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  1. Info: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2017/04/07/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-16170-pc/ Build info: https://buildfeed.net/build/98bfb240-f929-4717-9a42-4837be3a883e/ Changelog: https://changewindows.org/build/15063/ Screenshots: UUP: Site: https://cloud.mail.ru Sharecode[?]: /public/59kH/uJvSjdTaB Site: https://sendit.cloud Sharecode[?]: /v389k56ygtmy ESD: N/A Decrypter: https://s1.rg-adguard.net/dl/decrypt/decrypt-multi-release.7z Language pack: Site: https://cloud.mail.ru Sharecode[?]: /public/59kH/uJvSjdTaB/LP/ Thanks @WZorNET, Enthousiast
  2. Lineage OS Announces A Bunch Of Newly Supported Devices For Its Preview Builds Last month, Cyanogen announced that it was shutting down its offices, leaving the future of CyanogenMod in question. However, from the company's digital ashes rose a new project called Lineage OS. The developer team behind the operating system announced that it would support more than 80 devices. However, at launch, it only supported a handful of devices. Now, the company has updated its roster of supported devices, adding a number of older handsets to the list. Previously, the developer team had only included the LG Nexus 5X, Huawei Nexus 6P, Motorola Moto G4 / G4 Plus, Nextbit Robin and Xiaomi Redmi 1S. The company has now updated its list of supported devices to include: Asus Nexus 7 2013 (4G / Wi-Fi) LG Nexus 5 Huawei Honor 5X LG G4 (T-Mobile / International) LG G3 S LG G3 Beat Motorola Moto X Pure (2015) Motorola Moto E Motorola Moto G Motorola Moto G4 Play OnePlus One Oppo Find 7a Oppo Find 7s Samsung Samsung Galaxy S III (AT&T / Sprint / T-Mobile / Verizon / International) Samsung Galaxy S II (International) Sony Xperia SP Xiaomi Mi 3w and Mi 4 Xiaomi Mi 5 Xiaomi Mi Max Xiaomi Redmi 3/Prime Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 As can be seen, the list of devices has increased drastically. That said, the developer team has not announced how many installs its operating system has garnered. Previously, the company had announced that experimental builds of Lineage OS had been downloaded more than 50,000 times. This figure is bound to change with more devices being supported everyday. You can download the latest nightly and experimental builds on supported handsets by heading over to the download page here. Source
  3. Microsoft’s new monthly patching cadence include 'previews' that are not for general consumption, including KB 3197869 Credit: Thinkstock Yesterday Microsoft released eight “preview” patches, in line with its new method of releasing patches on the third Tuesday of every month. They’re optional, which means they won’t get installed unless you specifically check the Windows Update box. If you’re tempted to install them, don’t. Preview patches serve a good purpose, but they’re not for general consumption. The two major preview patches: KB 3197869 is the “November 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1.” In other words, it’s an early look at the non-security patches for Windows 7 that Microsoft expects to roll out for real in December. You can see details of the patch on the Win7 update history page, where you can learn, for example, that this patch updates Belarus’ ISO 4217 code from BYN to BYR. Positively riveting. KB 3197875 is the “November 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2”—in other words, another preview of the non-security patches that will appear for real next month. There’s a long list of fixes on the Win8.1 update history page including, you guessed it, a change of Belarus’ ISO 4217 code from BYN to BYR. Several of you have written to me, confused about the patches. The simple instructions: Unless you know precisely what you’re doing, leave preview patches alone. You don’t need or want them. When they’re fully baked next month, Microsoft will roll them out. Microsoft’s intentions here are noble: It's giving programmers and system administrators a chance to kick the tires on the new non-security patches before the patches get rolled out through the Windows Automatic Update chute. If you write programs for Windows or you control a bunch of Windows machines, you should take a look at the previews. The vast majority of Windows users should look the other way. Unless you specifically hunt down the patches, check them and install them, you’re just fine. In a similar vein, we saw four previews of .Net Framework patch rollups: KB 3195382, the “November 2016 Preview of Quality Rollup for the .Net Framework 2.0 SP2, 4.5.2, 4.6 on Windows Vista SP2 and Windows Server 2008 SP2” KB 3195383, the “November 2016 Preview of Quality Rollup for the .Net Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1 on Windows Server 2012” KB 3196684, the “November 2016 Preview of Quality Rollup for .Net Framework 3.5, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1 on Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2” KB 3196686, the “November 2016 Preview of Quality Rollup for .Net Framework 3.5.1, 4.5.2, 4.6, 4.6.1 on Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1” There’s also KB 3197878, the “November 2016 Preview of Monthly Quality Rollup for Windows Server 2012.” There’s one oddity I’ll be following: The preview monthly rollup for Windows 8.1 includes a fix for a bug introduced by Microsoft in the August security patch MS16-100. Oddly, that bug isn’t described in the security bulletin, but the Win8.1 update list says the monthly rollup preview “addressed issue with the boot partition appearing in File Explorer after installing MS16-100.” The reason why I’ll be watching – and you should, too: We need to make sure that bugs introduced by Microsoft’s security-only patches are fixed with security-only patches. If Microsoft starts fixing its own bugs willy-nilly, by including security bug fixes only in non-security patches, it won’t be possible to keep your PC upgraded with security-only patches. For those of you accustomed to my patchocalypse terminology, crisscrossing patches will make it impossible to stay in Group B. You’ll be forced into the telemetry-friendly Group A, if only to fix the problems created by patches in Group B. The price of patching liberty is eternal vigilance. Source: Users should avoid Microsoft's just-released preview Windows patches (InfoWorld - Woody Leonhard) Avoid yesterday’s “preview” patches, including KB 3197869 and 3197875 (AskWoody.com)
  4. If you've been drumming your fingers all week hoping that a new Windows 10 Insider Preview would land any day now, you'll have to keep drumming for now. The last release from the Redstone 2 Development Branch was build 14915, which made its way to PCs and phones in the Fast ring a week ago today. But Microsoft said today that it won't be releasing any more builds this week. The reason for this is that the Windows Insider Engineering Team is making some back-end changes that affect how builds are assessed and prepared for release, as a post in the Feedback Hub explained today: That means there will be no new builds this week, but the team said that it plans "to return to schedule next week". Additionally, as a result of these ongoing efforts, Microsoft said that any changes Insiders make to their settings for the preview program "will not take effect until the service upgrade has finished". It added: "If you are setting up a new device or changing rings, your device will not receive new builds available to that ring until the upgrade is complete." Source: Windows Insider Engineer Team (Feedback Hub) Article source
