Microsoft released the fifth Redstone build for Windows 10 for PCs today, this build being 14257. It’s also the fourth Redstone build with no new features.
As always, I do not recommend installing this build. There are no new features, so there’s risk without gain.
In case you’re new to the Insider Program, Redstone will be the next major update to Windows 10. The original codename for Windows 10 was Threshold, which ended up getting broken up into two parts: the July 29 release and the November 1511 update.
It’s likely that Redstone will be broken up into two parts as well. Note that we still haven’t seen a Redstone build for Windows 10 Mobile; however, we have seen six Threshold 2 builds.
It really speaks to Microsoft’s priorities when they had Windows 10 for PCs ready for so long and they still can’t get Windows 10 Mobile out of the gate. It also speaks to their priorities that they call it Windows 10 build 14257 instead of Windows 10 for PCs, as if it’s naturally assumed that it’s for PCs.
Anyway, here’s what got fixed in Windows 10 for PCs Insider Preview build 14257.
- The issue of periodic app crashes or other memory related app errors due to a memory management change has been resolved. If you were having issues launching the Git client for Windows, you should now be able to launch it in this build.
- The Connect button now shows up again in Action Center.
- F12 Developer Tools will now load correctly Microsoft Edge.
- We fixed an issue where suggested apps were being shown on the Start menu even though “Occasionally show suggestions in Start” was turned off under Settings > Personalization > Start.
- We fixed an issue where if you try to change the Lock screen picture with “Get fun facts, tips, tricks and more on your lock screen” turned on it will revert back to the default.
- We fixed an issue where the positions of desktop icons get jumbled up after switching DPI settings from 100% to 150% or 175%.
- We also fixed an issue where pasting files into a new .zip file (compressed folder) in File Explorer by either right-clicking or Control-V would not work. You should be able to paste tiles into new .zip files just fine now.
- If you choose “Reset This PC” under Settings > Update & Security > Recovery – your PC will be in an unusable state. There is no workaround if your PC gets into this state and you will need to reinstall Windows. This issue will be fixed in the next build. You can still rollback to the previous build if for some reason this build doesn’t work out for you. This bug also existed in Build 14251 so please avoid resetting your PC on these builds.
- You might see a WSClient.dll error dialog after logging in. We’re working on a fix for this but as a workaround, you can run the following in Command Prompt with administrative rights: schtasks /delete /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\WS\WSRefreshBannedAppsListTask” /F. This issue will be fixed in the next build.
- The front-facing camera is unusable on PCs with Intel RealSense resulting in being unable to use Windows Hello or any other apps that utilize the front-facing camera.
- After logging in to your PC, you may hit a UI issue in which Airplane Mode will incorrectly show as “on” even though your PC’s Wi-Fi is powered on. This is due to a timing issue between how the UI communicates and waits for the underlying platform to respond. The UI for Airplane Mode essentially does not wait long enough for the device’s physical radios to power on before reporting the current state. You can toggle the Airplane Mode on and off to get Airplane Mode back to showing the correct state.
Normally, I point out that the known issues aren’t very major. They really only applied to those that use the Windows 10 Insider Previews for their productions machines, which no one should be doing.
These are a bit more serious. Many people like to reset their PCs after installing a build. Now they can’t. You also won’t be able to use your front camera.
Note that while there are some serious known issues in this build, it still does the exact same thing as your Windows 10 1511 PC does, with the exception of a history dropdown menu in Edge.