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Latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Preview Brings Improvements to Mixed Reality & Task Manager

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Jul 13

Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build for PC and Mobile Insiders in the Fast ring. Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Preview Build 16241 is now available for PC Windows Insiders while Windows 10 Mobile Insider Build 15230 is open to Mobile Insiders in the Fast ring.

Today’s Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Preview brings a number of Mixed Reality features and updates. Later this summer, Microsoft partners HP and Acer are expected to start shipping their Mixed Reality development kits, which could be the reason why Windows maker is extensively focusing on these tweaks and improvements.

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However, Mixed Reality improvements aren’t the only updates that today’s test build is offering as the changelog is fairly long. Along with these, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update build 16241 brings improvements to Windows Shell, PC gaming, Task Manager, and Delivery Optimization which now brings a new Activity Monitor feature. Activity Monitor will help Windows 10 users “see the overall bandwidth used in downloads of OS Updates including Feature and Quality updates as well as Store App downloads and updates.” Users will also be able to see “exactly the amount of data coming from other PCs” on their local network or other PCs on the Internet.

Here’s everything that’s new with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Preview 16241.

Windows Shell updates in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update 16241

Recover your pin and password from the lock screen:  Self Service solutions empower end users, unburden helpdesk/IT admins, and save organizations money. Cloud Self Service Password Reset (Cloud SSPR) has been a really popular Azure AD Premium (AADP) feature and now we want to take this great capability one step further – Windows Integration. If you’re using an AADP or MSA account and you find yourself stuck at the login screen, you can now reset your password and PIN straight from here. Just click the “Reset password” (for password) / ”I forgot my PIN” (for PIN) link and you’ll be prompted to go through the AAD or MSA flow to reset it. Once reset, you’ll be returned to the login screen where you can login with your newly minted credentials.

Refining Acrylic Material: We’ve heard your feedback, and in response in today’s build you’ll notice we’ve softened the noise layer of Acrylic Material. Below you’ll find a side by side comparison of how it was and how it is now. This will take effect in any XAML based UI and apps where Acrylic Material can be seen which targets Build 16241+.

PC Gaming Improvements

  • We fixed an issue preventing profile cards in the Xbox Live in-game experience from working.
  • We also fixed an issue causing Game bar to crash while broadcasting.

Task Manager Improvements

We have made some design changes to the GPU section of Performance tab:

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  • The GPU name is now shown on the left-hand side of the Performance tab for each GPU.
  • We now default to the multi-engine view, which shows performance monitors for the four most active GPU engines. Typically you’ll see charts for the 3D, Copy, Video Encode and Video Decode engines. Right-click on the chart to switch back to the single-engine view.
  • There is now a total GPU memory text counter next to the dedicated and shared text counters at the bottom of the Performance tab.
  • The Direct X version now also contains the highest supported DX feature level.

We have improved how Microsoft Edge’s processes are labeled in Task Manager: In Build 16226, we introduced grouping an app’s processes together in Task Manager. For Microsoft Edge, tab processes were labeled in Task Manager with their web page title.

We’ve heard your feedback that other Microsoft Edge processes could use better labels. Starting in Build 16241, additional processes (such as the Chakra JIT Compiler, UI Service, and Manager process) are now labeled in Task Manager. We’ll continue to revise these labels based on feedback.

Mixed Reality tweaks and updates

Here are the Mixed Reality improvements and updates that the latest Windows 10 Fall Creators Update test build has brought in:

  • Added support for Mixed Reality Motion Controllers over USB (Wireless/Bluetooth support to come soon!)
  • Connection reliability improvements (Code 43 errors in Device Manager).
  • We’ve updated the Mixed Reality Portal icon.
  • We’ve updated teleportation experience to make this more intuitive and direct.
  • We have also improved stability of the headset during your Mixed Reality session.
  • We have fixed the issue where the Hill on the side of the cliff house flickers.
  • We have also fixed where the audio of HoloTour can now turn off promptly when switching between apps and cliff house.
  • We have also fixed speech commands to work during exclusive app sessions.
  • We have also improved the experience where we can now load the Environment effectively with no black screen during startup.
  • Mixed Reality Portal now explicitly informs users that headsets require USB 3.0.
  • Improved support for ASMedia and other 3rd party USB controllers.
  • 4K 360 Video streaming has also been improved in this build.
  • 3Glasses improvements: we have fixed various issues with 3Glasses headset and controller to help jumpstart your development.
  • Preset holograms in the Cliff House now show up in the right order.
  • We have also fixed the issue where black screen is shown when the environment is loading.
  • We have fixed the headset’s sleep cycle to correct according to user activities.
  • We have also fixed the issue to enable users to share the Mixed Reality captures to Facebook.

Windows 10 Mobile Preview build 15230 unsurprisingly doesn’t bring any new features and instead offers just a couple of fixes. For the complete changelog, fixes and known issues, check the announcement blog post.