After almost a month hiatus, Microsoft makes available another preview release for Windows 10 Creators Update Version 1703. The new Windows 10 Insider Preview build for Windows 10 Creators Update milestone is build 14986, or more specifically 14986.1000.
Windows 10 Build 14986 is released to Windows Insiders on the Fast ring on December 7th, 2016, and those on the Slow ring a week later on December 14th, 2016. The ISO images for Windows 10 Build 14986 are not released together with the flight to Slow ring, but ISO images do come another week later, on December 21st, 2016.
Windows 10 Build 14986 is the first publicly available build of Windows 10 that fully embraces the Unified Update Platform (UUP), which simplifies the update process for Windows 10. UUP enables differential downloads for all devices built on the Mobile and PC OS so that Windows only downloads package contains only the changes that have been made since the last time you updated your device, rather than a full build, effectively reducing the download size. In addition, with UUP, the cloud Windows Update services will evaluate which updates are needed by a given device instead of letting device processing it. Like the Universal Windows Platform (UWP), UUP functions across Windows 10 PC, Mobile, IoT, and HoloLens.
The new features, enhancements and improvements in Windows 10 Build 14986 mainly involves Cortana, Game Bar, Windows Ink, Narrator and input method (IME) for Asian users, where details could be found on Microsoft.
Microsoft released the ISO images for Windows 10 Build 14986 mainly for 2 purposes. Firstly, to make it easier for users and organizations to get started with the Insider Preview program, and secondly, as a way to bring systems stuck on a previous update to be up to date.
Update 1: Before Windows 10 Build 14986 ISO images are released, Microsoft rolls out a cumulative update KB3206309 that brings the build version from 14986.1000 to 14986.1001 via Windows Update. However, the ISO images continue to install Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14986.1000 and you’re expected to get the update via Windows Update.
You can download and install Windows 10 Build 15007 via Windows Update, or by downloading an ISO image from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windowsinsiderpreviewadvanced.
The following Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14986 ISO images are available:
- Windows 10 Insider Preview
- Windows 10 Insider Preview Enterprise is built to address the needs of large and midsize organizations, and comes with the management tools that IT administrators need.
- Windows 10 Insider Preview Education is built for students and faculty, and comes with the management tools that IT administrators need.
- Windows 10 Insider Preview Home Single Language is built for consumers in emerging markets and can only run a single language.
- Windows 10 Insider Preview Home China is built for consumers in China and is delivered in Simplified Chinese
Both 32-bit and 64-bit version of Windows 10 and for multiple languages is available for selection to download. Do note that a valid Windows 10 license (either via digital license available on a device that has been previously activated with Windows 10 or with a Windows 10 product key) in order to activate the Windows 10 Insider Preview installed.
The build 14986 is the last build that Microsoft is going to release in 2016. New build is expected to continue when 2017 arrives. Windows 10 Creators Update is scheduled to release by April 2017.
Update 2: Windows 10 Build 14997