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What's new in Windows 10, version 1809 for IT Pros

Applies To: Windows 10, version 1809

In this article, we describe new and updated features of interest to IT Pros for Windows 10, version 1809. This update also contains all features and fixes included in previous cumulative updates to Windows 10, version 1803.


Windows Autopilot self-deploying mode

Windows Autopilot self-deploying mode enables a zero touch device provisioning experience. Simply power on the device, plug it into the Ethernet, and the device is fully configured automatically by Windows Autopilot.

This self-deploying capability removes the current need to have an end user interact by pressing the “Next” button during the deployment process.

You can utilize Windows Autopilot self-deploying mode to register the device to an Azure Active Directory tenant, enroll in your organization’s MDM provider, and provision policies and applications, all with no user authentication or user interaction required.

To learn more about Autopilot self-deploying mode and to see step-by-step instructions to perform such a deployment, Windows Autopilot self-deploying mode.


SetupDiag version 1.4 is released. SetupDiag is a standalone diagnostic tool that can be used to troubleshoot issues when a Windows 10 upgrade is unsuccessful.


We’ve continued to work on the Current threats area in Virus & threat protection, which now displays all threats that need action. You can quickly take action on threats from this screen:

Virus & threat protection settings.

With controlled folder access, you can help prevent ransomware and other destructive malware from changing your personal files. In some cases, apps that you normally use might be blocked from making changes to common folders like Documents and Pictures. We’ve made it easier for you to add apps that were recently blocked so you can keep using your device without turning off the feature altogether.

When an app is blocked, it will appear in a recently blocked apps list, which you can get to by clicking Manage settings under the Ransomware protection heading. Click Allow an app through Controlled folder access. After the prompt, click the + button and choose Recently blocked apps. Select any of the apps to add them to the allowed list. You can also browse for an app from this page.

We added a new assessment for the Windows time service to the Device performance & health section. If we detect that your device’s time isn't properly synced with our time servers and the time-syncing service is disabled, we’ll provide the option for you to turn it back on.

We’re continuing to work on how other security apps you’ve installed show up in the Windows Security app. There’s a new page called Security providers that you can find in the Settings section of the app. Click Manage providers to see a list of all the other security providers (including antivirus, firewall, and web protection) that are running on your device. Here you can easily open the providers’ apps or get more information on how to resolve issues reported to you through Windows Security.

This functionality also means you’ll see more links to other security apps within Windows Security. For example, if you open the Firewall & network protection section, you’ll see the firewall apps that are running on your device under each firewall type, which includes domain, private, and public networks).


Silent enforcement on fixed drives

Through a Modern Device Management (MDM) policy, BitLocker can be enabled silently for standard Azure Active Directory (AAD)-joined users. In Windows 10, version 1803 automatic BitLocker encryption was enabled for standard Azure AD users, but this effect of the encryption still required modern hardware that passed the Hardware Security Test Interface (HSTI). This new functionality enables BitLocker via policy even on devices that don’t pass the HSTI.

This new functionality is an update to the BitLocker CSP, which was introduced in Windows 10, version 1703, and used by Intune and others.

This feature will soon be enabled on Olympia Corp as an optional feature.

Delivering BitLocker policy to Autopilot devices during OOBE

You can choose which encryption algorithm to apply to BitLocker encryption capable devices, rather than automatically having those devices encrypt themselves with the default algorithm. This option allows the encryption algorithm (and other BitLocker policies that must be applied prior to encryption), to be delivered before BitLocker encryption begins.

For example, you can choose the XTS-AES 256 encryption algorithm, and have it applied to devices that would normally encrypt themselves automatically with the default XTS-AES 128 algorithm during OOBE.

To achieve this setting:

  1. Configure the encryption method settings in the Windows 10 Endpoint Protection profile to the desired encryption algorithm.

  2. Assign the policy to your Autopilot device group.


    The encryption policy must be assigned to devices in the group, not users.

