Microsoft has released an update to its Windows 10 Technical Preview; build 9860 includes a few new goodies.
It’s been only three weeks since Microsoft released the original build 9841, but the quantity of improvements in that short time is extraordinary.
How to get the latest Windows 10 build
If you installed the original Windows 10 Technology Preview, you might already have build 9860. It’s being gradually pushed down the automatic Windows Update chute. Yes, “Install updates automatically” is turned on — that was part of the agreement when you signed up for the Windows Insider Program, a prerequisite to installing the beta bits. (For more on installing the new OS, see Fred Langa’s Oct. 16 Top Story, “How to safely test-drive Win10 — step by step.”)
As with all automatic Windows updates, not everyone gets the bits at the same time. To determine whether you have build 9860, check the watermark in the lower-right corner of the desktop, just above the notification area. If it doesn’t say “Evaluation copy. Build 9860,” you can accelerate things a bit by clicking (or tapping) Start/PC Settings/Update and Recovery/Preview Builds. Click the Download now button and work your way through the installation process.
(If you’re using VirtualBox, make sure Win10’s virtual machine has a minimum of 2GB of RAM; anything less might give you an error message. Also, make sure build 9841 is fully up to date — including a reboot to finish any Windows Update installs.)
Build 9860 is not a svelte install — the download is anywhere from 2.1GB (32-bit) to 2.74GB (64-bit). That’s followed by a long install, an extra installation step, and a reboot that takes forever. The installer then restores all your Metro/Universal apps — and heaven only knows what else.
When you eventually get to sign in for the first time, you get the “Hi” introduction all over again. Oh, boy! If you have a fast Internet connection and a robust PC, expect to spend more than an hour getting the new build running. If you’re running Win10 in a virtual machine, double or triple that estimate.