Microsoft releases a minor update Windows 10 Build 20185 to the Dev Channel

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After moving Windows 10 20H2 build to the Beta channel, Microsoft has started releasing the next feature update builds to the Dev channel on every Wednesday. So, this week, it releases Windows 10 Preview build 20185 to the Dev channel. The build comes with some minor changes, which include DNS configurations tweaks in Settings app as well as new MDM (Mobile Device Management) policies on ADMX files. Below is the whole list of changes:

Improving DNS configuration in Settings

We’re making a few changes to the Network section in Settings:

  1. Making DNS settings more easily accessible: Editing your DNS server assignment is now a top-level option when you go into your network’s properties page.
  2. Encrypted DNS controls in the Settings app: Encrypted DNS (DNS over HTTPS, or DoH) can help increase privacy and security while browsing the web. You can now configure DoH directly in the Settings app to more easily take advantage of this feature:
    • For ethernet connections: Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Status. Click Properties, then select Edit IP assignment or Edit DNS server assignment and it will be available in the popup
    • For Wi-Fi connections: Go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi. Click the adapter properties link, then select Edit IP assignment or Edit DNS server assignment and it will be available in the popup. Currently you will not see the encryption options if you go to the individual network’s property page

You can add any IP address listed here to unlock the DoH dropdown and choose to use encryption. Once encryption is enabled, you can confirm it’s working by looking at the applied DNS servers in the network properties and see them labeled as “(Encrypted)” servers. If you want to try a custom DoH server we don’t recognize yet, you can configure an IP address to be recognized as a DoH server by using the netsh command documented here at the end of the blog post.

The new Edit Network DNS settings popup in Settings.

As always, appreciate your feedback!

New ADMX Backed Policies for MDM

Starting with Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 20175, we have enabled 647 new MDM policies across 56 ADMX files to enable commercial customers to configure policies that are also supported through Group Policies. Contains ADMX based Policies such as App Compat, Event Forwarding, Servicing and Task Scheduler. These new policies can be configured using Intune custom profile. Intune UX is planned to be available later this year.

ADMX file name:

  • AddRemovePrograms.admx
  • AppCompat.admx
  • AuditSettings.admx
  • CipherSuiteOrder.admx
  • COM.admx
  • Cpls.admx
  • CtrlAltDel.admx
  • DigitalLocker.admx
  • DnsClient.admx
  • DWM.admx
  • EncryptFilesonMove.admx
  • EventForwarding.admx
  • FileServerVSSProvider.admx
  • FileSys.admx
  • FolderRedirection.admx
  • Help.admx
  • HelpAndSupport.admx
  • kdc.admx
  • LanmanServer.admx
  • LinkLayerTopologyDiscovery.admx
  • MMC.admx
  • MMCSnapins.admx
  • MSAPolicy.admx
  • nca.admx
  • NCSI.admx
  • Netlogon.admx
  • OfflineFiles.admx
  • PeerToPeerCaching.admx
  • PerformanceDiagnostics.admx
  • PreviousVersions.admx
  • QOS.admx
  • Reliability.admx
  • Scripts.admx
  • sdiageng.admx
  • Securitycenter.admx
  • Servicing.admx
  • Setup.admx
  • SharedFolders.admx
  • Sharing.admx
  • Shell-CommandPrompt-RegEditTools.admx
  • Smartcard.admx
  • Snmp.admx
  • TaskScheduler.admxtcpip.admx
  • Thumbnails.admx
  • TPM.admx
  • UserExperienceVirtualization.admx
  • W32Time.admx
  • WinCal.admx
  • WindowsAnytimeUpgrade.admx
  • WindowsConnectNow.admx
  • WindowsMediaDRM.admx
  • WindowsMediaPlayer.admx
  • WindowsMessenger.admx
  • WinInit.admx

Fixes

  • We fixed an issue where sometimes the “close all windows” action in the Taskbar wasn’t closing all of the open tabs for pinned sites.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the network icon in the Taskbar saying there was no internet although there was an active connection.
  • We fixed an issue where dragging and dropping an app from Start’s all apps list over to the tile grid to pin it wasn’t working for certain apps.
  • We fixed an issue where the letter headers in the Start menu’s all apps list had unnecessary left padding when the all apps list was set to hidden. This fix isn’t in this build, will be in the next flight.
  • In order to address an issue where the tiles were difficult to read against certain backgrounds when using full screen Start we’re adjusting the background to be slightly less transparent.
  • We fixed an issue where when using a Start menu layout applied by MDM, tile groups may disappear after a few days of uptime without rebooting.
  • We fixed an issue where if a notification included an inline image the app icon would be slightly out of line with it.
  • We fixed an issue where launching an app from its taskbar jumplist wasn’t working for certain desktop bridge apps and instead would result in the app disappearing from the taskbar.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in excessive network traffic when using the Open File dialog to navigate to shared network folders where previous versions where enabled.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in a blank icon displaying instead of a plus button on the main Default Apps page in Settings after uninstalling the app set as default.
  • We fixed an issue where opening Storage Settings then immediately going into one of the sub-pages and then back could result in the page not loading.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the new Microsoft Edge not being listed in the App History section of Task Manager.
  • We fixed an issue impacting touch keyboard launch reliability.
  • We fixed an issue where TextInputHost.exe would enter an unresponsive state, leading to clipboard history, the Emoji Panel, and dictation not appearing when pressing their corresponding keyboard shortcuts.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in not being able to paste the first entry in clipboard history.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in ARM64 devices bug checking when resuming from hibernation.

From the past couple of weeks, the company has been testing in Dev Channel, which may or may not be included in the next Windows 10 feature update. However, some of the improvements are included in 20H2 builds in the Beta channel. Apart from the above changes, there is more in the build, such as known issues that you check in the official blog post.

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