Small tweaks

Windows 10 build 17686 releases with new features

The latest Redstone 5 preview of Windows 10 version 1809 introduces improved local experience, notification when microphone has been blocked, and more — Here's all you need to know.

Windows 10 build 17686

Microsoft is now releasing Windows 10 build 17686 for testers with devices enrolled in the Fast ring and Skip Ahead land of the Windows Insider Program. This new update is a minor release that only includes a few new features and various improvements that we’re expecting to see in the Redstone 5 update.

Windows 10 build 17686, according to the software giant introduces a new Region page, and the Language settings now have its own page. In addition, this new flight will alert users if the microphone has been blocked, and you’ll also find a few improvements with Windows Mixed Reality.

What’s new on Windows 10 build 17686

Here are the changes included in the latest Redstone 5 preview of Windows 10 coming later this year:

Settings

In this flight, the “Region & Language” settings page is getting split into two pages, including Region and Language, and both pages are also getting some interesting improvements.

In the Region page, you can now override default regional settings such as Calendar, First day of the week, Dates, Times, and Currency.

Region settings on Windows 10 build 17686
Region settings on Windows 10 build 17686

In the Language page, the Settings app is adding a link to access the Local Experience Packs from the Microsoft Store.

Language settings on Windows 10 build 17686
Language settings on Windows 10 build 17686

Privacy

Starting with Windows 10 build 17686, you’ll now see a notification letting you know that the microphone has been disabled of a particular app. This notification will appear when the first attempt to use the microphone is blocked.

Microphone has been blocked notification
Microphone has been blocked notification

Windows Mixed Reality

This Redstone 5 preview also introduces a few improvements for Windows Mixed Reality, including apps running in Mixed Reality can now make use of the Camera Capture UI API to capture images of the mixed reality world using the system capture experience.

Some adjustments have been made to the mixed reality video capture experience to make it easier to stop videos from the Start menu.

Also, it no longer requires a physical monitor to be connected while running Mixed Reality in cases such as backpack PCs.

Other changes

According to Microsoft, build 17686 ships with a more complete dark theme for File Explorer.

Microsoft is listing the complete set of improvements, fixes, and known issues for Windows 10 Insider Preview build 17686 at the Windows Blog. In case you missed it, you can read all the changes for Windows 10 build 17682 in this article.

Downloading Windows 10 build 17686

Although there are no ISO files for Windows 10 build 17686, the update is available immediately through the Fast ring and Skip Ahead for PCs. 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. (You can learn how to join the Windows Insider Program on this video.)

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