Creators Update Build 15042 for PC and Mobile Inches Closer to RTM, Xbox One Insider Preview Build 15039 Released

Windows 10 build 15042 for PC and Mobile removes watermark and expiration date. Xbox One Insider Preview build 15039 now available in the Alpha ring.

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Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15042 released to the Windows Insiders in the Fast ring for both PC and Mobile, brings a few new features along with number of fixes.

The most notable change in the build is the removal of both the Insider Preview watermark and the expiration date —that indicates, the Creators Update is inching closer to RTM, as the final release is slated for a April release.

Among the new features in the build, is a Cortana animation in OOBE. available on PC. In this build, also a new dialog appears in the URL bar, when a Flash content gets blocked. Clicking on the puzzle icon, will allow Flash once or every time you return to the same site.

This feature is in continuation to improve the security and performance across the Web to "click-to-run Flash by default in Microsoft Edge" that was introduced in build 15002.

New URL bar diaglog for click-to-run Flash in Microsoft Edge
New URL bar diaglog for click-to-run Flash in Microsoft Edge

Microsoft has also improved reading experience with Edge including:

  • a new book icon will now be used in place of previous generic in the tab bar, when reading a locally saved EPUB book in Microsoft Edge on PC.
  • the reader will now jump to the new location in the book, when pages are switched while an EPUB book is being read aloud in Edge.
  • settings for the read aloud changed when reading an EPUB, will now be preserved for subsequently opened books in Microsoft Edge.
Cortana animation in OOBE
Cortana animation in OOBE

Microsoft has also released a new Xbox One Insider Preview build 15039 in the Alpha ring, that comes with a fix for the networking issue that prevented certain games in the build 15038 from connecting to multiplayer.

Below, you will find full changelog of Insiders Preview build of PC, Mobile and Xbox One.

What's fixed in Windows 10 for PCs build 15042:

  • You should no longer see "Initializing…" when attempting to download new builds.

  • The download progress indicator shown when downloading new builds under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update should be working as expected and it should no longer appear you are getting stuck at 0% or at other percentages.

  • We fixed the issue causing the Settings app to crash when navigating to Settings > Devices and you should be able to pair a Bluetooth device without any issue. The Bluetooth quick action from Action Center should also now work again. This issue may also have resulted in generally decreased reliability in the quick action section of the Action Center.

  • You should be able to launch the Connect UX via Action Center, Win + K, or Settings again.

  • We fixed an issue where under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update Insiders might see the text "Some Settings are managed by your organization" even though the PC wasn't being managed by an organization.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the Action Center sometimes appearing blank and transparent without color.

  • We fixed an issue where upgrading with an Xbox controller paired over Bluetooth could result in touch input not working and unexpected beeps when using the mouse.

  • We fixed an issue where items displayed in the autocomplete dropdown when filling form fields in Microsoft Edge would not insert when clicked.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in images unexpectedly being missing from certain PDFs when viewed in Microsoft Edge.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in web notifications not launching the associated website in Microsoft Edge after being clicked.

  • We fixed an issue from recent flights resulting in some downloads from Microsoft Edge unexpectedly getting stuck in the "Waiting to download" state.

  • We fixed an issue where the preview thumbnails for certain websites appeared blank as they were taken before the webpage ran its JavaScript / Ajax to fully draw its layout.

  • We fixed an issue where the calculator button on the keyboard wouldn't work if Microsoft Edge was in focus.

  • We also fixed an issue where Win + Shift + left/right arrow wouldn't work on Microsoft Edge after selecting text on the open website.

  • We fixed an issue where pressing Alt + C with text selected in Microsoft Edge didn't open the Cortana pane on recent flights.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge not being able to open the file:// protocol with the AdBlock Plus extension enabled.

  • We fixed an issue where in Microsoft Edge, if you were already on a website associated with an app, clicking a link on that website to go somewhere else on the website's domain would unexpectedly launch the associated app.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to insert words into certain text fields in Microsoft Edge when using the handwriting panel to enter text.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in the password placeholder text being unexpectedly shifted down in certain password text fields in Microsoft Edge.

  • The new Share icon is now visible in Microsoft Edge and the Windows Ink Workspace Sketchpad and Screen Sketch.

  • We fixed an issue we certain devices on recent builds where resuming from hibernation could result in a bug check.

  • We fixed an issue where sometimes a single notification toast might not pop up, only to be unexpectedly found duplicated in the Action Center.

  • We broadened our recent fix for an issue that had some PCs with older graphics chipsets seeing white or colored boxes in the place of text and some UI elements in UWP apps to cover more hardware.

  • If you right-click an app suggestion in Share, you'll now find a context menu option to turn them off.

  • We fixed an issue where ink would go under the Windows Ink protractor when inking with the highlighter.

  • We fixed an issue where the first ink stroke into the Windows Ink Workspace Sketchpad wouldn't enable the clear all button.

  • We fixed an issue where the sample ink stroke seen in the Windows Ink pen, pencil and highlighter flyout would appear to blink when the flyout was first opened.

  • We fixed an issue that could result in the new XAML scrollbar animation (as seen in Settings) becoming stuck in the transition state.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in "Microsoft Camera Front" and "Microsoft Camera Rear" unexpectedly showing up, with barcode scanner icons, as optional devices to connect to in Devices Settings on Surface Books.

  • We fixed an issue where explorer.exe might crash the first time an ISO file is double-clicked.

  • We fixed an issue from the last flight where if the gateway host name was of the form [ipv6address]::port, Remote Desktop couldn't connect to the gateway.

  • We fixed an issue where the bug check screen on high resolution displays wasn't rendering the "Frowny" part of the frowny face.

  • We fixed an issue where night light might not turn on/off automatically if the device was asleep at the time at which the night light state was scheduled to change.

  • The night light on/off animation's duration has been increased to 2 minutes – appreciate everyone who's shared feedback for this feature, keep it coming!

  • Microsoft Edge's "Inspect Element" and "View Source" options should launch correctly to the DOM Explorer and Debugger, respectively.

Known issues:

  • A small percentage of PCs may fail to update to this build due to a corrupt registry key. If your PC appears to be at the spinning dots black screen during boot for an unusual amount of time while updating to this build, hard reboot your PC and then run the following commands in an admin Command Prompt:

    reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\system\setup\upgrade\nsimigrationroot /f

  • netsh int ipv6 set locality state=disabled
  • reg delete HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Nsi\{eb004a01-9b1a-11d4-9123-0050047759bc}\28 /f
  • For more information on this issue, see this forum post.

  • While we fixed the primary bug causing this issue, some Windows Insiders may still hit nonstop exceptions in the Spectrum.exe service causing their PC 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, STOP the Spectrum.exe service and delete C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Spectrum\PersistedSpatialAnchors and reboot. For more details, see this forum post.

  • [GAMING] Some popular games might minimize to the taskbar when launched. You can click on the game on the taskbar to get the game back.

  • [GAMING] Certain hardware configurations may cause the broadcast live review window in the Game bar to flash Green while you are Broadcasting. This does not affect the quality of your broadcast and is only visible to the Broadcaster.

  • Microsoft Edge F12 tools may intermittently crash, hang, and fail to accept inputs.

  • The icon for Windows Insider Program under Settings > Update & security is shown as a square.

  • Windows Hello face authentication might not work, showing a "Camera couldn't turn on" error on the lock screen, on some Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book devices

Here's what's fixed and improved in Mobile build:

  • We fixed the issue causing the Settings app to crash when navigating to Settings > Devices and you should be able to pair a Bluetooth device without any issue. The Bluetooth quick action from Action Center should also now work again. This issue could have also resulted in decreased Flashlight quick action reliability.

  • Using Continuum to connect to a display wirelessly should also work as expected.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in screen rotation sometimes unexpectedly not working on the last Insider flight.

  • We fixed an issue where live tiles were not updating some apps such as Outlook Mail and Calendar.

  • We fixed an issue where under Settings > Update & security > Phone update Insiders might see the text "Some Settings are managed by your organization" even though the phone wasn't being managed by an organization.

  • We fixed an issue from recent flights where you couldn't paste or drag a folder from the PC to your phone

  • We fixed an issue where tapping the link for a website with an associated app would crash Microsoft Edge and not open the associated app.

  • We fixed an issue where downloads from Microsoft Edge directly to an SD card might unexpectedly use space on the local phone storage as well.

  • We fixed an issue where the keyboard might dismiss after a second when opening a new tab in Microsoft Edge and quickly starting to type.

  • We've fixed an issue that could result in your personal typing dictionary being unexpectedly deleted and having to train the keyboard from scratch.

  • We fixed an issue where, during the download of a phone update, after disconnecting then reconnecting to Wi-Fi due to low reception you might get an error saying the download needs a better connection to continue, despite currently being connected to a good Wi-Fi connection.

  • We've improved the video playback experience when using Continuum for phone wirelessly over Miracast.

Known issues:

  • Speech packs will be unable to download on this build.
  • Adding a new card / paying with an existing card will not work in Microsoft Wallet.
  • The icon for Windows Insider Program under Settings > Update & security is shown as a square.

The new Xbox One Insider Preview build 15039.1004, string rs2_release_xbox_1703.170221-1900 comes in at 451MB—here is the changelog:

New feature:

  • Network Icon in Guide

  • Your connection status from Settings > Network is now represented in the Guide. To view the status of your network, press the Xbox button to launch the Guide and note the network icon in the upper right corner. The network icon will display your wireless connection strength or your wired connection. If you're offline, the network icon will indicate you are not connected to a network.

List of fixes:

  • Networking

  • Fixed an issue which caused certain games to fail to connect to multiplayer (Destiny, Rocket League, Trove, Lies of Astaroth, …).

  • Upload Studio

  • Fixed an issue which caused Upload Studio to crash to Home on launch.

  • Audio

  • Fixed an issue which caused no audio output from the console.

  • Movies & TV

  • Resolved an issue with the media remote which caused the play and pause buttons to be unresponsive.

Known issues:

  • Launching Games & Apps

    When launching a game or app installed on the console which you do not own, a system message is displayed which has a "See in store" button. Selecting the "See in store" button will cause the console to crash.

    Workaround: Perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).

  • Audio

  • When switching between apps, there may rarely be an audible "pop".

  • Notifications

  • Some users may not receive certain types of notifications.

  • Game Clips

  • After capturing a game clip, the game clip fails to automatically post to the Activity Feed (if your profile is configured to do so).

    Workaround: Manually view game clips in Profile > Captures > Manage captures and post to the Activity Feed.

  • Sign-In

  • The console may fail to automatically sign in a profile with automatic sign-in enabled.

  • My Games & Apps

  • An app named "Developer Education" may appear in My Games & Apps. When launching this app no content will be displayed. This app is intended for development use and is not accessible on standard Xbox One consoles. The app will be removed from My Games & Apps in a future system update.

  • Cortana

    • Cortana may take a long time to respond when activated while playing certain games.

    • Scheduled Cortana reminders will not provide a notification if the user who created the reminder is signed in, but not the current active user.

    • Using voice dictation sometimes causes the virtual keyboard to become unresponsive.

  • EA Access

  • The EA Access app may indicate you are not an EA Access subscriber when you are. This does not affect your ability to download or play games from the Vault, or receive discounts on EA titles.

  • Screen Dimming

  • The screen may dim after a short amount of time while viewing videos in certain apps (Hulu Plus).

  • Settings - Ease of Access

  • When enabling the Mono output setting in Ease of Access - Audio, Settings becomes unresponsive, crashes, and fails to launch on subsequent attempts.
  • Workaround: To launch Settings, perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).

  • Settings - Display & sound

  • The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.

  • Wireless Display

  • The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.

Update 02/28: A new Xbox Insider Preview in the Alpha ring build 15045.1000, or rs2_release_xbox_1703.170224-1901 bring the following:

Here's what got fixed:

  • System Update

  • In Energy-Saving mode, system updates should now download and apply when shutting down if "Keep my console up to date" is enabled.
  • Audio

  • Fixed an issue which caused an audible "pop" when switching between apps.
  • Launching Games & Apps

  • Fixed and issue which caused the console to crash when selecting the "See in store" button after launching an unowned title.
  • Games & Apps

  • The "Developer Education" app should no longer appear in Games & Apps.
  • Twitch

  • Fixed an issue which could cause the console to crash and restart after resuming Twitch from connected standby.
  • Sign-In

  • Resolved an issue which prevented the console from automatically signing in a profile with automatic sign-in enabled.

Known issues:

  • Xbox Accessories

    • The Xbox Accessories app Device Details page may appear blank.

    • Workaround: Update the device firmware, and view Device Details on a console not enrolled in Preview.
    • Copilot does not function at this time. You can disable Copilot from the power menu (hold the Xbox button on the controller) if desired.

  • Cortana

    • If Cortana was enabled prior to entering connected standby, you may encounter an error when resuming from connected standby.

    • Cortana may take a long time to respond when activated while playing certain games.

    • Scheduled Cortana reminders will not provide a notification if the user who created the reminder is signed in, but not the current active user.

    • Using voice dictation sometimes causes the virtual keyboard to become unresponsive.

  • Notifications

  • Some users may not receive certain types of notifications.
  • Game Clips

  • After capturing a game clip, the game clip fails to automatically post to the Activity Feed (if your profile is configured to do so).
  • Workaround: Manually view game clips in Profile > Captures > Manage captures and post to the Activity Feed.
  • EA Access

  • The EA Access app may indicate you are not an EA Access subscriber when you are. This does not affect your ability to download or play games from the Vault, or receive discounts on EA titles.
  • Screen Dimming

  • The screen may dim after a short amount of time while viewing videos in certain apps (Hulu Plus).
  • Settings - Ease of Access

  • When enabling the Mono output setting in Ease of Access - Audio, Settings becomes unresponsive, crashes, and fails to launch on subsequent attempts.
  • Workaround: To launch Settings, perform a hard reset (hold down the button on the front of the console for five seconds until it fully powers down, then power it back on).
  • Settings - Display & sound

  • The Audio output page is under construction and some of the new settings are not yet functional. New support is planned for Dolby Atmos for home theater, Dolby Atmos for headphones, and more in upcoming builds. An announcement will be made when these new features are ready to try out; enabling these settings now will have no effect.
  • Wireless Display

  • The Wireless Display app fails to launch and immediately crashes to Home.