  3. Enable the Autopilot Enrollment Status Page (ESP) for these devices.


    If the ESP is not enabled, the policy will not apply before encryption starts.

For more information, see Setting the BitLocker encryption algorithm for Autopilot devices.

Windows Defender Application Guard Improvements

Windows Defender Application Guard (WDAG) introduced a new user interface inside Windows Security in this release. Standalone users can now install and configure their Windows Defender Application Guard settings in Windows Security without needing to change registry key settings.

Additionally, users who are managed by enterprise policies will be able to check their settings to see what their administrators have configured for their machines to better understand the behavior of Windows Defender Application Guard. This new UI improves the overall experience for users while managing and checking their Windows Defender Application Guard settings. As long as devices meet the minimum requirements, these settings will appear in Windows Security. For more information, see Windows Defender Application Guard inside Windows Security App.

To try this settings management, perform the following steps:

  1. Go to Windows Security and select App & browser control.

  2. Under Isolated browsing, select Install Windows Defender Application Guard, then install and restart the device.

  3. Select Change Application Guard settings.

  4. Configure or check Application Guard settings.

See the following example:

Security at a glance.

Isolated browser.

change WDAG settings.

view WDAG settings.

Windows Security Center

Windows Defender Security Center is now called Windows Security Center.

You can still get to the app in all the usual ways–ask Cortana to open Windows Security Center(WSC) or interact with the taskbar icon. WSC lets you manage all your security needs, including Microsoft Defender Antivirus and Windows Defender Firewall.

The WSC service now requires antivirus products to run as a protected process to register. Products that haven't yet implemented this execution won't appear in the Windows Security Center user interface, and Microsoft Defender Antivirus will remain enabled side-by-side with these products.

WSC now includes the Fluent Design System elements you know and love. You’ll also notice we’ve adjusted the spacing and padding around the app. It will now dynamically size the categories on the main page if more room is needed for extra info. We also updated the title bar so that it will use your accent color if you've enabled that option in Color Settings.

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Windows Defender Firewall now supports Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) processes

You can add specific rules for a WSL process in Windows Defender Firewall, just as you would for any Windows process. Also, Windows Defender Firewall now supports notifications for WSL processes. For example, when a Linux tool wants to allow access to a port from the outside (like SSH or a web server like nginx), Windows Defender Firewall will prompt to allow access just like it would for a Windows process when the port starts accepting connections. This support was first introduced in Build 17627.

Microsoft Edge Group Policies

We introduced new group policies and Modern Device Management settings to manage Microsoft Edge. The new policies include enabling and disabling full-screen mode, printing, favorites bar, and saving history; preventing certificate error overrides; configuring the Home button and startup options; setting the New Tab page and Home button URL, and managing extensions. Learn more about the new Microsoft Edge policies.

Credential Guard is supported by default on 10S devices that are Azure Active Directory-joined

Credential Guard is a security service in Windows 10 built to protect Active Directory (AD) domain credentials so that they can't be stolen or misused by malware on a user's machine. It's designed to protect against well-known threats such as Pass-the-Hash and credential harvesting.

Credential Guard has always been an optional feature, but Windows 10-S turns on this functionality by default when the machine has been Azure Active Directory-joined. This functionality provides an added level of security when connecting to domain resources not normally present on 10-S devices. Credential Guard is available only to S-Mode devices or Enterprise and Education Editions.

Windows 10 Pro S Mode requires a network connection

A network connection is now required to set up a new device. As a result, we removed the “skip for now” option in the network setup page in Out Of Box Experience (OOBE).

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint

Microsoft Defender for Endpoint has been enhanced with many new capabilities. For more information, see the following topics:

  • Threat analytics
    Threat Analytics is a set of interactive reports published by the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint research team as soon as emerging threats and outbreaks are identified. The reports help security operations teams assess impact on their environment and provide recommended actions to contain, increase organizational resilience, and prevent specific threats.