  5. It might be the weekend, but the code monkeys at Microsoft doesn’t let a small detail like that stand in the way of work. The release of Windows 10 Anniversary Update is now within spitting distance, and the Insider builds are being pushed out thick and fast. Today Dona Sarkar announced the launch of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14385 for PC and Mobile. As we're so close to launch day, it should come as no surprise that this is a bug fix release -- but there are plenty of them. There are also some extra performance tweaks thrown in for good measure. Surface users have improved battery life to look forward to, and anyone who has been pestered with a message about the end of the Windows evaluation period will be pleased to hear that these notifications have been killed. The desktop build gets much more attention than the mobile build; here are the improvement you will find, as shared by Microsoft: Improvements and fixes for PC You should no longer see a notification pop-up once a day saying that your Windows evaluation copy expires on 7/15/2016. I know this has caused a lot of you some angst so thank you for being patient. We have improved battery life for Surface devices. We fixed an issue resulting in Spotify sometimes crashing while playing music. We fixed an issue resulting in the Google Chrome window being clipped on the top when maximized. We fixed an issue with Mobile Hotspot that could result the host device bug-checking (bluescreen) and rebooting if it was sharing on a 5GHz band and the connected device browsed to certain websites. We fixed an issue where the pin prompt shown when connecting to certain VPNs would display behind the other open windows. We fixed an issue resulting in LastPass and AdBlock extensions for Microsoft Edge not showing the expected context menu items or status information in subsequently opened Edge windows. We also fixed an issue where the current tab in Edge might hang after exiting Web Notes. Projecting to a PC auto-discoverability is off by default. To have your PC beacon so it can be discovered and you can project to it through the Connect quick action from a Continuum enabled phone or another PC, go to Settings > System > Projecting to this PC and set “Windows PCs and phones can project to this PC when you say it’s OK” to “Available everywhere” or “Available everywhere on secure networks”. You can also set other settings on this page to your preference. Improvements and fixes for Mobile You can open PDFs in Microsoft Edge and use touch to interact with the PDF (such as scrolling, pan or zoom) again without it constantly reloading the PDF. We have improved battery life for older devices, such as the Lumia 830, 930, and 1520. We fixed an issue where setting the SIM name on a dual SIM phone would sometimes fail. There are still a few issues to watch out for, and you can find out about these on the Windows blog. Article source
  6. On August 2nd, 2016, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update will roll out to the public, bringing numerous changes with it; from new experiences to improved accessibility. Despite a laundry list of new features, some users still have a bit of trepidation about the new update, but not about bugs or even hardware configuration requirements but transitioning. The number one question we’ve received from Windows Insiders is: what happens to Preview builds after the Anniversary Update? Today, we have an answer. On Twitter, Dona Sarkar, Head of the Windows Insider program, replied to an Insider stating that builds will continue post-Anniversary Update: This is good news for Insiders who want to continue to shape Windows 10 – and it seems that Microsoft is enjoying it too, as Dona stated that the “system seems to work pretty well.” The current builds are for the Redstone 1 branch, and it won’t be too long before builds for Redstone 2 begin rolling their way on to PCs, Windows 10 Mobile and Xbox’s. As the date for the release nears, we’ll be bringing you more coverage of the update, with in-depth information and run-downs of what to expect. Stay tuned. Article source
  7. Desktop App Converter allows developers to bring their desktop apps to UWP. It converts a desktop Windows installer such as MSI or exe to an AppX package that can be deployed to a Windows 10 desktop. The software may collect information about you and your use of the software and send that to Microsoft. You can learn more about Microsoft's data collection at http://aka.ms/privacy. More info & download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/52959 Intruction: https://blogs.windows.com/buildingapps/2016/06/15/the-path-from-a-desktop-app-to-a-universal-windows-platform-uwp-app/
  8. Microsoft unexpectedly (and unintentionally) began rolling out its latest Windows 10 Insider Preview for PCs, build 14342, today. The full rollout is now underway, and as ever, that means there's a long list of known and fixed issues to be aware of before upgrading. First up, let's take a look at what's been fixed in the new build: We have fixed the issues blocking the Desktop App Converter Preview (Project Centennial). You can now run the converter on the Enterprise edition as well as Pro edition of Windows. You will need the latest converter and base image from here to take advantage of all the improvements which will be available later today. We fixed the issue causing Tencent online games from not working in current builds from the Development Branch. We have fixed the issue causing DRM-protected content from services like Groove Music, Microsoft Movies & TV, Netflix, Amazon Instant Video or Hulu from being playable with playback with 0x8004C029 or 0x8004C503 errors. We fixed an issue resulting in audio crashes for users who play audio to a receiver over S/PDIF or HDMI, and use a driver that supports real-time encoding via technologies like Dolby Digital Live or DTS Connect. Polished the animation when invoking Cortana on the Lock screen. And also resolved an issue where tapping the link to fix mic issues wouldn’t fix them. We fixed an issue resulting in the ok/cancel buttons in the network flyout being clipped on high DPI devices. We fixed an issue where you might see Windows Hello messages on the screen while you were already logging in with a fingerprint. We fixed the issue where if you were in an app and clicked on a link with a URL longer than 260 characters, it would bring up the “Open with…” dialog instead of opening with your default browser. We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to use your mouse in the Photos app to either move photo while zoomed or adjust crop region. They ALT + Y keyboard shortcut to choose “yes” now works with the updated UAC UI. Updated new Credential UI to add support for pasting into username and password fields Polished icons used to identify pages in the Settings app – in particular, updated battery icon to be more consistent with the weight of the other icons. Made some polish improvements to the Action Center, and resolved an issue where icon in Taskbar wasn’t displaying correctly at 175% DPI. We fixed an issue where the image used in Screen Sketch would be rotated 