After almost two months, on March 25, Microsoft finally released the Windows 10 Technical Preview (build 10041) to the Slow ring and therefore Windows Insiders can now also download the ISO files to do a clean install of the latest build.
Microsoft originally pushed Windows 10 build 10041 on March 18, after the company announced that will be making changes on how Windows Insiders get new build more frequently by relaxing the Fast ring of updates. However, this version of Windows 10 was only available through the Windows Update and for those configuring their systems to Fast lane, which meant no ISO files for download.
Many users resource to make their own installation media by creating an ISO file from the ESD file that has everything needed to install Windows 10. Now, Microsoft has just pushed a more stable version of Windows 10 Technical Preview (build 10041) and with it, users can now download the ISO files as well.
As for new features included in Windows 10 build 10041, this new release brings improvements to the Start menu, such transparency and various bug fixes; the Task View has also been improved with a new UI, the installation process has changed, modern apps have been updated, and a lot more. You can view all the changes for this build in my previous write-up.
Microsoft recently pushed out a new preview of Windows 10 (build 10041) and while the company announced that Cortana is now available in more countries, including China, UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, many users are reporting issues enabling Cortana in the newly added languages.
At this time, you can only download build 9926, you can either get this version, or you can wait until Microsoft releases the ISO files for Windows 10 build 10041, once the company pushes the new build to the Slow ring. Though, you can create your own ISO installation media with these instructions.
You probably noticed there is no ISO download of some of the Windows 10 Enterprise Technical Preview builds, like 10041 and 10061 (at least not yet), but with a little bit of PowerShell you can create one, allowing for clean installs.
Everything you need to create an ISO file of Windows 10 build 10041 ISO, is in the install.esd file which you find in the C:\$Windows.~BT\Sources folder after starting an upgrade from a Windows 10 build 9926 install. ESD files were introduced in Windows 8.1, and are simply highly compressed versions of a normal WIM file. They are often called a Push-Button Reset Image. You cannot mount or service an ESD file, and you will find they take forever to extract (decompress) information from. But they are smaller than the normal WIM file, about 30 percent or so.
When Microsoft released the latest build of Windows 10 Technical Preview it only made it available to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring, and only through Windows Update. It has now made it available to those on the Slow ring too, which means there are now official ISO files to download.
It might have taken an entire week, but Microsoft has just posted the ISO files for build 10041 of Windows 10. As covered last week, this build does not include the much-touted Spartan browser (that'll have to come next), but it does add another level of polish to an already pretty solid OS.
Another subtle change in 10041 is that some of the system icons have been updated, such as the Recycle Bin and also the drives in Computer. Unfortunately, this is about all I have discovered thus far personally, as I've been encountering some issues with Windows 10 since the last build (some features and games are broken), so I am planning to soon conduct a fresh reinstall since upgrading from 9926 to 10041 wasn't enough to solve the issue.
Windows 10 build 10041 (fbl_impressive) is the fifth officially released Technical Preview build of Windows 10, which was released to Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring on 18 March 2015, and to Windows Insiders in the Slow Ring on 24 March 2015. Project Spartan is not included in this build.
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Another useful addition in build 10041 is the filtered taskbar option which will let you only show up the applications you have set up in a virtual desktop. Windows 10 Pro Build 10041 also offers a smart and transparent Start menu plus a text input panel for penning down text into Windows 10 tablet. Now with Windows 10 Pro Build 10041 you can also pin frequently used applications to the start menu. With Windows 10 Pro Build 10041 you can have a better photo experience as now you can have your OneDrive photos on a live tile. Previously it supported only the local photos. It has also support for the photos in RAW format. You can also download Windows 10 Pro Build 10041 Free Download ISO 32/64 Bit.
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This past week, Microsoft released the second new build of the year to Windows Insiders who are set to use the Fast ring in Windows 10 Technical Preview. There are a number of changes, improvements, and known issues in build 10041. I have been testing the new build for the last few days to look at the changes. I will be giving my thoughts on those changes in this review as well as discuss the update process used to install the new build.
Microsoft released some information about the build release plans. Users on the Fast ring must already be running a Windows 10 build before they can update to new builds and the builds will only be available as part of the Windows Update functionality. When builds get released to Windows Insiders who are set to use the Slow ring, ISOs of the build will be released as well. Once the ISOs are released, users can download and install the technical preview without having Windows 10 Technical Preview installed. Microsoft also stated that users on the Fast ring should start seeing more frequent builds and fixes for existing bugs but Microsoft also stated that there would be an increase in the number of bugs in the builds and a decrease in the number of workarounds that Microsoft has found for mitigating the effects of the bugs.
Instead of using a Preview builds section like previous updates have done, Build 10041 is the first one to use the Windows Update functionality for installing the new build. I have been having some issues with installing updates using the build 9926 version of the technical preview so I had reinstalled Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9926 before starting with the update to the build 10041 so that I was using a clean install of Windows. After reinstalling Windows 10 TP, I went to the Update and Recovery section in PC Settings. On the Updates screen, I had to click the Advanced options link and then change the setting from Slow to Fast so that the new build would be available to me. As I was not fully up to date with the patches after the reinstall, I also needed to install the patches before build 10041 showed up as one of the items to install.
With Windows 10, updates will automatically install but users can also manually look for updates which is what I chose to do because the new build was not showing as an available update for me initially. It was during the update to Build 10041 that I saw my first change with the update methods Microsoft is using. Microsoft has added a screen during the update process for the new build that displays the progress. This new screen includes a circular progress bar that shows the percentage of the update completed as well as showing the step that the update is performing. This new screen cannot be bypassed as it is displayed through the computer restarting multiple times during the update to build 10041.
After the update to build 10041 completed, I noticed some changes to the login screen design. The main change I noticed is that users no longer need to click the left facing arrow to change users. Instead, if there are multiple users on the computer, users can click on the needed profile and the login portion of the screen will change to the selected profile.
Microsoft added the ability to drag widows to virtual desktops in build 10041. In previous builds, users had to right-click on the window and then use a context menu. Microsoft also stated that users can drag windows to the + symbol which will create a new virtual desktop and move the window in one step. I can see how this could benefit users in keeping the desktops organized. Microsoft is still doing some testing on this feature so more changes may occur. They also added a filtered Alt+Tab functionality so that users only see the apps open on the current desktop.
The Photo app received some attention in build 10041. The Live tile will now show photos stored in Onedrive in the recent photo rotation. Prior to this build, only local photos would show up in the rotation. There also have been improvements in the support of RAW image formats. Numerous other performance and reliability fixes have been implemented as well. A set of keyboard shortcuts for the Photo app have been released but there will be more shortcuts released. An issue with persistent gray thumbnails in the Collections view also should be fixed in this build.
In addition to the changes for the network flyout, Microsoft also changed how the Network & Internet section is displayed. When clicking on the network in the flyout in build 10041, the image below will load. There are a couple of changes in this build. First, there are fewer options in the left frame as the Network & Internet section has been revised. Also, the Advanced settings options have been moved into a new section called Related Settings which appears on the appropriate screens. 2b1af7f3a8