Windows 10 now gets new icons for the File Explorer: Preview

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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 21343, it also comes up with a few minor usability changes and dozens of bug fixes

Slowly but surely, Microsoft’s vision for sweeping visual rejuvenation with Project Sun Valley is coming to fruition, giving Windows Insiders a taster before the changes are eventually rolled out in a future Windows OS update. It also comes with some minor usability changes and dozens of bug fixes

Microsoft has now released the newest Windows 10 Preview Insiders Build 21343, which comes up with it all new icons for user folders and disk drives within the File Explorer, improvements to Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application Guard, and a slew of bug fixes in it.

Microsoft now has also acknowledged nearly a dozen’s of known issues in this build, something that’s par for the course when it comes to Insider releases.

With the announcement of the latest Insider Preview Build 21343, the main highlight is the updated icons for the File Explorer, where the yellowish user folders for the Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music, and Videos have now each been given a unique gradient colour for better differentiation and horizontal orientation for the files to get easily recognized by the user. Icons for the associated file types have also been revised and are now centrally aligned.

New icons in File Explorer

Microsoft began updating the icons in Windows 10 last year starting with the built-in apps. Since then, they have continued updating icons throughout Windows 10 including the icon for Windows Security, the Narrator icon, and the most recently the icon for Notepad. The next step by updating many of the system icons used throughout the File Explorer on Windows OS.

Please note: After upgrading to the present build, any custom folders pinned to Quick Access will disappear. you’ll either make note of them before prior to updating to this build or pause updates until they get a fix in.Windows 10 now gets new icons for the File Explorer:Preview Build 21343

New system icons in File Explorer

Several changes after the update, such as the orientation of the folder icons and the default file type for the icons, now have been made for greater consistency across Microsoft products that show files location very accurately.

Notably, the top-level user folders such as Desktop, Recycle Bin, Documents, Downloads, and Pictures have new designs that makes it easier to tell them apart at a glance.

Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application Guard (MDAG)

Both Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application Guard (MDAG) benefit of special container technology built into Windows 10. Previously, the container runtime matched the host. Starting with Build 21343, Microsoft is now introducing a replacement runtime that’s designed and optimized for container scenarios. It allows faster launch times for both Windows Sandbox and Microsoft Defender Application Guard.

“We don’t expect this change to affect the application compatibility inside Windows Sandbox”, Microsoft stated in a blog post. However, this is often a significant change and users may encounter some differences in behaviour.

Microsoft notes that other icons throughout the Operating System will continue to be updated over time. However, the company is cautioning Windows Insiders about a bug in the “Quick Access” section which is located at the top left in the File Explorer, that may lose any custom pinned folders if they value more highly to run this preview build.

For advanced users, Microsoft loads faster launch times for Microsoft Defender Application Guard and Windows Sandbox. The latter now also includes Microsoft’s Chromium-based Edge browser which will be seen in a future updates soon. Subtle usability tweaks to the OS have been made as well.

Windows Administrative Tools has been shortened to Windows Tools, renaming files in File Explorer that gets improved keyboard support with ‘CTRL + nav Arrows/Delete/Backspace buttons’ as well as updated system network icons. There’s also an exhaustive list of bug fixes related to networking, display, memory leaks, audio, BSOD issues, and much more. The complete list of fixes, along with known issues, can be viewed on Microsoft’s official blog post link below.

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