With Windows 10 October 2020 Update still not reaching many users, Microsoft continues to work on the future of its operating system. As expected, one more week the company has brought a new update to all Insider users of its operating system, build 20246, with which to continue shaping what the future of its operating system will be. On this occasion, Microsoft has not brought great changes, but has focused mainly on correcting bugs and errors to, little by little, make the system as stable as possible.
The first thing to note is that Microsoft has created a new development branch, FE_RELEASE, to continue from now on with the development of this operating system. What this new branch seeks is not to be based on a specific version, but to adapt in a certain way to the development cycles of Microsoft engineers. The FE_RELEASE branch does not correspond to any specific version of Windows, which means that some operating system features are also removed (such as emoji, redesigned touch keyboard, voice typing, theme-aware splash screens, and others) to better adapt to current development. These features will be temporarily removed, and Microsoft will include them again when their developers are working on them.
The new build 20246 already arrives as a FE_RELEASE. And then we will see what its changes are.
What’s new in Windows 10 build 20246
This new version only brings one change for users: a new command to install the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Many users complained of having to run multiple commands to get everything necessary to use this feature enabled. Thus, from now on, we can start up this Windows subsystem for Linux by running only:
The errors that have been detected and fixed by the engineers are:
- Fixed MODE_EXCEPTION error when using virtualization systems.
- Fixed a bug that made Malwarebytes Web Protection unable to connect to the network.
- Fixed DRIVER_IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL error in tcpip.sys.
- Fixed an issue that caused the select time button to not work in Windows Update.
- Fixed an issue where hovering over a Task View thumbnail would cause an unexpected border to appear around it.
- Fixed an issue that caused chkdsk to hang on launch.
- Fixed a bug that caused Windows to crash when certain audio devices were running.
- Windows Update no longer crashes if we try to enter this configuration section connected to a Wi-Fi but without an Internet connection.
- Fixed an error that sometimes caused the Configuration panel to fail when trying to enter the “Update and security” section.
- The Windows storage sensor is now showing the actual size of the categories again.
- Fixed an issue that caused a crash in settings when trying to manage partition size.
- Fixed a bug that prevented the GPU’s CUDA and DirectML kernels from working for some users within the Windows Subsystem for Linux.
Bugs yet to be corrected
Also, unsurprisingly, Microsoft has updated the list of known bugs, such as:
- Games are not properly installed on secondary drives from the Microsoft Store.
- The update process is Windows hangs for long periods without responding.
- Live previews are not yet enabled.
- The new Windows taskbar experience is not yet enabled.
- Some devices generate a critical DPC_WATCHDOG_VIOLATION error.
- Investigating a bug that appears to some Insider users with which the power button on the start menu is missing.
- ARM computer users can only use Windows PowerShell (x86).
With all that, Microsoft celebrates its sixth anniversary of the Insider program, a program with which, thanks to users, Windows 10 is more stable than ever.