Microsoft has pushed out another preview release build of Windows 10 for the PC and mobile phone platforms, just days after releasing the previous update.
As with other recent releases, this build contains just a few new features but many fixes as Microsoft gears up for the next major update to Windows 10.
Available now for Microsoft's Windows Insider test community on the Fast Ring, Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14367 for PC and Mobile delivers features such as extended handwriting recognition language support and a new tool to perform clean installations of builds.
However, as Microsoft's Dona Sarkar, new head of the Windows Insider programme,explained earlier this week, the Windows developer team is now "laser focused on getting ready to ship the Windows 10 Anniversary Update", which means that fixing bugs is the priority.
Nevertheless, the latest build delivers a new tool that provides a convenient way for testers on the PC platform to start afresh with a clean installation of Windows.
Microsoft is testing out a new tool that makes it a lot easier to clean install Windows 10. If you're missing drivers after a clean installation has run, Microsoft advises going to Settings Update & security Windows Update, along with your PC maker's website. The app is launched from within the recovery section of the Settings app. Currently, it is only available to Windows Insiders running the latest Windows 10 preview build. General consumers will be able to access the tool later this year. If you are working on an application that you need to submit to the store, you should not install the preview.
There's an even better reason to back up all of your personal files before you try out Microsoft's new tool.
According to the forum message - which was penned by a Microsoft employee identified only as "Jason" - Refresh Windows downloads and installs a recent, pristine build of Windows 10 on the PC, overwriting the pre-installed version. They remind users that trying out an early version of a tool is always risky so they recommend Insiders not to use the tool on their primary PC. On the plus side, it'll also fully remove all any crapware installed by your PC's manufacturer, which the standard Refresh and Reset options don't do.
A new tool to give your PC a fresh start: We've heard from many of you that are attempting to perform a clean installation of Windows that it can sometimes be hard to get started. That includes software like Microsoft Office, as well as any OEM tools (and drivers) that a manufacturer may have placed on your desktop or laptop. Instead of having to track down an install image and create your own install media, the tool will do it all for you. With a focus on fixing bugs and a freeze on new feature releases it sure seems like we're getting closer to the Anniversary Update roll out.