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2021-03-30 22:24:43

In addition to Windows 10 21H1 with general bug fixes and improvements, Microsoft is also incubating a version of Windows 10 codenamed Sun Valley (21H2) which is expected to have improvements, comprehensive regeneration for the Windows interface. ten.

Expected, Windows 10 Sun Valley (21H2) will roll out in the fall of 2021. Here’s everything we know about this version of Windows 10.

Everything about Windows 10 21H2

New user interface and animations

The interface of Windows 10 Sun Valley will be built on Fluent Design, not completely removed this design language. Besides, Microsoft will also integrate WinUI, a new layer of user interface that contains modern controls and styles.

New look and animations on Windows 10 Sun Valley

With the combination of WinUI and Fluent Design, Microsoft will activate the same rounded corners as Windows 7, transparent backgrounds, support for advanced animations, motion, lighting …

Design improvements

With Sun Valley, Microsoft plans to improve and replace features and areas with interfaces inherited from previous versions. For example, Microsoft may update the existing File Explorer with additional enhancements such as a dark background mode for pop-up menus (property tabs).

Start Menu will be “revamped”, feeling separate from the taskbar, the tiles will be rounded corners.

Start Menu on Win 10 21H2

The right-click menu on the taskbar also has a float design with rounded corners.

Right-click menu of the taskbar on Win 10 21H2

In addition, the context menu of the software installed on the device, the pop-up dialog box will also be rounded to bring a more modern feel. Other text boxes like – passwords, auto-suggest, and warnings – will also have rounded corners for improved overall UI consistency.

Right-click menu on installed application
New right-click menu

On GitHub, Microsoft has also confirmed that they are looking at new ideas for application elements such as ListView, buttons, sliders etc.

Below, we can see the design patterns that Microsoft plans to use to refresh the Windows 10 UI.

According to Microsoft, the new user interface controls will “Aligns well with other platforms while looking pretty familiar on Windows”.

DNS over HTTPS (DoH) feature

Since Windows 10 21H1 is only a small update, the DNS over HTTPS (DoH) feature will most likely be included in Windows 10 21H2 codenamed Sun Valley. DoH is a new feature that allows resolving DNS over encrypted HTTPS connections and is intended to protect your privacy while surfing the web.

The new DoH is in early beta testing but will definitely change the way your device connects to the Internet. You can configure DoH directly in the Settings of Windows 10. The steps are as follows:

  • Open Settings> Network & Internet> Status
  • Click Properties
  • Repair IP assignment or repair Edit DNS server assignment (Press the button Edit)
  • Activate DoH in the popup window that appears

To set up DoH for WiFi connection, follow these steps:

  • Open Settings> Netwrok & Internet> WiFi
  • Click the link adapter properties
  • Choose Edit IP assigment or Edit DNS server assignment
  • Activate DoH in the popup window that appears

New drive manager in Settings

With version 21H2, Microsoft slowly moves traditional apps and tools to the modern version in Settings. For example, Settings in 21H2 will feature a new Disk Management tool that focuses on simplifying the process of drive management and managing your drives without using traditional tools.

Utilities “Manage Disks and Volumes“Current support for better integration with Storage Spaces and Storage Settings. The drive management tool is rewritten and will initially allow you to view drive information, create and format partitions, and assign drive letters.

To access the new tool, you need access Settings> System> Storate and click Manage Disks and Volumes.

Improved GPU performance

Microsoft is also planning to give users more control when having multiple GPUs running Windows 10 apps together.

On devices with two GPUs, Windows 10 will use the built-in GPU in cases where power is saved and a discrete GPU in case of a need to increase graphics processing performance. This setting will be set to the default lpaaj based on your device.

You can also go to Graphics settings in Settings> Display> Graphics Settings and specify which applications are running the GPU economically or at high performance.

Improved audio device settings

On Windows 10 21H2, Microsoft will allow you to set the default device for the speaker right in Settings> System> Sound. Additionally, Windows 10 will add a link to the audio screen for each application in the Volume Mixer.

New battery manager

Microsoft is also testing a new Android-like battery manager in Settings. This page displays charts for you to track daily or weekly battery usage.

As you can see in the screenshot above, the battery manager will show your device’s battery level for the whole week, and you can see when your device was last charged.

Battery monitoring interface on Windows 10 21H2

Change Task Manager

Task Manager on Windows 10 21H2 will be updated with a new column titled “Architecture”. This column will list applications and programs whether it runs under 32-bit or 64-bit process.

Device Usage

A new feature discovered by Albacore in Windows 10 Insider Build 21337 is a personalization feature, called Device Usage.

Device Usage allows users to choose what to do on the machine such as playing games, connecting with other family members, creating content, entertainment, working, doing homework … and from That get tips for using the right ones.

Device Usage on Windows 10 21h2

The feature description shows that this selection only affects instructions for use given to the user and does not affect the use and appearance of these applications on the device.

This feature is currently hidden and requires a code to unlock.

Sandbox is upgraded

Sandbox is a highly rated security feature on Windows that allows users to run suspicious files on virtual machines without affecting the system. Sandbox is available on Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise, from the Windows 10 May 2019 update.

Sandbox’s current problem is that the container runtime matches that of the host, which can slow down performance, and slow launch times.

On Sun Valley, Microsoft will introduce a new runtime that ensures better performance for Sandbox. Sandbox after the upgrade promises to be lighter, launch faster and better compatible with old hardware, slow processor chips.

Windows 10 Sun Valley (21H2) will enter RTM (sent to computer manufacturers) in June 2021, but the update for users will not be released before October 2021. Of course, these improvements will also update to Windows 10X, the modular version of Windows for Chromebook-like devices.

We will continue to update if new information about Windows 10 Sun Valley is available for you to follow!


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