Windows 10 build 16251 releases to fast ring Insiders

Windows 10 build 16251 releases to fast ring Insiders

After releasing Redstone 2 aka creators update to public, the focus now shifts to the builds from next Insider branch, widely called Redstone 3. Now, Microsoft has released 13th redstone 3 build 16251 to public yesterday. Many new build features are introduced in this build.

What's new

  • Link your Android and iPhone to your PC: To share items you need to download Microsoft Apps in your phone and share the items. See the blog post for the same.
  • Get Web results in Cortana without opening your browser.
  • Use Cortana to shut down, restart, Sign out PC.
  • Improved boot up experience after installing Windows updates restart.

Fixes and Improvements

  • Adjusted the size of the one-handed touch keyboard to be a little bigger, as well as added a thicker border as padding around it so you’re less likely to accidentally tap outside the keyboard and dismiss it.
  • Updated the new XAML touch keyboard to now support a full keyboard layout option for English (United States), English (Australia), French (France), Italian (Italy), German (Germany) and Spanish (Spain) languages. Appreciate everyone who shared feedback on the subject! To access this keyboard layout, tap the button in the top left of the touch keyboard.
  • As you launch and dismiss the touch keyboard, you’ll now notice an animation of it sliding in and out.
  • Softened the sound of typing on the touch keyboard – thanks for your feedback!
  • Fixed an issue where the touch keyboard might get into a state where swiping across it would move the keyboard contents around.
  • Updated the Japanese one-handed touch keyboard specific key labels to be written using the Yu-gothic UI font.
  • Fixed an issue where the Japanese touch keyboard might sometimes take multiple taps of the delete key to delete a selected character or phrase in certain text fields.
  • Fixed an issue where the touch keyboard’s options in Settings to disable suggestions and disable “add a space after I choose a text suggestion” didn’t work.
  • We’ve adjusted two-finger precision touchpad scrolling so it should feel a bit smoother now – please try it out in today’s build.
  • We fixed an issue where the Microsoft Pinyin IME candidate window wasn’t visible when Microsoft Edge was in full screen mode (F11).
  • Fixed an issue where Japanese IME status notification didn’t appear when the IME was turned on with Kana input method.
  • In addition to scrolling, pen can now also select and drag objects when barrel button (a button on the side of the pen) is pressed. This functionality was already available in Win32 apps and Microsoft Edge as of 16215, and today we’re expanding it to include all UWP apps as well. Please try it out in your favorite apps and let us know how the experience is working for you.
  • Fixed an issue where it wasn’t possible to use the pen to move a Win32 app window up and down by dragging the title bar.
  • Fixed an issue where the coordinates were slightly off when using the pen to point erase in the last few flights.
  • Microsoft Edge will no longer re-scale sites when in Tablet Mode with narrow viewport width (such as in a snapped view or portrait orientation). This provides a more natural experience on modern responsive sites in tablet mode.
  • Fixed an issue from recent builds where the Copy Link option displayed in Microsoft Edge when you right-click a hyperlink wasn’t working.
  • Fixed numerous reliability issues in Microsoft Edge that will improve user experience with crashes and hangs within the app.
  • Fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge with PDF failing to open on refresh.
  • Fixed an issue in Microsoft Edge with PDF fitting to page for certain books.
  • Fixed an issue with Pinned Sites from Microsoft Edge where it wasn’t showing the right favicon on the taskbar.
  • Fixed an issue from the last flight where if you had display scaling set higher than 100%, you might encounter a bug where the hit targeting was offset when interacting with various parts of the shell. This was particularly noticeable in Action Center, where it might appear that nothing in Action Center could be clicked or tapped, but could also have been experienced in other UI around the system.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in IMAP email accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo, and Aol potentially not syncing in the Mail app in the last two builds.
  • Fixed the issue causing Windows Defender Security Center to be unable to configure and list items for Controlled folder access, Threat History and Exclusions due to a crash in the UI.
  • Narrator Scan Mode is now on by default for just the Edge app. You can continue to toggle Scan Mode on and off with Caps Lock + Space. We made this change based on your feedback. Please keep providing feedback with Caps Lock + EE.
  • Fixed a bug that resulting in poor text rendering on some machines when Magnifier was running with bitmap smoothing enabled. Please try it in today’s build and let us know if it seems better now.
  • Fixed an issue where the Windows Defender Security Center icon appeared unexpectedly stretched out when using a wide sized tile pinned to Start.
  • Fixed an issue where certain inbox apps might unexpectedly show a progress bar on their Start tiles for a short time after upgrading.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in explorer.exe using an unexpectedly high amount of CPU in recent flights when certain apps such as Microsoft Edge were running.
  • Fixed an issue where Groove Music’s mini view player would reset its position to default if you used File Explorer to open and start playing a new mp3 in Groove Music.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in some apps, such as Tweetium, not rendering the UI correctly and becoming difficult to use.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the notification prompting you to enter tablet mode not working properly when you access in recent flights.
  • Adjusted the My People emoji above the Taskbar to now be referred to simply as “My People notifications”. This terminology can be found in Taskbar Settings.
  • Fixed an issue where the mouse response might appear erratic on certain devices when playing games with Raw Input disabled. If you are a gamer and had noticed this issue, we’d appreciate you trying this in today’s build and letting us know if it’s improved.
  • Fixed an issue where the insertion point mouse cursor appeared white for some Insiders, making it invisible against the white background of many text boxes.
  • Some Insiders may have noticed the Windows Error Dialog had a new string in recent flights (“opening a portal to another dimension”). It was a placeholder while we decided what string we wanted to go with, and based on your feedback we’ve updated it to explain that the problem is being reported to Microsoft.
  • We fixed the issue with PC Games using the Origin overlay where the use of overlay may cause game movement to lock up.
  • TruePlay, formerly called Game Monitor, is a placeholder within the Windows UI. Your games cannot be affected at this time. We’ll have more to share soon.

