Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15042 to the Fast Ring

Posted on February 24, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 15 Comments

Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15042 to the Fast Ring

It’s been quite a wait between builds, but the new Windows 10 Insider Preview build is finally here. Build 15042 is now available on PC for Fast ring testers.

The last build was over two weeks ago: Microsoft shipped build 15031 to Fast ring testers on February 8.

This one comes with a major caveat—it’s available only for 64-bit installs, which is OK since most are 64-bit these days—and it has a few new features, go figure. UPDATE: Microsoft now says that “PCs running 32-bit (x86) versions of Windows 10 Insider Preview builds should be able to receive this build just fine! We fixed the bug.” –Paul

New features include:

Cortana improvements in OOBE. Because so many “love animations,” the Cortana persona that appears in the Setup OOBE has been updated in this build.

Edge click-to-run Flash improvements. Microsoft added click-to-run Flash to its Edge web browser back in build 15002. In this build, this feature comes with a new address bar icon that triggers a dialog that makes it much more obvious that Flash is being blocked.

Edge reading experience improvements. As you probably know, Edge now offers a neat reading experience for both web pages and e-books. And in this build, that reading experience is being updated. When you are reading a local e-book (EPUB format), a book icon will appear in the browser tab, instead of a generic icon. The experience moves along with you to new pages when you’re using Edge to read it aloud. And your read aloud settings will now be preserved for future readings.

Many more improvements. As part of its community-driven Bug Bash efforts, Microsoft has also provided a humongous list of other minor improvements and fixes based on feedback. You can see the full list on the Windows Blogs.

There are also a few minor known issues. Again, the original blog post can help there.

 

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Comments (15)

15 responses to “Microsoft Delivers Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15042 to the Fast Ring”

  1. Rick Munoz

    And is Dynamic Lock (Windows Goodbye) still there?

  2. dallasnorth40

    This one fixes a ton of bugs that were bedeviling my Surface Pro 4. Especially switching from desktop to tablet mode and using the Notification Center. Nice! I couldn't be happier!

  3. VancouverNinja

    Holy smokes!


    Paul time to benchmark Edge against Chrome. Edge is crazy fast on my system after this update.


    Really digging this update.

  4. mesposito2

    The update fails for me on the HP Spectre X360. Reverts back to 15031.


    Kudos to MS for protecting the current build while upgrading.

  5. will

    They have removed the build watermark...we are getting very close to launch! Maybe 15050?

  6. Chris

    Just thought I'd mention (for the few of us that still use Windows 10 Mobile), that 15043 has also been released.


    Currently downloading both 15042, and 15043.

  7. jimchamplin

    After the first reboot, UWP apps wouldn't launch. Logging out and back in gave an Explorer.exe error which simply said, "Hard Error." No explanation. Restarting put the system in a hang, where the dots for "Restarting..." just spun and spun and I had to power the machine off manually.

    After restart everything seems fine, but if you see these problems, just cycle the power and it seems that'll be okay.

    • SimJeff

      In reply to jimchamplin: noticed this in the previous build as well in one system, also some auto starting programs didn't start, right click options seemed to stop working randomly. few days and a few reboots, settled down to no "obvious" issues with how I use that system.


  8. Waethorn

    "Cortana improvements in OOBE. Because so many “love animations,” the Cortana persona that appears in the Setup OOBE has been updated in this build."


    So did they finally get rid of the OOBE screen that asks you if you want to enable Cortana (but it doesn't actually disable it)?