Microsoft pushed out a new Windows 10 Insider Build today, bringing the latest version of the development version to version 15014.
The company published a blog post on the Windows Experience Blog that highlights major changes, and issues that users may experience.
As always, the features listed here will likely be part of the Windows 10 Creators Update. This is the next major feature upgrade of Windows 10 that Microsoft plans to release to all users in April 2017.
Note though that things may change during development.
Windows 10 Build 15014
Note: The download indicator is not working correctly right now. It may appear as if you are stuck at 0% while downloading this new build. This is not the case, and you can check the performance monitor or even the Task Manager to see that there is activity. Microsoft suggests that you wait patiently, as the update will be downloaded and installed just fine.
Windows 10 Ebook Store
The big new feature of the build is the release of the ebook store in Windows Store. This is only available to users from the United States currently, and Edge is being used to read the ebooks.
Microsoft Edge has a new Hub entry called Books Library which lists all purchased ebooks. Edge can open PDF documents, books purchased via the Store, and EPUB file format documents.
The reader interface offers some customization options but it is far from what professional e-readers offer.
Free up space automatically
Microsoft added a new option to the operating system’s Storage settings menu that allows you to enable the automatic removal of temporary files and items.
The feature takes files of the recycle bin into account only right now, and will delete those that have been in there for at least 30 days.
The option is off by default, and needs to be enabled by the user.
This is obviously not as good as using a program like CCleaner, or even the built-in Disk Cleanup tool, to free up space on the operating system. Microsoft could obviously improve the feature in the future, for instance by deleting the main temporary files folder as well automatically.
The following list highlights other changes that Microsoft announced:
- Cortana — Lighter shade for Cortana’s search box and bigger text in notifications for Cortana.
- Mail app — The Mail app is pinned to the taskbar in the Creators Update. You may see it pinned to your taskbar after the upgrade.
- Personalization — You can now pick your own custom accent color on PCs. You may use the color picker for that, or enter a value as RGB, HSV or HEX directly.
- Power slider — This is an experiment currently, and only available on some devices. You may see the new Power Slider menu, but it is just the UI in this build, the functionality is not there yet.
- Wi-Fi — Some Wi-Fi settings that were displayed in multiple menus have been merged into one. You find Wi-Fi Sense and Paid Wi-Fi Services under Wi-Fi Services now in the settings under Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi.
Plus, lots of fixes for issues of earlier builds (too many to list).
List of known issues
Make sure you read the list of known issues before you start the upgrade. It is still huge, even though many were fixed in this particular build.
- After updating to this build, nonstop exceptions in the Spectrum.exe service may occur causing PCs 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, you can delete C:ProgramDataMicrosoftSpectrumPersistedSpatialAnchors and reboot.
- During the installation of this build, Insiders may experience a storport.sys bugcheck (GSOD) causing them to rollback to the previous build. There is currently no workaround.
- On some PCs, audio stops working sporadically with ‘device in use’ error”. We are investigating. Restarting the audio service may fix things for a bit.
- Under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update you might see the text “Some Settings are managed by your organization” even though your PC isn’t being managed by an organization. This is a bug caused by an updated flight configuration setting for Insider Preview builds and does not mean your PC is being managed by anyone.
- The Netflix app may crash on launch. Try again and it should work.
- Quicken 2017 will fail to run with an error stating .NET 4.6.1 is not installed. For Insiders familiar with Registry Editor, there is an optional workaround. Take ownership of the following registry keys and edit the “version” value to be 4.6.XXXXX instead of 4.7.XXXXX:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWOW6432NodeMicrosoftNET Framework SetupNDPv4Client
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREWOW6432NodeMicrosoftNET Framework SetupNDPv4Full
- Some Tencent apps and games may crash or work correctly on this build.
- Connecting an Xbox 360 or Xbox One Controller to your PC running this build will cause the DWM to crash resulting in your display flickering and/or appearing blank or black.
- The game DOT2 will fail to launch an d pop up the message “Unable to start game” followed by error window.
- When using Microsoft Edge with Narrator, you may hear “no item in view” or silence while tabbing or using other navigation commands. You can use Alt + Tab when this happens to move focus away from and back to the Edge browser. Narrator will then read as expected.
- Taskbar preview icons are unexpectedly small on high-DPI devices.
- Windows Insiders will unexpectedly see a “Holographic” entry on the main page of Settings.
- When clicking on certain elements in desktop (Win32) games, the game minimizes and cannot be restored.
- Dragging apps from the all apps list to pin on Start’s tile grid won’t work. For now, please right-click on the desired app in order to pin it.
- Some websites in Microsoft Edge may unexpectedly show “We can’t reach this page”. If you encounter this, please try accessing the site from an InPrivate tab.
- On certain hardware types, the Netflix app crashes when starting a movie.
- Saying “Hey Cortana, play <item> on <AppName>” doesn’t work immediately after installing the app. Wait 5 minutes for indexing to begin and try again.
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