Windows 10 Fall Creators Update Preview Build 16288 Hits Fast Ring With Lots Of Fixes

The October 17 release date for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is looming , with barely more than a month to go before it is here. At this stage of the game, Microsoft is finished implementing major new features. Instead, it is focused on fixing last minute bugs in the homestretch. As such, the newest Windows 10 Insider build (16288) contains a whole bunch of improvements, and you can grab it now if you are an Insider subscribed to the Fast ring.

"We are now at the point of the development cycle for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update where our focus is now on stabilization for release to the world. This means that we are releasing new builds to Insiders more quickly and that these builds will include mostly bug fixes. You’ll notice that this build continues to include a bunch of good bug fixes Insiders will enjoy," Microsoft stated in a blog post.

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One thing to note about the latest preview build is that Microsoft removed the watermark in the lower-right corner and replaced it with "Version 1709," which is the official version number for the Fall Creators Update. However, Microsoft still has more work to do before the Fall Creators Update is ready for prime time, and as such it makes clear that this preview build is not the final version that will go out to consumers next month.

"We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release. So we will have more builds to release to Windows Insiders between now and then. And the desktop watermark may re-appear in these builds," Microsoft added.

The list of fixes is long and spread out over various parts of Windows. In the Windows Shell, Microsoft stomped out a bug that was causing the Facebook Messenger app to not accept the enter key when sending messages. It also fixed an issue where local app search in Cortana failed to return the expected app if the user profile directory contained non-ASCII characters. Those are just two of more than half a dozen fixes to the Windows Shell.

Microsoft addressed nine issues that pertain to input, including one where pressing delete when using the full touch keyboard layout in UWP apps would input a period rather than deleting a character. And of course Microsoft made a whole bunch of improvements to its Edge browser—a dozen in all, which is more than any other category.

As for gaming, Microsoft fixed an issue resulting in Ghost Recon: Wildlands not starting in recent flights since the Easy anti-cheat component wouldn't load, and also an issue resulting in Mod Organizer no longer loading mods into Skyrim.

Microsoft released a new build (15250) for Mobile as well. It contains a short list of fixes, along with some feature upgrades, such as two-factor authentication. Microsoft also made improvements to AppLocker and VPN.