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Everything New in Windows 10's April 2019 Update



 A Windows 10 desktop featuring the April 2019 Update's new light theme

Windows 10's next update is the April 2019 Update, which is version 1903 and was codenamed 19H1 during development. It features a light theme, speed improvements, and lots of polish. Preview build 1

8323, released on January 24, 2019.

Speed ​​Improvements (Thanks to Better Specter Fixes)

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The news of Specter shook the industry at the start of 2018. Specter is a design flaw in CPUs and it allows programs to escape their restrictions and read other programs' memory spaces. Microsoft patched Windows to help block specter attacks, but the resulting patches reduced your PC's performance in some scenarios — especially on PCs from 2015 and earlier, which don't have the CPU features.

Now, a change in the April 2019 Update looks set to practically eliminate those performance penalties and speed your PC back up. Specifically, Microsoft is enabling “retpoline” and “import optimization.” All you need to know is your PC should get faster, and you don't even need to think about it.

RELATED: Windows 10's Next Update Will Make Your PC Faster, Thanks to Better Specter Fixes

7 GB of Your PCs Storage Reserved for Updates

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Windows Updates can be installed properly if your PC has enough free disk space. This can be a problem on inexpensive devices with only a small amount of built-in storage.

Microsoft is solving the problem when committing about 7 GB of your PC's storage and making it into "spare storage." Windows Updates, but programs can also store temporary files here. When Windows needs the space for updates, it deletes the temporary files and performs the update. So space is completely wasted, as files that would normally have used space on your computer will just be in the reserved storage space.

The exact amount of storage space used depends on the optional features and languages ​​you have installed, but it starts at about 7 GB

RELATED: Windows 10 Will Soon “Reserve” 7 GB or Your Storage for Updates

Home Users Can Now Pause Updates, Too!

 The Windows Update Settings page with updates paused

Microsoft says it's "[made] the Pause Update feature easier to find" by placing it directly on the main Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update page.

However, that's not all. Microsoft didn't announce this officially, but the Pause Updates feature now works on Home editions of Windows 10. Home users can now pause updates for up to seven days. It's a great feature if you need a temporary reprieve from updates. However, as in the Professional version of Windows 10, Windows Update will immediately check for and install updates after it is unpaused. Windows 10 Professional users can pause updates for up to 35 days at a time.

RELATED: Windows 10 Home Will Finally Pause Updates

A Light Desktop Theme

 Windows 10's new light theme
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Windows 10 now has a new light theme. The Start menu, taskbar, notifications, action center sidebar, print dialog, and other interface elements can now be light instead of dark. Windows 10's latest update even features a new default desktop wallpaper that matches the new theme.

Technically, Windows 10 now has two separate options: Windows mode and app mode. The old default theme, which combined with a dark taskbar (dark Windows mode) with light apps (light app mode) is still an option.

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RELATED: Windows 10's Next Release Includes a Light Theme

Windows Sandbox for Professional Users

 Windows Sandbox

Windows 10 now has a built-in "Windows Sandbox." It's everything we've always wanted: an integrated, isolated desktop environment where you can run software in a container without affecting your host operating system. When you close the Sandbox, all the software and files in the sandbox are deleted. It uses hardware-based virtualization to keep the software confined to a container, just like Microsoft's Hyper-V.

The Sandbox is only available on Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows, so Home users will have to pay to upgrade

RELATED: How to Use Windows 10's New Sandbox (to Safely Test Apps)

A Less Cluttered Default Start Menu

 The April 2019 Update's new default Start menu layout

The default Start menu is now just a single column and is much simpler. Yes, it's not perfect and it still has Candy Crush Saga – but at least that game is buried in a "Play" folder.

You see these changes on an existing PC. But when you start using a new PC or start a new user account on your current PC, you'll see a cleaner Start menu.

RELATED: Windows 10's Next Update Makes the Start Menu Less Terrible

You can also edit the default groups of tiles more quickly if you'd rather have a cleaner Start menu. Windows now lets you unpin groups of tiles by right-clicking them and selecting the "Unpin Group From Start" option.

RELATED: Windows 10's Next Update Lets You Unpin Crapware Tiles in 6 Clicks

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If you want to uninstall more built-in apps completely, now you can. Windows 10 always let you uninstall some built-in apps like Solitaire, My Office, and Skype, but now it also lets you uninstall built-in apps like 3D Viewer, Groove Music, Mail, Paint 3D, and more.

