Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs, the second build of 2016. The release adds a new Microsoft Edge feature and fixes a slew of bugs.
Windows 10 is a service. As we wrote in our deep dive on how Microsoft is still building Windows 10, this means Windows Insiders are getting new builds even though the operating system launched in July 2015.
The only new feature in this build is a quick history menu in Microsoft Edge. In short, you can now right-click on the back and forward buttons in the browser to quickly see your recently visited websites for the current tab.
This build has a few known issues, and gamers should pay particular attention to the first one:
- Some PC games will crash switching from windowed mode to full screen, upon game resolution change, or upon launch due to a bug in Windows graphics stack. This happens for The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, and Metal Gear Solid V but may occur for other titles as well.
- Applications such as Narrator, Magnifier, and third-party assistive technologies may experience intermittent issues or crashes. If you rely on screen readers or other software, you should not use this build. This issue will be fixed with the next build.
- You might see a WSClient.dll error dialog after logging in. A fix is coming, and the current workaround is to run the following in Command Prompt with administrative rights: schtasks /delete /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\WS\WSRefreshBannedAppsListTask” /F.
- While attempting to update to this build, your PC may show a message that your wireless card is not compatible with Windows 10. The workaround is to visit the support page for your PC or wireless card and install the latest driver.
- The Connect button does not show up in Action Center.
Today’s update bumps the Windows 10 build number from 11099, made available to testers on January 13, to build 11102. The update should arrive overnight for testers (your PC has to be plugged in, and be on or sleeping). If you’re OK with the above known issues and want to get build 11102 now, head to PC Settings, select “Update and recovery,” then “Preview builds,” and click the “Check Now” button.
Microsoft promised to release new builds to testers more frequently in 2016, and so far it is delivering: two builds in just over a week.