Windows 10 build 20231 ISO files now available for clean installs

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What you need to know

  • ISO files for Windows 10 Insider build 20231 are now available.
  • Windows Insiders can download the files to do a clean install.
  • This also lets you check out the new out-of-box experience in build 20231.

Shortly after releasing Windows 10 build 20231 to Dev channel Insiders earlier today, Microsoft has released the ISO files for the build as well. Windows Insiders who want to perform a clean install of build 20231 can download the files from Microsoft right now.

Windows 10 build 20231 brings a new out-of-box experience (OOBE) that allows you to customize the tools and services Windows will suggest to get you started. The feature doesn't actually work right now, but the UI is implemented so you can see it and test it out with a clean install of 20231.

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Here's a recap of all of what's new in Windows 10 build 20231:

  • Based on feedback, we're exploring adding a page to Windows setup (OOBE) to help better understand how you plan to use your device and aid in customizing your device given your intended usage. This is the initial wave of work for this feature, and Insiders may notice different options presented in OOBE depending on what they select, however at this time Insiders will not notice any other configuration differences after exiting OOBE. We look forward to sharing future improvements in this space.
  • Enterprise customers can now modify file associations on a per-user or per-device basis. This change will apply to existing users as well as users with new deployments. This means that IT admins can set which apps will automatically open various file types or links. For example, this makes it easy to set Microsoft Edge as your organization's default browser, or always open PDFs in your organization's preferred app. Leveraging this group policy for the default browser and common file types means that your organization's end users will not have to decide on these defaults themselves.
  • Meet Now in the Windows 10 Taskbar is now available to all Windows Insiders in the Dev Channel.
  • We're starting to roll out a change to enable displaying graphics card information listed under Settings > System > About, and some Insiders may see this on their PCs.
  • Our change to enable moving the text cursor via gestures on the touch keyboard is now rolling out to all Insiders in the Dev Channel.
  • We fixed the vEthernet adapter disconnecting inside of the Windows Subsystem for Linux. Please see this GitHub thread for full details.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in your ALT + Tab order changing unexpectedly and leading you to switch to the wrong window.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in Action Center and notification buttons not being visible after switching between High Contrast Black and High Contrast White.
  • We fixed an issue where the "Show audio alerts visually" option under Settings > Ease of Access> Audio wasn't functioning for incoming notifications.
  • We fixed an issue where if the PC was locked using with Narrator running, dismissing the lock screen wouldn't announce the signed in username on the login screen.
  • We fixed an issue when using Narrator and logging in with Windows Hello, Narrator wouldn't announce the error message if your face wasn't recognized.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in audio and microphone glitches over Bluetooth for certain devices. As a reminder, when encountering issues in this space, please take a moment to capture a repro trace, as it helps the teams investigate. More details about capturing traces available .
  • We fixed an issue impacting Task View reliability.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Windows Hello setup camera preview in OOBE displaying in the wrong position if you rotated your device into portrait mode during setup.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Settings hanging on launch for some Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in systemsettingsbroker.exe crashing for some Insiders.
  • We fixed an issue where the HideRecentJumplists MDM Policy wasn't taking effect.
  • We fixed an issue that could result in duplicate cloud provider entries appearing in the File Explorer navigation pane.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in PDF previews no longer displaying in File Explorer.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the touch keyboard unexpectedly dismissing after setting focus to the search box in File Explorer.
  • We fixed an issue where when typing with the Chinese Pinyin IME, if your text included an apostrophe, then after finalizing your composition by pressing Shift the result would display a garbled character.

If you're a Windows Insider and you want to try 20231 out with a clean install, you can download the ISO files and get started now.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl