Windows 10 build 9901 leaks unveiling improved Cortana, Settings, Store and more

Cortana running on Windows 10 build 9901

Although, Microsoft has kept quiet about upcoming features of Windows 10, it’s not stopping for builds to leak outside the company’s boundaries. PCPortal has published several new screenshots of Windows 10 build 9901, a leaked version of the operating system not meant for the public consumption.

The screenshots from the build 9901 do not show any new changes in the Start menu, but it does show that Cortana is taking shape in the latest leaked version of Windows 10. In the screenshot below, you can see a normal search query done in the new search box that brings results from the web and apps. And at the top you can see the unmistakable Cortana button at the center with a home button at the top-left.

Cortana on Taskbar Windows 10

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Windows 10 build 9901 also shows a new Settings app, which has changed dramatically since build 9888. Although, the Settings app is not in its final appearance, we can see that is changing to look similar to the Control Panel we see today in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Settings Windows 10 build 9901

You’ll also notice that Microsoft has change the minimize, maximize, and close buttons for universal apps to look more modern.

The Windows Store seems to be getting a new look as well. Users will now get a new Store design with dark colors that looks more like a classic application, rather than modern.

Windows Store on Windows 10 build 9901


Like build 9888, which has leaked on torrent and file sharing sites, Windows 10 build 9901, is not meant for the public. It’s buggy and it’s not supported by Microsoft outside of the company. As such, you should not download the build 9901 ISO from untrusted sources. Install at your own risk.

SEE ALSO: Windows 10 build 9888: all the new stuff from the leaked version (video)

Finally, the build 9901 of Windows 10 includes new desktop backgrounds and this version still labeled as “Windows Technical Preview”, which means that Microsoft has yet to sign-off the version consumers will be getting on January (a.k.a “Windows January Technical Preview”).

Update: Don’t miss my coverage on Windows 10 build 9901:

Source PCPortal

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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 Email him at [email protected].