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Windows 10
Version of Microsoft Windows
Windows 10 Build 10240.png
Desktop
Codename Threshold
Kernel NT 10.0
Architecture x86, x64, ARM
Latest build 10.0.10240 (RTM)
Licence Microsoft EULA
Release date 2015-07-29
Support end 2025-10-14
Replaces Windows 8.1
Replaced by Windows 10 TH2

Windows 10 is the successor to the Windows 8.1 operating system. Windows 10 addresses some of the complaints that were made in response to the user interface in Windows 8. Screenshots of Windows 10 build 9834 were released on September 11, 2014 which show a revised Start menu interface which combines the Start Menu and Start Screen, and additional improvements to the Windows operating system. Build 9925/9926 was forked to build 10000 on January 19, 2015 (Source).

Changes

Builds 9780 and 9785 (Early development)

  1. New start menu, containing elements from Windows 7 and 8.1.
  2. Allows a fallback to the Windows 8.1 Start Menu (allows users to switch between the Start menu and the Start screen)

Builds 9834 and 9841

  1. New Multi-Desktop mode, allowing users to 'have' multiple desktops.
  2. New Search pane on the taskbar.
  3. PC Settings has been updated, introducing placeholders for new features such as Battery Saver and Data Sense
  4. New Windows Insider (Build 9841) app launched for Windows Insider members.
  5. Store apps can now minimize and maximize like a normal desktop app in Windows.
  6. Charms bar does not work in the Start menu mode anymore, instead it can be selected from the list of options on the upper-left corner of the app (also new).
  7. Command Prompt has been overhauled with various new features, including the ability to resize.
  8. Allows Windows to update automatically to newer builds.

Build 9860

  1. Introduces the Notification Bar.
  2. Introduces another PC Settings for testing (zPC Settings).
  3. Shows the option on PC Settings on how fast you want the builds.
  4. Includes a hidden new logon screen that must be activated via the registry - discovered by BetaArchive user ReztaNZ.

Build 9879

  1. Introduces the 'Send a Frown' option on Internet Explorer.
  2. Improves on the Notification Center.
  3. User interface changes on Windows Store apps.
  4. An animation is shown when users switch between programs.

Build 9888

  1. FLAC decoding is now embedded into the Windows platform; allowing applications such as Windows Media Player and the Music app to natively support FLAC playback.

Build 9901

  1. Cortana is now shown on the desktop.
  2. UI changes to the Windows taskbar to allow for inclusion of Cortana.
  3. Introduces new betas of some apps, such as Camera.
  4. Windows Store app has been redesigned.

Build 9926

  1. Cortana is now enabled by default in the EN-US iterations of this Build. Cortana displays a message saying: "Not available in your Country yet" for other regions.
  2. While Spartan Browser is not in this build, Spartan's web engine can be enabled in Internet explorer by entering "about:flags" and enabling experimental features.
  3. This is the first public build to have continuum start menu fully functional.
  4. Windows Update CPL has been moved to the Modern UI app "settings".

Build 10041

  1. The Start menu has been further improved.
  2. The Notification bar can now show links to the commonly settings.
  3. The Settings App was improved.
  4. Tablet Mode was further enhanced.
  5. The upgrade screen (after 1st restart) has changed, now showing detailed progress of each level.

Build 10049

  1. Transparency introduced on the Start screen.
  2. Cortana support improved.
  3. The Store has been updated.
  4. This is the first official build to feature the new 'successor' to Internet Explorer, now known as Microsoft Edge. It was called as Project Spartan then.

Build 10061

  1. Fixed serious scaling issue on Metro apps observed in 10041 and 10049.
  2. The Mail app was redesigned to provide for a better design layout and better support.
  3. The Tablet mode was further improved on.

Build 10074

  1. Fixed severe bug on 10061 (Win32 based apps would not launch from the Start screen).
  2. Partial Aero reintroduced through the Start menu as a 50:50 chance for a user.
  3. The Multi-Desktop feature now allows you to create virtually unlimited desktops and not be limited by display space.
  4. Developer and side loading mode can now be directly enabled through the Settings app, but the Developer license feature is broken in this build.
  5. Power icon moved to the bottom in the Start screen.
  6. Miscellaneous design improvements to Wi-Fi and Power popups.
  7. Taskbar progress has been changed to vertical filling as opposed to horizontal filling before. The color was also changed to white from orange.

Build 10122

  1. Multiple improvements to the Start menu and Tablet Mode.
  2. New Tab page introduced, among other improvements, in Microsoft Edge.
  3. Both desktop and Store apps are now unable to invoke prompts for changing program associations.
  4. Insider Hub redesigned.
  5. Multiple bug fixes.

Build 10130

  1. Swiping up to the top can now show app commands like in Windows 8.1 (for desktop as well).
  2. Microsoft Edge improved.
  3. Start personalization enabled in the Settings app.
  4. Improved icon design with greater consistency between desktop and mobile.
  5. Jump lists now match the rest of the taskbar design.
  6. Tablet Mode improved.
  7. Cortana can now be invoked with the keyboard shortcut Win+C.
  8. Videos can now be played in full screen in the Music&TV app.

Build 10158

  1. Tablet Mode further improved.
  2. Microsoft Edge now shows a dark layout option.
  3. Taskbar progress has been changed back to green horizontal filling as before (changed in 10074).
  4. Numerous improvements to Start Menu.
  5. Email support enabled in Cortana, along with many other improvements.
  6. Support for animated GIF's, along with other improvements, in the Photos app.
  7. Snipping tool now supports a 'delay' option up to 5 seconds.
  8. Insider Preview is no longer installed in this build, it must be installed from Optional Features.

Build 10159

  1. Minor tweaks to the login screen.
  2. Now features the new Microsoft 'Hero' template by default as the background (lock and desktop).
  3. Multiple bug fixes.

Build 10162

  1. Multiple bug fixes.

Build 10166

  1. Microsoft Wi-Fi introduced to users in the Seattle area, who can now buy Wi-Fi from the Microsoft Store.
  2. Multiple bug fixes.

Build 10176 (Pre-RTM)

  1. Watermark and timebomb removed.

Build 10240 (RTM)

  1. Performance in Microsoft Edge improved.
  2. Build branch changed to the released branch 'TH1'.

Builds

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Pre-Technical Preview

Technical Preview 1

Technical Preview 2

Insider Preview

Pre-RTM

RTM

  • 10.0.10240.16384.th1.150709-1700 - RTM, Pushed through Windows Update to Insiders July 15, 2015, pushed via Windows Update to those who reserved their free upgrade starting July 29, 2015.

Post-RTM updates

References

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