Microsoft Releases Windows 10 PC Preview 14371 with an Activation Troubleshooter

Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Following a release for Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft has now started rolling out a new Windows 10 Preview build to the PC users on the Fast ring. You can now install the latest update from Settings to get all the new improvements and bug fixes.

Windows 10 Preview build 14371 for PC

Along with a long list of bug fixes and improvements, today's release also brings some Activation improvements. Microsoft's Dona Sarkar explained that based on the feedback received from Windows Insiders, the company is now offering an Activation Troubleshooter which will help users address the most commonly encountered activation issues on Genuine Windows devices. You changed a motherboard or a hard drive and it created activation issues, now you can fix those and other similar problems from Settings > Update & security > Activation > Troubleshoot.

For example – if your device has a digital license (formerly called “digital entitlement”) for Windows 10 Pro from a previously installed activated Windows 10 build but you accidentally re-installed Windows 10 Home on such a device, the troubleshooter will automatically guide you through upgrading to Windows 10 Pro and activate Windows. Remember, Windows 10 Insider Preview builds are intended to be installed on Genuine Windows devices.

Other improvements and fixes in Windows 10 Preview 14371

We have made a couple of key fixes for accessibility. We fixed the issue causing Narrator to not launch when you toggle switch to “on” via Settings app > Ease of access > Narrator. We also fixed an issue where Narrator spoke at an unexpectedly accelerated rate.

We improved the file download experience in Microsoft Edge. Now if you click on a download link from outside of Microsoft Edge that quickly opens and closes a tab, we will open the Download Hub so it is more apparent that a download has begun and succeeded. We also fixed an issue where moving the caret to beyond the visible end of the textbox when editing the name of a favorite in the Favorites Bar would result in keyboard focus moving to the next favorite. And we also fixed an issue where enter might not work to navigate to a URL if you began typing in the address bar very shortly after opening a new tab.

Going forward from Build 14371, the 3D Display setting state will be preserved across build updates.

We fixed an issue where the Action Center icon was clipped by the “Show Desktop” icon at 225% DPI. We also improved the resolution of the sound and network icons when using a non-standard DPI setting.

We added a small animation to Action Center for when notifications are deleted by the platform or dynamically repositioned, and generally improved Action Center reliability.

We fixed an issue resulting in the Clock and Calendar flyout possibly showing a very old appointment when looking at today’s events.

We fixed an issue that could result in the VPN Settings page freezing after pressing Connect. We also fixed an issue where VPN might attempt to automatically connect over metered networks, despite “Allow VPN over metered connection” being turned off.

We fixed an issue where the icon for Settings was missing from the Background apps and Data usage settings pages. We also fixed an issue where content in the Windows Insider Program settings page might be truncated.

We fixed an issue where File Explorer would show two copies of any picture or screenshot taken on a phone while that phone was connected to the PC, despite only one file actually existing on the phone.

We fixed an issue where going between the All apps list and the tile grid of Start in Tablet mode could have a glitchy animation, or not have an animation at all.

We fixed an issue where you might see duplicate “The VPN connection needs your sign-in info.” notifications saved in the Action Center, when only one needed to be displayed.

Currently, there is only one known issue with this build where "clicking on networks or VPN connections in the network flyout on the taskbar doesn’t launch the network settings page like it should."

For more details about Windows 10 Preview build 14371, please visit the official announcement.

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