Windows Insider Program Finally Cleans Up Its 19H2 Mess

Microsoft is finally allowing all Insiders in the Slow ring to actually test Windows 10 version 19H2 features: Today, it released Windows 10 18362.10019 with all 19H2 features enabled.

“Today we are releasing 19H2 Build 18362.10019 to ALL Windows Insiders in the Slow ring,” the Microsoft announcement notes. “Everyone in the Slow ring should be on the same build now with all the 19H2 features turned on.”

As you may recall, only 10 percent of Insiders in the Slow ring were previously given the opportunity to test new 19H2 features. Now, everyone in the Slow ring—those who previously installed build 18362.10014 (with new features turned off by default) or 18362.10015 (with new features turned on by default), or those who join the Slow ring today—should finally be able to test the new functionality in 19H2 (Windows 10 version 1909).

Better still, we finally have a feature list for 19H2. Key new features include:

  • You can now create a calendar event directly from the Calendar flyout on the taskbar. “Just click on the date and time at the lower right corner of the Taskbar to open the Calendar flyout and pick your desired date and start typing in the text box,” Microsoft notes. “You’ll now see inline options to set a time and location.”
  • The navigation pane in the Start menu now expands when you mouse over it.
  • Those few enterprises that have actually deployed Windows 10 in S mode can now add a policy to allow desktop (Win32) apps deployed via Intune.
  • File Explorer search now shows web-powered suggestions in addition to locally indexed files.

As you can see, nothing too major. For a complete list, check out the original Microsoft post.

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  • professorwhiskey

    Premium Member
    05 September, 2019 - 9:25 pm

    <p><span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">My Release Preview machine (I'm one of the 7 in the ring 🙂 was also offered this today. I'm now on 1909 Build 18363.329, over 1903 Build 18362.329. I didn't take a screenshot but I'm pretty sure it showed in WU as a Feature Update as "1909 Build 18363.1000".</span></p>

    • shadetc

      Premium Member
      07 September, 2019 - 11:10 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#460279">In reply to professorwhiskey:</a></em></blockquote><p>I can't seem to get image posting to work at the moment, but I can confirm on my system that it comes up as you say.</p><p><br></p><p>Here's the text in the Windows Update:</p><p><br></p><p>Option updates available</p><p>* Feature update to Windows 10, version 1909</p><p><br></p><p>EDIT: </p><p>To clarify I am on the Release Preview Ring. Also when I restarted, I show the following:</p><p><br></p><p>Edition: Windows 10 Enterprise</p><p>Version: 1909</p><p>Installed on : 4/29/2019 </p><p>OS Build: 18363.329</p><p><br></p><p>So some observations:</p><p>- The "installed on" did not increment for this "build"</p><p>- Tips launched with "Welcome to the May 2019 Update!"</p>

  • anderb

    Premium Member
    05 September, 2019 - 10:57 pm

    <p>"web-powered suggestions" sounds a bit suspect.</p>

    • wright_is

      Premium Member
      06 September, 2019 - 3:31 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#460317">In reply to anderb:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yes. That's what a web browser is for. The name gives it away File Explorer = file system, Internet Explorer / Web-browser = the Internet/Web.</p>

    • AnOldAmigaUser

      Premium Member
      06 September, 2019 - 11:28 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#460317">In reply to anderb:</a></em></blockquote><p>In the name of all that is holy, what the hell are they thinking?</p><p>If I am searching for a file, anything from the internet is exactly not what I want. Idiots.</p><p><br></p>

  • windows10insider

    06 September, 2019 - 12:40 am

    <p>I had to switch over to release preview to see 1909</p>

  • wright_is

    Premium Member
    06 September, 2019 - 3:30 am

    <p>So, nothing for most corporate / Office 365 users.</p><p>We don't use Calendar, we use Outlook.</p><p>We don't use S mode or InTune+</p><p>And web-powered search in File Explorer? No, just no! If I want web searches, I'll look in my web browser. The File Explorer should search my files, not the web, it isn't what it is designed for. Just stop the silliness, please!</p>

    • BeckoningEagle

      Premium Member
      06 September, 2019 - 6:02 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#460439">In reply to wright_is:</a></em></blockquote><p>I agree with you on the file explorer thing. It actually interrupts my workflow when I get web results in the start menu instead of just apps. Now it is also going to screw the File Explorer work flow.</p><p><br></p><p>I can see some of my customers using S mode and InTune as an additional security option. Software restrictions via GPO have always been flaky. The only bad thing is the price, since it is another subscription. </p>

    • Belralph

      06 September, 2019 - 7:08 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#460439">In reply to wright_is:</a></em></blockquote><p>Yeah, totally agree. We need to get back to the 'one thing that does one thing well' era. File search searches files. Browser search engines search the web. </p>

      • navarac

        06 September, 2019 - 9:07 am

        <blockquote><em><a href="#460496">In reply to Belralph:</a></em></blockquote><p>With searching the web added to File Explorer, we now have the situation where we have lists of unrelated web shit overwhelming the files you are searching for.</p>

    • SvenJ

      Premium Member
      06 September, 2019 - 2:23 pm

      <blockquote><a href="#460439"><em>In reply to wright_is:</em></a><em> </em>Agree with everyone else. File Manager should search files. If I want web results, I know where to go. Off to the feedback hub I go.</blockquote><p><br></p>

  • irfaanwahid

    06 September, 2019 - 8:04 am

    <p>Insignificant update.. but a desired one. An update to just clean up, polish and refine the OS.</p>

  • Kevin Costa

    06 September, 2019 - 8:28 am

    <p>I don't understand. What build represents 1909? 18362.10019 or</p>

    • navarac

      06 September, 2019 - 9:06 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#460553">In reply to Kevin_Costa:</a></em></blockquote><p>Both, unfortunately.</p>

  • markbyrn

    Premium Member
    06 September, 2019 - 8:39 am

    <p>I have two PC's running the current release builds and a Macbook running the insider builds on Parallels; have yet to be tempted to put an insider builds on the PCs.&nbsp;</p>

  • crp0908

    06 September, 2019 - 9:46 am

    <p>After being stuck on 18362.10005 (that's not a typo) for over a month, I'm finally offered 18362.10019. Paul's not kidding when he states that the 19H2 mess has been cleaned up a bit.</p><p><br></p><p>I agree with a discussion going on in the premium comments – No web searches in File Explorer, please! Hope Microsoft provides a gpo to turn that off.</p><p><br></p>

  • sevenacids

    06 September, 2019 - 2:25 pm

    <p>I'm not an "insider" ("tester" would be the more appropriate term, but I guess that doesn't sound so fancy), but since I've updated 1903 to 18362.329, Start search is suddenly showing web results despite the fact it's all been disabled via GPO and was working before, and the Settings pane crashes the Settings app. I hope this is not related to some strange feature-enabling bug and this new File Explorer search, because technically, 18362.329 and 18363.329 are one and the same but with certain switches turned off, and therefore the same code is in there that might lead to side-effects.</p><p><br></p><p>This is what makes this whole mechanism a mess. I mean, who makes sure that disabled code doesn't create bugs in the routines that needed to be adapted to use two code paths? And, hello, they started re-labeling build numbers… which is kind of cheating. What's next?</p>

  • mrdrwest

    07 September, 2019 - 4:40 pm

    <p>Tip: If your mouse flickers and disappears, <span style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0);">***DO NOT RESTART ***; </span>shutdown/turn off/unplug the power ; ~30-secs, just b/c.</p><p><br></p><p>Power up, should be GTG.</p>


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