Microsoft releases 20H1 build 18950, confirms you’ll soon be able to reinstall Windows 10 from the cloud


Microsoft has just released Windows 10 20H1 build 18950 for Windows Insiders in Fast Ring, which brings improvements to the new Japanese IME and the Snip & Sketch application. This new compilation is a minor update in general, but the most interesting of the release notes is that Microsoft confirmed that it will soon be possible to reinstall Windows 10 from the cloud, although the feature is not yet available in build 18950 [19659002] In In case you missed it, the Twitter user WalkingCat first mentioned this cloud download feature a couple of days ago:

Download Windows 10 from the Cloud should make the reinstallation of the operating system much easier, and it is worth noting that this is a feature that Apple has already implemented in recent versions of macOS. The Windows Insider team said today that it will soon announce when Windows Insiders can try this new feature, and we will inform you as soon as we get more details. Meanwhile, here are the notes of the full version of build 18950:

What's new in build 18950

Improvements of the Japanese IME

Thanks to all who have so far shared comments on the new Japanese IME. The development team has been working to improve quality based on your comments. Here are some improvements you can try in this compilation:

  • Navigation of the prediction candidate window key : We solve a problem whereby the focus within the prediction candidate window is not moved by using the up arrow key.
  • Key customization : We have improved the detection capability of the key assignment settings. In addition, according to the comments, we have updated the assigned default value of Ctrl + Space to be "None". Ctrl + Space can still be used to enable / disable IME by changing the value through its settings.

  Showing the improved key assignment configuration in the Customization of Keys and keys in the Japanese IME configuration. [19659002] Please do not hesitate to continue sharing your thoughts with us about writing in Windows: our ears are open and we would love to hear from you.

Other updates for Insiders

The improvements of Snip & Sketch were directed towards you

Thanks to all who have shared comments so far for our updated clipping experience! We really appreciate it and we are beginning to implement some more improvements based on what you have told us:

  • Single window mode: Do you tend to repeat cuts several times to get the perfect screenshot? We are updating the New button to now open new fragments in the window of your current application, so you don't end up with a bunch of open fragments (which you must close later) If you prefer to keep all the fragments open in separate Windows. The option is now a change in the configuration, so you can decide which mode you prefer.

  Shows the configuration where you can choose whether or not to open fragments in separate windows.

  • Zoom: Do we need to say more? You can now expand your screenshots if they are too small for you to annotate (and yes, CTRL + Plus, CTRL + Minus and Ctrl + Mouse are supported!). We will also walk away to make sure all the clipping fits in the Snip & Sketch window. If you want to see the cutout in its original size, click on the Zoom button and then on "Actual size".

  Showing the new Zoom options in action.

  • Improving the ability to discover WIN + Shift + S: You mentioned that you loved learning to use WIN + Shift + S to take new cuts at any time and we think others will too they would do! If you have not yet taken a clipping, we will now use the canvas space in Snip & Sketch to help you learn how to start a clipping without first opening the application .

These changes are currently available to a part of Insiders in the Fast ring as we evaluate the quality before continuing with the release. Note that the release of each change mentioned above is handled separately, with separate random populations at the initial release, so seeing one of the changes with application version 10.1907.2064.0 does not necessarily mean that you will see all three.

General changes, improvements and corrections for PC

  • Initiates may notice some references to the "cloud download" related to the restart or update of the PC. This function is not yet available and works. We'll let you know once it's there, so you can try it!
  • We fixed an issue where ctfmon.exe could fail if you clicked on the input mode indicator on the taskbar to change the Japanese IME between modes.
  • We solved a problem where pasting from the clipboard history (WIN + V) did not work when using Bopomofo IME.
  • We solved a problem that caused the hanja conversion not to work for the updated Korean IME when writing in certain applications. [19659026] We solved a problem that could cause the OneNote application to intermittently act as if the Ctrl key was pressed when it was not.

Known Issues

  • There has been a problem with previous versions of anti-cheat software used with games in which, after upgrading to the latest versions of 19H1 Insider Preview, computers may suffer failures. We are working with partners to update their software with a solution, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this problem. To minimize the possibility of encountering this problem, make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system. We are also working with game developers and anti-cheats to solve similar problems that may arise with the 20H1 Insider Preview versions and we will work to minimize the likelihood of these problems in the future.
  • Some Realtek SD card readers are not working properly We are investigating the problem.
  • Tamper Protection can be disabled in Windows Security after updating to this compilation. You can turn it on again. In August, Tamper Protection will be enabled again by default for all Insiders.
  • Occasionally, the selection of candidates in the candidate prediction window for the Japanese IME does not match the composition chain. We are investigating the problem.

The Windows Insider webcast will also return in Mixer tomorrow at 2PM PDT, and this episode will have special guests of the FX Amplify team. This should be a good opportunity to learn more about the status of updates 19H2 and 20H1, especially since the 20H1 update still seems to attract more attention from the Windows Insider team these days.

Additional reading: 20H1, build 18950, Fast Ring, Windows 10

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