Microsoft Delivers Another Near-Final Build of the Fall Creators Update

Posted on September 2, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 8 Comments

Microsoft Delivers Another Near-Final Build of the Fall Creators Update

Windows Insiders on the Fast ring received build 16281 last night. It’s the third build in a week and like the previous several builds it focuses solely on quality and doesn’t add any new features.

“As we mentioned in last week, we are now at the point of the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where our focus is now on stabilization for release to the world,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar reiterates. “This means that we are releasing new builds to Insiders more quickly and that these builds will include mostly bug fixes. You’ll notice that this build continues to include a bunch of good bug fixes Insiders will enjoy.”

Here’s Microsoft’s list of fixes.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Train Simulator 2017 failing to launch on recent flights.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in not being able to tab into an open PDF in Microsoft Edge after interacting with the any of the Microsoft Edge window elements using [a] mouse.
  • We fixed an issue where the Windows Defender Security Center app icon was missing in taskbar when the app was open, as well in Start’s all apps list. You will also notice that the icon is now un-plated in the taskbar.
  • We’ve made some adjustments to address an issue resulting in sudden and brief CPU spikes where you couldn’t move your mouse. If you’ve encountered this, please try it in this new build and let us know if your experience has improved.
  • We fixed an issue where minimized app windows on mixed-DPI monitor setups might end up drawing offscreen after your PC resumed from sleep.
  • We fixed an issue where if you changed your display language preference to something other than the machine’s default then [sic] any app which did not take an update while also getting the updated language resource package from the Store would end up continuing to display its tile in Start in that default language rather than the new language displayed within the app and other system UI.

There is no corresponding list of known issues, which is irresponsible and, I think, a way for Microsoft to hide the fact that the initial shipping version the Fall Creators Update will ship with a laundry list of problems that will be fixed, silently or not, later.

 

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10 responses to “Microsoft Delivers Another Near-Final Build of the Fall Creators Update”

  1. SvenJ

    So you think that the Fall Creators Update should ship with no issues at all? It would never ship. That build is going to be some arbitrary build that is to the point of being as stable and bug free as it can be. Nothing to be gained by acknowledging it won't be perfect. If 99+% of people will never see some of the still known issues, why point them out? They're bashing the ones that matter, have high instances or potential for discovery.

    • Falex

      In reply to SvenJ:

      > That build is going to be ... as stable and bug free as it can be.


      Who decides whether it's sufficiently bug-level acceptable before installing on user's computer - Microsoft or user?

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to SvenJ:

      Nobody said about not shipping it. Just that it would - as you pointed out - be shipped with known issues.


      Paul is disappointed that nobody will know what they are. An irresponsible move on MS’ part.

    • YouWereWarned

      In reply to SvenJ:

      Since it seems this entire "major update" is mostly bug fixes, I vote for NO update...just keep pushing patches. I do not need new features, I only want clean code.

      This request is based upon wasting 3 days watching a patches-only reinstall of the OS self destruct. No added apps, no data, no use of the apps. The updates ALONE broke it. So they need to slow the hell down and try to salvage their reputation. I can play with VR some other day...

  2. Siv

    I for one would like them to spend the next period after this release getting a) all the known bugs fixed, b) get all the control panel items into settings and working fully as they did in control panel, c) if they must implement this new transparency crap, get it implemented everywhere so that at least we finally have a build that actually looks as polished as the old pre Windows 10 and 8 releases were. I know even they were not fully polished but they were much better than each of the releases I have seen since 10 was released.


    I would much rather have performance and reliabilty improvements over shiny new features. I think this may be a US thing, Americans think they must always add new stuff and end up bloating everything. In Europe we tend to prefer performance improvements and reliability.


    I remember when the likes of McAfee, Norton AV and Adobe Reader were slim programs that used very little disk space and resources and over time there seems to be an urge to add more and more features that the vast majority of users will never want or use and the net result is a bloated piece of crap that you can't use.


    I stopped using McAfee and Norton because they became so overbloated and slow and went to ThreatTrack VIPRE as it was lightweight had just the core features I wanted and did a good job, likewise Foxit Reader as a replacememt for Adobe Reader and in both these cases they are both going the same way.


    Foxit Reader used to be a 16mb install its now at 51.8MB and full of stupid features that I do not want. All I want it to do is open PDF files and view them and perhaps allow me to copy text from them and print them. Now it's full of cloud reading rubbish and all sorts of doo-dads that I doubt many users who originally downloaded it ever wanted.


    Please Microsoft, make it run faster, make its interface consistent and where possible make it use less resources. When you have done that poll users about new features and if very few want it either don't add it, or make it an optional add-on that you can enable through programs & features.

  3. YouWereWarned

    "...this build continues to include a bunch of good bug fixes Insiders will enjoy.”


    The Bad Bugs are being saved for later? Insiders normally don't like bug fixes?


    I now understand why software no longer comes with documentation -- nobody in the building can write.

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