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Old Windows 10 Insider Preview Build Expire Today, Preview Build 14926 for PC and Mobile Released

Windows 10 Redstone 2 Insider Preview Build 14926 for PCs and Mobile in the Fast Ring available now as on 09/14.

It’s the first new build from the Development Branch since 14915 was released two weeks ago.

In addition to features, among other bits came a warning about expiration for Windows Insider Preview builds. “Just as we’ve always done with pre-release versions of Windows, Insider Preview builds have expiration dates,” stated Dona Sarkar.

Starting September 15th, those still running older Insider Preview build (presumably build 1511 or earlier) will start see an expiration notifications once a day, said Sarkar.

With that said, you must update to latest Insider Ring build before October 1st, elese begining Oct 1st, your PC will start rebooting every 3 hours and then on Oct 15th, your PC will stop booting all together, Sarrkar noted.

It’s recommended to update to latest Insider Preview build 14926 –—head over to Settings -> Update & security -> Windows Update. Build 14926 expires on May 1st, 2017.

However, PCs running Anniversary Update Build 14393 in either Slow or Release Preview rings – “are not affected, as this imitation does not apply to you.”

On top of other new features & fixes, soon after updating, users of Windows Mobile have begun complaining their device no more recognizing SIM card, while some people are unable to enter their PIN.

Windows Insider Preview Build 14926 Expiration date

Microsoft has since acknowledged the problem, meanwhile you can use the workaround to get around—follow these steps:

  • Press and hold the Volume down and Power buttons at the same time until you feel a vibration (about 10-15 seconds).
  • When you feel the vibration, release the buttons, and then immediately press and hold the Volume down button until you see a large exclamation mark.
  • Once the exclamation mark appears, press the following four buttons in this order: Volume up, Volume down, Power, Volume down. Your phone should now reset and restart itself. (It might take a while for the reset to finish.).

Here’s what’s new in build 14926:

First among others, Microsoft added an experimental “Snooze” on a tab in Edge, letting you set a Cortana reminder that show up as a notification and in Action Center for the websites still open in your tabs.

Another interesting bits, a new updated Wi-Fi settings page for Mobile to match how it works on PCs is rolled out as well. Since, mobile team still porting over functionality to it, you can fallback (if needed) to “Wi-Fi (legacy)” settings page to access any missing functionality, team noted.

New Wi-Fi settings page can be accessed via Settings -> Network & wireless -> Wi-Fi.

In addition, you can now connect to WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) networks on your phone as well.

Windows 10 Mobile build 14926 - new wi-fi settings page

Starting with 14926, installer will check for uninstalled apps on your PC, and will honor and will preserve that state once update completes. Simply, apps you’ve uninstalled will not get reinstalled after you update to newer build going forward.

Making pin login easier: Ever tried to enter your pin, only to discover the numbers you’ve been typing are nowhere to be seen because Num Lock was off? We’re happy to announce that that will no longer happen!

Also, going forward, regardless of Num Lock state, “numbers will input, when you type in pin password field.

In additon, two new extensions ‘TamperMonkey”, and “Microsoft Personal Shopping Assistan” are added in Microsoft Edge.

“Where TamperMonkey is a popular userscript manager allow you customize content of pages across the web. Shopping Assistant is a smart shopping cart across the web.”

Additonally, you can now export favorites from Microsoft Edge to an HTML file. Just click “More” icon at top right (the three dots), choose “Settings”, then “View favorites settings” and you’ll see new option.

Below you will complete changelog of other improvements /fixes, known issues (verbatim):