90 degrees for native portrait devices (such as the Dell Venue 8 Pro). Also polished the experience of cropping images in Screen Sketch. We fixed Clock and Calendar flyout issues on the taskbar with the 24-hour time format where the agenda items would display using 12-hour format instead of the 24-hour time format and certain items would be off by 12 hours. We fixed an issue where the Clock and Calendar flyout couldn’t be dismissed by clicking on the date and time in the taskbar a second time. We updated the “set location” notification so tapping anywhere in the notification will now enable you to set a default location. We fixed an issue where certain shortcuts weren’t working in UWPs, for example CTRL + C, CTRL + V, and ALT + Space. We fixed an issue where tapping the battery icon wouldn’t open the Battery flyout when in Tablet Mode. We fixed an issue where clicking elements in the Start navigation pane might result in the Store opening instead. We fixed an issue where background audio tasks might show up in the volume controls. We added a “Clear Input History” option to the IME Settings page. We fixed an issue where doing an action on a file in a folder pinned to Quick Access after using the address bar to get there might result in File Explorer unexpectedly navigating to Quick Access. We fixed an issue resulting in Cortana crashing if you shared an avatar with Cortana from the Xbox Avatars app. We fixed an issue causing the search box on the Language Settings page to not work. The list of known issues is, thankfully, much shorter, but be sure to look through them all before upgrading, so that you're aware of any problems you may encounter: Feedback Hub is not localized and the UI will be in English (U.S.) only, even with language packs installed. Feedback Hub takes about 20-30 minutes after updating to this build to download and populate itself if launched from Start. If you launch Feedback Hub from All apps – it will force the app to hydrate. Symantec products such as Norton Antivirus and Norton Internet Security are causing PCs to bluescreen (bug check). The QQ app from Tencent crashes. We’re working on a fix for the issue. If you are using a non-English keyboard, you can’t accept Bash prompts. We are investigating an issue where if you’re running Insider Preview builds in certain languages, the All apps list on Start appears empty. A workaround for this is to use search to launch apps. We have reduced the number of instances where boxes are seen when entering emoji. You may still see them in some text fields – we’re working on it! Finally, Microsoft also highlighted one "other item of note": We have removed the Wi-Fi Sense feature that allows you to share Wi-Fi networks with your contacts and to be automatically connected to networks shared by your contacts. The cost of updating the code to keep this feature working combined with low usage and low demand made this not worth further investment. Wi-Fi Sense, if enabled, will continue to get you connected to open Wi-Fi hotspots that it knows about through crowdsourcing. Source: Windows Blog Article source
  9. Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs. This is the first build released since Build 2016, where the company announced the Windows 10 Anniversary Update coming this summer. Windows 10 is a service. As we wrote in our deep dive on how Microsoft is still building Windows 10, this means Windows Insiders are getting new builds even though the operating system launched in July 2015. First up, you can now natively run Bash in Windows. To do this, you first need to turn on Developer Mode (Settings => Update & security => For developers), search for “Windows Features,” choose “Turn Windows features on or off,” and enable Windows Subsystem for Linux (Beta). To get Bash installed, open Command Prompt and type in “bash.” Next up, Cortana has received new cross-device features for Windows and Android phones (limited to the U.S. and China, requires Cortana version 1.5): Low Battery Notifications: Cortana will now inform you of low battery power on your mobile devices: A notification will pop up on your PC so you can plug in your phone. Find my phone/Ring my phone: Ask Cortana on your PC to find your phone. The feature allows users to locate their phone from their PC through geo-location and by having Cortana ring their phone. Share map directions across devices: Tell Cortana “directions to *place*” on your PC and she’ll send those same directions to your phone. Cortana is now also easier to set up on your device. Cortana now automatically downloads the necessary speech language in your market and doesn’t require mucking through all the settings to get her going on. Microsoft has added two new Edge extensions to try: Pin It Button and OneNote Clipper. The existing three extensions have also been updated: Reddit Enhancement Suite, Mouse Gestures, and Microsoft Translator. To install an extension, click on “More” at the top right in Microsoft Edge, click “Extensions” to open the Extensions pane, and click “Get extensions.” The new universal Skype app is now available. The basic Skype functionality is available, but more features and functionality is coming in the next couple of releases (in addition to availability for mobile). The Action Center has received a few improvements: You can now manage the notification settings for individual apps (Settings => System >= Notifications & actions) by clicking or tapping on a specific app to adjust its notification settings. You can prioritize notifications in Action Center to be one of three levels (Normal, High, or Priority) and also adjust how many notifications are visible per app (default is three). If an app has more than three notifications, just click or tap to expand and see all notifications for that app. The entire set of font-based emoji in Windows 10 has been updated to align with the Microsoft Design Language. The company is claiming “a distinct visual style” that features “detailed, expressive, and playful” emoji. There are also some personalization improvements. You can now toggle between dark and light modes (Settings > Personalization > Colors). The new dark mode affects apps such as Settings, Store, Alarms & Clock, Calculator, and other universal apps that listen and respond to theme changes in the operating system. A new option also lets you show color only on app title bars in addition to the option to show color on Start, the taskbar, and Action Center. The new Connect app lets you use your Windows 10 phone with Continuum without needing a dock or Miracast adapter. You can use Miracast-enabled PCs to project to other PCs without needing a dock or Miracast adapter as well. This is an early preview of this feature, and it’s meant to be wireless-only. The virtual desktop feature has also been improved. You can now pin a window so it’s available on every desktop (launch Task View, right-click on the window you, and choose “Show this window on all desktops”). The Battery Saver settings page has been renamed as just Battery. On the Detailed Battery Use page, you can now manage the per-app background settings inline without going to a second page. But more interestingly, Managed by Windows is a new option where not only will the app stop running in the background when Battery Saver is enabled, but it will temporarily turn off apps with high battery drain