Windows 10 Creators Update (RS2) Changelog

UPDATED on Dec 07, 2016: Addition of Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14986.

Today in this topic, we are going to list information about all major changes and new features present in all Windows 10 Insider Preview builds released after Windows 10 Anniversary Update build 14393. All Windows 10 builds which have been released after Windows 10 Anniversary Update, come from Redstone 2 development branch, that's why these builds are also known as RS2 (Redstone 2) builds. Very soon Microsoft will release one such RS2 build to public similar to November Update and Anniversary Update builds.

Recently Microsoft announced the name of the next update of Windows 10. The next update build of Windows 10 which will be released to public will be called "Windows 10 Creators Update". It'll be released to public early next year, most probably in March 2017.

So the RS2 build which will be released to public as stable Windows 10 build, will be referred as "Windows 10 Creators Update".

Creators Update aka RS2 build will contain all features and changes mentioned in following Preview builds:

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14901 Changelog:

Build 14901 was the 1st Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on August 11, 2016. This new build arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New sync provider notifications in Windows Explorer to educate users about new Windows 10 features. You can disable them by clicking on "View" tab present in Windows Explorer ribbon and click on "Options" button to open Folder Options, then go to "View" tab and uncheck "Show sync provider notifications" option.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14905 Changelog:

Build 14905 was the 2nd Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on August 17, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Updated Narrator Scan mode for table navigation to support CTRL + ALT + HOME to go to the beginning of the table and CTRL + ALT + END to go to the end of the table.
  • Microsoft Edge now supports the CTRL + O keyboard shortcut for setting focus to the address bar.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14915 Changelog:

Build 14915 was the 3rd Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on August 31, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Improving app and update downloads in Windows 10 with Delivery Optimization.
  • Updated the Connect flyout so that the clickable area for each device listed now spans across the full width of the flyout.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14926 Changelog:

Build 14926 was the 4th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on September 14, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New "Snooze" feature on tabs in Microsoft Edge browser for setting Cortana reminders.
  • Uninstalled apps will no longer reinstall after upgrading to a newer Windows 10 build. (More Info)

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14931 Changelog:

Build 14931 was the 5th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on September 21, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Improvements to Feedback Hub app including addition of new dark theme and settings page
  • Improvements to Maps and Skype apps
  • Native support for USB Audio 2.0 devices with an inbox class driver

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14936 Changelog:

Build 14936 was the 6th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on September 28, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New extensions for Microsoft Edge web browser
  • Authentication changes affecting connectivity to NAS devices and home file servers
  • Updates for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14942 Changelog:

Build 14942 was the 7th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on October 07, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New "Hide app list in Start Menu" option in Settings -> Personalization -> Start page to collapse the app list in the Start Menu
  • New Addressbar addition to Registry Editor (regedit) program to allow easier navigation in registry tree
  • Updated Photos app
  • Improvements to gesture and click detection on precision touchpads
  • New Windows Update icon
  • New option to manage notifications from Windows Update in Settings -> System -> Notifications page
  • Service hosts are split into separate processes on PCs with 3.5 GB+ of RAM
  • Now users can change Active Hours range to 18 hours on Pro, Enterprise and Education editions
  • Improvements to Narrator app
  • Improved framerates when Game Bar is enabled for full screen games.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14946 Changelog:

Build 14946 was the 8th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on October 13, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New "Other Gestures" section in "Settings -> Devices -> Touchpad" page to customize three and four finger gestures.
  • Now you can select a time to turn on Wi-Fi automatically under "Settings -> Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi" page.
  • Optional components such as Hyper-V and Bash should remain installed after updating to this build.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14951 Changelog:

Build 14951 was the 9th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on October 19, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Improvements to customization experience for precision touchpad
  • Windows Ink Improvements
  • Improvements to Photos app
  • Improvements to Camera
  • No reboot required after turning on Developer Mode
  • Improvements to Narrator
  • Improvements to Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14955 Changelog:

Build 14955 was the 10th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on October 25, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Improvements to Outlook Mail & Calendar apps.
  • Context Awareness in Narrator.
  • Now you can draw along the protractor and have the degree visual remain visible until you start drawing again. Also updated the degree visual to be more clear - black text on a white background, as opposed to the previous black text on a red background.
  • Updated the advanced tab of the device properties window in the Sounds control panel to now allow you to select the following sample dates as the default format for devices that support it: 24 and 32 bit at 176400Hz, and 16, 24 and 32 bit at 352800 Hz.
  • USB Audio 2.0 devices are now named based on the make/model of the device, rather than using a generic name, in places across the system, for example Device Manager.
  • Updated the Trusted Platform Module Management control panel (TPM.msc) to provide additional detail when the TPM is "Not ready for use" or "Ready for use, with reduced functionality".

