New Windows 10 Update is Crashing Games

The latest build of Windows 10 Insider Preview was released last week, but the update is causing PC game crashes and wireless card issues, Microsoft has admitted. Build 111022, which was made available to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring on 21st January, introduced the newest version of Microsoft Edge, but known issues with the update reported so far extend beyond the browser.

Microsoft has revealed the following known issues on the Windows Blog:

  • When we went live with last week’s PC build, Insiders discovered a bug where the cache for Insider Hub wasn’t properly refreshing – preventing new content from showing up in a timely manner. We’ll include known issues with our blog posts as well as in Insider Hub until the bug is resolved.
  • Some PC games will crash switching from windowed mode to full screen, upon game resolution change, or upon launch due to a bug in Windows graphics stack. We have observed this with The Witcher 3, Fallout 4, Tomb Raider, Assassin’s Creed, and Metal Gear Solid V but it may occur with other titles as well.
  • With this build (and with the last build), applications such as Narrator, Magnifier, and third-party assistive technologies may experience intermittent issues or crashes. If you rely on screen readers or other software, you should not use this build. This issue will be fixed with the next build.
  • You might see a WSClient.dll error dialog after logging in. We’re working on a fix for this but as a workaround, you can run the following in Command Prompt with administrative rights: schtasks /delete /TN “\Microsoft\Windows\WS\WSRefreshBannedAppsListTask” /F
  • While attempting to update to this build, your PC may show a message that your wireless card is not compatible with Windows 10. The workaround is to visit the support page for your PC or wireless card and install the newest driver that is available.
  • The Connect button does not show up in Action Center.

Ads Found in Windows 10 Start Menu

Windows Insider members who have access to the new 10565 build of Windows 10 have noticed that the Start Menu now carries ads for Windows Store apps. The adverts appear on the left-hand side of the menu, below the list of ‘Most used’ programs, as ‘Suggested’ apps.

“We will continue to offer Windows Ads in Apps on Windows 10. Beyond that, we do not currently have plans for advertising in Windows 10.,” Microsoft told The Inquirer. “Lock and Start content is programmed by Microsoft to help customers learn and discover new features and apps to enhance their Windows 10 experience; app publishers are not paying to be featured.”

So, while the ‘Suggested’ ads can so far only be seen by Windows Insider members that have downloaded the new build, it seems that Microsoft plans to keep the feature when 10565 is rolled out to standard Windows 10 users. Thankfully, there is a way to turn them off.

A right-click on the offending item will bring up a submenu that allows users to either hide a specific ad, or disable them all. This can also be achieved by navigating to Settings > Personalization > Start and toggle ‘Occasionally show suggestions in Start’ switch to ‘Off’.

Images courtesy of Beta News.

Not Everyone Will Get Windows 10 on the 29th of July

If you were eagerly waiting to get your hands on Windows 10 on the 29th of July, you might be a bit disappointed. Microsoft just ruled out some updates on the upcoming Windows distribution timings, so bear with us on this.

The company said that Windows Insider program members will be the first to get Windows 10 when it launches, with other users who have reserved their copies being notified by email. Once you get notified, you will be able to get on downloading the Windows build. However, the company will be rolling it out in waves, which will increase in size gradually. This means there won’t be a lot of users who reserved Windows 10 getting it when the clock hits zero.

For regular home users, Microsoft will release the notification once it gets enough information from your system and considers it “ready” for Windows 10. Users who do not have a PC fitting Microsoft’s requirement will be notified by the Microsoft team and be given details as well as contact information on what they should do to get the build.

Business users have something else to deal with. Windows 10 Pro businesses will be able to download the build alongside Windows Insider users on the 29th of July, but larger companies have to wait. Windows 10 Enterprise and Education will be available through the company’s Volume Licensing Service Center starting on the 1st of August.

In addition to the above, all Windows 8.1 versions sold from retail stores will be given out with additional information on how to upgrade to Windows 10. More information about what Microsoft has planned for the Windows 10 rollout can be found over at their blog here.