Microsoft's Windows 10 Insider program can be a double-edged sword for many. On the one hand, there is the chance for Insiders to try out the latest cutting edge features coming to the Windows ecosystem at large. However, there is the implicit understanding that those new features need to be tested and ironed out before hitting the public, which can result in a buggy and downright dysfunctional operating experience.
For what it's worth, the Windows team traditionally outlines showstopping issues with each release and this week's new preview is no exception. Unfortunately, the issues I'm experiencing in this latest build happen to be some of the ones not listed in the engineer's extensive blog post. With the release of the feature packed preview build 15002 I have found myself hopscotching through a minefield of issues and problems that were not listed by the engineering team. Also, judging by the growing number of comments piling up at the Windows forum, I am not alone.
While bugs such as Windows Hello camera not reliably recognizing users and broken DPI scaling in UWP apps have already been noted, it's this new bag of unlisted shenanigans that have me contemplating rolling back to a more stable release.
While it would seem fitting for the download of build 15002 to break before, during or immediately after installation, for me, that didn't happen. Instead, after a 45 min wait sitting on 95%, I was welcomed with the traditional Windows 10 setup process. It wasn't unit hour 52 and several sleep cycles that I was introduced to my first unlisted issue in a frozen taskbar.
Without warning, the entirety of my taskbar froze after a routine lid to wake process. Without being able to open my Start Menu or access any of my pinned apps, I reflexively restarted my PC. Restarting the PC did nothing to fix the issue and effectively left my PC useless. Fortunately, being an Insider, patience has proven a strong remedy for most OS bugs and issues to a degree. Waiting roughly 5 to 10 minutes without touching anything apparently allowed the system to self-correct. The frozen taskbar issue would continue to crop up for another day.
The frozen taskbar issue would continue to crop up for another day.
Searching the Windows forum for answers, the community is still solution-less.
Hanging Boot Login
Another build 15002 related bug that is seeing increased occurrences is the hanging boot login. Perhaps, a clear indication to drop out of the current preview of Windows 10, is the new issue of not being able to get past the login screen.
Here is the note from someone experiencing the issue and is seeking help from Microsoft and the Windows team.