Microsoft releases Windows 10 build 9926 to Insiders

Windows 10 build 9926

Microsoft has gone ahead and released a new build of Windows 10 to Windows Insiders. This new build will give those registered in Microsoft's Windows Insider program the opportunity to test out some of the new features showcased at the recent Windows event.

Currently Windows Insiders are running build 9879, but with the new build they will gain access an updated UI along with the personal digital assistant Cortana on their desktops.

Microsoft initially stated that they will be releasing a new build of Windows 10 out to Insiders sometime next week. Its great to see that the build has come out earlier than expected.

You can update your existing version of Windows (if you are running build 9879) by heading to the Settings app on your PC, selecting Update and recovery and downloading the latest 'Preview build'. You can also download Windows 10 build 9926 using the following link

Download Windows 10 build 9926

What's new in Windows 10 build 9926

Microsoft has included many of the new features announced at its Windows 10 event a few days ago like Cortana and Continuum, but the company is also taking pride in the improvements made as a result of user feedback from the Insider program. Here are a list of new user-requested improvements in Windows 10.
  • You've asked us to support more languages so we’re bringing you more languages: Japanese, Russian, German, French, French (Canada), Korean, Italian, Spanish, Spanish (Latin America), Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Finnish, Turkish, Arabic, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Thai, Vietnamese (Language Interface Pack), Catalan (Language Interface Pack), and Hindi (Language Interface Pack).
  • The new Windows Update UX in the Settings app provides a progress bar for preview build downloads which was a top request for Insiders. When you navigate away after starting the download/install, it will know that the download and install is still in progress when you return (instead of looking like a blank slate. And progress is now determinate, instead of just a spinning circle.
  • We received feedback that ALT+TAB was too jarring (everything on screen changed) and that some people found it confusingly similar to Task View. Some people wondered why Virtual Desktops were not accessible from ALT+TAB. So, we merged the previous ALT+TAB design with the Task View to produce an approach that retained the large thumbnails that people like, but with an overlay that is familiar. Now, it feels far less jarring and while it looks like it belongs to the family of Task View and Snap Assist, it retains its unique strength of being a great keyboard switcher. Finally, this change makes the work we've done with precision touchpads feel better too. Now when you quickly three finger swipe left/right, ALT+TAB feels lighter-weight.
  • We also heard that folks wanted Persian calendars support and you’ll find that in this build. The Persian calendar format will appear on your Lock screen, your taskbar clock, and on timestamps on files in File Explorer.
  • Another top request from you was to have the option to pick the default folder when opening File Explorer, and the team responded and added this feature.
  • We saw feedback from Insiders that it was hard to find how to make apps full-screen in the “hamburger-style” menu seen in previous builds so we've added a full-screen button in the title bar. We’ve also made the title bars for both desktop and modern apps title bars feel more harmonious.
  • Finally, I know that a TON of Insiders were unhappy about the bug where keyboard lights weren't working when Caps lock/Num lock/Scroll lock is toggled. I’m super happy to report that we’ve fixed that issue in this build. Thank you for being patient with us on that one.

Known issues on Windows 10 build 9926

Keep in mind that this is still a pre-release version of Windows 10, and it comes with its share of bugs and issues. Microsoft has also released a list of some of the known issues in build 9926 of the Windows 10 preview
  • 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.
  • 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.
Keep in mind that as an Insider you are helping shape up the next version of Windows, and you can submit your feedback to the Windows team through the Insider Hub app once you have updated your device.

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