Microsoft has started rolling out Windows 10 build 14942 for PC users on the Fast Ring. New test version of Windows 10 Redstone 2 Build 14942 has been released with increased Active Hours range, updated Start menu, and bug fixes & improvements. This latest Windows 10 update includes several improvements, bug fixes and a set of new features. This build 14942 update is part of Windows 10 Redstone 2 insider preview program and part of early 2017 major Windows 10 update.
Microsoft has made it clear that in build 14942 there are some new features including an option to hide the app list on the Start menu. Moreover, you can now extend working hours time longer than 12 hours, sever new under-the-hood changes and improved precision touch experience are also the part of Redstone 2 build 14942. Apart from these, usual several fixes and improvements are there as well.
What’s New in Windows 10 Redstone 2 Build 14942
For the first time in any Windows 10 preview build update, Narrator now has field navigation feature. Narrator Search comes with Form Fields with select features for listing items such as links, headings, buttons and other many other elements in a webpage, document or app.
Precision Touchpads get new additional gestures and click detection tweaks in Windows 10 build 14942 for PCs. Programming algorithm has been changed to cut out unintentional zooming during panning. Other changes include:
“This includes enhancing detection and disambiguation of left and right clicks, making two finger taps and clicks a bit easier, reducing false positives in our two-finger tap detection and improving our pinch to zoom detection.”
Starting from Windows 10 Redstone 2 build 14942, you can hide the app list on the Start menu. This works like the Start screen on tablet mode. There is a new button just below the hamburger button to see only tiles and list of apps.
You can access this new feature from Settings > Personalization >Start and under Start see the option Hide apps list in Start menu.
On devices having 3.5GB or more RAM, Service hosts have now been divided into separate processes. This may increase the number of processes listed on the Task Manager window but it not something that can’t be managed.
Splitting of services boost OS performance, such as:
- Better Security: With individual permission for services and process divide increases the security of the operating system.
- Enhance Reliability: Single points of failure that used to be caused by the failure of one service host and all linked services grouped with that service host will no longer be the case.
- Lower Service Costs: This feature is intended to make it easier for technical experts to spot issues and resolve them.
- Increases Transparency: Now you can see how much memory, processor power, disk and individual network services are bring utilized by every single process running on PC.
Active Hours Increased
Windows 10 Build 14942 brings changes to the Active Hours in the Settings app. You can now change default Active hours from previously available 12 hours limits up to 18 hours. However, this feature will work on Windows Enterprise, Pro, Education and Windows 10 Mobile – Windows 10 Home edition will keep on having the default 12 hours active hours range.
Windows 10 Build 14942 Improvements and Fixes
Frame rates have been improved when Game bar is accessed on full screen games. Windows Defender Antimalware Service Executable glitched that used large CPU power has been fixed.
After updating to this build, custom printer names will be saved and automatically moved forward to any other future update. The sfc /scannow command failure at 20% had been fixed. Fixed an issue resulting in a small set of users seeing the NTFS partition of their external hard drive incorrectly showing up as RAW format.
Windows 10 Build 14942 Known Issues
In build 14942, IIS World Wide Web Publishing Service (W3Svc) has some issues that stop the service from loading. For complete list of all fixes, improvements and known issues, see official Windows Blog to know all about the Windows 10 Redstone 2 build 14942 for PCs.
Microsoft is also shipping improved version of the Photo app with better interface with this update. Also, there are some changes to the horizontal navigation bar, new light view mode, new animations for full screen mode and quick photo viewing from a single mouse gesture.
Windows 10 Insider Program users on Fast Ring can download Windows 10 build 14942. You can automatic download and install notification, but if you want to manually install this update, head to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update and click on the Check for updates button.