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Windows 10 build 18262 (19H1) releases with new features

An preview for Windows 10 version 1903 (build 18262) releases to testers with new features and improvements — Here's all you need to know.

Windows 10 build 18262

As part of the 19H1 development, Microsoft is now making available Windows 10 build 18262 for devices enrolled in the Fast ring and in the Skip Ahead lane. This is the ninth preview rolling out for version 1903, which is expected to arrive in 2019, and it delivers several new features and improvements.

Windows 10 build 18262, according to the software giant, introduces the ability to see which applications are DPI aware using Task Manager. It’s now possible to uninstall some of the built-in applications. This flight also brings back the option to troubleshoot and fix common problems automatically, and you’ll see new improvements for Narrator.

Windows 10 build 18262

Here are all the changes and improvements expected to arrive with version 1903 in April 2019 (presumably):

Start menu

Starting with build 18262, Windows 10 now allows you to uninstall a number of built-in apps using the right-click context menu in the All Apps list from the Start menu and using the Settings app, including:

  • 3D Viewer.
  • Calculator.
  • Calendar.
  • Groove Music.
  • Mail.
  • Movies & TV.
  • Paint 3D.
  • Snip & Sketch.
  • Sticky Notes.
  • Voice Recorder.

Previously, you were only to uninstall these:

  • Microsoft Solitaire Collection.
  • My Office.
  • OneNote.
  • Print 3D.
  • Skype.
  • Tips.
  • Weather.

Troubleshoot

During the October 2018 Update development, Windows 10 briefly introduced an option in the Troubleshoot settings page to allow the OS automatically fix common problems. Starting with build 18262, the feature is back in the Settings app.

According to Microsoft: “This feature uses diagnostic data you send to deliver a tailored set of fixes matching problems we detect on your device and will automatically apply them to your PC.”

Narrator

Starting with this flight also you can now read next, current, and previous sentences in Narrator. Read by sentence is available with the keyboard and with touch. Move by sentence doesn’t yet work for Braille.

  • Caps + Ctrl + Period (.) to Read next sentence.
  • Caps + Ctrl + Comma (,) to Read current sentence.
  • Caps + Ctrl + M to Read previous sentence.

Additional improvements

Alongside the new features and improvements, this preview for Windows 10 version 1903 bundles a few extra changes.

For instance, when adding a new language using Settings, Windows 10 will offer separate options for installing the language pack and setting the language as the Windows display language. In addition, you’ll see separate options for installing the Speech recognition and Text-to-speech features, when these features are available for the language.

The Printers & Scanners settings page have been updated with a link to open the troubleshooter in case you need it.

Microsoft is listing the complete set of improvements, fixes, and known issues for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 18262 at the Windows Blog.

Download Windows 10 build 18262

Although there are no ISO files for Windows 10 build 18262, the update is available immediately through the Fast ring and Skip Ahead option. This preview build will download and install automatically on your device, but you can always force the update from Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and clicking the Check for updates button.

Warning: Although the data loss-related issue has been fixed, it’s not recommended to install pre-releases of Windows 10 on your primary machine. If you’re planning to test this build, make sure to create a backup of your files before proceeding.

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