Earlier in the week, the Windows Insider team had tweeted that it couldn't release a new build to Insiders in the Dev Channel due to a blocking bug. However, it appears the bugs have now been addressed. The Windows maker has just released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20197 to the Dev Channel Insiders, changing ALT+TAB behavior and moving Disk Management to Settings.
Surprise, #WindowsInsiders! Our amazing pit crew of engineers delivered the fixes needed and we have a fresh build for folks in the Dev Channel - Check out Build 20197 https://t.co/ErOQ6EVovm ^AL#AreYouFlightingYet pic.twitter.com/hYAHzUtAG5
— Windows Insider (@windowsinsider) August 21, 2020
The company has also announced starting the pre-release validation process for the upcoming Windows 10, version 20H2. Microsoft said that it will be a "remarkably fast update" for those on version 2004. Insiders in the Dev Channel are currently testing builds and features that will likely be a part of 2021 feature updates, but Microsoft insists that these builds aren't tied to any specific version of the operating system and can be packaged with any of the future versions.
Back to today's release, here is everything that is new with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20197
Bringing Disk Management into Settings
We mentioned we had more Settings work on the way, and here’s the next one – as of today’s build you’ll now be able to manage your disks and volumes from within the Settings app. This includes tasks such as viewing disk information, creating and formatting volumes, and assigning drive letters.
Unlike the existing Disk Management MMC snap-in, this modern experience was built from the ground up to with accessibility in mind. It also features better integration with features such as Storage Spaces and the Storage breakdown page.
Go to Settings > System > Storage and click Manage Disks and Volumes to get started. We’d love to hear your feedback once you try it out.
The existing Disk Management MMC snap-in is still available for those that need it.
Other updates for Insiders
Your Phone Apps experience is now gradually rolling out to General Public
We are excited to announce that the Your Phone apps feature which was highlighted during Aug 5th Samsung Unpacked event is now gradually rolling out to General Public. As a reminder, Your Phone apps feature allows you to instantly access your Android phone’s mobile apps directly from your Windows 10 PC. You can conveniently pin your favorite mobile apps to your Taskbar or Start menu on your PC for quick and easy access. When you launch an app, it opens in a separate window outside of the Your Phone app enabling you to multitask. So, whether you need to quickly reply to a conversation, respond to your social posts, or order food, you can do it fast using your PC’s large screen, keyboard, mouse, pen and touch screen alongside your other PC apps!
Apps feature requirements:
- PC running Windows 10 October 2018 Update or later. However, we always recommend updating to the latest version of Windows 10.
- Your Phone app (1.20071.88) and Link to Windows (2.0).
- Available on select Android phones running Android 9.0 or greater with the Link to Windows integration. Check out the list of supported phones here.
- Phone and PC must be on the same Wi-Fi network.
This is a gradual rollout, so it may take few days for Apps to show up within the Your Phone app. Give this feature a try and continue to provide us with your valuable feedback within the Your Phone app under Settings -> Send Feedback.
Windows 10 Preview Build 20197: Changes and Improvements
- We’re updating the ALT + Tab behavior with Microsoft Edge tabs to now have a default of displaying at most 5 tabs, rather than any recent tabs. If at any point you’d like to change this, you can under Settings > System > Multitasking.
- We’re exploring including a Web Browsing section in the Settings header, and Insiders may start to see this.
- Going forward only the currently active profile picture will display under Your Info in Settings.
- Based on feedback we’re turning off ESENT Warning Event ID 642.
- It’s now possible to select the new Microsoft Edge as your desired app in Assigned Assess.
- We’ve updated Narrator so that now when using the Microsoft Pinyin IME, Narrator is able to distinguish candidate characters/words by providing detailed reading information.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20197: Fixes
- We fixed an issue where the letter headers in the Start menu’s all apps list had unnecessary left padding when the all apps list was set to hidden.
- We fixed an issue where ALT + Tabbing to a browser tab sometimes moved the previously active browser tab to the front of the Alt + Tab list as well.
- We fixed an issue where if you’d pinned a website to your taskbar and then moved your Microsoft Edge window with that site open over to a different virtual desktop, the pinned sit wouldn’t show the corresponding open tabs on that new desktop.
- We fixed an issue where the sysprep command was failing with the error 0x80073CFA in the last few builds.
- We fixed an issue where Group Policy Editor was showing a popup error about WnsEndpoint_Policy in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue where the Get-Volume PowerShell command wasn’t recognizing volumes in the exFAT format.
- We fixed an issue impacting explorer.exe launch performance when booting up and logging in for the first time.
- We fixed an issue where pinned File Explorer folders in Start would appear with a darker background than other tiles in light mode.
- We fixed a race condition that could result in the Font Settings page crashing.
- We fixed an issue where Font Settings and Themes Settings were displaying the old style of Microsoft Store icon.
- We fixed an issue that could result in the Network Status page in Settings showing an old network name, rather than the one that you’re currently connected to and inconsistent with what the network flyout displayed.
- We fixed an issue resulting in certain VPNs with the option “Automatically use my Windows log-on name and password (and domain, if any) enabled no longer connecting automatically.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing a bugcheck in recent builds citing a hyperguard violation.
- We fixed an issue when using the search box in File Explorer, where pressing the enter key would result in keyboard focus jumping to the quick access section of the navigation pane rather than to the search results.
- We fixed an issue with the Microsoft Pinyin IME, where typing certain phrases would result in the candidate pane unexpectedly dismissing.
- We fixed an issue with the Microsoft Pinyin IME, where when using double pinyin style, when typing something like “goldb;du” where the first candidate could be an English word the conversion wouldn’t work.
- We fixed an issue when typing with the Japanese IME that could result in not being able to input symbols using Shift+<number keys> into password fields sometimes.
- We fixed an issue that could result in certain apps crashing when typing incorrect combinations with the Chinese Traditional DaYi IME.
- We fixed an issue with the Microsoft Bopomofo IME where it was consuming Shift key up events when they resulted in IME mode toggle actions.
- We fixed an issue that could result in a CTFMON.exe when changing focus to certain apps (like Outlook) while typing with an IME.
- We fixed an issue where ImmGetCompositionString wasn’t returning the correct IME composition string for YOMI text fields.
- We fixed an issue where the Windows key on the full touch keyboard layout wouldn’t become highlighted after tapping on it in recent builds.
- We fixed an issue when using Narrator where Scan Mode wouldn’t stay off in Microsoft Teams.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Flight Simulator failing to launch on the previous two flights with an error citing: “The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect”.
Dev Channel Preview Build 20197: Known issues
- We’re working on a fix for an issue where some Microsoft Store games protected with Easy Anti-Cheat may fail to launch.
- We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
- We’re working on a fix for an issue where the min/max/close buttons are stuck in their original positions after resizing a UWP app. If you move the app window the position should update.
- We’re investigating reports that the new taskbar experience for pinned sites isn’t working for some sites.
- We’re working on a fix to enable live preview for pinned site tabs.
- We’re working on enabling the new taskbar experience for existing pinned sites. In the meantime, you can unpin the site from the taskbar, remove it from the edge://apps page, and then re-pin the site.
- We’re working on a fix for an issue where pinned sites don’t show all open tabs for a domain. In the meantime, you can fix this by pinning the site’s homepage rather than a specific page (e.g. pin microsoft.com rather than microsoft.com/windows).
For more details, head over to the official blog post.