  • Custom detection
    With custom detections, you can create custom queries to monitor events for any kind of behavior such as suspicious or emerging threats. This query creation can be done by using the power of Advanced hunting through the creation of custom detection rules.

  • Managed security service provider (MSSP) support
    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint adds support for this scenario by providing MSSP integration. The integration will allow MSSPs to take the following actions: Get access to MSSP customer's Windows Defender Security Center portal, fetch email notifications, and fetch alerts through security information and event management (SIEM) tools.

  • Integration with Azure Defender
    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint integrates with Azure Defender to provide a comprehensive server protection solution. With this integration, Azure Defender can use the power of Microsoft Defender for Endpoint to provide improved threat detection for Windows Servers.

  • Integration with Microsoft Cloud App Security
    Microsoft Cloud App Security uses Microsoft Defender for Endpoint signals to allow direct visibility into cloud application usage including the use of unsupported cloud services (shadow IT) from all Microsoft Defender for Endpoint monitored machines.

  • Onboard Windows Server 2019
    Microsoft Defender for Endpoint now adds support for Windows Server 2019. You'll be able to onboard Windows Server 2019 in the same method available for Windows 10 client machines.

  • Onboard previous versions of Windows
    Onboard supported versions of Windows machines so that they can send sensor data to the Microsoft Defender for Endpoint sensor

Cloud Clipboard

Cloud clipboard helps users copy content between devices. It also manages the clipboard history so that you can paste your old copied data. You can access it by using Windows+V. Set up Cloud clipboard:

  1. Go to Windows Settings and select Systems.

  2. On the left menu, click on Clipboard.

  3. Turn on Clipboard history.

  4. Turn on Sync across devices. Choose whether or not to automatically sync copied text across your devices.

Kiosk setup experience

We introduced a simplified assigned access configuration experience in Settings that allows device administrators to easily set up a PC as a kiosk or digital sign. A wizard experience walks you through kiosk setup including creating a kiosk account that will automatically sign in when a device starts.

To use this feature, go to Settings, search for assigned access, and open the Set up a kiosk page.

set up a kiosk.

Microsoft Edge kiosk mode running in single-app assigned access has two kiosk types.

  1. Digital / Interactive signage that displays a specific website full-screen and runs InPrivate mode.

  2. Public browsing supports multi-tab browsing and runs InPrivate mode with minimal features available. Users can't minimize, close, or open new Microsoft Edge windows or customize them using Microsoft Edge Settings. Users can clear browsing data and downloads, and restart Microsoft Edge by clicking End session. Administrators can configure Microsoft Edge to restart after a period of inactivity.

single app assigned access.

Microsoft Edge kiosk mode running in multi-app assigned access has two kiosk types.


The following Microsoft Edge kiosk mode types cannot be set up using the new simplified assigned access configuration wizard in Windows 10 Settings.

Public browsing supports multi-tab browsing and runs InPrivate mode with minimal features available. In this configuration, Microsoft Edge can be one of many apps available. Users can close and open multiple InPrivate mode windows.

multi-app assigned access.

Normal mode runs a full version of Microsoft Edge, although some features may not work depending on what apps are configured in assigned access. For example, if the Microsoft Store isn't set up, users can't get books.

normal mode.

Learn more about Microsoft Edge kiosk mode.

Registry editor improvements

We added a dropdown that displays as you type to help complete the next part of the path. You can also press Ctrl + Backspace to delete the last word, and Ctrl + Delete to delete the next word.

Registry editor dropdown.

Faster sign-in to a Windows 10 shared pc

Do you have shared devices deployed in your work place? Fast sign-in enables users to sign in to a shared Windows 10 PC in a flash!

To enable fast sign-in:

  1. Set up a shared or guest device with Windows 10, version 1809.

  2. Set the Policy CSP, and the Authentication and EnableFastFirstSignIn policies to enable fast sign-in.

  3. Sign-in to a shared PC with your account. You'll notice the difference!

    fast sign-in.