that you haven’t used in a while or pinned to your Start screen till you next launch the application. There’s also a new prompt asking the user if they’d like to turn on Battery Saver when battery is at 20 percent (a feature in Windows Phone 8.1 that many wanted on both Windows 10 for PC and Windows 10 Mobile). This build also includes the following bug fixes: The issue where on some PCs with TPM chips, such as the ASUS Zenbook UX31, you may have experienced glitchy audio and jumpy movement when using the trackpad due to the “tpm-maintenance” task running constantly in the background instead of once per boot-up like it should. The issue where if you use Hyper-V and have a Virtual Switch configured for your network adapter, you might see an error indicator (red-colored X) for your network adapter in the notification area of your taskbar. The Wi-Fi flyout UI and fixed an issue where text entry into a Wi-Fi password field was noticeably top-aligned rather than centered. An issue when using multiple monitors and full-screen apps like PowerPoint or Remote Desktop would crash Windows Explorer. An issue where Cortana wasn’t showing Settings pages in the search results. The Windows Update notification for updates being installed now takes you straight to your update history. An issue where desktop (Win32) apps pinned to the Start menu would sometimes move after updating to a new build. An issue where “Update and Restart” and “Update and Shut Down” wouldn’t start an update. Microsoft is aware of five issues in this build on PC: The Visual Studio emulator for Windows 10 Mobile and HoloLens will fail with “An authentication error has occurred. The Local Security Authority cannot be contacted.” Issues with Narrator and other screen reader apps that make them unable to read selected text in the Feedback Hub, Cortana, and other apps. In Microsoft Edge, some large downloads may appear to get stuck at 99 percent completion. You can work around this issue by renaming the file in your downloads after closing Microsoft Edge. In some cases, attempting to turn on Developer Mode on may crash the Settings app. If this happens, the workaround is to use these steps here to enable Developer Mode. Some apps notifications may only show the icon — however, the full text of the notification will be visible within Action Center. Today’s update bumps the Windows 10 build number from 14295 for PC (made available to testers on March 25) to build 14316. As you can see, it’s a large update, especially for PC users. SourcE
  10. 10.0.14308.1000.rs1_release.160324-1724. Changelog: N/A, please wait, coming soon! Screenshot: N/A, please wait, coming soon! Download: Site: http://bit.ly Sharecode[?]: /w10ipgd Site: http://bit.ly Sharecode[?]: /w10ipm ESD Decrypter: Site: http://bit.ly Sharecode[?]: /esddcmr Site: http://bit.ly Sharecode[?]: /esddm RSA key: waiting ... Updating ...
  11. New Mail app version available for insiders The new builds are shipped to insiders via the store Microsoft has just announced a new update for the Mail and Calendar app on Windows 10 preview builds, delivering a new set of features that are not available yet for users on the stable OS. Specifically, Mail and Calendar now supports drag and drop in email messages, so you can easily attach files to your new mails. This is one of the most requested features in Windows 10, so it’s clearly a welcome update for everyone – note, however, that the public release will only take place at a later time. At the same time, insiders are allowed to turn off the message preview text in the message list and get rid of junk email with a simple right click thanks to the new Move to Junk option. Additionally, the calendar now enables users running Windows 10 preview builds to “let others know they’ll be late directly from meeting notifications” and print week view. Microsoft hasn’t yet provided any information as to when stable users could get the update, but it did say that the rollout should start sometime soon. “These features are made available first to participants in the Windows Insider program. If you're not a member of the Windows Insider program, you'll see these features rolled out in the next few weeks,” Redmond explained. As usual, the new updates are shipped to Windows 10 computers via the integrated store, and if the default configuration is still active, they might already be there. Article source
  12. When Microsoft started working on Windows 10 operating system and released the first testing version (also known as Insider Preview build) of Windows 10 to public, Microsoft announced that there will be no more newer versions of Windows OS like we have seen in past such as Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1. Now Windows works like a service and that's why Microsoft has named it as Windows as a Service model. Now instead of launching newer Windows versions, Microsoft will continue releasing new builds of Windows 10 regularly to public just like the company did with the recent Windows 10 November Update which was actually a new build 10586 of Windows 10. The same build is also known as Windows 10 version 1511 or Threshold 2 (TH2). Since Microsoft is willing to regularly release new builds of Windows 10 to public, the company needs testers to test the builds before releasing them to public so that Microsoft can find out bugs and issues in the builds and can fix them before providing the builds to public. Also testers can help Microsoft in adding new features to upcoming Windows 10 builds by providing suggestions and feedback. That's why Microsoft is running Windows Insiders program which is open to anyone for free of cost. Once a person joins Windows Insiders group, he can start using Windows 10 Insider Preview builds on computers without spending any money. As far as you stay on Insiders group, you'll keep receiving newer builds of Windows 10. But there are different release channels and branches of Windows 10 and people get confused between public builds and Insider Preview builds of Windows 10. That's why today in this article, we'll try to understand different flighting rings, release channels and development branches of Windows 10. Initially Microsoft provided 2 release channels (also known as flighting rings) of Windows 10 to Insiders which were as following: Fast ring Slow ring But now Microsoft has added a new channel or ring to this list which is "Release Preview" ring, so now there are 3 release channels or flighting rings of Windows 10 Insider Preview: Fast ring Slow ring Release Preview ring Now the question comes, what's the difference between these rings or release channels? Following is the official description of all 3 rings from Microsoft: Fast ring: Best for Insiders who enjoy being the first to get access to builds and feature updates, with some risk to their devices in order to identify issues, and provide suggestions and ideas to make Windows software and devices great. Slow ring: Best for Insiders who enjoy getting early access to builds and feature updates, with less risk to their devices, and still want to provide feedback to make Windows software and devices great. Release Preview ring: Best for Insiders who enjoy getting early access to updates for the Current Branch, Microsoft applications, and drivers, with minimal risk to their devices, and still want to provide feedback to make Windows devices