windows 10Windows 10 build 18317 is an interim release as Microsoft finishes off the features for the next semiannual release.

Going forward, Microsoft is decoupling Search and Cortana in the taskbar. This will enable each experience to innovate independently to best serve their target audiences and use cases.

As some of you may already know, up until now Start in Windows 10 has been hosted by something called ShellExperienceHost.exe. In order to provide you the best possible Start experience, we’re separating it into its own process, called StartMenuExperienceHost.exe. This has a number of benefits, including simplifying debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces. This has been running as an experiment for a few weeks now and we’ve seen measurable improvements in the reliability amongst those that have the change, so we’re rolling it out to everyone.

We’re also making a change so that Start no longer suspends, which improves launch time.

Insiders today can now drag and drop font files from File Explorer into the modern Settings > Fonts page to install them. After installation, click on the font in the Font page, to view the different font faces associated with the font and all the details of the font.

A lot of fixes for the Windows Console which has been rotting away for a while.  A lot of other general bug fixes as Redmond clears of the festering problem lists.


Windows is now reserving some storage for updates to be successful. Desktops generally have a lot of storage but some machines with 32GB of flash memory may have a problem. The memory demands of Windows 10 are growing so we recommend 16GB or more to have some room to work with.


The changes in storage allocation suggest that clean install may be best to allow Windows to allocate storage as it wants.