Latest Windows Insider Preview update fixes display scaling issues

mahit26@gmail.com' By: Sean Jeffries
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Microsoft recently announced the Windows 10 Insider Preview Build and with it, fixed some quintessential features in Build 16237.

Scaling issues have plagued Windows users for quite some time, usually when connecting a system to a secondary display. Apparently, the issue also persists while docking, undocking and connecting to Windows shell. The new Build 16237, however, fixes the following issues along with the following:

  • Improved touch keyboard experience
  • No Blurry desktop apps while logging out/in Windows Shell
  • Improvised Hyper-V
  • Task Manager offers a redesigned GPU performance monitor

The blurry desktop issue occurred whenever Windows 10 users tried to alter the scaling value in any way, especially those with high PPI displays like the Surface. This is why the desktop apps became blurry: they didn’t respond to the change in DPI since they don’t get an immediate notification nor was the display scaling/DPI data used to report to the app was not refreshed until the users logged out and back in.

In the Insiders update, the update mechanism has been changed in that desktop apps will receive updated data from Windows every time the application starts. That being said, Microsoft warns that the autoscaling feature doesn’t work on all apps and it doesn’t apply to the UWP.

Meanwhile, the Notification Center has received a UI update as wekk. The misleading X button has been replaced with an Arrow mark which means that the “notification is pushed to the Action Center and can be reviewed later.” Previously, the ShellExperienceHost used to crash while displaying more than 20 notification from a single app: this too has been fixed.

Trying to navigate the confusing world of emoji? Fret not: now all you need to do is hover the mouse on any of the emoji in the emoji pane and you will be shown the exact Unicode character name. Microsoft had earlier ditched the key sound, however the same was added back in the latest update. (Is the HiDPI issue still bugging you? Check out this awesome troubleshooting guide.)

The GPU performance tracker comes with an updated UI and shows more details including DirectX version and also the physical location of your GPU. As of now, only the hardware based GPU’s show up while the software based GPU stats will be coming soon.

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