Windows 10 preview build 18282 finally supports smarter Windows Updates, new light theme

A long-awaited intelligent Windows Update that won't unexpectedly download and install is one of the highlights.

The headline feature of Windows 10 Insider build 18282 is probably the “light theme” for your Windows desktop. But the most useful addition is the new, Intelligent Active Hours designed to present unwanted interruptions from Windows updates.

The preview build, leading up to the next big update to Windows 10 due early next year (code-named 19H1), doesn’t boast any truly new features. Rather, these enhancements to existing features are conveniences you may try if you choose. Here they are:

The “light theme”

You’re probably aware of the existing Windows “dark theme,” which uses darker colors and accents to soften the vast expanses of white within Explorer, Edge, and so on. And you probably thought that the existing light theme was an alternative to that. Well, not so much, apparently.

The new optional “light theme” ensures that even accent colors and other UI elements are shaded light, so there’s a greater distinction between the two themes, like so:

Windows 10 light mode Microsoft

Behold the new “light mode” for Windows 10.

If you do already have a light theme enabled, Microsoft won’t shift your PC over to the new light (lighter?) theme. (Remember, shifting between any themes may be done within Settings > Personalization > Colors.) Instead, your PC will exist in a “Custom” state. You can then manually select which mode you prefer. There’s also a new “Windows Light” wallpaper under Settings > Personalization > Themes.

Windows Update gets smarter, more convenient

Microsoft promised that Windows Update would become more intelligent in the April 2018 Update, then mumbled and kicked the ground when asked where it was. Microsoft has debuted what it calls “Intelligent Active Hours” in build 18282, which is designed to automatically adjust Active Hours based on your behavior.

Active Hours, if you don’t know, is the time when you don’t want Microsoft to kick off a Windows update, i.e., when you’re actively using your PC. You will need to enable this setting manually, though, via Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > Change active hours.

adjust active hours Microsoft

Here’s the control to turn on Intelligent Active Hours.

Here’s another bonus: Microsoft is bringing the “Pause updates” option front and center, to make it easier to put updates on hold. Microsoft said there will be a default number of days where you can pause updates, but you’ll be able to configure it from the “Advanced Options” page. (Historically, this option has been available only to Windows 10 Pro users, though—check out our tutorial for more. )

Windows 10 pause windows updates Microsoft

Now it’s even more convenient than before to pause Windows 10 updates.

Snip & Sketch gains a window snip

Personally, Snip & Sketch seems like Microsoft reinventing the wheel once again, doing away with the perfectly functional Snipping Tool to add another utility that does largely the same thing, albeit with inking capabilities. Microsoft’s been busy bringing Skip & Sketch back up to par with the Snipping Tool—it recently added a delay feature, and this new build now allows you to select a window automatically. 

Windows 10 snip sketch window snip Microsoft

Snip & Sketch’s window snip, in action.

The print dialogue has been polished up 

Printing under the new build hasn’t changed all that much, but Microsoft has added some icons and explanatory text to let you know which features does what. 

Windows 10 new print experience Microsoft

Display brightness will remain more consistent

One of the oddities about Windows is that sometimes the brightness will change when you switch between AC power and your laptop’s battery. With 19H1, that won’t happen—your screen brightness will remain the same whatever mode you’re in. The only exception will be the battery saver mode, where your screen may dim if you’ve configured it to reduce the brightness to save battery. 

Microsoft has added a few other improvements: Narrator will become more verbose, to provide additional information to those users who have problems reading the screen; and the OneDrive flyout has also received a dark mode, too. As we head into the holidays, this is also the time in the Windows development cycle where Microsoft begins adding more features to Windows—stay tuned for more. 

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