Surprise! In a sign that we are fast nearing the eventful arrival of the RTM version of the Fall Creators Update, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 16294 to Insiders enrolled in the Fast ring of the program.
This, after announcing in the Windows Insider webcast that no new builds were planned.
Build 16294 arrives more or less a day after build 16291 made its way out the Redmond gates. And while it does not bring anything notable in terms of new features, or even major improvements, it does polish things up a bit in a few areas.
A fairly minor build, this new version is mainly focused on fixing the boot and install issues that have been plaguing some Surface Pro 3 users lately.
There still are some changes that you will want to take note of, however:
- This build has the fix for the bug that was causing some Surface Pro 3 devices to end up in a “unbootable” state where the Windows OS will not load and it appears to be stuck on a “spinning dots” screen. After installing this build, Surface Pro 3 devices should no longer get into this state. If you have a Surface Pro 3 in a bad state – follow the instructions on this forum post to get back up and running.
- We fixed an issue on Dutch builds where explorer could go into a crash loop if an app-requested downloads notification popped up from OneDrive.
- We fixed an issue where expand.exe couldn’t expand CABs that contained Japanese characters in the file name.
- We fixed a race condition that could result in window content being transparent (but showing the window frame) or stale after unlocking your desktop.
- We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders seeing error 0x800B010C when attempting to upgrade to the last few flights.
But on the whole, this is a standard affair that this final phase before the launch of a major refresh to the operating system is all about.
Bug fixes, polishes, performance improvements.