Known Issues

  • If you installed Builds 16226-16237 and upgrade to this build, Storage Spaces will not work correctly. While Build 16241 contained a fix for the general reported issue with Storage Spaces in that build range, we discovered that the fix only applies for computers not already in the bad state, and need to do some extra work to return those already impacted to the good state. Special thanks to the Insiders that have helped us investigate this!
  • Trying to use the dictation hotkey (WIN + H) in UWP apps won’t work – you’ll see the UI come up and immediately dismiss. If you’d still like to use dictation, the microphone in the touch keyboard will work. You can right-click the Taskbar for an option to show the touch keyboard button if it’s not already visible.
  • We’re investigating your reports that after upgrading to the latest Insider Preview builds, some network settings are lost and revert to default settings. Static IP address configuration is reverted to DHCP. Networks which were marked as private are reverted to public. After the upgrade you will need to manually readjust your network settings back to your preferred settings.
  • Start, Action Center and notification toasts may at times have a background that is 100% transparent. A fix will be available in later flight – for now, if you encounter this issue, try ending ShellExperienceHost.exe via Task Manager or rebooting to resolve the issue.
  • Connecting to a VPN using a solution downloaded from the Windows Store may result in a system crash.
  • The battery flyout might show unexpected text for the % charged (specifically “%1!s!%2!s!% until fully charged”).
Read more here:
This update would be available via Windows update as always.

Microsoft introduces skip ahead feature for fast ring insiders

Microsoft, through its testing program for Windows 10 called Windows Insider program allows you to test beta versions of Windows 10. The fast ring-which allows you to see the new Windows 10 build first and get early access to new features is being modified a bit, as said by Dona Sarkar.
Right now, when a feature upgrade stops getting new features(like FCU builds now) the fast ring Insiders or perhaps all the insiders try to fix all the bugs present in the feature upgrade build. The build deemed most stable like 14393 or 15063 is released to the masses. But in a future change from next feature release, a limited number of Fast ring Insiders would be able to test new builds from the next branch(which is RS4_PRERELEASE, for example) and the other insiders would continue to fix builds from current branch.