This is a private preview feature and therefore not meant or recommended for production purposes. This setting is not currently supported at this time.

Web sign-in to Windows 10


This is a private preview feature and therefore not meant or recommended for production purposes. This setting is not currently supported at this time.

Until now, Windows sign-in only supported the use of identities federated to ADFS or other providers that support the WS-Fed protocol. We're introducing web sign-in, a new way of signing into your Windows PC. Web sign-in enables Windows sign-in support for credentials not available on Windows. Web sign-in is restricted to only support Azure AD temporary access pass.

To try out web sign-in:

  1. Azure AD Join your Windows 10 PC. (Web sign-in is only supported on Azure AD Joined PCs).

  2. Set the Policy CSP, and the Authentication and EnableWebSignIn policies to enable web sign-in.

  3. On the lock screen, select web sign-in under sign-in options.

  4. Click the Sign in button to continue.

    Web sign-in.


This is a private preview feature and therefore not meant or recommended for production purposes.

Your Phone app

Android phone users, you can finally stop emailing yourself photos. With Your Phone, you get instant access to your Android’s most recent photos on your PC. Drag and drop a photo from your phone onto your PC, then you can copy, edit, or ink on the photo. Try it out by opening the Your Phone app. You’ll receive a text with a link to download an app from Microsoft to your phone. Android 7.0+ devices with ethernet or Wi-Fi on unmetered networks are compatible with the Your Phone app. For PCs tied to the China region, Your Phone app services will be enabled in the future.

For iPhone users, Your Phone app also helps you to link your phone to your PC. Surf the web on your phone, then send the webpage instantly to your computer to continue what you’re doing-read, watch, or browse-with all the benefits of a bigger screen.

Your phone.

The desktop pin takes you directly to the Your Phone app for quicker access to your phone’s content. You can also go through the all apps list in Start, or use the Windows key and search for Your Phone.

Wireless projection experience

One of the things we’ve heard from you is that it’s hard to know when you’re wirelessly projecting and how to disconnect your session when started from file explorer or from an app. In Windows 10, version 1809, you’ll see a control banner at the top of your screen when you’re in a session (just like you see when using remote desktop). The banner keeps you informed of the state of your connection, allows you to quickly disconnect or reconnect to the same sink, and allows you to tune the connection based on what you are doing. This tuning is done via Settings, which optimizes the screen-to-screen latency based on one of the three modes:

  • Game mode minimizes the screen-to-screen latency to make gaming over a wireless connection possible
  • Video mode increases the screen-to-screen latency to ensure the video on the large screen plays back smoothly
  • Productivity modes strike a balance between game mode and video mode; the screen-to screen-latency is responsive enough that typing feels natural, while ensuring videos don’t glitch as often.

wireless projection banner.

Remote Desktop with Biometrics

Windows Hello for Business supports using a certificate deployed to a Windows Hello for Business container as a supplied credential to establish a remote desktop connection to a server or another device. This feature takes advantage of the redirected smart card capabilities of the remote desktop protocol. Users using earlier versions of Windows 10 could authenticate to a remote desktop using Windows Hello for Business but were limited to using their PIN as their authentication gesture. Windows 10, version 1809 introduces the ability for users to authenticate to a remote desktop session using their Windows Hello for Business biometric gesture.

Azure Active Directory and Active Directory users using Windows Hello for Business in a certificate trust model, can use biometrics to authenticate to a remote desktop session.

To get started, sign into your device using Windows Hello for Business. Bring up Remote Desktop Connection (mstsc.exe), type the name of the device you want to connect to, and select Connect. Windows remembers that you signed using Windows Hello for Business, and automatically selects Windows Hello for Business to authenticate you to your RDP session. You can also select More choices to choose alternate credentials. Windows uses biometrics to authenticate the RDP session to the Windows device. You can continue to use Windows Hello for Business in the remote session, but in the remote session you must use the PIN.

See the following example:

Enter your credentials for Windows Hello. Remote Desktop Connection. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016.