Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18941 (20H1)

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 9 Comments

Windows Insiders in the Fast ring received a new pre-release build of Windows 10 version 20H1 last night with only one new feature.

And it’s an improvement to the Korean IME.

Microsoft doesn’t explain what IME is in its own blog post, in keeping with its inability to communicate effectively. But that stands for Input Method Editor; it’s a feature of Windows that allows users of languages like Chinese, Korean, and Japanese to more easily enter characters and symbols on PCs outfitted with hardware keyboards that cannot handle the nuances of such languages.

So now you know whether this impacts you or not.

And, if you’re like me, you’re probably wondering, have probably been wondering for months, when we’re actually going to start seeing major new 20H1 features. And why we started testing this year-off version of Windows 10 six months ahead of the schedule we’d followed for the previous five years.

Regardless, Microsoft had previously issued improvements to the Chinese and Japanese IMEs in earlier 20H1 builds, so this build provides Korean users with the same improvements, which Microsoft says are “more secure, reliable, and more beautiful to look at.”

“The changes will be most noticeable if you write in Hanja; we have a new candidate selection window that uses modern controls and clearer typography,” the Microsoft post notes. “We have also improved the algorithm used for text prediction when writing Korean using the touch keyboard. Text suggestions should now be more accurate and relevant to what you are writing.”

And that’s it. Microsoft has fixed a number of issues, and it notes that it is tracking a few more. Those include a nasty-sounding install failure that generates an error code c1900101 that, yes, is related to a storage device driver that sounds suspiciously like one of the Windows 10 version 1903 install blockers that the firm quietly fixed recently. Check out the Microsoft blog post for information about getting your PC back into a working state if you’re in a “boot loop.” I’m sure this is the one time they explain things clearly.

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Comments (9)

9 responses to “Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18941 (20H1)”

  1. bart

    Yeah, was hoping to see new features by now.


    On a more important note: Welcome to The Netherlands! Enjoy your stay :)

  2. navarac

    Interestingly, of 2 PCs on 20h1, the older one got 18936 and 18941, the newer PC was blocked from both with error c1900101.

  3. jltuv

    This is the past. The changes for this version of windows could be done monthly and user will never see anything new. Business want things fix not changed.

  4. t-b.c

    I installed and rebooted my PC Wednesday night for updates, and again last night. I don't mind if the updates are relevant, but I fail to see why this would be pushed out all on its own with such urgency, I've never installed any Asian language packs, ever. Perhaps this push should have hit Asian nations, but it could have waited for a US push. People in the US that do need it, could go grab this update on their own.

  5. blue2cat

    I am using a Dell Latitude E7470 and it is experiencing the c1900101 install failure bug.

  6. robinpersaud

    The inability of Microsoft to communicate with their home and *enterprise* customers is INFURIATING.


    Paul - have you ever had a tête-à-tête with someone at Microsoft about this? Seems like something a small team of people (or a dedicated person per team) could solve.


    Communication from Microsoft has been POOR for...as long as I can remember. Seems like it is getting worse.


    Wonder if Mary-Jo has the same frustrations?

  7. Kevin Costa

    A whole new build with some fixes and a new feature? MS must to be kidding...

    They should be improving the dark mode, putting it in places where windows are light mode only, and migrating things from control panel to settings.

    And worse, they are doing these insignificant changes for months now... Where are the new features?

    CONSISYENCY MICROSOFT! THAT'S HOW YOU SHOULD SHIP A BUILD!

  8. bleeman

    I'm curious if anyone has noticed any issues with Bluetooth? I've had issues off an on with connectivity as far back as my Surface Pro 3. Now it seems to be worse and I'm not sure if it's the result of being in the fast ring or an issue with my Surface Studio 2, and Surface Pro 2017. If I stop using my Surface Ergonomic Keyboard for a few minutes it will take 30-45 seconds of hitting keys to "wake" it up again. The same with my Surface Dial and Surface Precision mouse. With the dial I have to press and hold it for a minute or two before it "wakes" up and stars working again. With the mouse it's about 30 seconds of "wiggling" it. With all 3 devices giving me grief I was thinking it was an issue with the Studio 2. However, I have the same problem with my Surface Pro 2017 and Surface Go. The keyboard, mouse and dial have all been replaced once. So the only common denominator I can find is Windows 10 itself. Extremely frustrating. (Oh and I have disabled all "Put the device to sleep" options I have been able to find for each of the devices.

  9. ondrotech

    I think this must be give a heart attack to Samsung, Xiaomi and other smartphone companies. I love Microsoft, we will waiting for this hammer :)

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