Microsoft Launches Windows 10 Build 15019, But It Comes With Bugs Aplenty


Microsoft released the latest Windows 10 build Friday, a pushout marking the delivery of Microsoft's promise to roll out a gaming-focused Windows 10 Insider build with Game Mode, Beam livestreaming, and other features.

The new update, which carries the build number 15019, comes with a hefty list of general improvements including a Microsoft Edge feature that'll read ebooks aloud, and more. However, the build is not without its bugs, and that includes the number of game-breaking issues in tow.

A Broken Download Progress Indicator

First off is with the download progress indicator that shows up — or doesn't, rather — when downloading this latest build. The indicator, according to Microsoft, is broken. However, while the percentage is stuck at 0 percent, the download should still initialize. It's best to just ignore what the indicator is showing and wait for the download to finish, whereby the installation process will kick off.

Windows 10 Build 15019 Bugs

With that out of the way, let's look at some issues directly inside Build 15019. Upon updating to the latest build, nonstop exceptions in the Spectrum.exe may occur, causing some devices to lose audio, shoot up disk input and output usage to, or render certains apps, such as Edge, to become unresponsive when doing certain actions.

Microsoft Edge extensions will not be functional in the latest build. They will appear as if they're loading, but won't function properly as expected. Microsoft says that this issue should be ironed out by the time the next Insider preview is released.

Some other issues known to persist inside the new build concerns, for instance, dragging apps from the "all apps" list to pin on the Start's tile grid, which won't work. Users need to right click on the respective app to pin it.

There's also an issue with audio, where it sporadically stops working on some PCs with "device in use' error." Microsoft says restarting the audio service may patch this one up for a while.

The Action Center may also sometimes appear empty or transparent without color. To fix this, Microsoft advises user to try moving the taskbar to a different location.

Gaming-Related Issues

In this build, popular games may encounter crashing or black screens when attempting to load, which Microsoft says is related to a platform issue. Additionally, when clicking on certain elements in desktop (Win32) games, it will minimize, and users won't be able to restore their progress.

Also, broadcasting via Beam requires a number of privacy settings to be changed, and certain hardware configurations may render the live review window to flash green during broadcasts. This, however, won't mangle with the broadcast's quality, and it will only be privy to the host broadcast.

As usual, the latest Windows 10 build is available via Fast Ring of the Windows Insider Program. Those who aren't enrolled in the insider program will have to wait until Microsoft officially rolls out the Windows 10 Creators Update come April.

Already tried Windows 10 Build 15019? What issues have you encountered so far? Feel free to sound off in the comments section below!

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