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’90s retro resurrection PowerToys strikes 0.19, bringing raft of repairs and a final flash from the desktop

’90s retro resurrection PowerToys strikes 0.19, bringing raft of repairs and a final flash from the desktop
Microsoft has freshened up its PowerToys preview with a 0.19 release aimed at making things a bit more stable. The release appeared with little fanfare, but the enhancements contained within are worth having for fans of retro-inspired tooling, particularly those using the PowerToys Run feature. The fixes include squashing a bug afflicting those users with…

Microsoft has freshened up its PowerToys preview with a 0.19 release focused on making things a bit more stable.

The release appeared with little fanfare, but the enhancements included within deserve having for fans of retro-inspired tooling, especially those utilizing the PowerToys Run feature.

The fixes consist of squashing a bug affecting those users with multi-monitor setups (and one that really stopped this hack from using the Run function) as well as identifying Progressive Web Apps (PWA) appropriately rather than merely calling them “Win32 Applications” and handling issues around concealed files. Repairs around network paths, styles and Developer Mode apps have actually also been applied.

Impressive oopsies include one that stops some recently installed apps appearing in the PowerToys Run list and another to handle unexpected spikes in CPU use.

Far From PowerToys Run, the suite has fixes for the FancyZones window supervisor, with the majority of connecting to problems emerging with several virtual desktops, the Keyboard Manager need to now be a bit more stable and when striking “Look for upgrade”, the settings page will actually look for an upgrade instead of disposing the user in the GitHub page.

It’s a pity, since there is sport to be had from tracing problems from the preliminary raising through the typical “I believe it ought to work this method” discussions to ultimate closure.

Overall, there are more than 100 issues fixed in this release, although no whizz-bang new functions (and still no sign of the desktop-destroying TweakUI of PowerToys past).

Still, the installer will continue to cause a disconcerting desktop flicker, although not for a lot longer as Microsoft senior program manager Clint Rutkas observed: “It will be the last time throughout upgrade you’ll see Windows Explorer flash on you.”

Windows Explorer flashing a user? Sounds practically like a contender for the bork desk. ®

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