Windows 10 Insider build 15042 for fast ring available now

Windows 10 Insider build 15042 for fast ring available now

After the release of Anniversary update to Windows 10, the focus now shifts to builds from newer development branch internally known as RS2 or redstone 2..
Microsoft has released Windows 10 Insider preview build 15042 for Windows insiders in fast ring which comes from Redstone 2 branch. This is the 20th Redstone 2 build, the first one being 14901.
Since the creators update is almost feature complete, expect a very less number of new features from now.

What's new 

  • New Cortana animation in OOBE
  • Prompt to enable flash in Microsoft Edge
  • Improved Reading experience in MS edge for EPUB files.

Fixes and Improvements

  • You should no longer see “Initializing…” when attempting to download new builds.
  • The download progress indicator shown when downloading new builds under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update should be working as expected and it should no longer appear you are getting stuck at 0% or at other percentages.
  • [Fixed] the issue causing the Settings app to crash when navigating to Settings > Devices and you should be able to pair a Bluetooth device without any issue. The Bluetooth quick action from Action Center should also now work again. This issue may also have resulted in generally decreased reliability in the quick action section of the Action Center.
  • You should be able to launch the Connect UX via Action Center, Win + K, or Settings again.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update Insiders might see the text “Some Settings are managed by your organization” even though the PC wasn’t being managed by an organization.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in the Action Center sometimes appearing blank and transparent without color.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where upgrading with an Xbox controller paired over Bluetooth could result in touch input not working and unexpected beeps when using the mouse.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where items displayed in the autocomplete dropdown when filling form fields in Microsoft Edge would not insert when clicked.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in images unexpectedly being missing from certain PDFs when viewed in Microsoft Edge.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in web notifications not launching the associated website in Microsoft Edge after being clicked.
  • [Fixed] an issue from recent flights resulting in some downloads from Microsoft Edge unexpectedly getting stuck in the “Waiting to download” state.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where the preview thumbnails for certain websites appeared blank as they were taken before the webpage ran its JavaScript / Ajax to fully draw its layout.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the calculator button on the keyboard wouldn’t work if Microsoft Edge was in focus.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where Win + Shift + left/right arrow wouldn’t work on Microsoft Edge after selecting text on the open website.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where pressing Alt + C with text selected in Microsoft Edge didn’t open the Cortana pane on recent flights.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge not being able to open the file:// protocol with the AdBlock Plus extension enabled.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where in Microsoft Edge, if you were already on a website associated with an app, clicking a link on that website to go somewhere else on the website’s domain would unexpectedly launch the associated app.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in not being able to insert words into certain text fields in Microsoft Edge when using the handwriting panel to enter text.
  • [Fixed] an issue resulting in the password placeholder text being unexpectedly shifted down in certain password text fields in Microsoft Edge.
  • The new Share icon is now visible in Microsoft Edge and the Windows Ink Workspace Sketchpad and Screen Sketch.
  • [Fixed]  an issue we certain devices on recent builds where resuming from hibernation could result in a bug check.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where sometimes a single notification toast might not pop up, only to be unexpectedly found duplicated in the Action Center.
  • broadened  recent fix for an issue that had some PCs with older graphics chipsets seeing white or colored boxes in the place of text and some UI elements in UWP apps to cover more hardware.
  • If you right-click an app suggestion in Share, you’ll now find a context menu option to turn them off.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where ink would go under the Windows Ink protractor when inking with the highlighter.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where the first ink stroke into the Windows Ink Workspace Sketchpad wouldn’t enable the clear all button.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where the sample ink stroke seen in the Windows Ink pen, pencil and highlighter flyout would appear to blink when the flyout was first opened.
  • [Fixed] an issue that could result in the new XAML scrollbar animation (as seen in Settings) becoming stuck in the transition state.
  • [Fixed]  an issue resulting in “Microsoft Camera Front” and “Microsoft Camera Rear” unexpectedly showing up, with barcode scanner icons, as optional devices to connect to in Devices Settings on Surface Books.
  • [Fixed] an issue where explorer.exe might crash the first time an ISO file is double-clicked.
  • [Fixed]  an issue from the last flight where if the gateway host name was of the form [ipv6address]::port, Remote Desktop couldn’t connect to the gateway.
  • [Fixed] an issue where the bug check screen on high resolution displays wasn’t rendering the “Frowny” part of the frowny face.
  • [Fixed]  an issue where night light might not turn on/off automatically if the device was asleep at the time at which the night light state was scheduled to change.
  • The night light on/off animation’s duration has been increased to 2 minutes – appreciate everyone who’s shared feedback for this feature, keep it coming!
  • Microsoft Edge’s “Inspect Element” and “View Source” options should launch correctly to the DOM Explorer and Debugger, respectively.

