Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14959 is Now Available to Fast Ring Testers

Posted on November 3, 2016 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10, Windows Phones with 9 Comments

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14959 is Now Available to Fast Ring Testers

Microsoft has announced the availability of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14959 for PC and Mobile for testers on the Fast ring. This build includes Unified Update Platform on Mobile, plus display scaling improvements in Hyper-V virtual machines.

“Last week, we held an event in New York to share our aspiration to empower a new wave of creativity with the Windows 10 Creators Update,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar explains. “Windows Insiders running the latest builds have already been trying out the Creators Update [but] the new and exciting visible features you saw shown off at the event will start rolling out in builds in the coming weeks.”

In the meantime, this new build contains one major feature each for Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 for PCs.

Mobile users are getting their first peek at Unified Update Platform (UUP), which I just wrote about separately. For the user, the impact will be small, in the sense that it doesn’t change how Windows 10 Mobile works. But UUP is a big deal.

For PC users, build 14959 picks up a new zoom feature for Hyper-V virtual machines so they can display correctly on PCs with high-DPI displays. Now, you can override the default scaling and set it to 100, 125, 150 or 200 percent. Nice!

Beyond that, build 14959 picks up various fixes and improvements on PC and Mobile, though nothing really stands out. You can check out the Microsoft post for more details. Known issues are likewise minimal. On PC, third party antivirus continues to be an issue—that’s an easy fix—and IE crashes regularly. Also an easy fix.

 

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    littlejohnjt Alpha Member #417 - 4 weeks ago

    I wouldn't say the known issues are minimal. They keep you from authenticating with any MS connected app since the authentication window where you enter MSA is an IE window and it continually crashes. This includes VS 2015 and VS 15. Just my two cents on the build release.

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    lmod Alpha Member #987 - 4 weeks ago

    What is the "easy fix' for 3rd party AV?  I guess using Windows Defender could be considered an easy fix, but that is not a fix (in my opinion.)

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      Polycrastinator Alpha Member #163 - 4 weeks ago
      In reply to lmod:

      Kinda. I use third party antivirus, and my solution there has been simple: I don't use insider previews. I have a system that sometimes isn't essential, and when that's the case and I want to try insider stuff, I blow it away, and don't install third party AV until I need to move it back to the stable release.

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    Garrett Alpha Member #1361 - 4 weeks ago

    " IE crashes regularly. Also an easy fix."

    Care to elaborate?

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      richfrantz Alpha Member #2341 - 4 weeks ago
      In reply to Garrett:

      Don't use it.

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      rob_segal Alpha Member #1123 - 4 weeks ago
      In reply to Garrett:

      IE has been crashing regularly since 1995.  Must not be an easy fix.  :)

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      Narg Alpha Member #420 - 4 weeks ago
      In reply to rob_segal:

      Software crash?  You've got to be kidding :)

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      dallasnorth40 Alpha Member #437 - 4 weeks ago
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    Breaker119 Alpha Member #766 - 4 weeks ago

    Bluetooth stack on Mobile 14959 is still messed up. Band and BT Audio both a problem