This doesn't extend to all apps. There is still no way to remove the Edge browser or Store app, for example. But you can remove most apps.

RELATED: Windows 10's Next Release Will You Install More Built-in Apps

Cortana and the Search Bar Are Separating

 Cortana and the search bar separated on the taskbar

Windows 10 has a search bar that's integrated with Cortana, but they're separating. In the April 2019 Update, the search bar functions as a normal search box, and there is a separate Cortana icon on the Windows taskbar. You can leave the search box on the taskbar and hide the Cortana icon or hide the search box and leave Cortana. Of course, you can also hide both.

The search interface has a new start design, and it features options like "All," "Apps," "Documents," "Email," and "Web" after you click it . This is different from previous versions of Windows 10, which showed Cortana if you clicked the box and waited for you to search for these options.

it doesn't just search your pc. There are more options, too – you can even disable SafeSearch for results in the search bar, and Windows will show you previews of adult content, for some reason.

But this does point to an interesting way forward and a decrease in the relevance of Cortana — now you can leave the search bar on the taskbar and disable the Cortana icon, put Alexa in its place.

RELATED: Cortana Is Leaving Windows 10's Search Bar, But Bing Stays [19659011] The Start Menu Searches All Your PC's Files

 New taskbar file search interface on the Windows 10 1903

The file search feature in the Start menu can now search for files anywhere on your PC using the Windows search index. In previous versions of Windows 10, it only searched libraries like Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos, and your Desktop. The search will still be quick thanks to the index.

This is an elegant solution and makes a lot of sense. The Windows search index has been around for a long time and was always ignored at Windows 10's Start menu for some reason, but Microsoft has finally seen the light. You can configure which locations are indexed and searched from within the Settings app. [SearchforWindowsandselect"Enhanced(Recommended)"tomaketheindexersearchyourentirePC“Classic”indexingmodewhichjustsearchesyourlibrariesanddesktopisstillavailableasanoptionIndexedbyWindows

RELATED: The Next Version of Windows 10 Will Finally Fix Start Menu File Search

Passwordless Login

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Microsoft is pursuing a world without passwords. That account is linked to your phone number, and Microsoft will text you a security code if you try to sign in.

On the latest version of Windows 10, you can now sign into Windows 10 with these passwordless accounts and set up a PIN or other Windows Hello sign-in feature to secure your computer. The account does not have a password you ever have to type.

Of course, this is not a mandatory.

 RELATED: </strong> <strong><em> Microsoft Wants to Kill Passwords, Starting With Windows 10 </em></strong></p>
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Windows Update now has a notification tray (system tray) icon for updates. You can head to Settings> Update & Security> Windows Update> Advanced Options and enable the "Notify when your PC requires a restart to finish updating" option to enable it.

After you do, you'll see a Windows Update icon with an orange dot in your taskbar's notification area when you need to reboot your PC for updates. It's a nicer way of getting alerted to a required reboot than a full-screen message;

RELATED: Windows 10's System Restore Icon for Updates

New Update Naming Scheme (For Now)

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<p> Microsoft keeps changing Windows 10's update naming scheme. Windows 10's October 2018 Update was named Redstone 5 during development, and the previous four were also "Redstone" releases with different numbers. Now, to make things even simpler, the April 2019 update was named 19H1, if it was scheduled for release in the first half of 2019. </p><div><script async src=

This sounds simple, except Microsoft has already abandoned the new naming scheme and is about to change the naming next time around. The releases after 19H1 will be codenamed with "Vanadium" and "Vibranium," as the Windows 10 team is aligning it with the Azure team.

RELATED: Get Ready for Windows 10 "Vanadium" and “Vibranium”

Zoom (and More) in the Console

 Experimental terminal settings in PowerShell

Windows 10's console now lets you zoom in and out. Just hold the Ctrl key and scroll with your mouse or trackpad. With the default Consolas font, text in the console scales nicely and doesn't look pixelated, no matter how much you zoom in. The aspect ratio of the frame stays the same as text overflow onto different lines, either.

There are also some new experimental console features you can adjust. Right-click any console window's title bar, select "Properties," and click the "Terminal" tab to find them. For example, you can configure the text entry cursor color and shape

RELATED: Windows 10's Next Update Brings a "Zoom" Feature to the Console

More Automatic Troubleshooting

 Troubleshooting options in Settings

Windows has troubleshooters for a while, but you had to know what type of problem your PC was having and then navigate to the correct troubleshooter. Now, you can just navigate to Settings> Update & Security> Troubleshoot. You see a list of recommended troubleshooters that Windows thinks might fix your problem.

