Microsoft releases Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16176 to the Fast ring
The Creators Update is still rolling out to users globally, but Microsoft is hard at work on the next big update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 3.
Today it rolls out the second PC build to Insiders on the Fast ring, which includes some changes to OneCore, the core that Windows 10 shares across devices. But that's not all.
Also new in this new build is the addition of serial device support for Windows Subsystem for Linux. Windows COM ports can now be accessed directly from a WSL process. You can find out more about this here.
Other changes, improvements, and fixes in this PC build include:
- You can now hold down the power button on your device for 7 seconds to trigger a bugcheck. This will only work on newer devices that don’t uses legacy ACPI power buttons.
- Narrator will work again on this build.
- Fixed the issue causing some apps and games to crash due to a misconfiguration of advertising ID that happened in a prior build.
- Fixed an issue resulting in the Start menu and Action Center having a noticeable framerate drop in their animations on certain devices if transparency was enabled and there were open UWP apps.
- Fixed an issue from the previous build where the Action Center could get into a state where dismissing one notification unexpectedly dismissed multiple.
- Fixed an issue where the Clock and Calendar flyout was unexpectedly missing the agenda integration for some Insiders.
- Fixed an issue from the previous build (Build 16170) resulting in Surface Books unexpectedly doing a disk check after waking from sleep due to it bugchecking during sleep.
- Fixed an issue from the previous build resulting in Win32 app text sometimes not rendering, for example in File Explorer, until logging out and back in.
- Fixed an issue where the Extensions Process was suspended inappropriately during Connected Standby, resulting in Microsoft Edge becoming unresponsive on wake if any extensions had been installed.
Known issues for PC include:
- Apps that use the Desktop Bridge ("Centennial") from the Store such as Slack and Evernote will cause your PC to bugcheck (GSOD) when launched with a "kmode exception not handled" in ntfs.sys error.
- Some Insiders have reported seeing this error "Some updates were cancelled. We’ll keep trying in case new updates become available" in Windows Update. See this forum post for more details.
- Double-clicking on the Windows Defender icon in the notification area does not open Windows Defender. Right-clicking on the icon and choosing open will open Windows Defender.
- Surface 3 devices fail to update to new builds if a SD memory card is inserted. The updated drivers for the Surface 3 that fix this issue have not yet been published to Windows Update.
- Pressing F12 to open the Developer Tools in Microsoft Edge while F12 is open and focused may not return focus to the tab F12 is opened against, and vice-versa.
- exe will crash and restart if you tap any of the apps listed in the Windows Ink Workspace’s Recent Apps section.