Windows 10 build 18342

Windows 10 build 18342.8 (19H1) now in the Slow ring

Microsoft releases the first preview of the Windows 10 April 2019 Update in the Slow ring, and here's what you need to know.

As the April 2019 Update is near finalized, Microsoft is now pushing Windows 10 build 18342.8 for devices enrolled in the Fast ring of the Windows Insider Program. This is the 26th preview releasing as part of the 19H1 development, and the first one available in the Slow ring.

Windows 10 build 18342.8 doesn’t include new features or significant changes other than the same improvements available in the same build released on February 20 in the Fast ring.

Some of these improvements, include the ability to access the Linux files using File Explorer, undisclosed changes for gaming, and general fixes.

You can check out this video review with build 18342.8.

Download Windows 10 build 18342.8

Although there are no ISO files for Windows 10 build 18342.8, the update is available immediately through the Slow ring. 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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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].