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Windows 10 build 19042421: 20h2 could arrive early

Although many users have not yet been able to upgrade to Windows 10 May 2020 Update, the 2004 version of Windows 10, the company continues to work tirelessly on the development of the operating system. In addition to working on 21H1, the update for next year 2021, Microsoft continues to finalize the details of Windows 10 20H2, the update that will arrive after the summer to the operating system, an update that, despite being small, will bring a significant number of changes and improvements, as demonstrated by the new build 19042.421.

A few hours ago, Microsoft announced the arrival of the new build 19042.421, a new update within the 20H2 branch of the operating system. This new version is now available to all Insider users who are registered within the “beta” channel, and, as we can see, Microsoft has brought a significant number of changes and news to the operating system.

What’s new in Windows 10 20H2 build 19042.421

Start menu

The first thing that we find in this new update of the operating system is a new start menu. The menu will continue to be very similar to the one we have now, but it will be much more beautiful and careful. As we have already taught previously, Microsoft is working on unifying the colors to make the icons and tiles not each appear one color, but rather have a Fluent Design look . Many of the system icons have also been revamped to better fit within this menu.

The color themes of the start menu can be customized from the Settings menu, under Personalization> Color.

Alt + Tab and other Edge improvements

Another novelty that we are going to see in 20H2 is a new window management system by using the keyboard shortcut Alt + Tab. Specifically, what Microsoft brings us is a new function that will allow us to see all Edge tabs when we press this keyboard shortcut, instead of seeing only the main browser window. We do not know if this feature will end up reaching Google Chrome, but, of course, it makes the job much easier for users who work with many browser windows open at the same time.

We can find this new feature in the Settings menu, under System> Multitasking.

Microsoft has also included another interesting feature in Edge within Windows 10 20H2. If we place the mouse over the browser icon on the taskbar, instead of seeing a single thumbnail, each open tab will have its own thumbnail, so we can quickly go to the specific tab that we want.

Custom task bar

Starting with this release, Microsoft will analyze anonymous user data in order to create a much more personalized experience. Instead of showing all users the same default icons on the taskbar, depending on how they use the PC, one or the other icons may appear here. If we connect the mobile to the PC, for example, the icon of the phone anchored as standard will appear, just as if we are gamers we will see the Xbox one.

Better notifications

The notifications have also been improved. And the first thing we will see is that now they will all bring the icon of the application that generated them, so we can have them much more controlled. In addition, a close icon has also been added to each notice so that, when pressed, the notification is marked as read.

The concentration assistant will no longer show a warning when activated, nor will it show us a summary of notifications while it was activated.

Other changes

In addition to all of the above, Microsoft has introduced other changes and improvements in build 19042.421:

  • New information within the settings panel. We can see if the PC is protected and controlled and copy its technical information from Settings> System> About.
  • Improved 2-in-1 device experience.
  • New Modern Device Management (MDM) policy.

Bugs fixed

In addition to all of the above, Microsoft has fixed a significant number of bugs and errors within its build 19042.421. These faults are:

  • Fixed an issue that caused error messages to appear in English despite having Windows in another language.
  • Fixed a bug that caused notifications to reappear when restarting Windows.
  • Fixed a translation bug that affected the new start menu.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented using the sharing functionality in Microsoft Office.
  • Fixed an issue that appeared when a third-party application loaded hidden tabs in Internet Options.
  • Fixed a crash in Edge’s IE mode that appeared when opening multiple documents from SharePoint. Likewise, another bug in IE mode when opening pinned links has been fixed.
  • Fixed a crash when pasting mixed Word content (text and images) in Internet Explorer.
  • Fixed a bug that caused some browsers to ignore requests from proxy servers.
  • Fixed an issue with Windows Push Notifications (WNS) that prevented selecting a VPN.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the magnifying glass to stop working when used in Excel. Excel might crash and close as well.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented installing MSI files.
  • Fixed a bug that could display 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) content darker than expected.
  • Fixed an issue that causes new child windows to flicker and appear as white boxes.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the configuration page to close unexpectedly.
  • Fixed an issue that caused UWP apps to close unexpectedly. Especially if you tried to restart the explorer.exe process.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented us from taking apps designed for Windows 8.1 to a second monitor.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the use of family security features on ARM64 computers.
  • Fixed an issue with previewing .msg files in file explorer when installing Microsoft Outlook 64-bit.
  • Fixed KERNEL_SECURITY_CHECK_FAILURE error when suspending PC with connected Bluetooth headsets.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some utilities from being able to correctly reinstall the PC’s graphics drivers.
  • Fixed problem with WDF01000.sys.
  • Fixed a second related issue that could cause memory leaks.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented computers from being suspended.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some machines from running Microsoft Defender ATP Threat & Vulnerability Management.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some computers from automatically going to sleep due to Microsoft Defender ATP Auto IR.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented Microsoft Defender ATP from applying exclusions. Another related bug that prevented some machines from reporting installed applications to Threat & Vulnerability Management has also been fixed.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented automatic scans from taking place in Microsoft Defender.
  • Improved Microsoft Defender ATP’s ability to identify code injection activities.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented some applications from printing over the network.
  • Fixed an issue that caused printers to appear as hidden devices in Task Manager after a reboot.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Print Management console to display script errors after enabling extended preview.
  • Fixed an issue that caused an error when printing in certain scenarios.
  • Fixed a bug that could prevent a Windows 10 device from being able to connect to the Internet when using a LTE Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN) modem.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent some mobile data modems from accessing the Internet after upgrading to Windows 10 version 2004.
  • Fixed an issue that caused phone apps to lose the first four digits when calling.
  • Fixed a bug with in-memory parity bitmaps that could cause data integrity issues in storage spaces.
  • Fixed a bug that prevents creating storage pools using the Manage Storage Spaces option from the Control Panel.
  • Fixed errors 0xc0000005 or 0xc0000409 when using Microsoft’s Remote Assistance feature (msra.exe).

Errors to fix

Although it seems strange, this time Microsoft has not indicated any pending fixes. Will we be before the RTM of Windows 10 20H2? Could be.

Windows 10 20H2 could arrive early

Windows 10 20H2 is going to be a minor update, same as 19H2. This means that the update will arrive as one more cumulative update. This update will be small and quick, and should be free of bugs and problems. All users can install it to update their computers with Windows 10 and start enjoying all the best and new features of the operating system.

This update was originally expected to be ready in late fall, probably November. However, seeing this new build 19042.421, it could arrive early. Microsoft is already clear about what will be the news of this new version of the operating system. And therefore we could be very close to the RTM.

We will have to wait to see how the next builds of Windows 10 20H2 evolve to be able to know for sure if Microsoft is going to launch this update earlier than expected.

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