What’s new in Windows 10 build 10041, list of changes

Windows 10 build 10041 desktop with open Start menu

Microsoft has just released a new preview of Windows 10 (build 10041) and the new bits are immediately ready for download through the Fast ring. If you’re a Windows Insider, you have to make sure to go to the Settings and change the update settings to get the new build.

The software giant hasn’t roll out a public build of Windows 10 in almost two month, so build 10041 brings a number of changes that make worth the update. However, you might be asking, what’s new? What changes are features are included in the fifth release of Windows 10 Technical Preview?

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To answer those questions, check the list below that contains the development information gathered from Windows 10036 that reflect the changes in build 10041:


  • You can now drag windows to another desktop in the Task View
  • Task View has been updated with a new interface
  • You can now choose to display all active apps from all desktops in the taskbar, or only the apps that are on the current desktop
  • The start button now has a smaller Windows logo and a new hover design
  • When clicking on the network icon, a new window shows up to manage your connection without opening Settings
  • The window preview in the taskbar has been updated with a new design
  • Multiple icons have been updated
  • When the taskbar is small, the date will still be visible


  • The start menu now can be made transparent
  • You can now pin tiles by draging apps from the “All apps” list to the start screen
  • “Places” no longer have icons, and the “Places” title has been removed
  • The “All apps” icon has been changed
  • You can now put the PC to sleep with the power button in start
  • Folders now have an arrow to indicate that they contain a dropdown
  • Internet Explorer isn’t listed in the “All apps” list

Internet Explorer

  • Internet Explorer has been updated to version 11.0.10011
  • Improved support for ECMAScript 6
  • Improved support for CSS3 standards
  • Improved support for HTML5 standards
  • New flags have been added to about:flags


  • The lock screen now shows icons in the bottom right corner, instead of under the clock
  • The login screen has been redesigned
  • You can now print to PDF natively
  • You can now install apps from and move apps to an SD card
  • Context menus now have a touch-friendly design when using a touch screen (and a redesign in general)
  • Cortana is now available in China, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain
  • The Text Input canvas has been improved


  • The installation UI has been updated
  • The installation now shows a percentage that is a total of the full installation, rather then a percentage for each step
  • Cortana now gets introduced during installation
  • It’s now more clear how to make a new Microsoft Account, or how to use a local account


  • Photos
    • The Live Tile is now integrated with OneDrive
  • Reading List
    • Reading List now notifies you of its Windows Phone counterpart
  • Windows Store beta
    • Small changes to the UI in general
  • OneNote
    • OneNote Preview is now the default version and no longer requires an update to be installed to show up
  • Settings
    • There are new app management tools
    • Regular Win32 apps are now also displayed in with the WinRT apps in the Settings
    • UI items have been refreshed
    • You can now choose to receive updates through P2P
    • Windows Defender settings have been added
    • You can now choose the behavior of the Tablet mode switch
  • Windows Feedback
    • The Feedback app now has an improved interface
    • The category a feedback item belongs to is now displayed above that feedback item
  • Insider Hub
    • You can now track the feedback you’ve given
  • Scan
    • The Scan app has been revamped

And further

  • Loading screens for Restarting, Shutting down, etc. have been redesigned

As you can see, even though Microsoft is releasing a quite buggy build of Windows 10, the company has included a number of features, changes, and tweaks, which show the operating system is taking shape. However, build 10041 doesn’t include a preview of the web browser, Project Spartan, and it seems Microsoft will not be available the ISO files for a clean install.

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Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and About.me.