Known Issues

  • A small percentage of PCs may fail to update to this build due to a corrupt registry key. If your PC appears to be at the spinning dots black screen during boot for an unusual amount of time while updating to this build, hard reboot your PC and then run the following commands in an admin Command Prompt:
  • While fixing the primary bug causing this issue, some Windows Insiders may still hit nonstop exceptions in the Spectrum.exe service causing their PC to lose audio, disk I/O usage to become very high, and apps like Microsoft Edge to become unresponsive when doing certain actions such as opening Settings. As a workaround to get out of this state, STOP the Spectrum.exe service and delete C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Spectrum\PersistedSpatialAnchors and reboot. For more details, see this forum post.
  • [GAMING] Some popular games might minimize to the taskbar when launched. You can click on the game on the taskbar to get the game back.
  • [GAMING] Certain hardware configurations may cause the broadcast live review window in the Game bar to flash Green while you are Broadcasting. This does not affect the quality of your broadcast and is only visible to the Broadcaster.
  • Microsoft Edge F12 tools may intermittently crash, hang, and fail to accept inputs.
  • The icon for Windows Insider Program under Settings > Update & security is shown as a square.
  • Windows Hello face authentication might not work, showing a “Camera couldn’t turn on” error on the lock screen, on some Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices.
  • ADDED: You may encounter an issue where Microsoft Edge and / or the taskbar stop responding. If that happens, please open Task Manager (Ctrl + Shift + Esc) and try closing Microsoft Edge and restarting explorer.exe.
You can read more about this build here.
As usual no ISO's for this, but you can make one using the following
Get the Installation media file before the upgrade for future purposes in Windows 10
 Happy downloading, Insiders!
First signs of Redstone 3 builds spotted

First signs of Redstone 3 builds spotted

Microsoft is preparing its 3rd major update for Windows 10, widely called the creators update due this year. Currently, the update is feature locked as it is nearing competition. Since it is almost feature complete, Microsoft has shifted its focus to next production builds.
Redstone is the current lab from where the updates are arriving, Microsoft has the 3rd version of Redstone in cards for now. For those who don't know, redstone 1 is Anniversary update which is currently in production ring. Redstone 2 is currently in Insider ring which is called creators update to be released later this year.
A while ago, we told you that Microsoft is preparing for a feature update in 2017. Now Microsoft has already starte.As reported by Windows build-tracking website BuildFeed, Microsoft has compiled Windows 10 Build 15141 from the rs_prerelease branch internally — and it’s one of the first Redstone 3 builds plans for this and Microsoft has already compiled a build with redstone 3 lab. The build no is 15141 as said. Microsoft hasn't open its cards yet on this and more about it is expected later in Build conference this year. 

Microsoft confirms a new feature release in 2017 itself(Can be called Redstone 3)

Since Windows 10 has released, Microsoft has released 2 Major upgrades if we exclude the RTM one. The first one was released in 2015 itself, 6 months after Windows 10 RTM was released. It was called November update and version number was version 1511. The next update, called the Windows 10 Anniversary update released in 2016, 1 year after Windows 10 was released( The name was given itself to mark the Anniversary of Windows 10). This was the first Redstone release.
Now, the Insider builds code named Redstone 2 are being distributed to public, and the production update would be called as Creators update due this spring most probably in April. Microsoft still has expansion for Redstone and company is planning Redstone 3 later this year. At this year's Ignite conference in Australia, Microsoft has said the same and this was a pictorial representation of what was described:

 We expect Microsoft to talk about this Public release at Build developer conference which is scheduled in May this Year. 
Also, this picture also depicts that two releases at a time would be supported in public release, and the previous one would retire as soon as new ring hits the production. We talked more about this here.

