Windows 10 Build 20262 is out with no new features

Microsoft has released Windows 10 build 20262 from the FE_RELEASE branch. The build is out to the Dev channel, and comes with no new features. Instead it includes some fixes, and also has a number of known issues.

What's new in Windows 10 Build 20262

Fixes

  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain apps launching unexpectedly transparent in recent builds, with no content visible.
  • We fixed an issue where old SleepStudy etls were unexpectedly not being cleaned up.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in no response the first time a pen was clicked after being paired due to an underlying crash.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in touchpad scrolling no longer working on the tab in focus after closing a browser tab using CTRL+W while scrolling on a touchpad.
  • We fixed an issue where the some of the notifications related to block at first sight weren’t being localized.
  • We fixed an issue where when using Narrator in scan mode, it wasn’t possible to activate the “Sign in with pin or smart card” buttons in the authentication dialog using space or the enter key.
  • We fixed a recent issue where when both Wi-Fi and cellular were connected, if Wi-Fi disconnected the network flyout would say cellular was still connected, but apps wouldn’t actually be able to use the internet.
  • We fixed a high hitting DWM crash impacting some Insiders in the last few flights.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing when navigating to Storage Sense.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in app registration issues for some of the in-box apps with the previous flight after upgrading.

Known issues

  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • Live previews for pinned sites aren’t enabled for all Insiders yet, so you may see a grey window when hovering over the thumbnail in the taskbar. We’re continuing to work on polishing this experience.
  • We’re working on enabling the new taskbar experience for existing pinned sites. In the meantime, you can unpin the site from the taskbar, remove it from the edge://apps page, and then re-pin the site.
  • We’re working on a fix for an issue resulting in some users seeing error 0x80070426 when using their Microsoft account to sign into various apps. If you encounter it, rebooting your PC may resolve this.
  • We’re investigating an issue where, in recent Dev Channel builds, no drives appear under Settings > System > Storage > Manage Disks and Volumes. As a workaround, you can manage your disks in the classic Disk Management tool.
  • We’re investigating reports that some screens incorrectly have black text on dark backgrounds when dark theme is enabled.

The Dev Channel, formerly known as the Fast Ring, reflects the latest changes made to the Windows code base. It is a work-in-progress, so the changes you see in Dev Channel releases may not appear in the upcoming feature update. So we can expect to see some features which will never appear in stable Windows 10 versions on Desktop.
Also, it is possible that Microsoft will bring some Windows 10X features to Windows 10 on Desktop. Microsoft is about to add some of Windows 10X's features to get the best of two Windows branches. The company may also replace some of the Desktop feature updates with Windows 10X releases.

If you have configured your device to receive updates from the Dev Channel/Fast Ring ring, open Settings - > Update & recovery and click on the Check for Updates button on the right. This will install the latest available Insider Preview of Windows 10.

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We previously that Microsoft might skip 21H1 completely, and shift their focus to Windows 10X instead. Instead of cancelling 21H1, Microsoft may invert the release queue, and make a minor update release (21H1) prior to the bigger one (21H2).

If the above is true, then Microsoft will issue two minor releases in a row, delivering an enablement package to Beta channel Insiders in a couple of months. Then in Autumn 2021, it will release Windows 10 version 21H2 from the Cobalt branch with a new user interface.

The Dev channel now hosts builds from the FE_RELEASE branch, so the above scenario can be something that reflects Microsoft's current activity.

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