Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14371 arrives on the Fast ring

Windows 10

Microsoft is rolling out new Windows 10 Insider builds on a very regular basis in preparation for the big Anniversary Update at the end of July. Last week we had not one, but two new PC builds gracing the Fast ring, and today we get yet another -- Build 14371.

As you might expect there are lots of improvements and bug fixes in this new build, but there are also some new additions too.


Top of the list are improvements to activation, which will please anyone who has run into activation issues after upgrading their PC. I recently upgraded my system, replacing most of the guts, and had no issues at all, but that’s not the case for a lot of people. To solve this, Microsoft is introducing an Activation Troubleshooter which will fix common activation woes, including hardware related ones, and problems caused by accidentally installing a different version of Windows 10 (Home instead of Pro, for example).

You’ll also be able to link a Microsoft account (MSA) to the activation digital license starting with this build.

SEE ALSO: Microsoft's leaked Windows Refresh tool lets you start anew in Windows 10

The list of improvements and fixes elsewhere includes:

  • A couple of key fixes for accessibility. Fixed the issue causing Narrator to not launch when you toggle switch to "on" via Settings app > Ease of access > Narrator. Also fixed an issue where Narrator spoke at an unexpectedly accelerated rate.
  • Improved learning speed for some slow cases on Japanese IME conversion, and prediction candidate quality. Fixed a short hang issue in Japanese IME which had been there since the Windows 10 November Update.
  • Improved the file download experience in Microsoft Edge. Now if you click on a download link from outside of Microsoft Edge that quickly opens and closes a tab, the Download Hub will open so it is more apparent that a download has begun and succeeded. Also fixed an issue where moving the caret to beyond the visible end of the textbox when editing the name of a favorite in the Favorites Bar would result in keyboard focus moving to the next favorite. Also fixed an issue where enter might not work to navigate to a URL if you began typing in the address bar very shortly after opening a new tab.
  • Going forward from Build 14371, the 3D Display setting state will be preserved across build updates.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in MPEG-2 videos showing the wrong duration in the Movies and TV app.
  • Fixed an issue where "Scan options" text in Windows Defender would be clipped when high DPI (text scaling) was increased. Also fixed an issue where the offline scan event wasn’t correctly formatted, and would show an exposed parameter (%1) in the Event Logs. Additionally fixed an issue resulting in the permissions dialog for a new extension possibly appearing under the Microsoft Edge favorites bar.
  • Fixed an issue where using the OneNote Web Clipper extension for Microsoft Edge on certain sites might result in an error saying "Please allow third party cookies in your browser".
  • Fixed an issue where the Action Center icon was clipped by the "Show Desktop" icon at 225% DPI. Also improved the resolution of the sound and network icons when using a non-standard DPI setting.
  • Added a small animation to Action Center for when notifications are deleted by the platform or dynamically repositioned, and generally improved Action Center reliability.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the Clock and Calendar flyout possibly showing a very old appointment when looking at today’s events.
  • Fixed an issue where certain keys in the Calculator app might stop working after switching between OCT and HEX mode. Also fixed an issue where hitting Enter in the calculator could result in the menu opening rather than calculating the current result.
  • Fixed an issue that could result in the VPN Settings page freezing after pressing Connect. Also fixed an issue where VPN might attempt to automatically connect over metered networks, despite "Allow VPN over metered connection" being turned off.
  • Fixed an issue where the icon for Settings was missing from the Background apps and Data usage settings pages. Fixed an issue where content in the Windows Insider Program settings page might be truncated.
  • Fixed an issue where File Explorer would show two copies of any picture or screenshot taken on a phone while that phone was connected to the PC, despite only one file actually existing on the phone.
  • Fixed an issue where going between the All apps list and the tile grid of Start in Tablet mode could have a glitchy animation, or not have an animation at all.
  • Fixed an issue where you might see duplicate "The VPN connection needs your sign-in info." notifications saved in the Action Center, when only one needed to be displayed.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in certain PDFs failed to print.
  • Fixed an issue where a focus box was sometimes visible when launching the Start menu, resulting in type to search not working.

With this being a Fast ring release, there are still known issues to be aware of, although Microsoft only lists one issue this time around:

  • Clicking on networks or VPN connections in the network flyout on the taskbar doesn’t launch the network settings page like it should.

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