Narrator and keyboard brightness problems among ‘Known Issues’ for Windows 10 preview build 14986

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The latest build of Windows 10 to hit the Fast Ring brought along an absolute ton of new features, giving Windows fans a whole lot to be excited about. While that’s all well and good, though, this is still an Insider build – and with all those features comes just as many bugs to squash.

Here are the issues in build 14986 that Microsoft is already well aware of:

  • Using keyboard monitor hotkeys to adjust brightness won’t work as expected. Desired brightness change could be done via the Action Center or by going to Settings > System > Display.
  • You may see a popup “Catastrophic Error” dialog when opening OneDrive folders. If you do, the workaround is to open an elevated Command Prompt or PowerShell window and enter “attrib -O ”.
  • We’re currently investigating reports that DirectAccess isn’t working for some Windows Insiders.
    When using Microsoft Edge with Narrator, you may hear “no item in view or silence when tabbing or using other navigation commands. You can use Alt + Tab when this happens to move focus away from and back to the Edge browser and then Narrator will read as expected.
  • Hey Cortana, play on doesn’t work immediately after installing the app. Wait 5 minutes for indexer to kick in and try again.
  • Currently, the Windows Defender dashboard is primarily aimed at providing some minimal read-only status for Antivirus/Firewall, with some very limited functionality for interacting with the app. Here are some of the known issues with the dashboard to be aware of (not a comprehensive list):
    • Doesn’t accurately roll up status of Pillars
    • Doesn’t accurately show status when a 3P AV is on the machine.
    • History is not yet available in the new app
    • Advanced/Custom scans are not yet available in the new app
    • Settings are not configurable through the new app
    • Firewall control panel not launchable from new app
    • Firewall settings are not configurable through the new app

If these issues sound like things that might disrupt you in any meaningful way, you might want to wait until they’ve been ironed out before you go updating. If you end up finding bugs in build 14986 that aren’t listed here, just contact Microsoft through the Feedback app and make sure they’re aware of it.