Preview build 14946 released for Windows 10 and Windows 10 Mobile

By: Ivan Jenic
4 minute read

Microsoft just released a new build for Windows 10 Preview and Windows 10 Mobile Preview. The new build is labeled 14946 and is available to all Insiders on the Fast Ring.

Build 14946 brings a handful of system improvements and a few new features, so we can finally say that we have a legitimate Redstone 2 build. Each previous Redstone 2 build included some improvement but build 14946 is the most feature-rich build so far. Of course, the Redstone 2 update is still in its early development phase, so we expect even more additions in future releases.

When it comes to content, this build’s main highlight is improved touchpad gestures customization. Users now have the ability to set up what three and four finger gestures do. Gestures can activate Cortana, switch between apps, open the Action Center, play/pause playback, and more. Read more about improved touchpad gestures here.

Microsoft continues to bring improvements to Windows 10’s Settings app, on both PC and Mobile. This time, the new build improves the Wi-Fi settings page, as users can now set up a timer to have it turned on automatically.

The new build also brings some handy improvements to Mobile, more precisely in its typing experience. Starting with Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 14946, it is easier for users to use auto-correct when typing.

To download build 14946, just head over to the Settings app > Updates & security and check for updates. Once again, you’ll only receive this build if you’re on the Fast Ring.

Windows 10 Preview build 14946 improvements and issues

As always, Microsoft released the list of known issues and other improvements in build 14946. While the list of improvements for both versions of the system is long, Microsoft reported just one known issue for Mobile and One for PC.

Here’s what’s improved for PC in Windows 10 Preview build 14946:

  • Optional components such as Hyper-V and Bash should remain installed after updating to this build.

  • We have fixed the issue where signing into games that use Xbox Live would not work. You should be able to sign-in to Xbox Live in games in this build.

  • We fixed the issue causing Microsoft Edge to sometimes crash on launch, or when you type in address bar or try to open a new tab. You no longer need to run the PowerShell script.

  • We fixed the issue causing touch scrolling to be too sensitive in Windows 10 apps, such as Microsoft Edge.

  • We fixed an issue where Explorer.exe would hang when attempting to open considerably large .MOV files.

  • We fixed an issue that could result in the network icon occasionally getting into a state where a red X would display in the taskbar despite an active internet connection, until the device had been restarted.

  • We fixed an issue where if the device’s brightness was automatically adjusted after being woken from sleep, the brightness level shown in the Action Center’s Brightness Quick Action might not reflect the current brightness of the device.

  • We fixed an issue leading to Narrator not tracking focus on the Start Menu All apps list or tiles.

  • We fixed an issue potentially resulting in the “Open with…” dialog displaying with two entries for Calculator after tapping the Calculator key on a keyboard or running the Calculator app.

Here’s what’s improved for Windows 10 Mobile:

  • We fixed the issue causing you to get into a state where text messages will fail to send.

  • When your phone is connected to your PC, long lists of captured photos will now load significantly faster in File Explorer.

  • We’ve updated Narrator’s reading order for Windows 10 apps which display an app bar on the bottom of the app, for example OneDrive, so now the contents of the page will be read before the contents of the app bar

  • We fixed an issue resulting in video thumbnails sometimes not being shown in WhatsApp – videos received from this build onwards will display a thumbnail.

  • We fixed an issue resulting in Camera app video recordings having a slight crackle to their audio in recent builds.

Known issues for PC:

  • “If you have 3rd party antivirus products such as Bitdefender, Kaspersky Antivirus, F-Secure Antivirus and Malwarebytes installed on your PC – your PC might not be able to complete the update to this build and roll-back to the previous build.

  • Larger Windows Store games such as ReCore, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct and Rise of the Tomb Raider may fail to launch.”

Known issues for Mobile:

“If your phone has additional speech packs installed – this build will fail to install on your phone with an 0x80188319 error. This is why we polled Insiders about language pack usage this week. Based on the response, we decided to push forward and send the latest bits. This issue will be fixed in the next build we release. NOTE: Removing speech packs will not correct the issue. Your device will continue to try and download and install the update and fail. It is recommended you move to the Slow ring until this issue is fixed.”

We’re sure these issues won’t be only problems to plague Insiders who install the latest build on both platforms. Look out for our article on what problems the build really causes.

In case you’ve already installed the build on your computer and have encountered problems not listed as a ‘Known issue’ by Microsoft, feel free to let us know in the comments.

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