In fact, Windows automatically tries to fix some problems in the background now. Here's what Microsoft says about that:

Microsoft can automatically fix certain critical problems on your Windows device to keep it running smoothly. For example, we can automatically restore default settings for critical services, adjust feature settings to match your hardware configuration, or make other specific changes required for Windows to operate normally. Critical troubleshooting happens automatically and can be turned off.

To control whether this happens, head to Settings> Privacy> Diagnostics & Feedback. Under Recommended Troubleshooting, select “Ask me before fixing problems,” or “Fix problems for me without asking. By default, Windows 10 is set to ask

Notifications Hidden in Full-Screen Apps

 Focus Assist notification in the Action Center

Windows 10's next update can also hide notifications while you watch videos or use any other full -screen app thanks to an improvement in Focus Assist. Focus Assist can already hide notifications while you're playing any full-screen game, but now it can work when you're using any app, whether it's a video player, full-screen spreadsheet, or web browser after you press F11. [19659003] RELATED: Windows 10's Next Update Will Hide Notifications While Watching Videos

Notepad Improvements, Once Again

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Yes, Microsoft is still working on Notepad – even after all the improvements back in the October 2018 Update.

Microsoft has also made changes to the way Notepad trades encodings. The status bar now displays the encoding of the open document. Notepad can now save files in UTF-8 format without a Byte Order Mark, which is now the default. This makes Notepad more compatible with the web, where UTF-8 is the default, and it's also backward compatible with traditional ASCII.

Notepad will now have an asterisk in the title bar when the current file has been modified and not saved. For example, if you are working on a file named Example.txt and make some changes, the title bar will say "* Example.txt" until you save the file.

New shortcuts are available, too. Press Ctrl + Shift + N to open a new Notepad window, Ctrl + Shift + S to open the Save As dialog, or Ctrl + W to close the current Notepad window. Notepad can also save files with a path longer than 260 characters if you set a larger MAX_PATH on your system.

There's also a new Help> Send Feedback option that will open the Feedback Hub to the Notepad category so you can provide feedback to Microsoft

More Improvements and Changes

 Windows 10's Settings app showing the new banner at the top of the home page

You'll see a banner at the top of the Settings app "home page "With your Microsoft account and links to common tasks like Your Phone, Windows Update and Microsoft Rewards, for some reason.

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The official release of Emoji 12 is coming in March 2019, and Microsoft added new emoji to Windows 10 in preparation. As always, you can press Windows +. (period) to open the emoji panel anywhere in Windows 10. They're also available on the touchpad.

 Kaomoji in the emoji panel on Windows 10

Windows 10 now supports kaomoji in the emoji picker, too. Kaomoji is a Japanese term that translates to "face characters. For example, (╯ ° □ °) ┻━┻ is a popular kaomoji.

And, when you open the emoji panel, you can now click or touch and drag it to move it around.

 File Explorer showing the

File Explorer now shows "friendly dates" by default. So, rather than dates like “1/23/2019”, you'll see dates like “Yesterday,” “Tuesday,” “January 11,” and “February 16, 2016.”

You can disable this by right -clicking the top of the columns in the File Explorer window and unchecking "Use friendly dates." Storage settings on Windows 10 ” width=”650″ height=”401″ src=”/pagespeed_static/1.JiBnMqyl6S.gif” onload=”pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);” onerror=”this.onerror=null;pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);”/>

The Storage Settings page has been redesigned to bit, too. Head to Settings> System> Storage to see a breakdown of how your space is used. You can find each category to find actions that will help free up space.

 Date & time options in Settings

The Settings> Time & Language> Date & Time screen gains and "Sync Now" button to immediately synchronize your clock with an internet time server. It also shows you when the time was last synchronized and the address of your system's current internet time server. For example, if Windows does not change your clock for DST.

 Manual IP configuration in Windows 10's Settings

The Settings app can now configure advanced IP settings for Ethernet connections. For example, you can configure a static IP address or set your favorite DNS server. Previously, this required using the Control Panel. Head to Settings> Network & Internet> Ethernet, click your Ethernet connection name, and click "Edit" under IP settings to find these options.

