Windows 10 Released New Updates With Introducing Exploit Protection And WDAG Improvements
Microsoft released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16232 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring! and also releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 15228 to Insiders in the Fast ring. Earlier this week, Microsoft announced new end-to-end security features coming with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update and this build for PC includes some of those new security features.
What’s New in Build 16232 For PC
Company added support for Microsoft Edge data persistence while using Application Guard. Once enabled, data such as your favorites, cookies, and saved passwords will be persisted across Application Guard sessions. The persisted data will be not be shared or surfaced on the host, but it will be available for future Microsoft Edge in Application Guard sessions.
How to take advantage of Data Persistence when using Microsoft Edge with Application Guard:
You enable Data Persistence for Microsoft Edge in Application Guard using Group Policy. Note that Data Persistence for Application Guard with Microsoft Edge sessions is not enabled by default. To enable data persistence, close all Microsoft Edge windows and update the Windows Components > Windows Defender Application Guard policy to turn on data persistence:
After the Group Policy settings are set, next launch New Application Guard Window from the Microsoft Edge menu:
Introducing Exploit Protection:
Microsoft announce that starting with this build you can now audit, configure, and manage Windows system and application exploit mitigation settings right from the Windows Defender Security Center! You don’t need to be using Windows Defender Antivirus to take advantage of these settings.
After upgrading to this build, you can find these settings by opening the Windows Defender Security Center and going to the App & browser control page:
- Either right-click the icon in the notification area on the taskbar and click Open, or search via the Start menu for Windows Defender Security Center
- From Windows Defender Security Center, click on App & browser control and then scroll to the bottom of the resulting screen to find Exploit Protection
Microsoft Also Introducing Controlled folder access in Windows Defender Antivirus:
In this build, we’re making it easier for you to protect valuable data from malicious apps and threats, such as Ransomware. To enable the feature, search for and open the Windows Defender Security Center from Start, go to the Virus & threat protection settings section, and set the switch to On:
Click Protected folders in the Controlled folder access area and enter the full path of the folder you want to monitor. You can also enter network shares and mapped drives, but environment variables and wildcards are not supported (for right now).
Changes, improvements, and fixes for PC
- Microsoft fixed the issue that was causing updating to the latest build to fail and roll back to the previous build if you had the .NET 3.5 Framework installed. You should no longer need to uninstall .NET 3.5 before trying to update to this build.
- Microsoft fixed an issue for those with certain languages installed in the last flight where ctfmon.exe would go into a crash loop, resulting in typing in the Start menu and UWP apps becoming impossible.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where some games like Mass Effect 3 would crash if you used Alt + TAB after 5 minutes of game play.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in Word 2016 crashing if you attempted to ink in it.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where using the new Ctrl + Win + C hotkey to enable and disable color filters would unexpectedly open Settings.
- Microsoft fixed an issue from the last flight where auto-complete in the URL bar of Microsoft Edge might fail on some devices – searching for a partial string instead of the autocompleted text. This fix should also address the feedback some of you were reporting where Cortana sometimes couldn’t keep up with typing on that flight and the letters would end up out of order.
- Microsoft fixed an issue where the File Explorer Ribbon assets were blurry if the window’s DPI was not equal to the system DPI.
- Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in apps that start with X, V or Q being incorrectly categorized in Start on Polish builds.
- Microsoft moved the new Video Playback Settings page to now be listed under the Apps category, and have fixed the issues on the page where the video and battery dropdown weren’t displaying correctly.
- Microsoft fixed an issue with the XAML Acrylic Brush that could result in certain apps, for example Maps, occasionally crashing due to attempting to load acrylic brushes while the app was suspended.
- Microsoft fixed a rare condition that could result in Start menu appearing to flash/flicker continuously.
Microsoft Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16232 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Slow ring. Remember – we are doing a staggered roll-out of this flight so not everyone will immediately see it offered unless you manually check for updates.
Microsoft also released Cumulative Update Build 16232.1004 to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring running Build 16232. The primary goal of this update is to test our servicing pipeline. This update should not require you to have to reboot unless you happen to have Notepad.exe open. This update only revs the version of the OS and includes an updated binary version of Notepad.exe and nothing else.
It does introduce the following issues to be aware of:
- Make sure you’ve setup Mixed Reality before taking this update.
- After installing a language pack or feature-on-demand like .NET 3.5, your PC may be offered this update again and fail.
- This update will only remain available until the next WIP Fast build is released.