Windows 10 Insider build 20211 makes it easy to search for default apps

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft rolled out Windows 10 Insider build 20211 to Insiders in the Dev channel.
  • The build adds search to the default apps page in Settings.
  • The build is available through Windows Update.

Microsoft has a fresh new update for Windows 10 Insiders on the Dev channel. The update makes it easier to search for default apps and to access the Windows Subsystem for Linux.

Alongside the update's new features, Microsoft explains that going forwards, when a new OS build is flighted to the Dev Channel, the company will also flight the corresponding SDK.

The new build brings systems to build number 20211. You can grab it now through Windows Update if your device is on the Dev channel. Here's what's new, as outlined by Microsoft:

  • Adding Search to the Default Apps pages in Settings: After making some updates to help improve performance, this change to enable searching the lists of file types, protocols, and apps when setting a default is now rolling out to all Insiders in the Dev Channel – thanks everyone who's shared feedback along the way.

Search Default Apps

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  • Access Linux file systems in the Windows Subsystem for Linux: This latest insiders preview build adds the ability for users to attach and mount a physical disk inside of a WSL 2 distro. This enables you to access file systems that aren't natively supported by Windows (such as ext4). So if you're dual booting with Windows and Linux, and are using different disks, you can now access your Linux files from Windows! To learn more about this feature please read this blog post on the Windows Command Line blog.
  • Updates for developers: The Windows SDK is now flighting continuously with the Dev Channel. Whenever a new OS build is flighted to the Dev Channel, the corresponding SDK will also be flighted. You can always install the latest Insider SDK from aka.ms/InsiderSDK. SDK flights will be archived in Flight Hub along with OS flights.

You can read the full release notes, including what's fixed and the build's known issues on Microsoft's blog.

Sean Endicott
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5 Comments
  • I prefer the old default program applet from control panel. This new one is still not made for desktop users.
  • "This new one is still not made for desktop users." Yet there is nothing in that UI that stops desktop users from using it, is there 🤨
  • There is. We have to scroll through large padded list made for mobile phones. There is no information density in this crappy settings app.
  • That note for developers has been there for a number of builds prior to this one.
  • One thing that would make their UI so much better is to have multiple columns when the screen size is available as opposed to just one giant long list.