New Preview builds of Windows 10 are nor bringing a long list of new features these day anymore, however the operating system gets more stable and reliable with very new build number Microsoft is releasing. On the 25th of March build 14295 has been released for subscribers of the fast ring and shortly after this announcement the company has then made this build available for the slow ring on the 30th of March. Today you can finally download this build as an ISO so that you can do a clean installation with the latest Insider Build available.
As always Gabriel Aul had released a list of fixes and known issues which came with this build. Here is a refresher for you so that you know what you have to expect if you are planning to to download the ISO:
- We fixed the issue that was causing PCs to freeze when plugging in an Xbox One or Xbox 360 controller and other gamepads.
- We fixed an issue where Microsoft Edge would refresh the tab if you pressed caps lock in a password field.
- We fixed an issue preventing the Xbox app and other Xbox Live enabled apps and games from signing in.
- We have fixed the driver bug that prevents Kaspersky Anti-Virus, Internet Security, or the Kaspersky Total Security Suite installed from working as expected in builds from the Development Branch.
- We are aware of issues with Narrator and other screen reader apps being unable to read the menu options in the Feedback Hub, as well as issues with Narrator not reading selected text in the Feedback Hub, Cortana, and other apps. We’re working diligently to fix these bugs as soon as possible and apologize to Insiders impacted by this.
- If you use Hyper-V and have a Virtual Switch configured for your network adapter, you may see an error indicator (red-colored “X”) for your network adapter in the notification area of your taskbar. The error indicator is incorrect and your network adapter should continue to work just fine.
- On some PCs with TPM chips, such as the ASUS Zenbook UX31, you may experience 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. As a temporary workaround, you can disable the tpm-maintenance task in Task Scheduler (under \microsoft\windows\tpm).
- PCs that use Windows Hello or a PIN to sign-in to the device will launch the Microsoft Passport service. When this happens, there is an issue in this build where Bluetooth will then repeatedly scan for devices. This causes a few issues on the PC including reduced battery life, audio glitches, responsiveness issues with Bluetooth keyboards and mice, a decrease in Wi-Fi throughput on Wi-Fi/Bluetooth combo chipsets, and a decrease in throughput for Bluetooth file transfers. As a workaround, you can disable the Microsoft Passport (NgcSvc) service by opening an elevated Command Prompt, run “reg add HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\NgcSvc /v Start /t REG_DWORD /d 0x4 /f” and then reboot. However, you will not be able to use Windows Hello or a PIN to sign-in to your device. The service will be re-enabled again when you update to the next build.
- After upgrading to this build from Build 14291, attempting to connect to a Miracast receiver the connection will fail. The workaround to get out of this state is to go to this registry key “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\SharedAccess\
Parameters” and select “StandaloneDhcpAddress” and change the value from “192.168.173.1” to “192.168.137.1” (value type is REG_SZ). Then retry the connection to the Miracast receiver.
- We are seeing reports of some apps such as QQ crashing. We are currently investigating, and this bug may also impact older apps such as Windows Live Mail and Expression Encoder 4.
That is quite a list of known issues, though I can tell you that this build is running pretty solid if your are doing a clean installation with it. I have doen a clean installation with the ESD files from Windows Update on my main PC and I am pretty happy with it. So the question is how you can get this ISO file, here are some instructions to make things a little bit easier:
1. Head over to the Windows Insider ISO Download section
2. Sign up for the Windows Insider Program, if you haven’t already.
3. Read the system requirements.
4. Click one of the Download links on this page to download a special file—it’s called an ISO file—that you can use to install the preview.
5. When the download is complete, transfer the ISO file to installation media such as a USB flash drive or DVD.
6. Boot your PC from the installation media, and then follow the steps to perform a clean install.
Be aware that you will not be able to use an Insider Preview build if you ave not used a genuine version of Windows 10 before. Joining the Windows Insider Program will not bring you a free copy of Windows 10, but a few searches with Bing should bring you to the right sites to buy a Windows 10 key for about $20.
Feel free to drop me a comment below with your concerns and questions on this topy. Stay tuned for more Microsoft related news in the future.
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