great. If you are confused by the official description, here is the detailed description of all 3 rings in simple and easy to understand language: Fast Ring: This is the most advanced and risky ring or release channel of Windows 10 Insider Preview. If you use this ring to download and install new Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, get ready to face random issues and bugs as the builds released to this ring will be very new and less tested. Whenever Microsoft puts new features or fixes issues in Windows 10 builds, the company releases the build first to Fast ring. You are not supposed to use Windows 10 Insider Preview build downloaded from Fast ring as primary OS as it may crash and can cause issues. If you are a geek and want to test latest features of Windows 10 without waiting, you can join this ring. Slow Ring: This ring or release channel is less risky than Fast ring. When a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build is released to Fast ring and tested by Insiders for a few days or months, Microsoft releases the same build to Slow ring so you get a thoroughly tested build of Windows 10 on this ring. But again the build is a testing build, so you can still get bugs and issues on this ring. If you want to try and test new features of Windows 10 but want to take less risk and can wait for some days or months, then you can join Slow ring. Release Preview Ring: Release Preview ring or release channel is the least risky ring of Windows 10 Insider Preview. Microsoft will not release latest testing builds to this ring. Users on this ring will get the current public build but they will receive cumulative updates and newer apps in advance which will be released later to public in coming days or months. So if you want to stay on safer side but want to receive early updates and apps, you can join this ring. But don't expect latest testing builds on this ring which are delivered to Fast and Slow rings. Now when we have talked about different rings or release channels of Windows 10 Insider Preview builds, now lets understand different branches or Windows 10 development: Microsoft has divided Windows 10 development and release schedule into 2 main branches: Development Branch Current Branch Development Branch: Development branch contains the testing builds of Windows 10 which are delivered to Fast and Slow rings. These builds contain new features and improvements but might also come with bugs and issues. If you are on Fast or Slow rings, you get Windows 10 builds from Development branch. At the time of writing this article (i.e. Feb 11, 2016) the build on Development branch is build 14257 which is also known as Windows 10 Redstone build. Current Branch: Current branch contains Windows 10 build which is the latest build released to public. For example, at the moment the latest public build of Windows 10 is build 10586. So the current branch contains Windows 10 build 10586 at the moment. When Microsoft will release a new build to public, the same build will be considered the build of Current Branch. If you are on "Release Preview" ring, you are a part of Current Branch and you'll get early cumulative updates which will be later released to public. When a new update is released to the build on Current branch, the build number is incremented by decimals such as build 10586.104, etc. So now you should have no doubts or confusions about different branches and flighting rings or release channels of Windows 10: Development Branch - Fast ring and Slow ring Current Branch - Release Preview ring and Public builds If you want to test latest features of Windows 10 and are ready to get issues or bugs, you should use Fast or Slow rings to get builds from Development branch. If you want to use Windows 10 as primary OS and don't want to face issues or bugs, you can either use "Release Preview" ring of Windows 10 Insider Preview or use the publicly released build of Windows 10. Both builds will be released from Current branch. Now you might be wondering how to choose and select these different rings? Its very simple, you can change or select the flighting rings of Windows 10 using Settings app as mentioned in following steps: 1. Open Settings app from Start Menu or press WIN+I keys together to launch Settings app. 2. Now go to "Update & Security" section and click on "Advanced options" link given on "Windows Update" page. 3. Here you can select desired ring by adjusting the given slider level. You can change between Fast, Slow and Release Preview rings with the help of the slider. NOTE: Remember since the new "Release Preview" ring is a part of Current Branch, it'll not be available if you are using a newer build of Windows 10 Insider Preview downloaded from Fast or Slow rings. You can only use "Release Preview" ring option if you are using the publicly released build of Windows 10 which is build 10586 at the moment. You can download and install the latest public build of Windows 10 from Current branch using Media Creation Tool or using offline ISO files downloaded officially from Microsoft website. Article source
  13. Info: https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2016/02/03/announcing-windows-10-insider-preview-build-14257/ Bug fixes: Known issues: ESD Site: https://cloud.mail.ru Sharecode[?]: /public/EwYJ/ppNyWuVKF Site: http://uptobox.com Sharecode[?]: /users/vanhoivo/1119862/Windows%2010%20Build%2014257 Site: https://drive.google.com Sharecode[?]: /folderview?id=0B4XXU8w5zOJUcGtVRnktSmdPU0U&usp=sharing ESD Decrypter Version 15 (NEW), fix clean install bugs. Site: https://mega.nz Sharecode[?]: /#F!xw4WmabK!ir_GAACLju66DWx7TUQW3g Site: https://cloud.mail.ru Sharecode[?]: /public/xhCe/a5vsVyX3W Site: https://app.box.com Sharecode[?]: /s/qqdnfjjmzrag40kjrrd5fz0dog53b6qk Site: https://files.fm Sharecode[?]: /down.php?i=7yfu9hsh&n=esd-decrypter-wimlib-15.7z Site: http://www.mirrorcreator.com Sharecode[?]: /files/0WJGYZYZ/ Windows Insider Ninjamonkey wallpaper: Site: http://1drv.ms Sharecode[?]: /1PBcDfE https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=50823
  14. In November, we transformed Xbox One to make it the fastest and most social Xbox experience ever. We continue to evolve the Xbox experience based on your feedback and I’m excited to announce the first of a set of new features releasing in 2016. Rolling out to the Xbox One Preview audience starting today, and to Windows 10 PC & mobile Xbox Beta app members next week, are a host of updates. This month, we’re focused on continuing to improve social features to help you stay connected to the Xbox Live community across console and PC, while bringing these experiences closer together. Brand new experiences and updates which will start to rollout to Xbox One Preview: All the info can be found here -> Source
