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Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14936: fixes and known issues for PCs

Today, Microsoft announced the rollout of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14936, the latest release from the Redstone 2 Development Branch. The new build is available for both PCs and phones in the Fast ring.

As ever, there are some fixes, and some issues to be aware of.

First up, here's what Microsoft has fixed in the new build for PCs:

  • We fixed the issue causing Narrator to continually speak the progress of a song e.g. update with the current time of the progress bar every second if you navigate to the progress bar while a song is playing in Groove Music.
  • We fixed the issue where using the tab key to navigate the Settings app wouldn’t work.
  • We fixed an issue resulting in Explorer.exe frequently crashing for some Insiders, particularly for those with multiple network switches.

And here are the known issues for PC users to consider before installing the new build:

  • Optional components may not work after upgrading to this build. To get it working again, go to “Turn Windows features on or off”, scroll down and check the right optional component and click ok. After a reboot, the optional component will be enabled again.
  • Tencent apps and games will cause your PC to bugcheck (bluescreen).
  • Running sfc /scannow in an elevated command prompt will fail at 20% with the error “could not perform the requested operation.”

Microsoft also highlighted a couple of other points affecting Insiders, starting with "authentication changes affecting connectivity to NAS devices and home file servers". Microsoft's Dona Sarkar explained:

After updating to the latest Insider Preview builds, you may have noticed that shared devices on your home network have disappeared from your home network folder. You may have also noticed your mapped network drives are not available. If you change your network to “private” or “enterprise”, it should start working again. For more information on this behavior change, see this Microsoft Security Bulletin.

And Dona added a further note related to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) updates:

WSL will install Ubuntu version 16.04 (Xenial) instead of Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty) in an upcoming release. This change will apply to Insiders installing new instances (lxrun.exe /install or first run of bash.exe). Existing instances with Trusty will not be upgraded automatically. Users can upgrade their Trusty image to Xenial using the do-release-upgrade command. Full WSL release notes can be found here.

If you're okay with all those fixes, known issues and other bits, then you should be okay to install build 14936 on your PC. If you're not, then it may be best for you to switch to the Slow or Release Preview rings for now - and remember, it's best to avoid installing these less stable Fast ring builds on your main PC.

Source: Windows Blog

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