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Microsoft moves Windows 10 Insider build 14393 to the Slow Ring

The excitement of Windows 10 Insider preview build 14393 is moving its way down the chain. Today the Windows team updated their original blog announcement regarding the release of build 14393 to Fast Ring Insiders, to now include a Slow Ring issuance.

As of July 20, 2016, Insiders participating in the Slow Ring cycle of build releases can now get their hands on the latest build of the operating system that brings reliability fixes to the Action Center, Cortana and Start menus for PC users as well as Call Recording improvements for Mobile.

If by chance, as a Slow Ring participant, you missed the release notes for build 14393, here they are again:

Improvements and fixes for PC

  • We have improved the reliability of Start, Cortana, and Action Center.
  • You should now be able to mount iPods as USB mass-storage devices.

Improvements and fixes for Mobile

  • We fixed an issue resulting in rapid battery drain when Visual Voicemail syncs voicemail messages on Dual SIM devices like the Lumia 950 XL.
  • We also fixed an issue causing some battery drain on older devices like the Lumia 535, 640, 735, 830, 930 and Icon.
  • We fixed the issue causing Voice Recorder to not show up consistently as an option for Call Recording. A app update was released last Friday that fixes this issue. Make sure you have the app version 10.1607.1931.0.
  • We fixed several issues impacting Dual SIM capabilities. Using a device with two SIMs should work as it should.

Known issues for PC

We are aware of certain cases in which Surface Books and Surface Pro 4’s may bugcheck (bluescreen) due to a camera driver issue. An updated driver will roll-out via Windows Update soon that will fix this. After updating to this build (Build 14393), you should no longer experience bugchecks (bluescreens) due to a camera driver issue. The bad driver is removed on updating to this build and a new driver is rolling out via Windows Update.

Known issues for Mobile

  • We are continuing to investigate W-Fi issues on certain devices.
  • Turning off Bluetooth can sometimes result in freeze, crash, or reset. See this forum post for more details.
  • Wallet users are prompted for a PIN twice when using tap to pay from a locked phone. You can enter their PIN twice and tap as usual once the phone is unlocked. A fix for this will come as a Wallet app update via the Store. UPDATE 7/19: An updated version of the Wallet app is going out via the Store with the fix to this issue.
  • REMINDER: We have changed the backup format for Windows 10 Mobile devices to reduce the size of the backup stored in OneDrive. As a result, if you do a backup on a device running the latest Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview builds and move back to the released version of Windows 10 Mobile (Build 10586) and restore from your backup – your Start screen layout won’t restore and remain the default Start layout. Your previous backup also gets overwritten. If you need to go back to Build 10586 temporarily, once you are on Build 10586 you should disable backup so it doesn’t overwrite the good backup from Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview builds. We will stop noting this going forward.

The Windows team is inching ever so close to the Windows 10 Anniversary Update and presumably, Insiders are within the final days of testing the operating system before it’s packaged and sealed for everyday consumers. The list of known issues is shrinking with each build as well as the number of new features and improvements. Pretty soon, the updates will feel like nothing more than a cumulative release.

Slow Ring Insiders are encouraged to visit their Update Settings menu to grab the latest build.

Happy downloading, Insiders!

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