Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14901 AKA Redstone 2 Released

Microsoft releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14901 Redstone 2 for PC to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.

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Post Anniversary Update of Windows 10 for PCs RTM Build 14393 that was released just last week, Microsoft today pushed another build of Windows 10 codenamed Redstone 2.

The Build 14901 though labeled as Redstone 2 and is exclusive to Windows Insiders Fast Ring does not bring new features as such, and it only introduces some changes to File Explorer.

The Redmond had already notified that you won't see many big noticeable changes or 'new features' just yet in builds release from Development Branch.

Instead it would come with improvements to OneCore, which is the shared "heart" of Windows across PC, tablet, phone, IoT, Hololens and Xbox.

"We're doing some code refactoring and other engineering work to make sure OneCore is optimally structured for teams to start checking in new features and improvements in a few months," the post stated.

Windows 10 Redstone 2 Build 14901 Insider Preview

The company made good on that promise, in a post today, notes that with this build they're focusing on making some structural improvements, and is focuing on improving product education for customers on features in Windows 10:

"we are testing out new notifications within File Explorer. They're designed to help customers by providing quick, easy information about things they can do or new features they can try to have a better experience with Windows 10," explains the Redmond company.

Adding, those of you want to opt out of these notifications, "you can do so by unchecking 'Show sync provider notifications' from the Options menu in the File Explorer View tab."

In additon, here are some known issues in Build 14901:

  • Support for kernel debugging over 1394 has been removed, but will be available in an upcoming kit release. A work-around will be posted to the Debugging Tools for Windows Blog shortly.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader crashes when you try to launch it.

For those not familiar with Fast Ring, it's a Microsoft Windows Insiders hub where the company pushed new builds to test.

If you want to grab this build, you'll first need to be on the Fast ring —go to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Insider Program, and set it to receive Insider builds.

As a result, these builds may include more bugs and other issues that could be slightly more painful for some people to live with. If this makes you uncomfortable,

And, to opt out of your ring to do by going to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Insider Program and moving to the Slow or Release Preview rings for more stable builds.

In additon, head of the Windows Insider Program, Dona Sarkar, amid the speculation of Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update today said that the team is currently "laser-focused" on preparing the Anniversary Update to Mobile devices, and that she thinks that they're almost ready.

"I know a lot of Insiders are wondering about Mobile.

Just like we did after the release of the Windows 10 November Update – we are starting off by releasing PC builds from our Development Branch first and then start releasing Mobile builds a few weeks after," Sarkar wrote in the post.

She further notes that customers should install Build 14393.67 (KB3176931) on your phone and send the feedback on any issues you run into via the Feedback Hub.