This was told by Dona Sarkar on Feedback hub. The full statement says:
To stabilize the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for release, we have “forked” the release into its own branch we call “RS3_RELEASE”. Many Windows Insiders will recall we did the same thing for the Windows 10 Creators Update when we started flighting builds from the “RS2_RELEASE” branch. Going forward, Windows Insiders in the Fast ring will continue to get builds for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update from this branch. However, Windows Insiders who choose to skip ahead will receive builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch.
To summarize:
  • Fast ring: Builds from RS3_RELEASE branch with no inbox app updates.
  • Fast ring + Skip Ahead: Builds from RS_PRERELEASE with inbox app updates from the Store.

Dona has also said how the things would go. After Fall Creators update is released to public, all of the fast ring Insiders would get build from same branch.
At some point in the future, build numbers in the RS_PRERELEASE branch will jump ahead, engineering teams will start checking in new code, and things diverge. When this happens – you will not be able to leave Skip Ahead and go back to builds from the RS3_RELEASE branch without reinstalling Windows. Once the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is released to the general public, this skip ahead option will go away and the Fast ring will be back to receiving builds from the RS_PRERELEASE branch for the next Windows 10 release and inbox app updates from the Store will be fully restored to all Windows Insiders in the Fast and Slow rings.
 This is how the settings would look like(Thanks to WinCentral)
This is for people like who want very early access of the new features-not like me! who are sitting on slow ring and waiting for next stable build to arrive.

No, Microsoft isn't removing paint with Fall Creators update

No, Microsoft isn't removing paint with Fall Creators update

Microsoft recently released a list a day before, that included list of all depracated features and removed features in Windows 10 fall Creators update. According to the list, the following features are removed from the Fall Creators update:

  • 3D Builder app
  • Apndatabase.xml
  • Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET)
  • IIS 6 Management Compatibility
  • IIS Digest Authentication
  • Outlook Express
  • Reader app
  • Reading List
  • Screen saver functionality in Themes
  • Syskey.exe
  • TCP Offload Engine
  • Tile Data Layer
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Owner Password Management

The features that would be depracated following the fall Creators update are:
  • IIS 6 Management Compatibility
  • IIS Digest Authentication
  • Microsoft Paint
  • RSA/AES Encryption for IIS
  • Sync Your Settings
  • Screen saver functionality in Themes
  • System Image Backup (SIB) Solution
  • TLS RC4 Ciphers
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM): TPM.msc and TPM RemoteManagement
  • Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Remote Management
  • Windows Hello for Business deployment that uses System Center Configuration Manager
  • Windows PowerShell 2.0

As Microsoft is deprecating MS Paint  from Fall Creators update, many people are circulating news over the Internet and sharing memories from Paint they Created. Actually, Microsoft has introduced 3D Paint in Windows 10, which is a UWP app and an improved version of Paint. By deprecating traditional MS Paint, Microsoft is not removing Paint immediately, but it is not guaranteed that this would be available in future versions of Windows and has not been in active development. This has happened earlier with MS, when they deprecated BITSAdmin in Windows 8 and removed it in Windows 10. So people, enjoy your favorite program before it is removed completely-though it has time. You can see this article for more information:
Features that are removed or deprecated in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update
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Edit: A blog from Microsoft says that MS Paint would be available as a UWP app in the store from when it is removed. See this for more information. 
Microsoft reduces downtime for Windows 10 feature upgrades

