Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14946 for PC and Mobile to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring bringing a number of new features.
First up, Microsoft is getting misconfigured PCs receiving update with a server-side change that put these PCs in the Slow ring.
Because, some Windows Insiders running pre-release builds have not opted into Insider Preview builds by having selected a valid ring or some miscofigured state aren’t getting updates. So, going forward, if you installed a Development Branch including from an ISO “will be put into the Slow ring,” Donna Sarkar explained.
Further, according to some documentation, Redstone 2 will be version 1703, when it releases in March of 2017.
And, those who have previously opted to receiving builds, now don’t have a registered Microsoft account attached to your device, and you see a “Fix me” button in your Windows Insider Program settings page, “will now be placed in the Release Preview ring.”
Should you need to opt-out of getting Development branch builds, you can go to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Insider Program, and opt-out there. And, to move to Fast ring, a Windows Insider registered Microsoft Account must be attached to the PC.
For enterprises running Insider Preview builds, can manage this via these Group Policies, check this document for more information.
You can now customize your precision touchpad experience on PC by going into Settings -> Devices -> Touchpad -> Other gestures.
For Insiders and (and power users) a new Advanced Gestures Configuration page is added as well, and can also be accessed via a link at the bottom of Touchpad settings page.
The new advanced gesture configuration settings page include options like hooking gestures up for next/previous song, creating/deleting virtual desktops, or snapping windows.
In addition Touchpad settings now updated to include reference diagrams to remind you of what to expect when you swipe with three or four fingers in a particular direction.
Continuum for Phone, now let you turn off whichever screen you are not using and offer tou battery saving and preventing screen burn-in. You can also set longer or shorter timeout values independently for the phone and connected screen. The new settings can be found under Settings -> Personalization -> Lock screen.
For example, when working on a Word document, your phone screen will sleep without any impact on Continuum.
Wi-Fi settings page for PC and Mobile are now more similar across Windows devices. Now, when you go to Settings -> Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi on your PC, then turn Wi-Fi off, you can select a time under “Turn Wi-Fi back on” to have it turn on automatically after the amount of time you choose. It’s set to Manually by default in this build.
And, to turn on Wi-Fi, you can choose a time under Turn Wi-Fi back on to have it turn on automatically after the amount of time you choose.
On Mobile, Wi-Fi (legacy) screen is moved to the new Wi-Fi settings screen.
On Mobile, a second candidate shows your originally typed word, to help you prevent autocorrection. Just tap on that candidate, will prevent autocorrection, and the system will learn your vocabulary and get smarter over time.
On mobile, you can now remove a bad word from user dictionary. Just tap on the word to remove in the text box, and a candidate with a “-” sign before it appear. Tapping on that candidate will remove the word completely from user dictionary.
The frequency of automatic backups of Mobile is changed to once a week. You can however, initiate a backup manually by clicking the “Back up now” button. You can do this via Settings -> Update & security -> Backup and clicking the “More options” link at the bottom.
Lastly, text prediction is updated to more languages.
Here’s the complete changelog (verbatim):
Other improvements and fixes for PC
- Optional components such as Hyper-V and Bash should remain installed after updating to this build.
We have fixed the issue where signing into games that use Xbox Live would not work. You should be able to sign-in to Xbox Live in games in this build.
We fixed the issue causing Microsoft Edge to sometimes crash on launch, or when you type in address bar or try to open a new tab. You no longer need to run the PowerShell script.
We fixed the issue causing touch scrolling to be too sensitive in Windows 10 apps, such as Microsoft Edge.
We fixed an issue where Explorer.exe would hang when attempting to open considerably large .MOV files.
We fixed an issue that could result in the network icon occasionally getting into a state where a red X would display in the taskbar despite an active internet connection, until the device had been restarted.
We fixed an issue where if the device’s brightness was automatically adjusted after being woken from sleep, the brightness level shown in the Action Center’s Brightness Quick Action might not reflect the current brightness of the device.
We fixed an issue leading to Narrator not tracking focus on the Start Menu All apps list or tiles.
We fixed an issue potentially resulting in the “Open with…” dialog displaying with two entries for Calculator after tapping the Calculator key on a keyboard or running the Calculator app.
Other improvements and fixes for Mobile
- We fixed the issue causing you to get into a state where text messages will fail to send.
When your phone is connected to your PC, long lists of captured photos will now load significantly faster in File Explorer.
We’ve updated Narrator’s reading order for Windows 10 apps which display an app bar on the bottom of the app, for example OneDrive, so now the contents of the page will be read before the contents of the app bar
We fixed an issue resulting in video thumbnails sometimes not being shown in WhatsApp – videos received from this build onwards will display a thumbnail.
We fixed an issue resulting in Camera app video recordings having a slight crackle to their audio in recent builds.
Known issues for PC
- If you have 3rd party antivirus products such as Bitdefender, Kaspersky Antivirus, F-Secure Antivirus and Malwarebytes installed on your PC – your PC might not be able to complete the update to this build and roll-back to the previous build.
Larger Windows Store games such as ReCore, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct and Rise of the Tomb Raider may fail to launch.
[ADDED] PCs that are capable of Connected Standby such as the Surface Book and Surface Pro 4 may bugcheck (bluescreen) while in Connected Standby.