On August 18, Microsoft begin to roll out Windows 10 build 10525 to Insiders via the Fast ring of updates. This is the first preview the company is making available after releasing Windows 10 to the public.
According to the company, Windows 10 build 10525 is a special release because “it really highlights both how your feedback influences the product development as well as illustrating how some things will get implemented at different times depending on when we’re trying to stabilize and drive quality vs. when we’re open for new feature work.” Gabriel Aul, head of the Windows Insider program says.
On build 10525, Microsoft is bringing improvements in memory management. The company has added a new Memory Manager called a compression store, which is an in-memory collection of compressed files. This means that when the operating system is under heavy use of memory, the Memory Manager will compress unused pages instead of offloading them to the hard drive. As a result, computer will reduce the amount of use RAM used per process, which translate on better system performance, because Windows 10 will be able to keep even more applications running in memory.
“The compression store lives in the System process’s working set. Since the system process holds the store in memory, its working set grows larger exactly when memory is being made available for other processes. This is visible in Task Manager and the reason the System process appears to be consuming more memory than previous releases.” Gabriel adds.
Microsoft also notes that Windows 10 build 10525 includes a small number of known issues. For example, you’ll notice that mobile hotspot is not working in this build. If you try to share an internet connection using a Mobile Hotspot, the recipient will fail to get an IP address, which will result on no internet access.
The company will be releasing an update for Movie & TV apps to fix an issue with video playback. And optional languages packs will not be available during the initial launch of this flight, it will be available on a later update.
In addition, the software maker is changing the default color setting for Start, Action Center, taskbar, and title bars to reflect your preferences. As such, the company has changed the default setting to off, but you can always change it back in Settings > Personalization > Colors. This build also fixes the title bar, now the title bar also support color accents, something that was highly requested by the community and many of us need to resource to workarounds to set a color.
Finally, the company is including the Windows Feedback app for all customers, which was a highly requested by Insiders and the general public.
Windows 10 build 10525 is available for download immediately through Windows Update for everyone who is registered as a Windows Insider. If you’re not, you’ll need to be running a genuine copy of Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, then upgrade to Windows 10, and only then you can go to Settings > Update & security > Update > Advanced options > Get Insider builds and enable the option making sure your Microsoft Account is in the Fast ring.
Like always, this is a pre-release version of Windows 10, which means that it’s available for testing only, and you shouldn’t be using the operating system on your primary machine.