New Windows 10 19H1 Preview Build Is Out – Brings “Linux Files Inside of File Explorer” & Improved Gaming

Feb 20, 2019
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It may be a Samsung day, but Microsoft is here to make some small waves of its own. The company has begun releasing a fresh new Insider Preview Build from the 19H1 branch. Today’s release brings some new features, improvements, and a number of bug fixes. Microsoft is also officially talking about the new Chrome Timeline extension that is currently available for Insiders.

Here’s the complete Windows 10 19H1 Preview Build 18342 changelog:

Improving Gaming on Windows 10

Thanks to everyone who signed up to try out our new Windows gaming technology in Build 18334. With today’s new build (Build 18342), we have some fixes that we can’t wait to have folks try out: the game now runs correctly with parental controls enabled, and the install process is more stable (including a fix for the game being stuck in “Pending” instead of downloading).

  • If you have already tried State of Decay and everything worked: we’d appreciate you uninstalling State of Decay and then trying the install again, to make sure everything still works.
  • If you have already tried State of Decay and something didn’t work: please try again and see if your issue has been addressed. If not, it would help us a lot if you let us know using the Feedback Hub in Windows (instructions here in this post). Even if you already sent feedback on the issue before, it’s very helpful to know that it’s still happening on a new version of Windows.
  • If you were not able to get a slot for State of Decay: we’ve opened up more slots now, so just go to the Xbox Insider hub and click Insider content to join. NOTE: we’re still limiting availability as we roll out, so we recommend joining right away. If you miss out this time, don’t worry, we’ll be adding more again soon!
  • If you are trying State of Decay for the first time: just do the following:
    1. Install the Xbox Insider Hub app on the PC you’ll be flighting on.
    2. Sign in to the Xbox Insider Hub with your Gamertag. If you don’t have a Gamertag, see instructions.
    3. Select Insider Content in the upper left.
    4. Scroll to the bottom and select the Windows Gaming program (in the System section).
    5. Join the program.
    6. Follow the instructions in the previous post, skipping any steps you’ve already completed above.

If you see any problems downloading or installing the game, or if important functionality like game saving isn’t working, please be sure to use the Feedback Hub to tell us. And thank you again for helping us find any issues!

Linux Files inside of File Explorer

We added the ability for users to access Linux files in a WSL distro from Windows. These files can be accessed through the command line, and also Windows apps, like File Explorer, VSCode, etc. can interact with these files. Access your files by navigating to \\wsl$\<distro_name>, or see a list of running distributions by navigating to \\wsl$. You can learn more about this here.

Other Updates for Insiders

New Chrome Extension for Timeline: We’re pleased to announce an extension that collects activities from your Google Chrome browser and adds them to your Timeline in Windows. You can download the new Web Activity extension now from the Chrome Web Store. Just sign-in to the extension on your Chrome browser with your Microsoft account, visit a site in Chrome, then watch it appear on Timeline – and pick up where you left off. Your Chrome activities will also sync with Timeline on Android devices using the Microsoft Launcher app. Give the new extension a try and let us know what you think in the Feedback Hub. This is just one of many updates inspired by Insiders to make Timeline even better.

For more details about general fixes and known issues, head over to the official blog post.

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