for PC

  • We fixed the issue causing Adobe Acrobat Reader to crash when you try to launch it.
  • We fixed the issue causing the Settings app to crash when navigating to Settings > Personalization.
  • We fixed an issue where Windows icons and text are not rendered correctly on some devices with Intel Atom (Clovertrail) processors.
  • We’ve improved scaling for full screen games where the aspect ratio doesn’t match the native display resolution, for example, when playing Counter Strike: Global Offensive using a 4:3 stretched resolution.
  • We fixed the issue where some people would experience a bugcheck (bluescreen) after plugging/unplugging certain types of Kindles such as the Paperwhite and Voyage.
  • This build improves the performance on websites with changes to large numbers of HTML Elements containing text by improving spellchecker efficiency. This results in substantially improved performance on websites like TweetDeck.
  • We have addressed the largest cause of reliability issues in Microsoft Edge running on Insider Preview builds. This should improve reliability on major websites such as Facebook and Outlook.com.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in certain links (for example, Facebook) displaying a default favicon in the Microsoft Edge Tab, rather than the logo intended by the website.
  • We fixed an issue where the Wi-Fi icon in the taskbar might show full bars when connected to a Wi-Fi network with low signal.
  • We have fixed the issue which prevented the wireless network adapter in Surface Pro 1 and Surface Pro 2 devices from working. This also fixes the issue with the Xbox Wireless Adapter for Windows not working. and other wireless network adapters from third-parties such as D-Link.
  • We fixed an issue where File Explorer’s “Open Command window here” context menu option was opening set to the C:\Windows\System32 path, rather than the desired directory.
  • We fixed an issue potentially resulting in the taskbar no longer auto-hiding when a full screen window has focus (for example, when watching videos, gaming, or when using Remote Desktop). Note: If there’s an app that is asking for attention, it’s by design that the taskbar won’t hide (so you can see that there’s something trying to notify you).

for Mobile

  • We fixed a scaling issue on devices such as the Lumia 635, 636, or 638 where the bottom of certain apps, like Messaging and Maps, would get cut off and rendered off screen.
  • We heard you and we have addressed the largest cause of reliability issues in Microsoft Edge running on Insider Preview builds. This should improve reliability on major websites such as Facebook and Outlook.com.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the sound of key presses and lock/unlock being barely audible when the phone was using a moderate volume.
  • We fixed an issue where, if Quiet Hours had been turned on, banner notifications might not start appearing again until Action Center was opened or an interactive notification popped up and was dismissed.
  • We fixed an issue where Cortana would crash when trying to open Reminders page.
  • We have improved the reliability of VPN Settings page via Settings > Network & wireless > VPN.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in the thumbnail for portrait videos displaying with an incorrect aspect ratio in the Photos app when panning through the Camera Roll.

Known issues for PC

  • While using Narrator and Groove Music, if you navigate to the progress bar while a song is playing then Narrator will continually speak the progress of the song e.g. update with the current time of the progress bar every second. The result is you will be unable to listen to the song or hear any other control you navigate to.
  • You may experience a black screen when signing out and switching to another user account and will be unable to log in to that account. A reboot of your PC should allow you to log in to that account.
  • Oracle VM VirtualBox will crash on launch after upgrading to this build.
  • Optional components may not work after upgrading to this build. To get it working again, go to “Turn Windows features on or off”, scroll down and check the right optional component and click ok. After a reboot, the optional component will be enabled again.
  • UPDATED: After updating to this build, built-in Windows 10 apps such as Calculator, Alarms & Clock, and Voice Recorder may not work. To get these apps working again, go to the Store and re-download/install them.
  • For keyboard users, using tab to navigate the Settings app will not work in this build. The arrow keys should work as a temporary workaround.

Known issues for Mobile

  • Some devices such as the Lumia 650 will fail to install this build with Error 0x80188308. We are currently investigating this issue.
  • Action Center no longer closes if you swipe up on the empty space (area of Action Center that doesn’t show any notifications).
  • Using your phone as a mobile hotspot will work the first time but subsequent attempts to use the feature will result in the inability to enable the hotspot until the phone is rebooted.
  • ADDED: We are investigating small set of isolated reports that after upgrading to Build 14926, the pin pad is no longer visible to unlock the phone even after rebooting the phone. If you have hit this issue, you can follow the steps here for resetting an unresponsive phone (hard reset) which gets your phone back into a working state on Build 14926.
  • ADDED: We are also investigating reports that after upgrading to Build 14926, some phones lose the ability to use their SIM card. A hard reset also fixes this issue as well, wrties windows team.

Update: an unannounced “Windows Anywhere” feature is also discovered. As seen in the pic, “Windows Anywhere” apparently found under the “Sync Your Settings.”

Windows Anywhere discovered in Windows 10 Build 14926

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