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14959 Changelog:

Build 14959 was the 11th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on November 03, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Addition of Zoom option in View menu of Hyper-V virtual machines to override default scaling and set it to 100, 125, 150 or 200.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14965 Changelog:

Build 14965 was the 12th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on November 09, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New "Show touchpad button" option in Taskbar context menu to easily control external monitors from tablets.
  • Improvements to Sticky Notes.
  • Improvements to Windows Ink Workspace.
  • Enhancements to address bar in Registry Editor including support for new Ctrl+L keyboard shortcut to set focus to address bar and support for shorthand notations such as HKCU, HKLM, etc.
  • Updated the ALT + F4 Shutdown dialog to better respond to DPI changes when connected to an external monitor.
  • Improvements to Hyper-V virtual machines.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14971 Changelog:

Build 14971 was the 13th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on November 17, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • Support for reading unprotected e-book in EPUB file format in Microsoft Edge web browser.
  • New Paint 3D preview app.
  • Command Prompt replaced with PowerShell in File Explorer and WIN+X Menu.
  • The experimental "Snooze" action on a tab in Microsoft Edge which provides a way to set a Cortana reminder on the website you are viewing is no longer available.
  • Updated some of the desktop wizards (including "map a network drive" and "extract from zip") to now be proportionally sized when moved across monitors.
  • Enabled OAuth support for Yahoo Mail accounts. This will improve sync reliability for those accounts, and provide a more secure experience in the Outlook Mail app.
  • Improvements to Japanese and Chinese input method editors (IME).
  • Improved reliability when using the protractor and inking in Sketchpad.

Windows 10 Build 10.0.14986 Changelog:

Build 14986 was the 14th Insider Preview build of Windows 10 released after Anniversary Update build 14393 (RedStone 1). It was released on November 17, 2016. This new build also arrived via new "RS2" (RedStone2) development branch.

  • New Windows Defender Dashboard app.
  • Improvements to Cortana including ability to turn off computer, changing volume, controlling music playback, etc.
  • Improvements to Registry Editor including support for keyboard shortcuts such as Alt+Up Arrow, Alt+Left Arrow, Alt+Right Arrow to go up, backwards and forwards respectively.
  • New option to customize fonts in View menu of Registry Editor menubar.
  • Updated the Taskbar context menu settings entry to now explicitly be called "Taskbar settings", as that is where it pointed.
  • New Enterprise Cloud Printers discovery UI under Settings -> Devices -> Printers & scanners page.
  • Added support for additional games in full-screen mode with Windows game bar (press WIN+G to invoke game bar).
  • New extensions for Microsoft Edge web browser.
  • Changes in the rendering technology used for many types of UWP app content.
  • Improvements to Narrator app.
  • Improvements to Windows Update experience.
  • Improvements to Windows Ink experience.
  • Improvements to Chinese and Japanese Input Method Editor (IME).
  • Improved the Windows Hello face which may require you to "Improve Recognition" to get recognized again. To do this go to Settings -> Accounts -> Sign-in Options and under "Windows Hello" and "Face Recognition", select "Improve Recognition" to go through the Improve Recognition wizard.
  • Changed the default state of the Handwriting Panel to be floating next to the text field, rather than docked at the bottom of the screen. If you prefer docked-mode, you can still select it by tapping the icon in the top right corner of the Handwriting Panel.

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We tried to cover all major changes and new features present in various Windows 10 testing builds released after Anniversary Update build. If you know about any other important feature or change which is not present in this article, feel free to share it in your comment and we'll add it to the list.

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Comments

  • Starting with build 14942, anyone using a third party AV ran into problems.
    That problem still has not been addressed by Microsoft. As of the last release, build 14965, Microsoft has even stopped mentioning the problem.
    Does Microsoft really expect everyone to be satisfied with Defender ?

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