Microsoft Ships the First Redstone 5 Build, Launches Windows App Previews

Posted on February 14, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Windows, Windows 10 with 21 Comments

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Microsoft is today shipping the first Windows 10 Redstone 5 to a small group of Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. The company is nearing the release of Redstone 4, which is yet to have an official name, and plans to ship the update to the public sometime in March or April of this year. Although Redstone 4 includes a handful of new features and improvements to Windows 10, Redstone 5 is expected to be the bigger update of this year.

With the release of Windows 10 build 17604, Microsoft is officially kicking off the testing of Redstone 5 with Windows Insiders. At this time, the first Redstone 5 build is only available to Windows Insiders part of Skip Ahead, which was originally available to a small group of users and isn’t open to any new Insiders at the moment. So if you were part of Skip Ahead before, you will be able to get the new Redstone 5 build without having to do anything. And if you weren’t as lucky, you’ll just have to wait for Microsoft to open up registrations again. No words on when exactly that’s happening, though.

“Starting today – Windows Insiders who opted into Skip Ahead will now start receiving new builds for RS5 which is our next Windows 10 release. These builds will come from the RS_PRERELEASE branch,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar said in a blog post.

Microsoft is also launching Windows App Previews today, a new testing program for some stock Windows 10 apps. As I reported earlier, Windows App Previews is a way for Insiders to test the latest app updates without having to be part of something like the Fast Ring where builds are usually quite buggy. Right off the bat, Windows App Previews supports Feedback Hub, Microsoft Photos, Microsoft Sticky Notes, Microsoft Tips, Paint 3D, Windows Alarms & Clock, Windows Calculator, Windows Camera, Windows Mixed Reality Viewer, and Windows Voice Recorder apps in Windows 10.

Along with the release of Windows 10 Redstone 5 build 17604, Microsoft is also releasing build 17101 to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. Both the builds include improvements to emoji design, emoji picker’s search feature for more regions, a new Ultimate Performance mode for Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, and more. Make sure to checkout the full changelog here.

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Comments (21)

21 responses to “Microsoft Ships the First Redstone 5 Build, Launches Windows App Previews”

  1. Jacob Klein

    This article is a bit confusing to me. I thought 17101 was RS4 (for Fast Not Skip Ahead), and 17604 was RS5 (for Fast Skip Ahead). Maybe we can reword things to make things clearer in the article? Thanks.

  2. robinwilson16

    It is also possible to join the skip ahead branch by changing ContentType to Skip and Ring to WIF in the registry (it will already be set to WIF if you selected to receive updates as soon as possible).

    It needs to be changed in two places:



    Then checking for updates should download the latest skip ahead build.

    This has worked for me on a few different devices.

    Of course this may make your device more unstable as any good beta tester will know!

  3. markbyrn

    How does one get to be part of the Windows Apps previews program?

  4. IanYates82

    Every time Paul or Brad said "why do we still need skip ahead?" this is what I thought... You're in the skip ahead for the next major release. 75% of the time you're on the current track train, but in the final sprint you either finish this track race or jump over to the new track.

    Frequency of builds is mostly the same (for that 75% of time) so a faster sounding speed (ludicrous) probably isn't right. I guess skip ahead isn't such a bad name

  5. PeteB

    Still not one single must have feature, still no telemetry opt out.

  6. compunut

    And I am still waiting for Redstone 3 to be released to my 2 year old HP Envy that is on the stable branch... <sigh>

  7. Tony Barrett

    Many don't care anymore. CU, FCU, RS4, RS5, Insider builds, skip ahead, slow ring, fast ring. Whatever. It's just Windows 10, and always will be just Windows 10. It will always have bugs. It will always break things - it rarely improves things. MS want people to 'love' Windows again, but this type of updating as a service actually causes the opposite problem - it's never ending, and the big updates cause more problems than they're worth, and actually sometimes completely break the PC.

    I feel for the guy in the US who's just filed a class action lawsuit to get his Windows 7 back. Another individual trying to use Windows for this work, and 10 just made everything a whole lot worse. Win7 just worked. No fuss, no fail. It just worked. When will MS listen and just give people something that works!

    • Johannes

      In reply to ghostrider:

      I completely agree with all you said. It’s just a platform(usually the best) for running your stuff. But now it is mostly just updating itself and makes it harder to use.

      Also had to completely reinstall the OS when Creators update borked everything......

      looking at Linux right now. I ca develop there using dotnet core and the OS does not bother me with stuff I dont need and just stays out of my way.

    • NT6.1

      In reply to ghostrider:

      The other day I was installing the latest security patch on Anniversary (downloaded manually from the Microsoft Catalog) and I made the mistake in let the update install with my WiFi on. I don't know how Windows Update service installed all kinds of drivers, downloaded Fall Creators and kept nagging me to upgrade when the service was set to Manual. My File Explorer thumbnail was corrupted and I just couldn't fix. I was so mad that I made a clean install of Anniversary so I wouldn't deal with any of this bullshit. Set up everything real quick and now a have a proper OS again.

      My Windows 7 desktop remains rock solid. Last time I had to clean install was 2 years ago. Windows Update on, warns me when there's new updates, I pick the security patches and everything installs with no issues.

  8. veermaharaj

    I'm still waiting to see them build a media player for the Windows Runtime that can do what Windows Media Player has been doing for over a decade... especially since they haven't done any work on Windows Media Player 12 since Windows Vista...

  9. jimchamplin

    Any other cool bits in 17101? Or is it pretty minimal? Seems like they’re in the last stages of development.

  10. feek

    "Redstone 5 is expected to be the bigger update of this year."

    I'm curious what makes you say that?