Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20161 is released for Insiders in Dev channel with lots of exciting new features and design changes. As we have seen in previous leaks or rumored news, the design improved start menu is rolled out in this build. Let’s find out what is new in this build.
Windows team has clearly notified this build not being tagged to particular release, but we expect this build to be part of 21H1 flight.
New Features in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20161
Re-designed Start Menu / Theme-aware tiles
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20161 brings redesigned Start Menu with semi-transparent background tiles. Start Menu in current build has solid color background but starting this build, background color for Application Tiles will be make semi-transparent so it will match to chosen color schema or background picture.
Updated ALT+TAB functionality
Earlier ALT+TAB used to switch between running Applications. Now starting Build 20161, we can use ALT +TAB combination to switch between Open Tabs of Browser and Application. Tabs of Edge browser will be treated as separate Application and you can switch between tabs using ALT+TAB.
Furthermore, this new enhancement has separate settings page in Multitasking settings page, allowing you to completely disable this feature or choose number of tabs to switch.
If you’d prefer fewer tabs or the classic Alt + TAB experience, we’ve added some settings for you under Settings > System > Multitasking. You can configure Alt + Tab to only show your last three or five tabs or choose to turn this feature off completely.Windows Experience Blog
Improved Notification Display
Current notification can be sent to action center for later viewing, now you can directly dismiss the notification from close button at the top corner of notification.
Updated Settings Page
Settings page are more improved. There will be more improvements coming that will further bring Settings closer to Control Panel. If you rely on settings that only exist in Control Panel today, please file feedback and let us know what those settings are.
Calculator graphing mode for Public
Now calculator supports Graphing calculation supporting multiple equations. This is being rolled out for everyone in upcoming builds.
What is Fixed in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20161?
We fixed an issue resulting in Insiders experiencing bug checks when connecting and interacting with an Xbox controller.Changes in this Build/ Windows Experience Blog Build 20161 announcement
We’ve fixed an issue causing some games and applications to crash at launch or fail to install.
We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge not navigating to websites when WDAG was enabled on the last 2 flights.
We fixed an issue which was increasing log off time in recent builds.
We fixed an issue with the Chinese Pinyin IME where after setting your preferred IME toolbar orientation, you may not be able to change it again after rebooting your PC.
We fixed an issue causing Reset this PC to always show the error “There was a problem resetting this PC” when launched from Settings in the last few builds.
We fixed an issue resulting in some Bluetooth devices no longer showing their battery level in Settings in the last few builds.
We fixed an issue where Settings would crash if you went to Settings > Privacy > Microphone while a win32 app was recording audio.
We fixed an issue where if Sound Settings showed “no input devices found” in the input dropdown and you clicked it, then Settings would crash.
We fixed an issue where when adding a printer, the dialog might crash if you navigated through to the “Add a printer driver” dialog in recent builds.
We fixed a graphics related issue resulting in some users experiencing bugchecks.
Apart from this, Windows Insider Program website has been also updated. Visit https://insider.windows.com/en-in/ to check new design.
Known Issues in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20161
We’re working on a fix for an issue causing some systems to crash with a HYPERVISOR_ERROR bugcheck.Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20161 Announcement
We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
We’re aware of an issue where Notepad might fail to reopen files which were automatically saved during a PC restart (if that option is enabled in Settings). Documents can be recovered from %localappdata%\Notepad.We’re investigating reports of the screen becoming dimmer after upgrading to the previous build.
We’re aware of an issue where Task Manager reports 0.00 GHz CPU usage in the Performance tab.
We’re investigating reports that when you press space while using the Korean IME in certain apps, the last character is deleted.
We’re working to fine tune the tile animations in Start to avoid flashes of color.
For Insiders with the new Alt+Tab experience mentioned above, please note that the setting under Settings > System > Multitasking to set Alt+Tab to “Open windows only” currently doesn’t work.
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