Microsoft released Windows 10 Build 14986 to the Insider Preview Fast Ring. The new build introduces a massive number of new features, improvements and changes.
First, a word of warning. Since this is a preview build, there are things that may not work properly. It is recommended to run these preview builds on non-production machines. If you have important data on a system, make sure you back up the data before you install the new version.
You can check for the new version manually to pick it up early. Simply press Ctrl-I to open the Settings app, switch to Update & Security, and click on the check for updates button there to start the process.
Note: Microsoft pushes its own USB Audio 2 Class Driver in this build instead of an installed third-party driver. This is done to test the driver and sort out issues. You may install the third-party driver manually on top of the default driver using this method.
You can read Microsoft's blog post on the Windows Experience site for a full run down on what is new and changed.
This article gives you a quick overview of the changes:
Windows 10 Build 14986 ships with a big list of fixes on top of that. It would go too far to list them all here, as they are already in bullet point format on the Microsoft site.
The one that I'm most excited about is a fix that resolved Windows Hello being stuck in "looking for you" with nothing happening (I use Hello on my Surface Pro 4). Windows Hello improvements may require you to "improve recognition". This is done under Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Windows Hello and Face Recognition.
Surprisingly, the warning that Windows 10 may not work properly with third-party antivirus solutions is gone.
Now You: What's your take on the new build?
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