Mega Windows 10 2020 Build Finally Introduces “Cloud Download” Reset Option & a New Tablet Experience for 2-in-1 PCs

Aug 29
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Microsoft has released a brand new Windows 10 20H1 Preview Build to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. The Windows maker said that Insiders will see a cumulative update (Build 18970.1005 – KB4518974) because it is testing the “ability to service a build at the same time it is released.” Basically, after installing these latest updates, you should be on Build 18970.1005.

As for the build itself, Windows 10 2020 Insider Preview Build 18970 brings some big changes, including a new tablet experience for convertible devices and the highly awaited Cloud Download reset option.

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Can’t wait? Here are all the details:

Introducing a new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs!

We are beginning to roll out a new tablet experience for 2-in-1 convertible PCs as a Beta to Windows Insiders. This new experience allows users entering tablet posture to stay in the familiar desktop experience without interruption, plus a few key touch improvements:

  • Increased spacing between Taskbar icons.
  • Search box on taskbar collapsed into an icon.
  • File Explorer switches to touch optimized layout
  • Touch keyboard auto invokes when you tap text fields.

As part of this, we’ve also made a few small changes to the tablet section in Settings.

This experience is currently available for a portion of Insiders as we evaluate the quality. Here are the steps once it becomes available on your PC:

  1. Use your convertible PC as a laptop as you normally would–opening apps and interacting with them.
  2. When you’re ready to pick it up and go or simply lean back on the couch, you can fold back the keyboard or remove it altogether, and it should switch to this new mode shown above.
  3. Now use your device as a tablet with touch.

We’d love to hear your feedback about the new experience–share your thoughts here.

Windows 10 – Recovery Improvements

Introducing a new Reset this PC option–Cloud Download

Reset this PC now provides users a new choice to download Windows or use local reinstall. Previously, Reset this PC was only able to do a local reinstall and would build a new Windows installation from existing Windows files. When this feature was introduced in Windows 10 version 1507, it provided the advantage of enabling Windows to be recoverable without requiring extra disk space to store a compressed, backup copy of Windows in a hidden partition. We’ve heard feedback that some of you would prefer to use your high-speed internet connection to speed up this process by just downloading Windows.

Important note: This is a recovery operation and will remove apps you have installed. Additionally, if the “Remove everything” option is selected, user data will also be deleted. For more information on Reset this PC and other recovery options, visit aka.ms/win10recoveryoptions.

The cloud download option will reinstall the same build, version, and edition, that is currently installed on your device. This new cloud download option is available to all Windows 10 devices and is different from the “Recover from the cloud” feature available on some earlier Windows 10 devices.

Known Issues

The cloud download option is not currently working when specific optional features are installed. The process will begin, but an error will occur and roll back the changes. To work around this issue, remove the optional features before trying the cloud download option. We’ll let you know once this issue has been resolved. The optional features are: EMS and SAC Toolset for Windows 10, IrDA infrared, Print Management Console, RAS Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK), RIP Listener, all RSAT tools, Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Windows Fax and Scan, Windows Storage Management, Wireless Display, WMI SNMP Provider.

There are tons of general fixes and, of course, some known issues too. Head over to this link for more details.

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