Microsoft have released a new Windows 10 Redstone 5 build for Windows Insiders on the fast ring and the Skip Ahead option. This build has new Region settings and improvements for Windows Mixed Reality.
The new Region page in settings has all the region and language options in one location.
The Settings app also has the option to download Lagrange Packs from the Microsoft Store.
The changes for Windows Mixed Reality are you no longer need to have a monitor to run Mixed Reality. You need a monitor to do the initial setup but from then on, no monitor is needed which would be great for backpack users. So you can take your Mixed Reality with you on the go!
Another change is WMR apps can now use the Camera Capture UI to capture images of the virtual world. It is also easier to stop videos recording from the Start menu. A world of warning before you jump in there is still the known issue of the Windows Mixed Reality environment being reset after the build so you lose all your app and object placements after the upgrade.
Here are the other fixes and known issues. Lookout for my hands on video soon.
General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
We fixed an issue resulting in frequent bugchecks on the previous build with CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error.
Settings > Gaming > Game DVR has been renamed “Captures”.
We fixed an issue where Paint and WordPad settings and recent files weren’t migrated during upgrades.
While we still have some work to do, you’ll find that when you update to this build, File Explorer will look a lot more complete in dark theme.
We fixed an issue resulting in the “Replace or skip files” dialog having some unexpected dark elements in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where the Japanese IME’s big mode indicator would appear in the center of the screen when bringing up UAC even if the mode indicator had been disabled in Settings.
We fixed an issue where the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc) didn’t have a shadow.
We fixed an issue where clicking on the plus button in the Clock and Calendar flyout from the taskbar didn’t do anything in recent flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in Command Prompt’s cursor appearing invisible in the last few flights.
We fixed an issue resulting in a high number of reliability issues when switching to the Microsoft Pinyin IME in recent flights.
We fixed an issue where the Emoji Panel might not dismiss if you clicked somewhere else on the screen.
We’re working on adding dark theme in File Explorer and the Common File Dialog, but we still have some things to do. You may see some unexpectedly light colors in these surfaces when in dark mode.
After update, Mixed Reality Portal will reinstall the Mixed Reality Software and environment settings will not be preserved. If you need your Mixed Reality home experience to persist, we recommend skipping this build until these issues are fixed.
Some Insiders may find increased reliability and performance issues when launching Start on this build. We’re investigating.
Fonts acquired from Microsoft Store may not work in some apps.
When you upgrade to this build you’ll find that the taskbar flyouts (network, volume, etc) no longer have an acrylic background.
There is a bug in this build (and in Build 17682) that will impact driver testing scenarios. When executing HLK Component/Device driver tests, you may experience a bug check that blocks test execution. We are aware of the issue and actively working on a fix.
If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings. There has not yet been a RS5 build released to the Slow ring.
Ian Dixon is a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional), founder of TheDigitalLifestyle.com tech site and producer of the weekly The Digital Lifestyle Show podcast. Ian has been writing and talking about Windows for over 10 years and has over 20 years in IT as an IT Manager. Ian has thousands of followers on Twitter and Facebook and over 4 million views on his YouTube channel.