Microsoft today released Windows 10 Preview Build 17686 (Redstone 5) for Fast ring Insiders and those who have opted to Skip Ahead. This release comes with a number of improvements to the Local Experience Settings page, Mixed Reality improvements, Privacy improvements, and more. Here is a look at what to expect with this latest build.
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Download Windows 10 Build 17686
The latest Windows 10 Preview build 17686 is currently available for download ( through the Fast ring and Skip Ahead for PCs ) and you can get the same by going to Settings>Update & Security>Windows Update>Check for Update.
Windows 10 Build 17686 features and changelog
Here we have collected a brief of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17686 ( Redstone 5 ) new features and changelog details. You can read the entire release notes on Microsoft blog post.
Improved Local Experience
This build adds a new “Region” settings page that allows you to override various settings related to your default Region settings. For example, you can change the type of calendar you wish to use, which day is the first day of the week, and short date formats.
You can now access them easily via the Settings App –> Time & Language –> Language. Once here click on Add a Windows display language with Local Experience Packs link to download a Local Experience Pack from the Microsoft Store and start enjoying Windows in your preferred language.
A new “Language” settings page has been added that allows you to download “Local Experience Packs”, which add new languages, from the Microsoft Store. When installing multiple languages, you can change the order they are displayed and the first one will be used for the text in navigation, menus, messages, settings, and help topics. You can access this new Language screen by going to Settings –> Time & Language –> Language.
Microsoft is also making a minor change to the Privacy settings, and the operating system will now pop a notification if access to the microphone is requested.
Windows Mixed Reality Improvements
You can now run Windows Mixed Reality without a monitor hooked up. You will still need a screen when setting up WMR for the first time, but you can configure it to automatically log you in, so you will no longer need it after.
This build also includes improvements to video capture in WMR as well as apps now having the ability to use the Camera Capture UI API to capture images of the mixed reality world.
Fix apps causing CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED BSOD
Microsoft has fixed an issue where the system fails to migrate the settings of Paint and WordPad while upgrading. The software giant has also addressed an issue resulting in CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error.
Microsoft is aware of an issue where the File Explorer with dark theme may show some unexpectedly light colors. For some reasons, you won’t be able to use the Fonts downloaded from Microsoft Store in some apps. You may also notice performance issues when launching Start on this build.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- We fixed an issue resulting in frequent bugchecks on the previous build with CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error.
- Settings > Gaming > Game DVR has been renamed “Captures”.
- We fixed an issue where Paint and WordPad settings and recent files weren’t migrated during upgrades.
- While we still have some work to do, you’ll find that when you update to this build, File Explorer will look a lot more complete in dark theme.
- We fixed an issue resulting in the “Replace or skip files” dialog having some unexpected dark elements in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where the Japanese IME’s big mode indicator would appear in the center of the screen when bringing up UAC even if the mode indicator had been disabled in Settings.
- We fixed an issue where the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc) didn’t have a shadow.
- We fixed an issue where clicking on the plus button in the Clock and Calendar flyout from the taskbar didn’t do anything in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in Command Prompt’s cursor appearing invisible in the last few flights.
- We fixed an issue resulting in a high number of reliability issues when switching to the Microsoft Pinyin IME in recent flights.
- We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel might not dismiss if you clicked somewhere else on the screen.
You Can read Windows 10 Redstone 5 previous build history from here.