Today Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17093 for PC to insiders in the fast ring and to those who skip ahead. This was a big release with a lot of new features, changes, and bug fixes. Some of the new features that standout are a new button that will allow you to delete diagnostic data stored in Windows, new multi-gpu graphics settings, and WSL updates.
Delete Diagnostic Data
Recently Microsoft revealed that users will soon be able to see what diagnostic data is collected by Windows 10. In this build, Microsoft added a button that allows users to delete this data. This button is not currently working, but Microsoft has stated that it will be active before the release of Redstone 4.
New Application level settings for multi-GPU Systems
For those who have multiple GPUs in their computer, Windows will attempt to classify one of them as a "Power Savings" GPU and the other as the "High Performance" one. You can then configure applications to either be used in power saving or high performance mode, which would use the card that fits that category.
Microsoft has stated that the motherboard embedded GPUs will typically be categorized as "Power Saving" and external devices, such as installed NVDIA and AMD cards, would be categorized as "High Performance". I am not sure how they plan on categorizing systems that have two external GPUs installed that are different brands such as a high end AMD and a high end NVIDIA card.
Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) improvements
This release brings some significant changes to WSL. With this build, Windows applications and Linux applications can now communicate with each other over Unix sockets. This allows you to run an application in Windows that acts like a server, which can also be used by WSL applications.
Another interesting feature is the wsl.conf configuration file. This file allows you to configure various settings such as automounts, network configuration, and more that will be used every time you launch WSL. More info can be found here.
General Changes, Improvements, and fixes in Build 17093
- We fixed an issue where the network flyout didn’t have an acrylic background (Yay Fluent Design!).
- We fixed the issue causing VPN clients installed via the Microsoft Store to not work after upgrading to Build 17083.
- We fixed an issue where the Home text label was missing from the Settings navigation pane.
- We fixed an issue where Windows Security in Settings was missing an icon in the navigation pane.
- We fixed an issue where dropdowns in the new App volume and device preferences page under Sound Settings were truncated when the Settings window wasn’t wide enough.
- We fixed an issue where the new App volume and device preferences page under Sound Settings might have duplicate apps listed.
- We fixed issues with the slider controls for sound under Settings > System > Sound and “App volume and device preferences”. Thanks @MSWindowsinside, @CrazyCatsGot2 and @TheScarfix for reporting this!
- We fixed an issue in Windows Update Settings where if you’d selected restart to kick off an upgrade and then canceled the restart, the restart button in Settings would no longer be functional.
- We fixed an issue where the data limit dialog on the Data Usage Settings page had no margins.
- We fixed an issue where permissions for inbox apps were cleared out when upgrading to recent builds, resulting in you being unexpectedly re-prompted to enable or disable these permissions when you launched an impacted app.
- We fixed an issue where the Advanced display settings link was missing from Display Settings.
- We fixed an issue where going to Focus Assist Settings might crash Settings.
- We’ve updated the “Use my sign-in info…” text in Sign-in Options settings to be more clear.
- We fixed an issue where clicking the search entry from the app command menu of certain apps would crash explorer.exe.
- We fixed an issue where the night light quick action in the Action Center sometimes didn’t work due to a long running calculation of the schedule to automatically turn on/off night light.
- We’ve updated the Action Center context menu such that the three focus assist states are now collapsed under one expandable entry.
- We fixed an issue where sharing to Cortana Reminders wasn’t working in recent flights.
- We’ve updated the OneDrive Files-on-Demand state icon in File Explorer’s navigation pane so they now display closer to the file icon.
- We fixed an issue where burning an ISO file to CD threw an unexpected error “Selected Disc image file isn’t valid” in recent builds.
- We’ve updated the People flyout to now use your accent color when “Show accent color” is selected in Color Settings.
- We have fixed the issue where Win32 apps pinned to Start would display as blank live tiles that show only a name starting with “W~”.
- We fixed an issue where the Start layout might get reset if you upgraded straight from the Anniversary Update.
- We have fixed the issue where using Task View to switch to an app might result in touch not working properly in that app.
- We fixed an issue where using the new right-click options to delete groups of activities from Timeline might not delete the entire group.
- As we prepare RS4 for release, we’re removing the feedback button in Task View that was introduced for Insiders to give feedback on Timeline – thanks everyone who’s logged feedback so far! We welcome you to continue giving feedback via the Feedback Hub under the Desktop Environment > Timeline category.
- We fixed an issue where the text label for creating virtual desktops in Task View was truncated in certain languages.
- We fixed an issue where the app icons in the Open With dialog might appear pixelated on high DPI screens.
- We fixed an issue where music wouldn’t re-route back to audio peripheral if you skipped to next track before connecting the USB or Bluetooth audio device.
