Windows 10 Technical Preview: Update 3 (Build 9926)

This is my first post of the year after a good two month hiatus with holidays and tinkering. I have a few more posts that have been in the works that will be coming up later this week and next.

The first big news of the year happened last week on Tuesday when Microsoft finally came clean on what to expect for the consumer side of the Windows ecosystem, for desktop, tablet, and phone form factors. There is evidently supposed to have been the first update for Windows 10 Technical Preview users coming up later this week, but maybe the press got it confused since I found my laptop rebooting around 11pm yesterday which brought the laptop up from build 9879 to 9926.

It looks almost like the builds that they showcased last week, except this build is the first one to be so horribly riddled with bugs, I can’t even explore half of the new features. The Start menu is pretty much useless in the new build, and while I get what they were trying to do with the apps list on the left side of the menu, they blew away the items I had pinned in the previous build. Obviously this is alpha-stage software and things are going to have to give for big changes, I just hope they don’t take similar liberties in other areas.

According to the blog post from Microsoft that announced the new build on Friday, here is a short list of ‘known issues’ with this latest build:

  • After installing this build, you may see a boot selection menu each time you reboot your PC. This is because a bug where a second boot option is persisted to uninstall the Windows 10 Technical Preview and roll back to the previous OS installed. When you get to this screen, if you do nothing it will automatically boot to the Windows 10 Technical Preview within 30 seconds by default or you can choose it on your own. Don’t worry, this behavior is only temporary.
  • Xbox Live enabled games that require sign-in will not launch correctly. If you see the below dialog box the game requires Xbox Live sign-in. A fix for this will be distributed via WU shortly after the release of Build 9926.
  • Battery icon shows on lock screen of PCs without batteries.
  • Tiles on the Start menu show truncated app names (such as the Windows Feedback app).
  • Remote Desktop has some painting issues that result in tiled pixilation.
  • Connected Standby enabled devices like Surface Pro 3 may experience shorter than expected battery life.
  • In Cortana, reminders can’t be edited and more complex reminders might not get created. The first reminder you create in Cortana in this build might not pop up, but subsequent ones will. Completed reminders also don’t move to the History page in Cortana’s Notebook.
  • The Music app will disappear if minimized within 16 seconds of launch. Just leave it in the foreground for 20 seconds or so and it should work just fine.
  • Occasionally, the Start Menu is improperly registered and will fail to launch.
  • In-app purchase is not available for apps downloaded through the Store Beta.

My item to add to the list:

  • If you have your accent color in Windows set to black, the scroll bar for “All apps” in the new Start menu aren’t visible, so scrolling is a complete shot in the dark.
  • Either multi-monitor support is disabled, or a driver issue has cropped up to prevent extra display from being usable through my Lenovo T510’s dock starting as of this build.
  • I still get “the blue screen of unhappiness” coming out of sleep or screen-sleep for a ‘timer watchdog’ issue that claims to be dumping to disk, but never does (this is a carry over from Windows 8 that got worse in this build). it appears this might be an issue with Lenovo in general, but it’s nice to know that I’m not alone anymore with this update.
  • You can’t drag and drop tiles from the Start Menu to the desktop anymore.
  • The revamped Start menu comes in only two sizes and cannot be resized, but there is a registry edit to fix it.
  • The Windows color profiling keeps periodically changing between the default, f.lux, and my Spyder display calibration software profiles.

Either way, there was a lot of advancement even over the holidays. Hopefully the next build will add new features while maintain the current bug bar or I don’t think I could use it on a daily basis anymore. On a side note, one week from today should be the first Windows update for Windows Phone 8 devices. I really can’t wait to see what happens there.