Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14942 gets new features & tweaks

It’s been a quite week until Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14942 for Fast Ring testers. The news came just before the start of weekend. Build 14942 is an upgraded version of its predecessor. As such, it introduces many new features and advancements. The build now lets you collapse the App list in the Start menu. It was one of the top requests made by Windows Insiders and is clearly visible under Settings section.


Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 14942 improvements

Start menu

Makes possible the task of hiding All Apps list in the Start menu.

Active Hours

For Windows 10 Pro and Windows Enterprise users, Microsoft has expanded the hour range of Active Hours from 12 hours to 18 hours.

Windows 10 Insider Preview build 14942

Windows Update

Now, there’s a new Windows Update icon in this build.

New Photos app

The new Photos app makes the navigation a lot easier. It features a horizontal navigation bar that makes it easier to view memories by Albums and Folders. Besides, there’s a new light viewing mode to not strain your eyes.


Precision touchpad

Giving due consideration to the feedback received from customers, Microsoft has made some adjustments to its gesture and click detection on precision touchpads.

“We have also made algorithm changes in an effort to reduce inadvertent zooming when panning. If you have a precision touchpad on your device, please take the opportunity try out with this build and let us know how it feels with these changes”, says Microsoft.

Task Manager

Microsoft has changed the appearance of processes in Task Manager, so it may seem there are more processes running but that’s not the case. There’s a different motivation behind this change

Revamped Registry Editor

Registry Editor (regedit) now shows an address bar. It enables you to easily find your current registry key path, and copy it if needed. Directly jump to the key now!


The Narrator tool now runs dozens of new keyboard shortcuts in scan mode.

For the complete list, see the blog post.

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The author Hemant Saxena is a post-graduate in technology and has an immense interest in following Microsoft and other technology developments around the world. Quiet by nature, he is an avid Lacrosse player.

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