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Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 10041, the first since January, with upgrades galore

Mark Hachman | March 20, 2015
Upgrades include simplifying the virtual desktop process, improving image management features, and squashing a mess o'bugs.

With Build 10041, Microsoft will start placing tips and tricks on the Start screen, as well as continue the varied nature imagery it taps Bing to provide.

Inside the build itself, Microsoft will begin showing you how good of a beta tester you really are: how many missions (tasks) you've completed, how often you've responded to requests for feedback, how much feedback you've submitted, and the number of up-votes your feedback has received. There will even be opportunities for prizes, Microsoft says.

Transparent Start menu
Microsoft also made a few tweaks to the Start menu, allowing you to pin frequently used apps to the Start menu. The Start menu is now semi-transparent, coming more in line with the Windows 10 for phones experience.

Squashing some old bugs, finding new ones
It's not a beta without bugs. In Build 10041, Microsoft listed a number of major bugs it fixed:

  • In 9926 there were several issues which prevented Start from launching; these should all be fixed.
  • The search box now works if you have taskbar on the top/side of your screen.
  • After installing the last build (9926), you may have seen a boot selection menu when you rebooted your PC. Microsoft has fixed this, and you should no longer see the boot selection menu, unless you're intentionally dual-booting.
  • Microsoft received feedback that people were seeing persistent grey thumbnails in the Collection view in the Photos app on Build 9926, and fixed that.

There some bugs that the new build introduces, as well:

  • The username and password boxes may not appear or don't accept input when logging in, which will prevent users from logging in. Microsoft said that workarounds include clicking the "Switch User" button, using Ctrl+Alt+Del, or pressing the power button on your PC to sleep/resume and try again.
  • It is possible to manually lock your PC during the initial out-of-box experience. If you do this, you will have to hard reboot your PC and restart the OOBE experience. So don't do it!
  • In this build, the Mail, Calendar, and People apps may be broken due to a licensing issue with the Store Beta. A fix is available here, in the "known issues" section.
  • Some apps in the Store won't work due to licensing issues.

 

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