Windows 10 Build 15031: dynamic lock, overlay window

Martin Brinkmann
Feb 9, 2017
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
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Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview build to the Fast Ring earlier today that brings the build number to version 15031.

The company announced recently that the next feature update for Windows 10 has reached feature complete status with Windows 10 SDK 15021.

This means that the coming weeks will mostly see bug fix releases. While you may still see changes being revealed in the coming weeks, all of those are already implemented but have not been made visible to users prior to this.

Windows 10 Build 15031 is one of those bug fix releases for the most part. While it does introduce a couple of new features, and changes to others, it is definitely a minor release when it comes to new features.

Compact Overlay Window

The new compact overlay window feature is reserved for Universal Windows Platform apps. It allows developers to enable support for the compact mode in their apps, so that users can launch it when they want to make use of it.

The mode works similar to video overlay features, for instance the one in the Opera browser. Basically, what it allows you to do is to display an app in a small overlay window on the screen that stays in that location on top of other apps or programs that you open.

So, always on top functionality combined with a compact mode for that app.

Microsoft's own apps Skype and Movies & TV will support Compact Overlay window in the future.

This can be useful at times, for instance to keep Skype open all the time and in the foreground, or to watch a movie or show in a small window while doing something else.

Dynamic Lock

windows 10 dynamic lock

We reviewed the Dynamic Lock feature of the Windows 10 Creators Update previously already. The feature is now active in Windows 10 Build 15031

Dynamic Lock is a new option that allows you to pair a Bluetooth device with the Windows 10 machine. Once done, you may enable Dynamic Lock to lock the operating system automatically whenever you are not near the PC.

The system is relatively straightforward: If the Bluetooth device is in reach, the system stays unlocked. Once it cannot be detected for a 30 second period, it is locked.

You find the new option under Settings > Account > Sign-in Options.

Other changes

Microsoft improved full screen support for the operating system's Game Bar feature. Game Bar is an overlay that you can trigger with the shortcut Windows-G. It allows you to capture a screenshot or video of the application or game, and configure other gaming related features.

The new version supports 52 additional games in full screen mode, including Civilization VI, Dishonored 2, Path of Exile, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, and GTA V.

Quite a few of the issues of previous Insider Builds were fixed in this release. Tencent apps and games don't crash anymore, select games don't crash or show black screens anymore when you try to run them, and a bug that caused Cortana's background task to use a high amount of CPU.

The list of known issues in build 15031 is considerably shorter because of this, but you will notice that more than a dozen longstanding issues have not been fixed this. Among them Developer Tools issues in Edge, games minimizing and not recovering from that, or the issue where Windows Update is seemingly stuck at initializing.

You can check out the full list of fixes and known issues on the Microsoft Windows Experience blog.

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am
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    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am
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    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm
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      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm
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    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am
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      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am
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    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am
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    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm
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      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm
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    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm
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      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm
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    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm
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    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm
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      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm
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    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:
    https://www.msi.com/news/detail/MSI-On–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm
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    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:
    https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-puts-little-blame-on-its-windows-update-after-unsupported-processor-bsod-bug/

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:
    https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/microsoft/microsoft-blames-unsupported-processor-blue-screens-on-oem-vendors/

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm
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    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm
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    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am
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    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):

    https://www.msi.com/news/detail/Updated-BIOS-fixes-Error-Message–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm
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    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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