  15. It’s been a while since we’ve had any new Windows 10 preview builds, thanks to the holiday season, but Microsoft has at last pushed out a new build to the Fast ring. The software giant plans to make the Fast ring live up to its name this year with an accelerated release schedule. In the future Microsoft’s criteria for releasing builds to the Fast ring will be much closer to its criteria for releasing them to its internal rings, which means new builds are likely to be buggier and suffer other issues. Build 11099, which is available for Insiders to download now, should be relatively stable however, as Microsoft has had a while to iron out any big problems. The new build doesn’t contain any exciting new features. In fact it mostly makes structural improvements to OneCore, the core that Windows 10 shares across devices. This will, however, pave the way to greater changes down the line. Explaining the improvements, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul says: This new build fixes a known issue from the last one with the progress dialog when copying or deleting files via File Explorer now showing up as expected. As always, with Fast ring builds, there are other known issues to be aware of, and the details for those now appear in the Insider Hub. These are as follows: Log on for devices using Citrix XenDesktop may be broken. It is recommended that Insiders that use XenDesktop skip this flight by moving to the Slow ring. Applications that depend on Adobe Flash may crash upon launch. This will affect some version of Skype, QQ, WeChat, etc. This does not affect Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. With this build, defaults for some applications will be reset. Music & Video will default to Windows Media Player. This can be reconfigured opening Cortana or Search and searching for "Choose default apps by file type" to open the correct settings page. Article source
  16. "added support for OpenGL and OpenCL applications, and added MultiPoint Services" As the more consumer-centric previewers play about with their Mobile and PC Insider builds this week, Microsoft is also releasing its Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 for a more focused group of users. The new version brings some enhancements to server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, and server management and automation. Users should also see some added features come to web and application platforming, access and information protection, and virtual desktop infrastructure to name a few. Specifically, the Windows Server team is highlighting the following, as a few additions found in this release: What’s New in Nano Server. Nano Server now supports the DNS Server and IIS server roles, as well as MPIO, VMM, SCOM, DSC push mode, DCB, Windows Server Installer, and the WMI provider for Windows Update. Its Recovery Console supports editing and repairing the network configuration. A Windows PowerShell module is now available to simplify building Nano Server images. Windows Containers: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview now includes containers, which allow many isolated applications to run on one computer system. They build fast and are highly scalable and portable. Two different types of container runtime are included with the feature, each with a different degree of application isolation. Windows Server Containers achieve isolation through namespace and process isolation. Hyper-V Containers encapsulates each container in a light weight virtual machine. For some additional information on containers, see Containers: Docker, Windows and Trends. What’s new in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server Technical Preview. Active Directory Domain Services includes improvements to help organizations secure Active Directory environments and provide better identity management experiences for both corporate and personal devices. What’s New in Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2016. For the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview, the Remote Desktop Services team focused on improvements based on customer requests. We added support for OpenGL and OpenCL applications, and added MultiPoint Services as a new role in Windows Server. What’s New in Web Application Proxy in Windows Server Technical Preview. The latest version of Web Application Proxy focuses on new features that enable publishing and preauthentication for more applications and improved user experience. Check out the full list of new features that includes preauthentication for rich client apps such as Exchange ActiveSync and wildcard domains for easier publishing of SharePoint apps. The list goes on a bit longer here. As most previewers are aware of, this is a technical preview and as such, a pre-release build of the software. Items may still be missing, broken or result in less than favorable experiences. Users should keep this in mind when downloading Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4. For those interested, be sure to hit the source link for more of the details. Microsoft's Server 2016 Preview 4 can be downloaded here, while System Center 2016 Preview is available here. News source
  17. Skype messaging features are now integrated into Windows 10 by default following this week's 'November update'. Video calling and messaging features, like 1:1 messaging, calling and emoticons, are included in what Microsoft has named 'The Consumer Preview of Skype Integration for Windows 10'. The preview comes in the form of two separate apps. The first is Preview of Skype video. True to its name, the app allows you to video call Skype contacts as you'd expect. But it also carries over your Skype conversation history and is able to search your Windows 10 address book for Skype contacts. The second app is Preview for Windows 10 Messaging on PCs plus Skype. Despite the long name, the app simply offers text-based Skype messaging with emoticon support to any platform. Voice and video calls can also be initiated within this app. Preview for Windows 10 Messaging on PCs plus SkypeA useful quick reply feature allows you to respond to conversations directly in the Windows 10 pop-up notification without having to open the app. Microsoft is keen to hear feedback and feature requests from those trying out the Consumer Preview. This can be provided through the native 'Windows Feedback' app. Similar Skype integration is expected to come to Windows 10 Mobile devices starting later this year. Source: Skype Blog Article source
  18. "Apps and games should download from the Store more reliably." We’re a few days away from Microsoft’s planned Fall update for Windows 10. For most Windows 10 users, the July release and few app updates have been all they have encountered. However, Windows 10 Insiders have been privy to some newer additions to the OS over the past three and a half months. Today, the Windows team has released another Insider build. Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10586 has been pushed to the Fast Ring for avid users. As the deadline for the Fall Update looms over the horizon, it looks as though the Windows team took treated this build as fit and finish release leading up to it. There are not a lot of new features, but a nice hefty list of fixes. Here are some things we have fixed: The issue where any audio playing (like music from Groove, or videos from the Movies & TV app) gets reduced by 75% for a period of time after a notification pops up from Action Center is fixed.Pressing the power button on your Surface Pro 3 should put your Surface Pro 3 to sleep instead of shutting it down.We fixed an issue reported by Windows Insiders where a disksnapshot.exe command prompt window would flash randomly.Windows should now remember your previous login type. For example, if you log in with a PIN – it will prompt you for a PIN next time instead of another type.We fixed an issue where Tab previews in Microsoft Edge were appearing as black if the page was not scrolled to the top, and web note clippings were also appearing as black.Small form-factor devices, like the Dell Venue 8 Pro, that boot with rotation or virtual mode screen size set larger than the physical screen size should no longer experience a blue screen on upgrade.Apps and games should download from the Store more reliablyHappy downloading, Insiders! News source