Microsoft extends support for Threshold 1 build of Windows 10

Microsoft extends support for Threshold 1 build of Windows 10

A while ago we told you that Microsoft is stopping all the updates for Windows 10 RTM, i.e. TH1 version 1507. The reason given on this move was pretty clear-Microsoft treats Windows 10 editions as a service pack.
Windows 10 RTM was released in July 2015, and the official Microsoft policy on service pack has a 1.5 year criteria. Means Windows 10 RTM should have stopped getting updates around January this year, but as I said here, the software giant gave a 2 month grace period for the users to upgrade their systems. The future plan of MS is to introduce 1 build and simultaneously retire the previous to previous one, but this is not the case for TH1.

Microsoft has extended the date for TH1 support quietly as they have recently updated a Technet blog post. The following is a snip of what has Microsoft said now:
“With the availability of Windows 10, version 1607 to the VLSC on January 26th, the grace period for Windows 10, version 1507 will begin. That means, after May 2017, Windows 10, version 1507 will no longer be serviced as only the two most Current Branch for Business (CBB) versions are actively serviced,” Microsoft’s blog post now reads (note that the March target was modified to “May.”)

They quietly changed March to May, which might be possibly linked to Postpone of Feburary updates . The quantity of people running TH1 is still unknown, but Microsoft wants to give users at least 1 more chance.
[Updated]Patch Tuesday Postponed

[Updated]Patch Tuesday Postponed

Windows 10 or all of the updates are released every 2nd Tuesday of each month. This month, Patch Tuesday was supposed to be yesterday, but Microsoft has postponed the updates until further notice.
The following information was posted on the Technet page:
Our top priority is to provide the best possible experience for customers in maintaining and protecting their systems. This month, we discovered a last minute issue that could impact some customers and was not resolved in time for our planned updates today.
After considering all options, we made the decision to delay this month’s updates. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by this change to the existing plan.

So a last minute issue caused all the updates to postpone, and this is better decision as Microsoft should not want to humiliate itself from people with failing updates. Next dates as soon as they are published would be informed only by your Windows guide.

Update 16/2/17

Microsoft has delayed all updates until 15th March, as was posted today Morning on Technet

UPDATE: 2/15/17: We will deliver updates as part of the planned March Update Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Windows 10 build 15035 was from a different build lab, signals feature completion of Redstone 2

Windows 10 build 15035 was from a different build lab, signals feature completion of Redstone 2

With the release of Windows 10 Anniversary update last August, the focus shifted to the next feature upgrade to come. This was announced by Microsoft as creators update last year. In the beginning Microsoft was very slow in releasing new features, but Microsoft geared up in the starting of 2017.
Lots of new features were released as discussed here and majority of them are released after 2017.
The builds after Anniversary update came from RS_prerelease branch which signaled a new lab from which new builds came.

Now the latest build of Windows 10 released this week is 15035, which only contains handful of new features. This build comes from a new  rs2_release branch which gives only one interpretation that no new features would be introduced now and only the focus would be on bug fixes.
Windows 10 Creators Update is expected to roll out to production in March, so Microsoft has still a plenty of time to fix bugs.
What is new in Windows 10 creators update?

What is new in Windows 10 creators update?

Windows 10 is based on Windows-as-a-service where new features of the OS are released every 6 months or more. The next update is due this year in spring, reportedly called the creators update. Creators update was announced last year by Microsoft and is code named redstone 2. In this article I would cover almost all of the changes from the Anniversary update called redstone 1.

What's new

We see what is new in Creators update section-by-section:

Registry Editor

  • Registry Editor now has an address bar to switch quickly between keys, Ctrl+L shortcut points to the address bar and shorthand notifications like HKCU are supported.
  • Fonts in registry editor can be customized.

Windows update

  • Windows update notifications can be controlled using a separate page in Windows update settings.
  • Now you can pause windows update for 35 days in Pro, Education and Enterprise editions.
  • Now you can skip driver updates from Windows update.
  • Active hours has a range of 18 hours now.

WiFi and Internet

  • Now you can set Ethernet as metered too.
  • New feature to turn on the WiFi at a specific time.

