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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21359: News and Interests republished

  • Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21359 has been released to the Dev channel for Insiders.
  • News and interests in the Taskbar is now available to every Insider on the Dev channel, which was reset a few flights earlier.
  • A new option to “Restart apps after signing in” has been added to the Power Menu in the Start Menu.
  • Many fixes have been made with this release. Still, some known issues remain.

Right after Patch Tuesday for April 2021, Microsoft released a new build for their Insiders on the Dev channel, Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21359. This update brings a lot of fixes to the operating system but does not focus on bringing any significant new features.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21359
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21359

In the insider build 21332, Microsoft had reset the rollout for its news and interests in the Taskbar. However, with this release, they have ensured that everyone on the Dev channel will have news and interests in the Taskbar. Moreover, build 21359 introduces some improvements and fixes, but it too has its known issues which are discussed further in the article.

Let us now see what this Windows 10 update has in store for us.

What’s new in Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21359

Restart apps after sign in option

Microsoft has added a “Restart apps after signing in” option in the power menu in the Start Menu. This option can be checked or unchecked just by clicking on it.

start menu option
Source: Microsoft

When this option is checked, the applications are restarted after a system reboot is initiated, right after you sign in to your account. This option toggles the option in the background which can be found in the Settings app at the following location:

Start Menu -> Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in Options -> Restart apps
restart apps settings

Other changes and improvements

Other fixes and improvements have also been made with this release.

  • Users will no longer be able to upload new activity to Timeline if their activity history is synced across all their devices using their Microsoft Account. Devices connected to Azure Active Directory (AAD) will not be impacted. If you wish to view your web history, Microsoft Edge and other browsers have the option to look back at recent web activity. You can also view recently used files and folders using OneDrive and Office.
  • The Ease of Access category in Settings will now be called Accessibility.
  • The Ebrima font will now support characters from Bamum.
  • Based on user feedback, the Nirmala UI font is being updated to improve how the combined Chakma characters are displayed.
  • Microsoft is reverting to the previous version of the Korean IME temporarily.

Fixes

Here is what has been fixed with this release:

  • A bug has been fixed that caused an issue when HDR was turned on, where the SDR was changed when the device was either locked or waking up from sleep.
  • An issue resulting in the HDR not being enabled for all eligible titles has been fixed.
  • An issue that was fixed previously where in some cases the user accounts were migrated during the upgrade but the profiles were not. This issue continues for some users if the device has abruptly been rebooted during the upgrade, but is fixed with this release.
  • The problem where the camera does not support adjustments in the Camera Settings page while it is being used by another application has been addressed.
  • The issue with the Camera Settings page crashing on ARM devices has been addressed.
  • An issue causing the Windows Update page to suddenly display 2 different strings saying that the updates are managed by your organization has been fixed.
  • The issue with non-managed devices displaying “Some of these settings are hidden or managed by your organization” on the Windows Update page in Settings has been taken care of.
  • The issue where the “Check online for updates from Microsoft Update” is greyed out on the Windows Update page for certain WSUS users has been fixed.
  • The issue of some Insiders experiencing crashes in wuauclt.exe has been fixed.
  • The issue with the window frames losing their shadow after locking and unlocking a PC has been addressed.
  • Some users were seeing an ms-resource:AppListName entry in the Start Menu after hiding the People app. This issue has been fixed.
  • The occasional problem of a toast notification appearing on top of the Action Center has been fixed.
  • The issue with the UI hanging when quickly using the touchpad to switch back and forth between Virtual Desktops has been fixed.
  • The issue with the ability to use Miracast on some devices has been fixed.
  • An issue with some network connections getting stuck in the “Identifying” state has been fixed.
  • The problem with some devices being unable to connect using Remote Desktop unless the device was restarted has been addressed.
  • An issue resulting in brightness controls behaving erratically on some devices has been fixed.
  • An issue with the frame rates being lower than expected when playing games in full-screen mode has been addressed.
  • An issue with some games crashing when auto HDR is enabled has been fixed.
  • The issue with certain device screens going black with only the mouse pointer visible has been addressed.
  • The issue of some videos being distorted and pixelated has been addressed.
  • The issue where some devices received the error “The following things need your attention” when trying to install the new build has been taken care of.
  • The issue of not being able to get and set up international settings with PowerShell 7.1 has been fixed.
  • An issue where any updates to the language list using PowerShell commands won’t sync with other devices (if enabled) have been addressed.
  • Fixes a race condition where using the Pinyin IME will result in it being unable to type in certain applications if you rapidly pressed and selected certain IME candidates.The issue impacting the migration of shortcuts into the new Windows Tools location where “This PC” shows up with the display name “computer” has been fixed.
  • The issue of the virtual GPU being broken for Windows and Linux guests has been fixed.

Known issues

Here are the issues Microsoft is currently aware of in this new release:

  • Microsoft is aware that the update process hangs for extended times while attempting to install the new build.
  • News and interests:
    • Pressing the Esc key to dismiss the context menu dismissed the entire flyout instead.
    • Often the News and Interests window cannot be closed using a pen.
  • Insiders using ARM64 architecture who had installed Qualcomm Adreno graphics driver on their Surface Pro X may experience lower brightness levels. Microsoft says that this issue has been resolved through a preview update for the graphics driver that you can download by clicking here.
  • The elements in the Search Box and the search option in File Explorer are no longer displaying correctly while using the dark theme.
  • Some non-administrative apps, such as Print 3D and 3D Viewer, are now in the Windows Tools folder and moved from the Windows Accessories folder. The shortcuts for these will be moved back to the Start Menu in an upcoming bugfix but are still searchable and accessible via Windows Tools.
  • Windows Camera Apps currently do not respect the default brightness set via the new Camera Settings page.
  • Theme-aware splash screens are currently not visible in this build but will be fixed in a future flight.
  • The Auto HDR split-screen mode does not work after installing this version.
  • Some USB-attached printers no longer work after this or the previous build 21354.
  • WSL users are finding that File Explorer launch performance has regressed since installing build 21354. Microsoft is currently working on a fix for the problem.

How to install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21359

If you are subscribed to the Dev channel of the Windows Insider Program, then you shall automatically receive the new update through Windows Updates. However, if you are anxious to receive the update without waiting, here is what you can do.

Open the Windows Update page (Run –> ms-settings:windowsupdate) in the Settings app and click Check for updates for an online search. The system will then start to download the latest update available and install it automatically once it is downloaded. Reboot the computer once installed.

Since a standalone ISO image for this build has not been made available, updating your current version is the only way to install this build right now.

Rollback/remove Windows 10 Insider Preview update

If you do not wish to keep the installed preview update for some reason, you can always roll back to the previous build of the OS. However, this can only be performed within the next 10 days after installing the new update.

To rollback after 10 days, you will need to apply this trick.

Cleanup after installing Windows Updates

If you want to save space after installing Windows updates, you can run the following commands one after the other in Command Prompt with administrative privileges:

dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /AnalyzeComponentStore
dism.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /StartComponentCleanup
cleanup

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About the author: Subhan holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and has completed several system and network certifications including Huwaei, Cisco and Microsoft certs. He mostly researches and writes about the Windows world.

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