Windows 10 2020 Preview Build 18995 Is Out to the Fast Ring Insiders


Microsoft has today released a new build to the Windows Insiders in the Fast ring. Windows 10 2020 Preview Build 18995 (branch 20H1) is now out. Since the company is almost ready to deliver the upcoming Windows 10 1909 to the public, you won't be able to switch back to Slow or Release Preview rings, if you do take these latest Windows 10 2020 builds.

Along with other improvements, features, and bug fixes, the Windows maker has also extended Link to Windows feature to Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, and Fold devices in select global markets. Here's all that is new:

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What’s new in Windows 10 2020 Build 18995

Windows Hello PIN in Safe mode

Safe mode starts Windows in a basic state, using a limited set of files and drivers to help you troubleshoot problems on your PC. If a problem doesn’t happen in Safe mode, this means that default settings and basic device drivers aren’t causing the issue. Read more about Safe mode.

With the latest flight, we’re taking another step forward in our Passwordless journey by adding Windows Hello PIN sign-in support to Safe mode, so that you no longer have rely on your password when troubleshooting your device. Try it out with the instructions below and let us know what you think!

  • Set up Windows Hello in Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options
  • Boot your device into Safe mode:
    • Settings > Update and Security > Recovery
    • Under Advanced startup select Restart now
    • After your PC restarts to the Choose an option screen, select Troubleshoot Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart. You may be asked to enter your BitLocker recovery key.
    • After your PC restarts, you’ll see a list of options. Select 4 or press F4 to start your PC in Safe Mode. You can also select 5 or press F5 to use Safe Mode with Networking.
  • Sign in to your device with your Windows Hello PIN windows 10 2020

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Improvements

See the WSL release notes for the newest improvements in the latest Insider Preview builds.

Other updates for Insiders

Your Phone app - multiple new features rolling out to all users

We’re pleased to announce that Link to Windows feature, which seamlessly connects your phone to your Windows 10 PC, is rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, and Fold devices in select global markets. With Link to Windows natively integrated into your device, it’s simple and convenient to send messages, manage notifications, sync photos, and mirror your phone on your PC.

Phone screen, which allows you to access your Android phone’s apps right from your PC while using your keyboard and mouse or touch screen, is also rolling out to Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, S10e, S10 5G, and Fold devices in select global markets. You can try out multi-touch gestures such as pinch to zoom, rotate, or swipe from your PC’s touchscreen while using Phone screen. If you have one of these devices, give it a try. This is a gradual rollout, so stay tuned for more to come on additional markets and devices.

Battery level indicator & phone’s home screen wallpaper

In addition to Phone screen and Link to Windows expansion, two additional features are rolling out to all users–battery indicator, which will provide quick access to your phone’s battery levels right in the app without needing to check your device, and Your Phone icon within the app, which will show your current static home screen wallpaper for a personal touch.

All of these features are gradually rolling out to users, so they may take a few days to be available inside the Your Phone app. Please make sure you have the latest versions of Your Phone Companion and the Your Phone app.

We value your feedback, so give it a try and let us know what you think. You can report any issues under Your Phone > Settings > Send feedback.

Head over to this link to learn more about general fixes and known issues.