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Insider Preview build 15046

    Yesterday evening, Microsoft pushed Windows 10 build 15046 into the wild. This is the second of the almost-release-candidate builds for the upcoming Creators Update version of Windows 10.

As usual, most of the changes revolve around Edge, but this time they're bug fixes rather than changes; and infact most of the release notes are taken up with bug fixes rather than new features.

One notable new feature though is that it is now possible to restrict application installation , with three new options of "install from anywhere"; "warn before installing apps from outside the store" and "install apps only from the store". These settings might be useful to admins in large organisations, (but generally in that case they'd actually need another "do not allow random store apps" option) but I can't see how most home users are going to give a fig about this option - there's simply not enough fully fledged apps in the store to make it viable to be the only installation choice yet.

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Really, does anyone actually use a MS browser any more?

I also hear they are backing down on the "forced" updates and there may be options for postponing and rescheduling is this upcoming release.

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That's sort-of the case, but also (as is usual) it's been blown out of all proportions and mis-reported.

The only version of Windows 10 whereby you can't disable / delay updates is Windows 10 Home* (I suspect most people will be using Win 10 Pro). On Home, MS had set Windows to restart a computer "out of hours" (it usually suggested around 3.00 a.m.) to install updates. However, what was happening is people left their computers on, with unsaved work open, and then come the 3.00 a.m. Windows would restart and loose all their unsaved work.

The change in Creators Edition (again only relevent to Home) is to allow users to postpone that restart until all other programs are closed, thus ensuring no data is lost.

* On Windows 10 Pro and above (Education & Enterprise), you can set a local group policy object setting to either disable, automatically download and install, automatically download and notify of install or notify of download and manually install updates; just as you have been able to do since the dawn of WSUS / Windows Updates / whatever-else-it-used-to-be-called-in-the-enterprise.

 

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