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Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17686 released: Here’s what’s new in it

Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17686 released: Here’s what’s new in it

by AshwinJune 7, 2018

Microsoft has released Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17686 to the Windows Insiders Fast and Skip Ahead rings. And here’s what’s new in it. 

There is a new Region page in the Settings app of this build, which now allows users to change the regional format options for the Calendar, Date, Time, Currency, etc. 

Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17686

The new Insiders Build also includes Local Experience Packs, which allow you to use Windows in your selected language. You can choose the option from the Settings App > Time & Language > Language > Add a Windows display language with Local Experience Packs. 

Windows 10 will now alert you with a notification, when an application tries to access the microphone on your computer. This alert will only pop, if you have blocked access to the mic, in the Privacy Settings on your computer. 

Windows Mixed Reality now works even when you do not have an external monitor connected to your devices such as backpack PCs which you use for Mixed Reality. However, you will still need to use a monitor to sign in and unlock the PC. You can bypass this with the auto login option in Windows. 

There is a new Camera Capture UI API which apps can use to take photos in Windows Mixed Reality. The Video capture process has also been made simpler to stop using the Start menu. 

There are several bug fixes in Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17686: 

  • The CRITICAL_PROCESS_DIED error which occurred due to frequent bug checks has been fixed.   
  • The Game DVR option in the Settings app’s Gaming tab, has been renamed to “Captures”. 
  • Issues which prevented the settings and recent files in Paint and Wordpad from being carried over during migration have been resolved. 
  • The Dark Theme in File Explorer has received a major overhaul. 
  • Taskbar flyouts for network, volume, etc which didn’t have a shadow have been fixed. 
  • Clicking on the plus button in the Clock and Calendar option in the taskbar now works correctly. 
  • The Command Prompt cursor is now visible again, after previous builds had issues with it. 
  • The Emoji Panel now hides itself when you click elsewhere on the screen. 
  • Japanese IME’s big mode indicator no longer appears on the center of the screen during UAC prompts. 
  • The Microsoft Pinyin IME now works correctly, as opposed to issues found in previous builds. 

You can read more about the issues in Windows 10 Redstone 5 Build 17686 from the announcement post, or download the build by opting in to the Fast or Skip Ahead ring in the Windows Insider Program.