Microsoft reduces downtime for Windows 10 feature upgrades

With Creators update, Microsoft introduced UUP to implement feature upgrades. By UUP, the update engine only downloaded that Windows files that were updated in the feature release, not all. By this, the windows updates size began to be a bit smaller. Where ESD file used to be around 2.5 GB, now the updates are around 1.5 GB. Now Microsoft is continually improving the update engine-be it time taken to Install or space it takes or the bandwidth.
Now, one step further-MS is tweaking up the time taken for an Installation of a feature upgrade. By time, I mean the time when your PC is unusable. It includes time before restart and after. There are two broad steps taken in a feature upgrade-online and offline method.
Here is what Happens earlier:
Online phase:

  • Checking of the update
  • Downloading
  • Backing up of user content'
  • Copying of new files
  • PC waits to reboot
Offline phase(Computer isn't used)
  • PC reboots to Install
  • Driver and other OS are migrated.
  • User content is restored.
Microsoft has tweaked down these parts. Now with a slight change, the update process takes longer, but the downtime is less as compared to previous. The online phase is the same, while the Offline phase is somewhat changed:

  • PC reboots to begin install process (manually or automatically)
  • Drivers and other required OS files are migrated
  • User content is restored
  • PC reboots and the update finalizes
“By moving the old offline portions of the upgrade process to the online phase, upgrades will appear to take longer if you’re watching or timing the progress. We didn’t want to sacrifice usability for offline time so the upgrade processes are run at a lower priority to provide for best performance,” Microsoft says in feedback hub.

Build 16232 and later adds an option to reset password from the lock screen

Microsoft released 16232 two weeks ago to the fast ring insiders and subsequently it was released to Slow ring last Friday. While some of the past three or four builds have been full of new features, fast ring build 16232 introduces a handy feature for those who use MS accounts to sign in to the computer.
If you ever loose your password for sign in, Microsoft after 3 attempts prompts you to reset your password from account.live.com/reset. However, you need another computer to reset your password and make sure the device you are trying to sign in is also connected to the Internet to make the new password work. However, this has changed with the newest build 16232. Going forward from build 16232, Cortana would help you in resetting your password from the lock screen itself. Notice that there is a label named I forgot my password just below the password.
Cortana helps you in the same.
Aftetwards you can reset your password using OTP on your phone or get a link on your email.
Microsoft updates Windows 10 versions

Microsoft updates Windows 10 versions

Microsoft on July Patch Tuesday has updated its all versions of Windows. For Windows 10, Microsoft has updated version 1703, version 1607, version 1511 and version 1507. Let us discuss in detail about these updates.

Windows 10 version 1703

For Windows 10 1703, Microsoft has released KB4025342 that fixes a lot of things and improves stability of the OS. The build number jumps to 15063.483. The following are the changes introduced with this update:
  • Addressed issue introduced by KB4022716 where Internet Explorer 11 may close unexpectedly when you visit some websites.
  • Addressed issue to improve MediaCreationTool.exe support for Setup Tourniquet scenarios.
  • Addressed issue with CoreMessaging.dll that may cause 32-bit apps to crash on the 64-bit version of the Windows OS.
  • Addressed an issue where Visual Studio or a WPF application may terminate unexpectedly (stops responding, followed by a crash) when running on a pen and/or touch enabled machine with Windows 10 Creators Update.
  • Addressed issue that causes the system to crash when certain USB devices are unplugged while the system is asleep.
  • Addressed issues with screen orientation that stops working after lid close and lid open transitions.
  • Addressed issue that causes .jpx and .jbig2 images to stop rendering in PDF files.
  • Addressed issue where users could not elevate to Administrator through the User Account Control (UAC) dialog when using a smart card.
  • Addressed issue where input using the Korean handwriting feature dropped the last character of a word or moved it to the next line incorrectly.
  • Addressed issue with a race condition between the App-V Catalog Manager and the Profile Roaming Service. A new registry key is available to control the waiting period for App-V Catalog Manager, which allows any third-party Profile Roaming Service to complete.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Edge, Windows Search, Windows kernel, Windows shell, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows Virtualization, Datacenter Networking, Windows Server, Windows Storage and File Systems, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel-mode drivers, ASP.NET, Microsoft PowerShell, and the .NET Framework.
Known issue: If you have Comodo Internet security installed, you wouldn't be offered this update. Microsoft is working with Comodo for a fix. 
To download this update, you can either run a windows update check or download the MSUs from the following links:
More information about this update is available here.