  19. Microsoft's Gabe Aul said this week that the company was "working on something we've never done before" for the release of its latest Windows 10 preview builds. Today, he revealed the surprise: new builds for Mobile and PC on the same day. Earlier today, the company rolled out its latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview, build 10581, and now, it's also released build 10576 for PCs to Insiders on the Fast ring. "Not only does this build have a good set of bug fixes and fit-and-finish," Gabe said today in a post on the Windows Blog, "it also includes a few new things for you to try", as he went on to explain: By the way, it's worth mentioning that WinBeta's Zac Bowden has pointed out that the screen casting feature - which Microsoft says is new in build 10576 - was actually present in the last preview, build 10565. Source
  20. Microsoft has just rolled out a new update for Windows 10 Insider Preview (KB3103470) and the change log is as basic as can be. “This update includes improvements to enhance the functionality of Windows 10,” the change log states. This update is available via Windows Update and there are no prerequisites for installing this update. Thankfully, you do not have to restart your computer after you apply this update nor does it replace a previously released update. No further details have been made available by Microsoft. Source
  21. Early builds unbootable on PCs this week, warns Microsoft Those who downloaded many Windows 10 preview editions will have to upgrade by Thursday or face an unbootable PC. On Thursday, 11 of the past 14 preview builds will time out, Microsoft support engineer RajithR explained in a forum posting. Builds 9926 through to 10166 will go out of service if users haven't upgraded them in the meantime. "You must take action before October 15, 2015. After this date, you will need to perform a boot from media installation of Windows 10 RTM and opt-in to the Windows Insider Program to continue to get new Preview builds," the Microsoft staffer warned. "Because your Preview build has already expired, it is no longer activated. As a result, you'll be required to use the Windows 10 default product key to upgrade, and afterwards you will not be activated." That said, if you're still running a preview build you should have noticed by now - the pre-release operating system has been rebooting every three hours since the first of the month, and warning windows will have been flashing. But if experience is anything to go by, there'll still be some unused review systems sitting in the corner somewhere. There is still the vast majority of Windows users who Microsoft would also like to upgrade to its latest operating system. At last week's device day, Microsoft pronounced itself well satisfied with the latest upgrade figures but, based on what the spokespeople said, there's still a ways to go. Microsoft said that 110 million PCs are now running Windows 10 ten weeks after its launch. In addition, eight million businesses are either running or trialing the new operating system at the moment. That's a fair bump, but well under 10 per cent of Microsoft's user base. Initially you can expect Windows 7 and 8 users to move operating systems first, since it's essentially a free upgrade for the first year, but this may take longer than expected. Businesses, El Reg suspects, are going to be slower to adopt Windows 10 than Microsoft thinks. Unlike Vista, Windows 7 works perfectly well for most business needs and will do for some years yet, so there's no need to change. Microsoft can expect more upgrades from consumers, although it nearly managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by making the new operating system too free with its data for many. There was a jump in upgrades after the launch, but the data from online monitors suggest that it's tapering off a little since. What Microsoft has to crack with Windows 10 is the XP problem. About 12 per cent of Windows users are still running the outdated and unsecured operating system. Upgrading all the way to Windows 10 is going to be an arduous process for them. Source
  22. We’ve known that tab previews were coming to Microsoft Edge in an upcoming Windows Insider build. In fact, we learned about this from Joe Belfiore, who accidentally revealed the feature during the Microsoft Ignite keynote at New Zealand. In Windows 10 build 10558, which leaked onto the internet not too long ago, this new feature is available. Tab previews are easy to use and are enabled by default. Simply place your mouse cursor over a tab and you will be greeted with a small preview. How cool is that? Tab previews in Edge Other notable improvements in Windows 10 build 10558 include refinements to the Settings flyout menu in Microsoft Edge. As you can see in the two images below (the first image is of build 10558 and the second image is from build 10547), Microsoft has cleaned up the menu a tad bit. Clearing your browser history is now given a bigger font size and is hard to miss. Microsoft has also moved “show the favorites bar” to it’s own area under “View favorites settings.” In this area, you can also import favorites from another browser. These two minor improvements simply organize the menu a little bit better. Microsoft Edge — Windows 10 build 10558 Microsoft Edge — Windows 10 build 10547 Source
  23. Redmond working on several new features for Edge Microsoft Edge is about to receive some pretty exciting updates, and one of them is support for tab preview, a feature that already exists in other browsers either as default or with third-party add-ons. Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore presented the new browser at Microsoft Ignite in New Zealand, WinBeta reports, and one of the features that were demoed was the tab preview support, which is very likely to be introduced very soon together with other browser improvements. Belfiore was most likely running an unreleased version of the Edge browser or a newer build of Windows 10 that comes with updates that are not yet available to users, so this could be a sign that more improvements are in the pipeline for adopters of Microsoft’s new operating system. Extension support also coming Edge is Microsoft’s own player in the fight against Google Chrome and Firefox browser, so the company’s trying to make it at least as powerful as its rivals. The browser already comes with a new UI, a new engine, and modern features, but more improvements are needed if Microsoft really hopes to convince users of other apps to jump ship. And that’s exactly what the company is trying to do with the next few Windows 10 updates, as Microsoft already has some new features in mind for its browser. In addition to the aforementioned tab preview support, Microsoft is also working to introduce extension support in Edge, another feature that already exists in rival browsers and that could significantly boost the functionality of the app. Extension support is projected to arrive in Edge sometime in the next couple of months, and people close to the matter suggested that an update to bring this functionality could arrive either in October or in November. It’s not yet clear whether the same update could include tab preview support, but this is very likely now that we’re very close to the launch day. Source
