Microsoft releases January build of Windows 10 ahead of schedule

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As we all know microsoft has announced new consumer features of windows 10 their latest OS recently. And a build with those features was expected to hit Windows insiders. Now the build is out. 
The latest build is 9926. Altough this build will have the features announced wednesday you may not be able to see some features. Those features will come in later builds. 
Microsoft is pushing build 9926 to all slow ring and fast ring users simultaneously. 

Getting started:

  • If you haven’t yet signed up for the Windows Insider program, start here.
  • If you’re currently configured for the Fast or Slow rings, the build is available now.
  • Just like last time, this new build will come to you automatically via Windows Update, installed during your maintenance window if your PC is plugged in and on or sleeping.
  • If you don’t want to wait for it to download and install on its own – you can go to PC Settings, Update and recovery, Preview builds and click the Check Now button to go get it now.
  • This is a full build, and it will be installed as an in-place upgrade, so you’ll go through those colorful “installing your apps” screens again. This is because your account is being re-provisioned after the upgrade.
With build microsoft further converges the preview build distribution with windows update and settings app.introduces a different way for configuring how you receive new builds (whether you’re on the Slow ring or Fast ring) as a Windows Insider.
To configure the way you receive builds from us in Build 9926, open the Settings app and go to Update & recovery > Windows Update > Advanced options. You’ll notice that there is not a separate “Check Now” button here. This is because the button to check for WU updates now also checks for new builds.

Here’s what’s new:

Cortana on the desktop
New Start menu
New Settings app
New Settings app in Windows 10.
Connect to wireless audio and video
New Photos and Maps apps
Windows Store Beta
Xbox app
Some known problems:
Here is a list of a few issues with Build 9926. As with the last builds, microsoft may release updates to fix some of the most prevalent issues and others may be fixed in subsequent builds.
  • After installing this build, you may see a boot selection menu each time you reboot your PC. This is because a bug where a second boot option is persisted to uninstall the Windows 10 Technical Preview and roll back to the previous OS installed. When you get to this screen, if you do nothing it will automatically boot to the Windows 10 Technical Preview within 30 seconds by default or you can choose it on your own. Don’t worry, this behavior is only temporary.
  • Xbox Live enabled games that require sign-in will not launch correctly. If you see the below dialog box the game requires Xbox Live sign-in. A fix for this will be distributed via WU shortly after the release of Build 9926.
Error on Xbox Live enabled games.
  • Battery icon shows on lock screen of PCs without batteries.
  • Tiles on the Start menu show truncated app names (such as the Windows Feedback app).
  • Remote Desktop has some painting issues that result in tiled pixelation.
  • Connected Standby enabled devices like Surface Pro 3 may experience shorter than expected battery life.
  • In Cortana, reminders can’t be edited and more complex reminders might not get created. The first reminder you create in Cortana in this build might not pop up, but subsequent ones will. Completed reminders also don’t move to the History page in Cortana’s Notebook.
  • The Music app will disappear if minimized within 16 seconds of launch. Just leave it in the foreground for 20 seconds or so and it should work just fine.
  • Occasionally, the Start Menu is improperly registered and will fail to launch. 

We will be updating you soon with whats new in this build in depth. 

Source: Windows Blog

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