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Windows 10 Build 14942: hide app listing, Registry Editor, svchost changes

Microsoft pushed out a new Windows 10 Insider Build -- version 14942 today - that brings along with it a number of interesting changes.

The new version is available via Windows Update on devices running Fast Ring Insider builds.

While previous builds have not been overly exciting in regards to new features that might make the next feature update out in 2017, this build is different as it introduces some that users may find interesting and useful.

This article looks at some of them, namely an increase in active hours, changing to a one process svchost system, an address bar in the Registry Editor, and the ability to hide the huge application listing in the Start Menu.

Active Hours expanded

active hours

We talked about Active Hours before here on Ghacks. It allows you to set a time period in which Windows Update is blocked from restarting the PC automatically.

The core idea behind Active Hours is to make sure that users are not interrupted during work hours. Active Hours limited the time period to 12 hours, and Microsoft was criticized for that.

Starting with build 14942 on Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise or Education, Active Hours may be set to a period of up to 18 hours.

The new menu highlights the fact, and you may set any (up to) 18 hour period for Active Hours on a device running professional versions of Windows 10.

Active Hours can also be configured via Group and MDM policies, and if that is the case, it is highlighted on the Settings configuration screen.

Svchost changes

service hosts

Microsoft introduces Service Hosts (svchost.exe) in Windows 2000 to group services into processes. This was done for memory-saving purposes mostly.

Starting with the latest Insider Build, svchost.exe handling changes on machines with 3.5 or more Gigabytes of RAM.

Microsoft made the decision to disable the grouping of Service Hosts. This improves reliability and transparency. Reliability because one service crashing does not take down others with it anymore, and transparency because it is now easier for administrators and users to find out what is going on.

All services are listed in separate processes on machines with enough memory. You find each listed Service Host followed by a descriptor:

  1. Service Host: Local Service
  2. Service Host: Local Service (Network Restricted)
  3. Service Host: Local Service (No Network)
  4. Service Host: Local Service (No Impersonation)
  5. Service Host: Local System
  6. Service Host: Local System (Network Restricted)
  7. Service Host: Network Service
  8. Service Host: Network Service (Network Restricted)
  9. Service Host: Remote Procedure Call
  10. Service Host: Unistack Service Group

Hide the app listing

windows 10 hide app list

The app list was introduced in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update. It moved the list of all applications installed on the device from a separate page to the main start menu.

While this meant one less click to access apps or programs, it caused a number of issues. The only sort option was alpha-numerical which meant that you ended up with entries such as 3D Builder at the top which you might not use at all.

While there was a way around this, it was a hack and most Windows users probably never used it to display other apps at the top.

Microsoft added a new option to the Settings that lets you collapse the app list in the start menu.

  1. Tap on Windows-I to open the Settings application.
  2. Go to Personalization > Start.
  3. Toggle the "hide app list in start menu" option that you find there.

Registry Editor with address bar

registry editor

When you open the Registry Editor on the latest build you will notice that it sports an address bar now. This allows you to navigate easier, and use copy and paste to jump to certain Registry locations quickly.

Use the shortcut Alt-D to active the address bar in the Registry Editor.

Other changes

Windows 10 Build 14942 ships with a couple of other changes that may be of interest to users:

  1. Apps that you removed from the system previously won't be installed anymore after upgrades. The same is now true for de-provisioned applications from OS images (used mostly in Enterprise / business environments).
  2. Custom printer names will be reserved across updates.
  3. Several fixes for issues, such as one that caused sfc /scannow to fail at 20% with the error "could not perform the requested operation".

You can check out Microsoft's blog post on the new build which offers additional details.

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    Comments

    1. Elias Fotinis said on October 8, 2016 at 11:00 am
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      I’m not really sure how I feel about the ungrouping of services. The advantages for troubleshooting are obvious, but I’m currently on a brand new ultrabook with 4 GB and I wonder how this will affect memory usage. Right now there are 18 svchost processes using 400 MB for 135 active services, so roughly 3 MB per service. Given that these will use shared libraries, they might be able to pull it off without much increase in resource requirements (hopefully).

      On a lighter note, I’m very excited for RegEdit’s address bar. I’ve been waiting for this since Win3.1. :b

      1. lol said on October 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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        i’m agree with you. those people came from gaming or IT geek they won’t be affected because they use 16/32GB RAM. while at the same times. people like us normal user will be affected. all of my friends still using 4GB including me.

    2. kopija said on October 8, 2016 at 11:11 am
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      Registry Editor with address bar!
      It took them 20 years to add such a useful feature while they added dozens of gimmick features in that same time.

      1. Croatoan said on October 8, 2016 at 4:37 pm
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        Because of this I used third party utilizes. Finally something useful.

    3. AAA said on October 8, 2016 at 12:44 pm
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      Imma using my Windows 8.1 smoothly — can’t believe it’s not butter! :D

    4. chesscanoe said on October 8, 2016 at 1:15 pm
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      I hope these functional changes make it into Windows 10 Home when it’s upgraded.

    5. Anonymous said on October 8, 2016 at 2:01 pm
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      Nice updates.
      However I still prefer Start menu from Windows 10 Threshold editions. I like that ONLY “most used” and “recently added” apps are shown constantly along the left margin. It makes the whole start menu more compact. But since the Redstone update there is option of showing either everything (including “All apps” column) or nothing at all. It would be nice if they somehow separated these three app groups.

    6. Jeff said on October 8, 2016 at 3:34 pm
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      Still the Windows Update is worse than 8.1. Svchost changes will increase memory consumption (it’s a change similar to multiple browser processes). Start menu changes are irrelevant because of Classic Shell. Winaero’s RegOwnershipEx is better than Regedit’s address bar. Nothing useful for me. Meh.

    7. peter said on October 8, 2016 at 4:17 pm
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      “we won’t automatically restart your device during active hours”
      How generous. Thanks, Microsoft.

      1. PantsHunt42 said on October 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm
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        And on Windows Pro … yet another artificial constraint brought to you by a company that doesn’t give a shit about end users

      2. Terrible Internet Aus said on October 11, 2016 at 7:57 am
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        Yet “we WILL download the update and cause majority of people in AUS with terrible internet to suffer bandwidth issues right in the middle of something critical because an update started to download”

    8. Rotten Scoundrel said on October 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm
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      Hee heee and so it begins, er, um, make that continues.

      Just what being a monopoly can accomplish.

      Not for me though. The two windows tablets we have that will not run any Linux well enough (that I have found) are both severely crippled in the dd-wrt router. They see no more updates, pretty much surf the web and they hit their limit of openness to msoft’s pervasive claws. :)

    9. Tony said on October 8, 2016 at 11:46 pm
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      Martin, how you explained svchost, and why processes are combined, is better and more clear than I have ever read! Well done!

      Perhaps you can expand on it, and create an article dedicated to svchost and how it works for all modern Windows OS. Will be great!

    10. Anixx said on October 16, 2016 at 10:55 am
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      Is there a way to disable svchost groupping?

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