  24. Redmond wants feedback on Windows 10 enterprise features The Windows Insider program was released in October 2014 to allow users from all over the world to install, test and send feedback on Windows 10 before the public launch of the operating system. Despite the fact that most testers were consumers, Microsoft also hoped to see enterprises join the program because, just like the previous releases, Windows 10 is very focused on this side of the market too. And now Microsoft is making some changes that would entice more enterprises to download and install insider builds. New build coming this month Starting this month, Microsoft will provide insiders with access to features that are specifically designed with the enterprise market in mind, including Microsoft Passport - a feature that allows users to log into their PCs without the need for a traditional password, but with new tech that makes it possible to get unauthorized access, as well as the new Windows Store for Business. Microsoft explains: “For the first time, enterprises can experience features like Enterprise Data Protection (EDP), which provides personal and corporate data protection wherever data flows; Microsoft Passport for enterprise which helps business workers securely login to applications, websites and networks without the need for a password; and Windows Store For Business, which delivers business customers a unified Windows app store experience including a choice of Windows store apps alongside company-owned apps, and allow IT administers to acquire apps in bulk.” The new Windows Store for Business is one of the new Windows 10 features aimed at enterprises and provides full control over the apps that are offered for download within a company. IT admins can decide what app to be available for download and get access to a web-based store portal that will come with additional tools, including options to browse the app catalog and acquire apps in bulk, which will be then offered to members of the organization. These features are likely to be part of the next Windows 10 preview build, which should be released to users sometime later this month. Source
  25. Tuesday's build 10525 warns Insiders, 'You may not use this software if you have not validly acquired a license for the software from Microsoft' With the resumption of Windows 10 builds to testers, Microsoft has told users they may not have the right to run the software and again begun marking copies with small watermarks. Microsoft released Windows 10 build 10525 to its Insiders preview participants Tuesday, restarting the early-look program after a four-week hiatus while it pushed the production code to users. During the pause, the watermark identifying the build as a preview was removed. The watermark has now returned for users who installed a Windows 10 preview. The watermark read, "Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview. Evaluation copy. Build 10525 [emphasis added]." More importantly, Microsoft has warned users that they may not be legal. "You may not use this software if you have not validly acquired a license for the software from Microsoft," stated the text that appeared when users clicked on the link marked "Read the Microsoft Software License Terms" from Settings/System/About. "If you do not have express written permission from Microsoft to access the software then you must immediately cease using the software and remove the software from your machine," the copy continued [emphasis added]. The abbreviated license's intention was similar to that of the end-user license agreement (EULA) tied to the production version. "Updating or upgrading from non-Genuine software with software from Microsoft or authorized sources does not make your original version or the updated/upgraded version Genuine, and in that situation, you do not have a license to use the software," that EULA read. In Computerworld's case, the new watermark and license text appeared on build 10525 after Windows 10 was updated Tuesday from build 10240. That copy of Windows 10 was originally installed on a virtual machine from a disk image -- or .iso file -- downloaded from Microsoft's website. The virtual machine had been newly created, and the Insider preview had been installed from scratch: In other words, it was not backed by a valid Windows 7 or 8.1 license from which an upgrade was authorized. Others have done the same. In fact, the practice had been the focus of considerable interest in June, when Microsoft took several tries to explain who of those on the preview program could continue to run Windows 10 after its July 29 launch. The final word? "Let me start by restating very clearly that Windows 10, whether you get it on 7/29 or whether you got it in a preview form through the Windows Insider Program, is intended to be installed on [a] Genuine Windows device," said Gabriel Aul, engineering general manager for Microsoft's operating system, in a June 22 blog. "Genuine" is Microsoft-speak for a legitimate, activated copy of its software. "This is not a path to attain a license for Windows XP or Windows Vista systems. If your system upgraded from a Genuine Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 license, it will remain activated, but if not, you will be required to roll back to your previous OS version or acquire a new Windows 10 license. If you do not roll back or acquire a new license the build will eventually expire," Aul added. In comments on around the same time, Aul spelled out what appeared to be a loophole, tweeting assurances that as long as testers continued to run a pre-release build linked to their Microsoft Account -- no matter how it was installed -- Windows 10 would remain activated. "This is pre-release software and is activated with a pre-release key," Aul said of the Insider previews. "Each individual build will expire after a time, but you'll continue to receive new builds, so by the time an older pre-release build expires you'll have received a new one." Computerworld's copy of build 10525 remained activated, presumably by the kind of pre-release product activation key code Aul referenced. However, activation does not legality dispense, even if there may not be a way for Microsoft to easily stop users from running an Insiders preview sans an underlying valid license. Nor may it want to: Insiders is an important part of both Microsoft's feedback loop and its external testing regimen. Once Microsoft completes an update internally, it will be seeded to Insiders, and Insiders only, who will run it for at least a month. At the end of that month, Microsoft will decide if the update is suitably stable -- and that bugs uncovered by participants have been patched -- for the much larger number of consumers tapped into the "Current Branch" distribution track. Microsoft has warned users that they must stop running Windows 10's Insider preview if they didn't upgrade from a valid license of Windows 7 or 8.1, or moved to the beta test program from a legit license obtained from Microsoft or an OEM. Source