 Active hours options in Settings

“Active Hours” since the Anniversary Update. You can count on when you are using your PC, and it will automatically restart your PC during these hours.

In the April 2019 Update, you can enable a new "Automatically adjust active hours for this device based on activity ”Setting and windows will automatically set your active hours, so you don't have to think about them. Update Options> Update & Security> Windows Update> Change Active Hours

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There's now a new, globe-shaped icon that appears when your PC doesn't have any Internet connection. This replaces the previous individual icons for Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and cellular data connections.

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Windows now has a microphone status icon, too. This icon appears when your application is using your microphone. You can click on it to see which application is using your mic. Click here to open the Settings> Privacy> Microphone screen.

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The Windows Security app — Windows 10's built-in antivirus and security application — now has a redesigned “Protection History” pane. It shows you more information about detected threats and available actions. For example, in addition to threats detected by the Windows Defender antivirus, it also shows you blocks initiated by Controlled Folder Access.

 Tamper Protection in Windows Security

Windows Security now also has a new " Tamper Protection ”option. When enabled, this setting protects important security settings. For example, the limit changes to many of the options controlled by the Windows Security app unless you open the app and make the changes. This prevents programs from changing them in the background. To enable this setting, head to Windows Security> Virus & Threat Protection> Virus & Threat Protection Settings.

 The default default tab menu in Windows 10's Task Manager

You can set a default tab in the Task Manager. This tab will open whenever you launch the Task Manager. To do so, use the Options> Set Default Tab in the Task Manager.

 Task Manager showing the DPI Awareness column

The Task Manager now displays the high DPI awareness of the processes on your system, so you can see more information about which applications will work properly with high DPI displays. To find this option, open the Task Manager, click the Details tab, right-click the headers at the top of the list, click “Select Columns,” check “DPI Awareness” in the list, and click “OK.” [19659003] Microsoft is also enabling the "Fix Scaling for Apps" option by default. This will help fix blurry applications on high DPI displays. This was added to Windows 10 back in the April 2018 Update, but Microsoft left it disabled by default to be conservative.

 Windows 10's welcome screen with an acrylic background

The sign-in screen now has an "acrylic" background to blend in with Microsoft's new "Fluent Design System. Previously, it had more of a blur — it's a different visual effect.

Speaking of Fluent Design, Microsoft is also adding shadows to Microsoft Edge's context menus and other parts of the operating system.

 Power options in the Start menu

The Start menu's design has been tweaked a bit, too. It has more “Fluent Design” touches and icons in the menus. For example, the Sleep, Shut Down, and Restart options in the menu now have icons.

 The Sign-in options page in Settings

The Windows Hello options at Settings> Accounts> Sign- in Options have been redesigned. All available sign-in options are now in a single list, and each option has an explanation under it.

You can also set up Windows Hello to work with a physical security key (like a YubiKey) directly from the Settings app .

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The brightness tile during quick actions in the Action Center is now a slider, which makes it a lot easier to quickly change your display's brightness level. You can now right-click a quick action tile and select "Edit Quick Actions" to quickly edit your tiles right from the sidebar without opening the Settings app, too.

 The new symbols page in Windows 10's touch keyboard

The touch keyboard now lets you input more symbols. To find them, tap the old "& 123" button to see symbols and numbers, and then tap the new "see" button see additional symbols. These symbols are integrated into the emoji picker, too.

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That same touch keyboard now helps you more accurately by dynamically adjusting the targets around each key. So, if you frequently mistype a letter by tapping a bit to the left or right, it'll learn. This happens invisibly under the hood.

 Windows 10's Cursor & pointer settings page

Windows now lets you choose a cursor color and size. You can make the cursor larger and change its color, making it easier to see.

Even More Changes!

There are always tons of new changes in these Windows 10 builds. Even this is not a complete list! But here are a few more:

  • App Updates : Various apps included with Windows have been updated, as usual. For example, the Snip & Sketch app has more options for working with screenshots, including the ability to add a border to them and print them. It can now take delayed screenshots on a timer and screenshots of individual windows, too. Sticky Notes 3.0 is available and finally syncs your notes between computers. The Mail & Calendar app now has a navigation button for opening Microsoft To-Do. The Game Bar has a built-in gallery so you can view screenshots and videos, right from the Game Bar interface. The Office app has been redesigned to be based on the new Office.com experience. It helps you launch Office apps on your computer, install ones that aren't, and recently used Office documents.
  • Cortana + Microsoft To Do : Cortana now adds your reminders and tasks to lists in Microsoft To-Do . So, when you add Cortana to your grocery list, you'll see Milk appear on the "Grocery" list in the Microsoft To-Do app.
  • Consistent Display Brightness : Your display's brightness will not change automatically when you plug it into a charger. Previously, you may have lowered your display's brightness, and it may become brighter when you plug it in. Now, it will automatically remember your preferred brightness – even when you plug it in.
  • Download Folder Sorting : Windows 10's Downloads folder will be sorted by "most recent" by default, which puts your most recently downloaded folders on top. This has always been an option, but it wasn't the default. If you choose a default sorting method, your existing setting will not be changed
  • Disk Cleanup Warning : The Disk Cleanup tool now displays a warning when you click the "Downloads" option, warning that this is Your personal downloads folder and all files inside it will be removed.
  • Windows Update Reboots : Windows Update can now reboot your PC immediately after installing updates rather than waiting for a more convenient time.
  • Start Menu Reliability Improvements: The Start menu is becoming more reliable. Start was previously part of the ShellExperienceHost.exe process but is now its own process: StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. If a problem occurs with the main ShellExperienceHost.exe process, the Start menu should still be responsive.
  • Native RAW Support : Microsoft has native support for the RAW image format often used by professional photographers for Windows 10. Open the Microsoft Store and install the “Raw Image Extension” package to use it. This will enable image thumbnails, previews, and metadata or RAW files in File Explorer. You can also view RAW images in applications like Photos after installing the package.
  • Font Management in Settings : Font management is improved. You can now drag-and-drop font files into the Settings> Fonts page to install them. You can find a font on this page to view its font faces and details or uninstall a font from here. (Install the font for a single user. To install it system-wide, right-click and font file normally and select "Install for All Users.")
  • Clipboard History Redesign : The Clipboard History viewer added back in the October 2018 Update has a new, more compact design. Press Windows + V to open it
  • Streamlined PIN Resets : When signing into Windows 10 with a PIN, you can click the "I Forgot My PIN" link, and you'll see a new, streamlined interface for resetting your PIN
  • Colors in the Task Bar's Jump Lists : Windows to show your accent color on the taskbar from Settings> Personalization> Colors, the jump lists that appear after you right
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux : Windows subsystem for Linux's wsl command-line tool now has new options, including the - import and - export options for importing and exporting Linux distributions using tar archive files. Wsl command now includes options from the wslconfig command, and Microsoft plans to update the wsl command with command-line options in the future.
  • FLS Slot Limit Increase : Microsoft raised Windows 10's FLS (Fiber Local Storage) slot allocation limit. This is particularly useful for musicians, who will be able to load more unique plugins into their DAWs (digital audio workstations.) This will also support any application that wants to load hundreds or thousands of unique DLL files.
  • Narrator Improvements : Narrator has a "Read by Sentence" feature that you can instruct to read the current, next, and previous sentences. The Narrator also works better with Google Chrome, as well as makes sense, than Microsoft Edge will be based on Chromium, the open source software that forms the basis for Google Chrome. Narrator will now even be you if the Caps Lock key is on when you start typing, too. It also has a new "Narrator Home" interface that appears on your turn on Narrator.
  • Reset This PC Redesign : The "Reset This PC" interface that resets your PC to its original state was redesigned to a bit, and now requires fewer clicks to go through.
  • Insider Settings Redesign : The Windows Insider settings at Settings> Update & Security> Windows Insider Program have also been streamlined and simplified, but all the same options are still there. [19659170] Sound in the Notification Area Stays the Same : In earlier Insider builds of 19H1, Microsoft experimented with making the sound icon system tray open the Sound page in the Settings app. This change has been reverted, and the option in the volume icon’s context menu will now open the classic desktop volume mixer window.
  • My People: Microsoft may kill Windows 10’s “My People” feature at some point, but this hasn’t been officially confirmed.

Other new features include support for additional languages throughout the operating system. For example, SwiftKey’s typing intelligence now supports languages like English (Canada), French (Canada), Portuguese (Portugal), and Spanish (United States). If you write in Vietnamese, the touch keyboard now supports Vietnamese Telex and Number-key based (VNI) keyboards. Windows now also contains an Ebrima font that supports ADLaM documents and web pages, which is the language of the Fulani people, who predominantly live in West Africa.


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