Windows 10 v1607

For Anniversary update to windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4025339 that brings a number of changes. The build number jumps to 14393.1480.  Following changes are there with this update:
  • Addressed issue introduced by KB4022723 where Internet Explorer 11 may close unexpectedly when you visit some websites.
  • Addressed issue with race condition that causes Lync Edge servers to randomly crash (Stop Error D1). Any active, open session within a federated domain loses connectivity for conference calls, instant messaging, etc.
  • Addressed issue with memory leaks in the nonpaged pool with the "NDnd" tag, which causes the OS to crash.
  • Addressed issue with race condition that occurs when two threads try to reconstruct the hash table simultaneously.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 stops responding when a user clicks an empty column header and then immediately holds down the SHIFT key and double-clicks.
  • Addressed issue where the NewWindow3 event handler is never called in a managed WebBrowser class of .NET 4.6.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a text node returned from the DOMParser may be incorrect when MutationObserver for childList and subtree is active.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a crash can occur in limited scenarios when using the Find feature (Ctrl+F).
  • Security updates to the Windows shell, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows Search, Windows kernel, Windows kernel-mode drivers, the .NET Framework, Windows Server, Windows Virtualization, Windows Storage and File Systems, Datacenter Networking, Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft PowerShell, Microsoft Edge, and the Microsoft Scripting Engine.
Known issue:  If an iSCSI target becomes unavailable, attempts to reconnect will cause a leak. Initiating a new connection to an available target will work as expected. Next security update is expected to fix this.
To download this update, you can either run a windows update check or download the MSUs from the following links:
More information about this update is available here.

Windows 10 v1511

For November update to windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4025344 that brings a number of changes. The build number jumps to 10586.1007.  Following changes are there with this update:
  • Addressed issue introduced by KB4032693 where Internet Explorer 11 may close unexpectedly when you visit some websites.
  • Addressed issue that causes .jpx and .jbig2 images to stop rendering in PDF files.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a text node returned from the DOMParser may be incorrect when MutationObserver for childList and subtree is active.
  • Addressed issue that might prevent an enrolled device from syncing with an MDM server after a power loss or sudden shutdown.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows Search, Windows shell, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel, .NET Framework, Windows Virtualization, Windows Server, Windows Storage and File Systems, Datacenter Networking, Microsoft NTFS, ASP.NET, and Microsoft PowerShell.
To download this update, you can either run a windows update check or download the MSUs from the following links:
More information about this update is available here.

Windows 10 v1507

For initial release of windows 10, Microsoft has released KB4025338 that brings a number of changes. The build number jumps to 10240.17488. Following changes are there with this update:
  • Addressed issue introduced byKB4032695 where Internet explorer 11 may close unexpectedly when you visit some websites.
  • Addressed issue with custom default associations that are not applied properly in some upgrade or reset scenarios.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a text node returned from the DOMParser may be incorrect when MutationObserver for childList and subtree is active.
  • Addressed issue in Internet Explorer 11 where a crash can occur in limited scenarios when using the Find feature (Ctrl+F).
  • Addressed issue where the onhashchange event fails to trigger when navigating some hashed URLs in Internet Explorer 11.
  • Addressed issue where the NewWindow3 event handler is never called in a managed WebBrowser class of .NET 4.6.
  • Addressed issue that can cause cursor flicker when hovering over a popup menu option in Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 crashes when a user clicks on an empty column header and then quickly does a Shift + double click.
  • Addressed issue where Internet Explorer 11 crashes with certain Browser Helper Objects after the July Internet Explorer updates.
  • Addressed issue where certain elements (input or select) cannot be active targets of any action in Internet Explorer 11. This occurs after removing an iframe that contained a cursor inside certain elements (input or select) and adding a new iframe.
  • Security updates to Internet Explorer 11, Microsoft Scripting Engine, Microsoft Edge, Windows Search, Windows shell, Windows kernel-mode drivers, Microsoft Graphics Component, Windows kernel, the .NET Framework, Windows Virtualization, the Windows Server, Windows Storage and File Systems, Datacenter Networking, Microsoft NTFS, ASP .NET, and Microsoft PowerShell.
To download this update, you can either run a windows update check or download the MSUs from the following links:
More information about this update is available here.

