Windows 10 19H1 Build 18305 Introduces Windows Sandbox, Simplified Start Menu, New Settings UI, More

Microsoft is releasing a brand new build of Windows 10 19H1 to Insiders in the Fast Ring today. Build 18305 is the latest 19H1 build, bringing a couple of new features and a number of fixes for Insiders.

The highlight feature of build 18305 is Windows Sandbox, a new feature in Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise that allows users to test untrusted apps in a lightweight, sandboxed Windows 10 environment. The feature essentially starts up a virtual, lightweight Windows 10 environment where you can test whatever you like for improved security and privacy. The feature is disabled by default, and it needs to be turned on from Optional Features in Windows 10 before you can start using the sandboxed environments.

Build 18305 also introduces a simplified Start Menu layout. Microsoft is cleaning up the Start Menu into a single column layout for improved simplicity, with a reduced number of top-level tiles. This is the default Start Menu layout that appears when you get a new device, for clean installs, or for new accounts. The one column layout should make things feel less cluttered, but all the bloatware that comes with Windows 10 will still likely make the Start Menu look ugly.

Microsoft is also tweaking the Settings app’s design, introducing a new header at the top. The new header gives users quick access to some of the most important things like signing into their Microsoft Account or managing it, system status, and more.

The new build brings a number of other new features, including Tamper Protection in Windows Security, Kaomoji and Symbols on the emoji picker, more compact design for Cloud Clipboard, ability to sign in to Windows with SMS codes for those with password-less Microsoft accounts. The update brings some useful features like the ability to set a default tab on the Task Manager, a wider rollout for Friendly Dates in File Explorer, recommended/automatic troubleshooting, and more.

Windows 10 build 18305 is available to those part of the Fast Ring. You can get the full changelog here.

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  • lenh51

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2018 - 2:25 pm

    <p>The link to the full change log is missing. </p>

    • Mehedi Hassan

      Premium Member
      19 December, 2018 - 5:38 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#384341">In reply to lenh51:</a></em></blockquote><p>thanks, fixed!</p>

  • krabago

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2018 - 3:06 pm

    <p>Sets is still MIA – has anyone heard anything about this feature? </p>

  • waethorn

    19 December, 2018 - 4:54 pm

    <p>Seeing "Rewards" being integrated into the OS is just nauseating. If this is the same Bing Rewards *gag*, it's just rewards for advertising, which means more data collection. They might as well just have a "tell us what to sell you" link.</p>

  • warren

    19 December, 2018 - 5:34 pm

    <p>I'm really happy to see they've added in showing the history of Controlled Folder Access denials. I use this feature to make sure that only the specific programs I choose are allowed to write to my documents, photos, desktop, etc. folders. Just a nice little bit of extra confidence that new programs I install on my computer are behaving appropriately….. but not knowing what's been blocked when I'm not looking at the screen will be very useful.</p>

  • red.radar

    Premium Member
    19 December, 2018 - 7:26 pm

    <p>Ok. Now Microsoft has my interest about taking a new build of Windows 10. </p><p><br></p><ol><li>Chromium based Edge</li><li> Sandbox</li><li> Further improvements to start menu. </li></ol><p><br></p><p>If they can nail the stability maybe I'll take the time to do the upgrade. </p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      21 December, 2018 - 9:53 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#384402">In reply to red.radar:</a></em></blockquote><p>Where does it say anything about Chromium based Edge in this build?</p>

  • PeteB

    19 December, 2018 - 7:52 pm

    <p>So are the awful metro tiles finally gone in the "improved" start menu? Good lord</p>

    • Illusive_Man

      20 December, 2018 - 8:57 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#384406">In reply to PeteB:</a></em></blockquote><p>Nope they are still there being horrible looking</p><p><br></p>

    • CompUser

      20 December, 2018 - 10:51 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#384406">In reply to PeteB:</a></em></blockquote><p>Unpin them and they will be gone.</p>

      • SvenJ

        Premium Member
        21 December, 2018 - 9:58 pm

        <blockquote><a href="#384943"><em>In reply to CompUser:</em></a> Using the options provided would hinder the option to complain. </blockquote><p><br></p>

  • locust infested orchard inc

    19 December, 2018 - 9:51 pm

    <p>I wonder how the new sandbox feature of Win10 19H1 compares to the most excellent Sandboxie ?</p>

  • javajunkee

    19 December, 2018 - 10:31 pm

    <p>I run my Win10 Fast Ring as a VM and It would not let me add Windows Sandbox. Guess you can’t run a Sandbox in VM. </p>

    • IanYates82

      Premium Member
      20 December, 2018 - 2:46 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#384424">In reply to javajunkee:</a></em></blockquote><p>Read the technical post from the Ms team about this. You can enable nested virtualisation via a powrshell command </p>

      • javajunkee

        20 December, 2018 - 11:47 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#384450">In reply to IanYates82:</a></em></blockquote><p>Thank you, found it. For others here is the command -</p><p><br></p><p>Enable nested virtualization with this PowerShell cmdlet</p><p><em>Set-VMProcessor -VMName &lt;VMName&gt; -ExposeVirtualizationExtensions $true</em></p><p><br></p>

  • Xatom

    19 December, 2018 - 10:56 pm

    <p>10 years from we will get the actual start menu back. Then windows will draw its last peaceful breath.</p><p><br></p>

  • zinga74

    20 December, 2018 - 7:17 am

    <p>I Installed it about 4 hours ago and all of the new features (apart from the sandbox) are missing!</p><p><br></p><p>I installed the sandbox, but nothing happens when i try to launch it!</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

    • MikeGalos

      20 December, 2018 - 7:32 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#384485">In reply to Zinga74:</a></em></blockquote><p>If you go to the actual Windows Blog where the changes are announced, you'll see that the updated Start menu is both pictured and there's a note that it does NOT show up on upgrades since they don't want to change the Start menu for already running PCs so they don't change existing users' menus.</p><p><br></p><p>You'll also find a bunch of other changes that Mehedi didn't think were worth mentioning in his "press release rewrite" article.</p>

  • Illusive_Man

    20 December, 2018 - 8:56 am

    <p>The simplified start menu is still terrible. Please get rid of the tiles. They are terrible holdovers from the Metro UI. </p>

    • CompUser

      20 December, 2018 - 10:49 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#384548">In reply to Illusive_Man:</a></em></blockquote><p>All you have to do is unpin all the applications/tiles from the start menu, and it will look like a "normal" start menu. (I tried to attach a screen print of what mine, but it doesn't work.)</p><p><br></p><p><br></p>

  • CompUser

    21 December, 2018 - 5:06 pm

    <p>I just finished installing this build, and it looks the same as always. The Start Menu layout is the same, and my computer does not have the new Settings app design with the new header at the top. I've rebooted a couple time to no avail. I believe this is the first time ever that a Windows update apparently did not install correctly for me.</p>

  • NT6.1

    21 December, 2018 - 8:12 pm

    <p>I wonder how it will look like with a local account. :-)</p>

  • shivam859

    23 December, 2018 - 1:38 am

    <p>I want it……………</p>


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