Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15025 for PC arrives on the Fast ring — but you may not be able to run it

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New feature-packed builds have been coming thick and fast as Microsoft works to get the forthcoming Windows 10 Creators Update ready in time for its planned launch in April.

There’s a lot of changes in the big update, and of course that means a lot of bugs to try and squash before it rolls out. Build 15025 is the version that Microsoft wants Insiders to use for the second Creators Update Bug Bash which starts on Friday, but ironically the new build comes with a major bug that means some users won’t even be able to install it.

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It turns out, due to the bug, that Build 15025 can’t be run on 32-bit (x86) systems — if you have a PC running the 64-bit (x64) version of Windows (and Microsoft says most Insiders do — which is why the build was released), you’ll be fine. Anyone with a 32-bit PC will need to wait for the next build. There’s a bug blocking the release of the Mobile build also.

There are some new features to be found in the latest build, including braille support in Narrator. To enable this, start Narrator, then go to Settings > Ease of Access and under the Narrator settings, click the “Download Braille” button. Once it’s installed you’ll be able to enable it. If you have a third party screen reader the new feature may clash with it, so be warned.

There’s also a new mono audio option in Ease of Access settings, and Collections in Feedback Hub, which groups together similar problems and suggestions.

Finally, Microsoft has made some more Night Light improvements — extending the color temperature range to very red (1200 K). The entire range of the slider works correctly now too.

Other changes, improvements, and fixes for PC

  • [GAMING] Fixed the issue where clicking on certain elements in desktop (Win32) games causes the game to minimize and cannot be restored.
  • Windows Insiders should no longer have trouble connecting to certain Google sites due to an implementation of a new security model being rolled out to further enhance user security.
  • Extensions in Microsoft Edge are back to working as expected.
  • App developers can now request to pin their primary tile, just like secondary tiles, allowing apps to highlight their awesome live tiles — see this blog post for more info.
  • Quicken 2017 should launch and working normally again.
  • Windows Insiders will no longer see a “Mixed Reality” entry on the main page of Settings.
  • Fixed an issue Insiders may have experienced where the Network flyout would unexpectedly appear blank instead of listing available Wi-Fi networks.
  • Fixed an issue where the custom color picker in Color Settings might stop working when selecting new colors.
  • Fixed an issue where certain colors in the recent colors section of Colors Settings would unexpectedly not appear selected after being selected.
  • Fixed an issue where if you downloaded a theme from the Store, deleted it, then downloaded it again, it wouldn’t appear in Themes Settings.
  • Improved the performance when using point erase to ease ink in Sketchpad.
  • Updated the Windows Ink Workspace so it will now remember your most recently selected stencil (ruler or protractor) and keep that choice the next time you open Sketchpad.
  • Fixed an issue where, after upgrading, some Insiders were left with certain tiles that couldn’t be unpinned from Start. Also fixed an issue where pinning a tile might unexpectedly add it in the middle of an existing group of tiles.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders using PCs with certain older chipsets seeing colored boxes in the place of text and various other UI in UWPs apps.
  • Fixed an issue where desktop shortcuts pointing at URLs weren’t working for some Insiders.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in not being able to tab over to Other Users section on the login screen using only the keyboard.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in Microsoft Edge sometimes freezing for a short after using CTRL+C to copy selected text in the address bar.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the shadows behind the set aside tabs in Microsoft Edge not being as dark as expected — the thumbnails should pop more now.
  • Fixed an issue with notification toast priority from recent flights where an alarm or skype call toast would not interrupt a reminder toast.
  • Fixed an issue where some captive portal Wi-Fi networks might fail to connect during OOBE, and if a captive portal network was using DNS hijacking to redirect to a secure site, the captive portal app would crash and you wouldn’t be able to clear the portal.
  • Fixed an issue where Yes/No voice commands in the Wi-Fi portion of OOBE weren’t working.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in the screen flashing and explorer crashing in a loop for some Insiders if they entered Safe Mode on recent builds.
  • Fixed an issue for devices with TPM chips on 15019 where the TPM was unexpectedly not able to start.
  • Fixed an issue where a window might appear to get “stuck” on the mouse when releasing it after dragging to resize it — requiring an extra click to let go.
  • Fixed an issue resulting in poor quality scaling of taskbar and task view thumbnail previews. Also fixed an issue where periodically when you moved your mouse to hover over a taskbar thumbnail preview, it might unexpectedly immediately dismiss.
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Known issues for PC

  • [UPDATED] IMPORTANT: You may see “Initializing…” when attempting to download this build and the download progress indicator shown when downloading this build may seem broken under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update. It may look like you’re getting stuck at 0% or at other percentages. Ignore the indicator and be patient. The build should download fine, and the installation should kick off. See this forum post for more details.
  • While fixed, the primary bug causing this issue may still see some Windows Insiders hit nonstop exceptions in the Spectrum.exe service causing their PC to lose audio, disk I/O usage to become very high, and apps like Microsoft Edge to become unresponsive when doing certain actions such as opening Settings. As a workaround to get out of this state, STOP the Spectrum.exe service and delete C:ProgramDataMicrosoftSpectrumPersistedSpatialAnchors and reboot. For more details, see this forum post.
  • [GAMING] Popular games such as may experience crashes or black screens when trying to load due to a platform issue.
  • [GAMING] Game Mode is enabled system wide by default, however, the ON/OFF toggle in Settings will incorrectly show it as being OFF until the user manually toggles the Setting to ON which will cause it to update and accurately display the status of Game Mode system wide.
  • [GAMING] Certain hardware configurations may cause the broadcast live review window in the Game bar to flash Green while you are Broadcasting. This does not affect the quality of your broadcast and is only visible to the Broadcaster.
  • Microsoft Edge F12 tools may intermittently crash, hang, and fail to accept inputs.
  • Microsoft Edge’s “Inspect Element” and “View Source” options don’t correctly launch to the DOM Explorer and Debugger, respectively.
  • Dragging apps from the all apps list to pin on Start’s tile grid won’t work. For now, right-click on the desired app in order to pin it.
  • Some Tencent apps and games may crash or work correctly on this build.
  • Under Settings > Update & security > Windows Update you might see the text “Some Settings are managed by your organization” even though your PC isn’t being managed by an organization. This is a bug caused by an updated flight configuration setting for Insider Preview builds and does not mean your PC is being managed by anyone.
  • On some PCs, audio stops working sporadically with a “device in use” error. Restarting the audio service may fix things for a bit.
  • The Action Center may sometimes appear blank and transparent without color. If you encounter this, try moving the taskbar to a different location on screen.
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