- We fixed an issue where the Windows.old folder wasn’t completely emptied and removed after cleanup.
- We fixed an issue where using Ctrl + Alt + Break in Hyper-V didn’t work to make a VM re-enter full screen mode.
- We fixed an issue where vmconnect couldn’t insert or eject an ISO/DVD drive.
- We fixed an issue that could result in lower frame rates in games in certain monitor configurations.
- We fixed an issue resulting in audio from Microsoft Edge sometimes becoming unexpectedly muted in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue where when using Microsoft Edge with dark theme the text in the address bar might become black on dark grey.
- We fixed a number of issues impacting Microsoft Edge reliability in the last few builds.
- We fixed an issue resulting in opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge in recent builds potentially taking an unexpectedly long time.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge file downloads to secondary drives failing in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in SVG images on certain websites not rendering in Microsoft Edge.
- When dragging a website from the address bar in Microsoft Edge in order to pin it to the favorites bar, you will now see the favicon and website name follow your mouse as you drag.
- We fixed an issue from recent builds where content copied to the clipboard using Web Notes in Microsoft Edge couldn’t be pasted.
- We fixed an issue where certain PDF files wouldn’t display their context menu correctly in Microsoft Edge.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge potentially crashing on launch when using roaming profiles.
- We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to scroll components of certain websites when viewed in Microsoft Edge despite a scrollbar being visible.
- We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to use Flash on certain sites in Microsoft Edge in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge crashing recently if you clicked on the page when in caret mode.
- We fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge in recent builds where clicking on link’s in the ‘Ask Cortana’ sidebar might open the page inside the sidebar instead of the main window.
- We fixed an issue from the last two builds where certain websites didn’t load in Microsoft Edge, although the name of the website was correct in the tab.
- We fixed an issue from the last two builds where an unexpected grey rectangle was visible in Microsoft Edge settings next to the word Settings.
- We fixed an issue from the last build where processes in Task Manager only showed at most 100mb of memory used.
- We fixed an issue where Narrator wouldn’t say anything if you were to use the arrow keys to navigate through text typed into Command Prompt.
- We fixed an issue an issue where the touch keyboard might be a pixel-width up from the bottom of the screen if the display scaling wasn’t 100%, leading to the keyboard unexpectedly dismissing if you tapped that area.
- We fixed an issue an issue resulting in the one-handed touch keyboard being unexpectedly large in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue from recently builds where shapewriting in the touch keyboard would stop showing text candidates if you were using it, dismissed the keyboard, re-invoked the keyboard, and tried to start shapewriting again.
- We fixed an issue from recent builds impacting Emoji Panel invocation reliability.
Known issues in Build 17093
- We have observed seeing longer-than-normal delays during install at the 88% mark. Some delays are as long as 90 minutes before moving forward. Please be patient as the install will complete successfully.
- Some PCs will fail to resume from hibernate requiring a hard reboot to recover.
- If you install a font product from the Microsoft Store, then later install a new build (feature update), the Store package will remain installed, but the fonts within the package are not installed. Until this is fixed, the temporary workaround is to uninstall the product from the Apps page in Settings, then re-acquire the product from the Store.
- If an East Asian keyboard is the only input method on your system the touch keyboard will show an English layout with no IME on/off key. Until this is fixed, the workaround is to add a second keyboard language from the Region & Language Settings page, or to use the IME mode button in the taskbar.
- We’re investigating an issue where the Japanese IME sometimes can’t turn on in UWP apps. If you encounter this issue switch to a Win32 application (e.g. Notepad), turn the IME on there, then switch back to the UWP app.
- We’re investigating reports that 3 and 4 finger gestures on the touchpad have become unresponsive starting with the previous flight.
- Windows Hello will fail to work on Surface Laptops with this build.
- Plugging in an external optical drive (DVD) will cause an Explorer.exe crash.
- Settings will crash if you open the Themes Settings page.
- Buttons on Game bar are not centered correctly.
- In some games—such as Destiny 2 and Fortnite—mouse and keyboard input will still go to the game while Game bar is open.
- Selecting a notification after taking a screenshot or game clip opens the Xbox app’s home screen instead of opening the screenshot or game clip.
- After Game bar closes, the mouse cursor resets to the position it was in when Game bar was opened.
- Keyboard and mouse input may not work correctly in Game bar when playing a first person game (e.g. Minecraft). Alt+Tab out of and into the game should fix this.
- In the text box for Mixer stream title, using non-character keys (e.g. Tab, Delete, Backspace, etc.) may cause the game to hang for a few seconds.
- Bringing up Game bar using the Xbox button on an Xbox One controller doesn’t work in some games.