Another Windows 10 Preview Build Is Out for PC & Mobile – “Larger Windows Store Games” Might Not Work
Microsoft is releasing a fresh new Windows 10 Redstone 2 Insider Preview build to both the PC and Mobile Insiders on the Fast ring. Windows 10 Redstone 2 Preview 14946 brings a number of feature improvements and fixes to the operating system. Users who are enrolled in the Fast ring of the Windows Insider Program can now update to the latest Preview build from Windows Update. But, before proceeding, make sure you are aware of the known issues.
What’s new in Windows 10 Redstone 2 Preview 14946
Customizing your precision touchpad experience (PC): Last week, we announced that we’d been working on refining your touchpad experience. This week, we’re taking that one step further. When you go into Settings > Devices > Touchpad, you will now find a section called “Other gestures”. In this section, you now have basic customization options for your three and four finger gestures. For taps, you can select between Cortana, Action Center, play/pause or middle mouse button, and for left/right swipes, you can select between switching apps or switching virtual desktops. Try it out and let us know what you think!
However, we know that some of our Insiders prefer even more control over their experience, so for those Insiders (and power users) we have added a new Advanced Gestures Configuration page. The page can be accessed via a link at the bottom of Touchpad settings page.
The Advanced Gestures Configuration page has more configuration options, including hooking gestures up for next/previous song, creating/deleting virtual desktops, or snapping windows. In addition to these new options, we’ve also updated the Touchpad settings to include reference diagrams to remind you of what to expect when you swipe with three or four fingers in a particular direction.
Separate screen time-out settings when using Continuum for Phone (Mobile): Today, we are happy to announce the availability of a top user request for Continuum for Phone. With this update, you will now be able to turn off whichever screen you are not using with Continuum – saving battery and preventing screen burn-in. If you are working on a Word document, your phone screen will sleep without any impact on your Continuum session. If you make a call, hang-up, or press the phone power button, you can keep right on working in Word with Continuum. And, if you prefer longer or shorter timeout values, you can change them independently for the phone and connected screen, using the settings found under Settings > Personalization > Lock screen. Have fun, and keep sending us great feedback on Continuum!
Updated Wi-Fi Settings page (PC and Mobile): We continue to make Settings more similar across Windows devices. We have added a new setting to the Wi-Fi settings page. When you go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi on your PC, then turn Wi-Fi off, you can now select a time under “Turn Wi-Fi back on” to have it turn on automatically after the amount of time you choose. It’s set to Manually by default in this build.
We are also continuing to move functionality from the Wi-Fi (legacy) screen to the new Wi-Fi settings screen on Mobile. After you turn off Wi-Fi, choose a time under Turn Wi-Fi back on to have it turn on automatically after the amount of time you choose. Based on what we heard from customers in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, we changed the default setting from “In 1 hour” to Manually in this build.
Option to prevent autocorrection (Mobile): On your phone, if you see that an autocorrection is going to happen (i.e. the first candidate is bolded) and it’s not what you intended, you will now see what you originally typed as the second candidate. Tapping on that candidate will prevent the autocorrection, and the system will learn your vocabulary and get smarter over time.
Option to remove a word from user dictionary (Mobile): We learn from your typing on the phone and build up a local user dictionary that adapts the keyboard prediction, autocorrection and shape writing experiences to your language style. Sometimes you may type a misspelled word and send it as is, sometimes you may tap on a red squiggled word and then tap the “+” sign by accident. Both save the unwanted word into your user dictionary, and it may appear when you type something similar in the future. Now you have a way to manually remove bad entries: tap on the word you don’t like in the text box, and you will see a candidate that is the word with a “-“ sign before it. Tapping on that candidate will remove the word completely from your user dictionary and no longer suggest it.
Some changes and known issues in Windows 10 Redstone 2 build 14946
Microsoft has added that the company has changed the frequency of scheduled backup for Windows 10 Mobile to once a week. You can manually initiate a backup from Settings > Update & security > Backup > More options > Backup now.
The company has also fixed a number of issues, including Xbox Live sign in problems and Microsoft Edge crash issues.
There are two known issues with PC and one for Mobile. Dona Sarkar has warned that those who have 3rd party antivirus products installed – such as Bitdefender and Kaspersky Antivirus – might not be able to complete the update process on their PCs. She also said that larger Windows Store games such as ReCore, Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct and Rise of the Tomb Raider may fail to launch after installing the latest update.
For those on Mobile, “if your phone has additional speech packs installed – this build will fail to install on your phone with an 0x80188319 error” (emphasis is Microsoft’s). The company has promised to fix this issue in the next build and has added that removing speech packs will not correct the Windows 10 Redstone 2 installation issue.
For more details, visit Microsoft.