Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16291 to to the Fast Ring

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 12 Comments

Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16291 to to the Fast Ring

Microsoft tonight announced a new build for Windows Insiders on the Fast ring. Despite promises about faster build churn, it’s been almost a week since the last build.

“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,” Dona Sarkarnotes, again. “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.”

Amazingly, there is actually one new feature in build 16291: Cortana support for Resume from phones to PC.

“Cortana users can now resume articles, news from their iPhones and Android phones to PC from within the Cortana app,” Ms. Sarkar notes. “This exciting feature comes in addition to the existing features where users can sync reminders, notifications, and SMS across their devices and stay connected on the go.”

Microsoft also addressed an issue with Surface Pro 3 from the previous Fast ring build.

“If you are a Windows Insider who has a Surface Pro 3 and hit the bug causing the device to end up in an ‘unbootable’ state where the Windows OS will not load and it appears to be stuck on a ‘spinning dots’ screen – click here and read this forum post on how to get your Surface Pro 3 up and running again,” Sarkar adds.

And there are the usual fixes, and no known issues listed (though you know there are plenty).


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Comments (12)

12 responses to “Microsoft Issues Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 16291 to to the Fast Ring”

  1. m_p_w_84

    This update is feeling very long in the making for very minimal improvements

    • Win74ever

      In reply to m_p_w_84:

      I gave up on Windows 10. Made a clean install of Windows 10 Anniversary update and I'm only installing security updates from now on. Witch I'll be getting for a long time. Microsoft says Windows 10 RTM is no longer supported yet they still release security updates. I'm sure the same thing will happen to the Anniversary update. I'm tired of this Creators bullshit. Maybe I'll update in 2018 if Microsoft comes out with a decent Windows 10 update.

  2. Sailordude9980

    SMS? So does this mean I can get SMS to synch from my iPhone to pc?

    • sgbassett

      In reply to Sailordude9980: That would be quite a trick given how tightly Apple locks down their Messages app. If you are on Verizon, you can install the somewhat buggy Verizon Messages app from the Windows app store, link it to your cell number, and send and receive SMS messages from that app. I have been doing that for years.

  3. moogleassassin

    This was in the last build at least as I have been using it for past week or so...

  4. LordPhantom

    Shame the new OneDrive client is so flakey; The old new one was pretty awesome, haven't had any dramas with it. This new thing keeps duplicating my files, and downloading gigabytes of stuff that should be "on demand". Hope it improves.

  5. wright_is

    Any news on Cortana availability on Android outside the USA? I miss Cortana from my Lumia 950, I could do useful things with the voice control that Google seems to be bad at - ask it to play an Audible book or podcast and I just get random web pages thrown up at me.

  6. timwakeling

    Does anyone running these builds know whether you can now actually draw with the pen in Photoshop without just scrolling the canvas around? I installed the Insider Preview on my Surface back in July but found there was no obvious way to disable the pen scrolling, and therefore couldn't draw in Photoshop. Bit of a deal-breaker...

  7. alabamaboy

    I installed the fix since I had reimaged my SP3 twice due to the "spinning dot" problem. Well guess what. I rebooted and got a green screen:(

  8. charms55

    I managed to reinstall windows on my sp3 over the weekends before this fix was readily available. Meant reinstalling apps and undoubtedly lost files.

    Did this fix, but not without wrestling with windows smart screen blocking me running the patch. It didn't include the option to run anyways. Ended up having to go to regedit, only to find the dword for the feature was missing. Created, ran the patch, and hopefully all is well. As noted, this latest build does not include the patch.