Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16296 for PC

RS3 Windows 10 Insider Preview 16296

Darn …. these Windows Insiders Program dudes go faster than light!

I just blogged about the 16294 build that I personally missed. Posted the blog, checked the Windows Insiders Program and guess what? Another build!

Yes …. you heard it right … another build …

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16296 for PC

Fast ring only, Redstone 3 … not the Skip Ahead, Redstone 4.

The important notice still stands from the previous (16294) build:

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be unable to install *new*/additional language packs on this build. Pre-existing language packs (language packs you’ve installed previously) will carry over and work just fine.

So let’s see if there is another build while I’m publishing this blog update Smile

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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16294 for PC

RS3 Windows 10 Insider Preview 16294

Just a quick update .. I personally missed it because I’m on the Skip Ahead flight and this one is only available on the Fast Ring, not the Slow Ring or the Skip Ahead Ring:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/09/20/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16294-pc

For us … the Dutch people, it was an important build though because they fixed an issue specifically with Dutch builds:

“We fixed an issue on Dutch builds where explorer could go into a crash loop if an app-requested downloads notification popped up from OneDrive.”

Still not much more … only a couple of bug fixes. There is however an IMPORTANT NOTE added at September 21st:

“You will be unable to install *new*/additional language packs on this build. Pre-existing language packs (language packs you’ve installed previously) will carry over and work just fine.”

We are getting closer and closer to the final release. Hardly a prediction anymore.

I haven’t heard anything about it, but would Ignite be an opportunity for release? Sadly, I won’t be there to watch it live … but the keynote is streamed live so I’ll be at the monitor Monday afternoon.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16291 for PC

RS3 Windows 10 Insider Preview 16291

Another day, another Insiders Build for the PC in the Fast Ring of the Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) flight. Not for Skip Ahead (Redstone 4) this time. This is still a stabilizing build to get ready for release soon.

Not much new, couple of fixes, but still a new thingy in this build: Resume from phones to PC with Cortana. If you started reading your articles or news on your iPhone or Android with the Cortana app you can continue reading on your PC.

Sadly enough … -after all these years- still no Dutch Cortana here so nothing to see for us Dutchies again Sad smile (wouldn’t you wish some features were completed first and deployed globally, like Cortana, instead of building new features? … oh well, the burden of a non English nation …)

Anyway … here is the official announcement:
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/09/19/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16291-pc/#BgOMUi6wo341l4cO.97

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16362 for PC (Skip Ahead)

RS4 Windows 10 Insider Preview 16362.1000

Just when I posted the blog about Insider Preview Build 16288 yesterday I received Insider Preview Build 16362 on my Skip Ahead machine and had to reboot for a relatively long boot process.

As you know there are two flights these days, one Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) flight and one Redstone 4 (Skip Ahead) flight. The Redstone 3 flight is now almost ready and on Build 16288 but Redstone 4 is just starting and as of today on Build 16362:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/09/13/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16362-pc-skip-ahead

As they mention: “Because we are just beginning development for RS4, Insiders shouldn’t expect to see a lot of big changes or new features just yet. Our focus remains getting the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update ready for release!”

There are some improvements, like the improved boot experience where the boot process is able to use your settings to show information according to your personal settings (this is an Opt-out option, so you can disable it) and Narrator improvements among a long list of smaller fixes.

If you don’t have Skip Ahead, you still need to wait until they open up the program again (to be expected just after the Fall Creators Update is released). All others … enjoy your new Build!

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16288 for PC

RS3 Windows 10 Insider Preview 16288

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UPDATE:
Insider Preview Build 16288 for PC is now pushed to the slow ring. This usually indates that the version is becoming more stable to be trusted for a larger audience to be installed. We are getting closer to the final build …. but this isn’t the one according to Dona!
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It’s been a (relative) long time between this Insider Preview and the previous Insider Preview … The Windows 10 Insider Previews cadence just before the last one was really high, maybe more that 3 a week. With almost 11 days between this one and the previous one if feels like it took for ages to get this out.

One of the changes in this 16288 build (Redstone 3, not available on Skip Ahead – the Skip Next is already on 16353, see https://maartenvanstam.wordpress.com/2017/09/02/redstone-4-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16353-for-pc-skip-ahead/) is that the watermark is gone. There used to be a version number in the lower right-hand corner with preview versions but that is history now.

So is this the final build? Well no …. the version is branded Version 1709 and we are living in September 2017 but it is not ready yet, at least that is what Dona Sarkar mentioned in the official announcement:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/09/12/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16288-pc-build-15250-mobile

Even the desktop watermark might return within time …

Redstone 4 – Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16353 for PC (Skip Ahead)

RS4 Windows 10 Insider Preview 16353

Almost at the same time as the Insider Preview Build 16281 for PC for Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update) Microsoft released the Skip Ahead Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16353 for PC to the Windows Insiders who opted in for the Skip Ahead flight:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/08/31/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16353-pc-skip-ahead

The flight is currently closed, if you haven’t joined the Skip Ahead flight you need to wait until after the release of the Fall Creators Update that was announced for October 17th in about six weeks from now:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/09/01/create-and-play-this-holiday-with-the-windows-10-fall-creators-update-coming-oct-17

Microsoft created a nice infographic to show you the differences between the RS3 and RS4 flights:

Skip Ahead

I just installed the build, no issues so far so all good for now …

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16281 for PC

RS4 Windows 10 Insider Preview 16281

Builds are following up quickly these days, at least for Redstone 3 (Fall Creators Update). Today we moved to 16281 for PC builds:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/09/01/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16281-pc

On a side note, today Microsoft also announced the release date for the Fall Creators Update to be October 17th Worldwide:

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/09/01/create-and-play-this-holiday-with-the-windows-10-fall-creators-update-coming-oct-17

With the release also the Mixed Reality devices will become available for you to buy, so start saving for your super cool own Mixed Reality set!

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