Insider preview build 16232 now available for slow ring

Insider preview build 16232 now available for slow ring

After releasing 16237 for fast ring insiders yesterday, it is time for the Insiders in slow ring.Microsoft has released build 16232 for slow ring insiders. This is the first slow ring build. The full change-log is available in the following article:
Announcing Windows 10 Insider build 16232
16232 is a very stable build according to MS, the reason why it is released to slow ring. No ISO's are up yet, but we expect them next week.

Happy downloading!
New cumulative update for Windows Insider build 16232 released

New cumulative update for Windows Insider build 16232 released

Since a large chunk of features have already been released to fast ring builds that would ship with RTM of fall creators update, Microsoft would be testing more and slowing down new releases. Many days have passed since a new fast ring build was released and now Microsoft has released a minor update for Windows 10 16232.
The build number is now 16232.1004 and nothing new comes up with this release. It is just for testing servicing pipeline, say Dona Sarkar.
This update should not require you to have to reboot unless you happen to have Notepad.exe open. This update only revs the version of the OS and includes an updated binary version of Notepad.exe and nothing else. It does introduce the following issues to be aware of.
Make sure you’ve setup Mixed Reality before taking this update.
After installing a language pack or feature-on-demand like .NET 3.5, your PC may be offered this update again and fail.
This update will only remain available until the next WIP Fast build is released.
 You can head over to windows updates to get this release.

Timeline not to be a part of Fall Creators update, pushed back to Redstone 4

Microsoft has recently switched the gears has started to deliver many new features to Redstone 3 Insider builds as they discussed in their annual build conference this year. While many of the features have already arrived, but still there are many features that the people are waiting for. Timeline, is one of that which was introduced immidiately after build, but was very rough to use. Still the condition is the same.
Microsoft's Joe Belifore has now said that this feature wouldn't be a part of fall creators update. It would be released to Insider builds of Redstone 4.

Those who don't know about it, Timeline was showed as an extension of the task view feature. Timeline, together with showing your currently open apps from PC would also show apps from your other devices like Android and iOS as well.
Microsoft is committing to provide 2 major feature upgrades every year, so making available every feature they show previously looks a daunting task. 

[June] Windows 7 looses, Windows XP gains(yes gains) in June

It is the starting of the month and as usual, netmarket share has updated the OS share statistics. We would discuss each OS step by step:

Windows 10 is almost the same

While May recorded Windows 10 to be at 26.78%, the statistics of June show a tiny increment of the share of the OS. The OS sits at 26.80%. Considering Windows 10 as a paid product for everyone, Windows 10 is unlikely to grow at a very large pace from now on.

Windows 7

Windows 7 lost some share this month. The OS has 49.04 percent share which was 49.46 last month.

Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 holds a share of 6.40 percent in June, which is down a bit from May. In May, the OS had 6.74 percent of the share.

Windows XP

Windows XP amazingly gained around 1 percent this month. The OS has 6.94 percent of share as compared to 5.66 percent last month. Who uses a 1 and a half decade old OS in todays world of ransomware attacks?

We here present a picture, thanks to Netmarketshare.