Microsoft Edge

  • New Tab preview bar in Microsoft Edge.
  • New set aside tabs feature in Microsoft Edge.
  • Now flash can be disabled if you want in Microsoft Edge.

Settings app

  • Three and four finger gestures are now introduced in Settings>System>Touchpad.
  • New Blue light reduction feature- That was renamed later to Night light. This is present in Settings app>Display.
  • Troubleshooters have been introduced in Settings app>Update and security.
  • New Gaming section in Settings app.
  • Custom accent color can now be used for Taskbar and Titlebar.
  • New option to delete temporary files in Settings>System>Storage. This option is turned off by default.
  • Custom scaling is moved in Display settings of the settings app.
  • Theme settings page now contains a link to store.
  • New windows defender UI and dashboard app.

Start Menu, Taskbar and apps

  • Programs and features has been renamed to Apps in features in Windows key+X
  • Powershell replaces Command Prompt in Windows+X menu by default.
  • The 3D builder app has been moved to Windows accessories.
  • Mail and Calendar app is now pinned to the taskbar by default.
  • Newly downloaded apps and games from the Store will now show download progress inside of the Action Center
  • Now themes can be downloaded from Windows store.
  • Cortana's search box has a lighter shade.
  • Apps would no longer be installed again after a feature upgrade.
  • New Paint 3D app.
  • Tiles can now be grouped into folders in Start menu.


  • New Game mode to improve performances of the game.
  • New OOBE improvements- The UI and privacy settings are revamped.
  • Narrator now supports Braille language.
  • On PC's with 3.5+ GB of RAM, service hosts have been split to separate processes.
The list is not exhaustive-I would update this as soon as I get more.
Please let me know if I have missed something..
New Windows 10 Insider preview build 15025 ISOs available for download

New Windows 10 Insider preview build 15025 ISOs available for download

If you are running Windows 10 Insider preview build on your device,Microsoft has released ISO's for build 15025. The build is already live on fast ring.

An ISO or an Installation media file allows the user to do a clean Installation of windows or to do a manual In-Place upgrade using the official way.
Get the Installation media file before the upgrade for future purposes in Windows 10.
You can download the ISO from the following page:
Windows 10 Insider preview ISO download
Download the ISO according to your language and Architecture if you want to do an In-place upgrade-follow the Instructions for making a bootable media on the page itself.

[January] 1 in 4 computers now run windows 10, Windows XP also gains.

Netmarket share has posted its statistics for the month of January earlier today, and it indicated some things that were expected and some that were not.

Windows 10

Windows 10 gained this month as previous ones and crossed 25 percent, which means 1 in 4 Computer or similar devices run Windows 10. Windows 10 stands at 25.10 percent in January. Amazingly Windows 10 gained approximately 1 percent as in December Windows 10 stood at 24.38 percent.

Windows 7

As usual the list topper was Windows 7, which is still way behind the second most used OS-Windows 10. Windows 7 stands at 47.25 last month. Though Windows 7 saw a small decline from 48 percent to 47.
Windows 7, a 9 year old OS still remains at the top

Windows XP still grows

One of the most amazing stats which are coming from a few months is Windows XP is still gaining(though I have a doubt who Installs almost a decade and a half year old OS with no security updates). Windows XP got 9.17 percent of the share-from 9.07 percent last month.
At the end we see the diagrammatical representation of shares:
Windows overall powers >90 percent of the PCs as we can say.

[Fix] Windows 10 system icons greyed out in settings app

Windows 10 comes with a revamped settings app, which is based on modern UWP platform. As I believe, this system is not fully 100 percent bugs free. Sometimes we encounter bugs and we discuss here is one of them.
You may have noticed that sometimes the tray icons are missing from the taskbar. On going to Settings app>System>System icons, you may notice that the switches are greyed out as shown here:


To fix this bug, we need to modify and delete some system registry keys. Here are the steps:
  • Press Windows key+R and type in regedit to open registry editor.
  • Navigate to the following Regsitry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Classes\Local Settings\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\TrayNotify

  • Now you need to delete 2 keys named IconStreams and PastIconStreams named registry DWORDs on the right pane. In my case it is showing only one though. Right click the key one by one and select delete.
  • Restart your computer and icons would be back.