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Microsoft launches Windows 10 preview for PCs with lots of fixes for gamers

Microsoft today released a new Windows 10 preview for PCs, the third build of 2016. The release doesn’t include any new features, though it does have a few important fixes.
Windows 10 is a service. As we wrote in our deep dive on how Microsoft is still building Windows 10, this means Windows Insiders are getting new builds even though the operating system launched in July 2015.
The previous build had a serious bug in the Windows graphics stack that made some PC games crash when switching from windowed mode to full screen, upon game resolution change, or upon launch. This has now been fixed. Two other bugs were also fixed: Applications such as Narrator, Magnifier, and third-party assistive technologies would experience intermittent issues or crashes, and File Explorer would crash frequently when DPI settings were at 175 percent.

As for known issues, this build has the following ones :
  • You might see a WSClient.dll error dialog after logging in. We’re working on a fix for this but as a workaround, you can run the following in Command Prompt with administrative rights: schtasks /delete /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\WS\WSRefreshBannedAppsListTask” /F
  • The Connect button does not show up in Action Center. The workaround is to press Windows key + P and then click “Connect to a wireless display”.
  • Due to a recent memory management change, you may see periodic app crashes or other memory related app errors. The workaround is to reboot your PC.
  • F12 Developer Tools will not load in Microsoft Edge. Should be fixed in the next build.
So this new build. numbered 14251, apart from the usual bug fixes, has specifically got some much needed fixes for gamers.