Windows 10 - A short "Whats new.. " on build 10041

Oostdam logo Windows 10Upgrading towards a newer release on a Windows 10 Technical Preview can be difficult sometimes. Still, as I think this is one of Microsoft's best operating systems ever made and it's still getting better and better as the releases are going better and better, following each other up in a continuous delivery way that I have never seen before from a large company like Microsoft is. This new OS is going to give Microsoft it's boost for the next decade as it will become the single platform form device all over the world, from phone, laptop. personal computer, towards large screens, game consoles and other devices. Mark my word for it!

It has been a while since Microsoft released a new build version, but finally they did this weekend. I must say that not a whole lot of large changes has been released, but as a Windows 10 enthusiast I will describe most of the new things in this article for you. (New from build 9926 towards this 10041 version.) A you tube video of upgrading towards this version will be published later today. Have fun reading this article and if you like to give some feedback or want something explained further more, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will write an extra article on the topic in a couple of hours time. 

So lets start with the logon screen, immediately after upgrading I saw the difference. My Live-account icon, that you see on logged-on websites etcetera, is now directly on the screen and other live-accounts are displayed in the bottom-left corner. You have my mail-address for feedback now as well.
Windows 10 logon screen - Oostdam.Info

This looks nice,
not longer a
square, but round, and is better on tablet mode, or when Continuum is active on your device. Simply more touch friendly and easier to use.

Once you are logged-on, a few changes in the start-menu are very clear. The background has become a little transparent Lets take a look at the most important changes here.
Windows 10 - build 10041 - Oostdam.Info - changes in Start-menu

The power button, that was directly near your live-account name is flexible and moves with the width of tiles section of the start-menu, next to the full-size scale icon. Also the group naming of the tiles, which was originally only possible in the full tablet mode, is now available in the start-menu, and that's a good thing. Visually it is clearly not finished, and we seem to be able to use 50 characters but it is stuck on typing them, and I cannot change it anymore. Well it is a preview of course and I'm part of the Fast insiders ring, so who cares,... but don't try this @home.

Lets talk about Cortana now, as that still is one of my favorite new features in Windows 10.
Windows 10 - Cortana Settings - Oostdam.Info
The settings are better reachable now, also in tablet mode. The 3 small lines are a pretty way to point to the settings (replacing the old icon ), especially in tablet mode.  As of this build 10041, Cortana is also available and working on desktops in France, UK, Germany, SpainNew Cortana settings -  and Italy, among with some other small improvements. Name pronouncing is excellect, I tried a lot of them, and notice that Cortana is still learning every day, just like we do. You might want to spent a little extra time on the voice respond to Cortana, It's better responding when you want Cotana to something up for you by voice alerting.

My installed preview versions of Office 2016 from the Beta store, where not working. After a short lookup in the beta store, they (re)installed very fast, so I guess only the shortcut or reference was missing here. They still don't start, but hey, who cares, I have office 365 and that works fine online and I didn't want to try to install it locally, as I often refresh the systems and fool around with versions. he, he,..  I was just fooling you,.. the workaround is written in this article. So, that makes sense right?  In case you didn't now, now you know where the licenses of Store Apps are located.  
Windows 10 - We all have bad days - Oostdam.Info

Now talking about the store,.. 
a new error message came to my attention that I did not see before. 
It's rather funny, and not often showing luckily, so I did take
a small picture of it to share with you all. 

After refreshing a breef moment later everything turned up fine again,
but it shows a little humor of the Beta Store developers,
and I always appreciate that.

a couple of new icons are present in this build version.
Windows 10 - New Icon sets in every release - Oostdam.InfoSlowly and almost unnoticed, Microsoft is
changing the icon
set for Windows 10 in almost very build. You might want to take a look at them manually by opening C:\Windows\System32\imageres.dll where they are stored, but the old shell32.dll and moricons.dll are still available if you like them more.  I expect them to change a little more in the next months, but where almost done on the changes there.

Another known issue in this build is that the communications of some of the most used Windows apps to your live-account are broken. indows 10 - broken mail calendar & people app - Oostdam.InfoIt is displayed as in this picture and can be a little difficult to fix, as this is also a BetaStore licensing-issue, just like the preview office apps.

This can be fixed in the following way, but personal testing of myself, learned that it doesn't work all the time.

  • Open powershell as administrator
  • Run the command Get-appxprovisionedpackage –online | where-object {$_.packagename –like “*windowscommunicationsapps*”} | remove-appxprovisionedpackage –online (ComException error possible)
  • Re-install Mail, People and Calendar from the normal Green Tiled Store.

This may lead to an error code: 0x80073cff as these are originally default installed apps, and I must admit I'm still working on a solution if that occurs. Contact me if you have one and I place it here, so we can all benefit from that. Funny is, that Microsoft unintentionally reveals here how the new company app store works, namely with the pre-dot name before the app group. It made me re-publish an app this morning, just to pre-reserve my company name.

There is more in this new build, but perhaps it's better to wait for a more "Slow Insider ring release" for the most people. There still quit a lot thing to fix in this build for non-experienced users. The new wireless network fly-out function in the notification bar isn't stable and fast enough on discovering networks in my tests, although I believe it will be a great feature. The "Did you know" lines on the lock screens are rather worthless, surely for people who are joining the Insiders program. Looking at the feedback that has been given the last few days, there's still a lot of complaining about the PhotoApp as well. It contains a couple of slight improvements, but its still one of the first things I would de-install. Well, w'll see what a RTM build will bring on that in the near future. In the meantime, a
s usual, all the new items, list of things fixed etcetera are displayed from within the Insider Hub which is present in the tiles of the start-menu by default. You might want to take a look at them.
A few tips at the end of this article, of which I already received questions last week.

  1. If you want to use the normal Store instead of the Beta Store, just click on a (system)file and hit "Open with". There will be no default app attached, so the option "Show apps" is displayed. Clicking on that will re-direct you to the general "normal" green Store. That's the difficult possibility. The easy one is to type "Store" in the start-menu, and you will see the green store app.
  2. Changing the transparency of the start-menu can be done by changing the registry. Normal setting is greyed-out now, and will be available in later versions through a right-click on the taskbar. properties, Start-Menu and the "Customize" button. It contains 2 new features, that why it isn't public available now. Even not for insiders. 
    Sorry Stanislav,..

So,...  the 10041 release came a bit unexpected, but it is always nice to see how this operating system continuous to develop in a positive way. Don't forget to mail or tweet me any article suggestions. We are here to help you on all kind of Windows 10 questions etcetera. Have a nice day and......

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Ben Oostdam picture - afbeeldingBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Started shortly with Windows NT 4, worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior System Engineer for a High Quality service organization in the Netherlands.

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