we have outlined here.

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build. This does not mean this is the final build as we are not done yet. We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in reduced Action Center reliability in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue where if you opened one of the taskbar flyouts (like network or volume), and then quickly tried to open another, it wouldn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue for people with multiple monitors where if the Open or Save Dialog was moved between monitors some elements might become unexpectedly tiny.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps crashing recently when setting focus to the in-app search box.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain games, like League of Legends, not launching/connecting properly in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue where clicking on web links in PWAs such as Twitter didn’t open the browser.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain PWAs not rendering correctly after the app had been suspended then resumed.
  • We fixed an issue where pasting multi-line text into certain websites using Microsoft Edge might add unexpected empty lines between each line.
  • We fixed a crash in recent flights when using the pen to ink in Microsoft Edge’s web notes.
  • We fixed a high hitting Task Manager crash in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing for Insiders with multiple monitors when changing various options under Display Settings in the last few flights.
  • We fixed a crash when clicking the Verify link on the Accounts Settings page in recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue where the contents of the Apps & Features page wouldn’t load until the apps list was ready, resulting in the page appearing blank for a time.
  • We fixed an issue where the list on Settings of built-in phrases for the Pinyin IME was blank.
  • We fixed an issue in Narrator where activating Microsoft Edge history items would not work in Scan mode.
  • We made some improvements in Narrator Selection when moving forward in Microsoft Edge. Please try this out and use the Feedback hub app to let us know any issues you encounter.

Known issues

  • When you use the Ease of Access Make Text bigger setting, you might see text clipping issues, or find that text is not increasing in size everywhere.
  • Narrator sometimes does not read in the Settings app when you navigate using Tab and arrow keys. Try switching to Narrator Scan mode temporarily. And when you turn Scan mode off again, Narrator will now read when you navigate using Tab and arrows key. Alternatively, you can restart Narrator to work around this issue.

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