Windows 10 Technical Preview 2: Build 10041 Heads to ISO, Slow Ring Testers

Posted on March 25, 2015 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 0


The latest build of Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 has apparently hit the expected quality bar and, as a result, is now available as in ISO download form. Additionally, build 10041 is now heading out to Slow Ring testers, those Windows Insiders who choose to only receive the most stable builds possible.

Windows 10 build 10041 was originally released a week ago, on March 18. By that time, testers’ nerves were getting frayed by Microsoft’s inexplicably slow release schedule, despite previous promises to speed things up. And while the build is pretty stable overall—yes, your mileage can vary—it also disappointingly didn’t offer anything new compared to the leaked builds eager testers were happily installing already.

In Windows 10 Technical Preview 2: How to Install Build 10041, I explained that this latest TP2 build was originally only available to Fast Ring testers—which Windows Insiders must opt into—and then only as an in-place upgrade from the previous TP2 build, 9926, which dates back to January. Technical users had figured out how to turn the downloaded upgrade files into bootable ISOs, but I never wrote that up because it only worked for clean installs (no upgrades) and because I knew the official ISOs were on the way.

And sure enough, they’re here now.

You can download Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 build 10041—which Microsoft also calls the Windows 10 Technical Preview March Update for some reason (they really need to get over the monthly naming scheme, given their plan to ship 1-2 builds per month going forward—in ISO form from the Windows web site. There are versions in both 32-bit and 64-bit and in a wide variety of languages. If you’re from the United States you’ll want one of the following:

Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 (64-bit/x64) – Build 10041 (3.4 GB)
Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 (32-bit/x86) – Build 10041 (2.53 GB)

And if you’re testing Windows 10 on the Slow Ring, check Windows Update today: This build is available as an upgrade via Windows Update, just as it was for Fast Ring testers last week.

I eagerly await the Windows 10 Technical Preview March Update 2.0: The Quickening. Or whatever they call it.