Microsoft releases Windows 10 2004 build 19033 for Fast and Slow Ring Insiders, prepares for what’s next

Laurent Giret

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As Microsoft employees are about to leave for the Thanksgiving holidays, the Windows Insider team has just announced the release of the Windows 10 2004 build for both Fast and Slow Ring Insiders. That’s right, “Windows 10 version 2004” is now official as of today, and the company explained that it didn’t go with “version 2003” to prevent confusion with existing Microsoft products, such as the now-ancient Windows Server 2003.

Now that Microsoft is almost done with the first major update for Windows 10 coming in 2020, the company is also getting ready for what’s coming next, the 20H2 update. “We will be releasing builds to Insiders in the Fast ring from the RS_PRERELEASE development branch again instead of the VB_RELEASE branch, the Windows Insider team explained. If you’re currently in the Fast Ring, you may want to switch to the Slow Ring if you don’t want to receive the first 20H2 preview builds, which could be less stable.

Anyway, the just-released build 19033 is another minor update for Windows 10 version 2004, but there are some important fixes for Bluetooth audio devices, night light, and crashes in the Settings app. You can learn more about bug fixes and known issues below:

General changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • The build watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop is no longer present in this build.This doesn’t mean we’re done…
  • Eagle-eyed Windows Insiders will notice that that as of this build, 20H1 officially shows it is version 2004. We have chosen to use 2004 as the version to eliminate confusion with any past product names (such as Windows Server 2003).
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Settings crashing for some users if you navigated to About when in Safe Mode.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in some paired Bluetooth audio devices unexpectedly displaying with a cellphone icon in Bluetooth Settings.
  • We fixed an issue where preferred Focus Assist automatic rules settings weren’t persisting upgrade.
  • We fixed an issue where pressing the WIN + P keyboard shortcut twice in a row could result in ShellExperienceHost crashing.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in the Start menu crashing on launch if a Windows update was pending restart.
  • We fixed an issue where if you were using night light and weren’t already signed into a Microsoft Account, and subsequently attached your MSA, it would result in night light no longer working.
  • We fixed an issue where if you quickly toggled Magnifier on and back off in Settings it would result in Magnifier.exe crashing.
  • At this point, we’re removing the known issue that Settings still isn’t available outside of launching via the URI (ms-settings:) – so far we have not seen any reports from Insiders in the Slow ring that bypassed the impacted build range. If you are in the Fast ring, were on the impacted build range, and are one of the few still experiencing this issue, you will need to reset your PC. We appreciate your patience.
  • We fixed an issue where you wouldn’t be able to type Chinese punctuation with the Pinyin IME after moving focus to and from a password field.
  • Some users may have experienced error 80092004 when attempting to install build 19025.1052. This was isolated to that specific Cumulative Update and should not prevent installing build 19033.
  • We have fixed an issue resulting in Start Code 38 with certain external USB 3.0 drives.

Known issues

  • BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • Some Insiders are reporting that after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install. We’re looking into the issue.
  • We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 after they’re attached.

With Windows 10 version 2004 being almost fully baked, it will be interesting to see what the new builds from Microsoft’s development branch will bring to the table. We hope to see the company start shipping the first 20H2 builds next month, after a well deserved Thanksgiving break.