Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16288

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 23 Comments

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16288

Dull to the noise coming from Cupertino this week, Microsoft released another near-final release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring last night. Build 16288 contains no new features, of course, but it does come with a laundry list of fixes.

“As we mentioned previously, 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 reiterated. “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.”

Not sure about the “more quickly” part—we haven’t actually seen a new build since September 2, or 10 days before this most recent release. But whatever, the rules haven’t really changed: Lots of fixes. No new features. And no fricking clue about what issues remain.

One thing that will raise some eyebrows, however, is that the desktop watermark is finally gone. This always indicates that the product is just about finished. Or as Ms. Sarkar puts it, not finished.

“On Build 16288, you will notice that the watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop has disappeared,” she writes. “You will also see that the OS now reports as ‘Version 1709’ which is the official version number for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release. However, this is NOT the final build as we’re not done yet. We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release. So we will have more builds to release to Windows Insiders between now and then. And the desktop watermark may re-appear in these builds.”

Microsoft lists a long list of fixes to the shell, input, Microsoft Edge, gaming, devices, and more in its own blog post. You can check that out if you’re bored.


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Comments (23)

23 responses to “Microsoft Releases Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16288”

  1. jclarytx3

    Won't install. MS sez fixed, but not working here.

    "An update is being prepared for your device, but it's not quite ready yet. We'll keep trying or you can try again now." on my SP3

  2. navarac

    Pity Microsoft still has a problem; it will still not download after all these hours (1230 13 Sep GMT) ! It doesn't bode well for RTM at the moment

    • warren

      In reply to navarac:

      RTM is more than a month away. A hiccup with one Inside Preview build isn't an indication of anything.

      • navarac

        In reply to warren:

        More than a hiccup, IMO.

          • navarac

            In reply to jimchamplin:

            Sorry to disagree, but failure to install with error codes 24 hours after release, is more than a hiccup in this stage of the Fall Creators cycle.

            • jimchamplin

              In reply to navarac:

              It’s one flight out of dozens, the issue was identified and corrected, and now the bits flow freely once again. Yeah. Not so big a deal. While Windows Update has it’s share of issues, this one seems fairly minor.

              If the shipping update blows up in their face, then that means they didn’t learn from this. Then it’s a real issue.

              They likely attempted something that didn’t work, some option to try a new delivery system and it failed. We’re Insiders for a reason, and should expect the unexpected. If the possibility of the software being less than shipping quality bothers you, then being part of a live prerelease program may not be for you.

  3. johnlavey

    Surprisingly, or maybe not, but the new Windows Insider remains unavailable.....for at least the last 18 hours. This message was posted at ON MSFT regarding the fix.

    9/12/13 9:22 PM PT Update: Microsoft has revealed that a fix for this issue has been dispatched. Each of today’s build variants will go live as it finishes publishing, and an estimated time of launch for the variants is about 2 hours. or 10:30 PM PT Microsoft time.

  4. edboyhan

    Bugs? You want bugs?

    When I worked for MS during the XP release wave at the beginning of this century, the gold copies were made with thousands of known bugs. A triage process had been applied to decide which bug fixes would be included in the release. The remainder would be deferred to SP1 (or perhaps a fix rollup earlier if necessary). A few large customers always threw a monkey wrench into the release process -- they were early adopters with tens of thousands of seats, and they could (and did) insist that a bug or two were absolutely critical, and had to be part of the release. After release the MS support team would monitor problems at individual enterprise customers, and provide them with fixes as needed. There generally were no widely distributed bug fixes until SP1.

    The current constant cadence approach is IMO better, and more democratic, but you can be sure there will be known bugs in the Fall Creators Update when it releases in mid-October. They will be whittled down via patch Tuesday (and occasional inter month updates for particularly nasty issues).

    • hrlngrv

      In reply to edboyhan:

      Re large customers and their bargaining power, as either LBJ or Sam Rayburn used to say, when you've got 'em by the balls, their hearts and minds will follow.

    • jimchamplin

      In reply to edboyhan:

      Think it's a pretty good change that they still operate the same way, and the reason we're seeing all these releases with tons of fixes but no notice as to what remains is that they're in triage mode?