Windows 10 build 10074: Everything you need to know

Early this week, Windows 10 build 10074 leaked onto the internet unveiling a number of changes and features coming to the operating system. However, Microsoft is now officially rolling out build 10074 to the Fast and Slow ring of updates for everyone to download and install. Although, the software giant has recently released Windows 10 build 10061 with a bunch of improvements, Windows 10 build 10074 also shows significant changes over the previous build.

Without further ado, let's get a look to what's new in build 10074:

Windows 10 build 10074

Start menu

In this new version of Windows 10, the Start menu and taskbar get a new blur effect, which in combination with transparency, clearly shows that Microsoft is bringing Aero Glass elements from Windows 7 back to Windows 10.

In addition, Microsoft is changing the flat animation effect of Live Tiles notifications in favor of a new 3D flip effect. Furthermore, users can now turn Live Tiles off to stop notifications from the contextual menu.

Keep in mind that the blur effect doesn't appear when you're using Tablet Mode or the Start menu is in full screen.

Cortana

Starting in Windows 10 build 10074, Cortana is now more integrated with the Start menu. When launching the digital assistant users will now notice a new menu bar on the left side with a hamburger button located in the top-left corner.

When clicking the hamburger button the menu will expand and unveil a list of options available with Cortana. From this main menu, you can access to Cortana's Notebook, Reminders, Places, Music (previously known as "Find Song"), Help, and Settings.

Users will notice that Cortana also takes the height of the Start menu when resizing the menu. Even when you take the Start menu full screen, you'll notice that Cortana will grow the full height of the screen.

When search is disabled, users will no longer see the search bar covering the taskbar after opening the Start menu. The only way to do a search is by clicking the Search tile from the Start menu.

Other improvements in Cortana include the ability to answer typical questions as you type them in the search box, such as:

  • Weather: "Seattle Weather"
  • Tech support: "memory in my computer"
  • Finance: "Google stock"
  • Flight Status: "UA 112"
  • Calculator: "32*13"
  • Showtimes: "movies in my area"
  • Conversion: "34 ft to meters"
  • Clock: "time in Florida"

Taskbar

Aside from the blur effect, the taskbar also receives a few improvements. In build 10074, you will notice that the Task View button changes when you hover it with the mouse cursor.

In the Notification area, users will also notice that Microsoft is introducing a new control for sound. The new UI for to control sound follows the same flat design we're seeing throughout the Settings app.

Continuum

In Tablet Mode, the software giant is adding the ability for users to go back to the Start menu when closing an application instead on an empty desktop.

Multitasking

Microsoft is adding a few changes to Alt Tab, Task View, and Snap Assist. Users will now have the ability to close an app or window while in Snap Assist.

Settings

Windows 10 build 10074 also shows a number of improvements and changes in the Settings app. While we have previously seen that Microsoft replaced the Screen resolution option for Display settings on the right-click contextual menu. Now, the Personalize option found in the same menu will direct users to Personalization inside the Settings apps, instead of the options in the Control Panel.

The Settings app gets some UI improvements as well. Now, when you click one of the sections inside the Settings app, you'll notice the icon of the corresponding section with a new back button next to the title. Currently, clicking the icon or back button will bring you back to Settings.

On System, Microsoft is renaming Maps with Offline maps and for some reason Tablet Mode and About appear duplicated in the list of settings.

Under Devices, nothing has changed since the last build, but the items has been re-organized to: Connected devices, Bluetooth, Printers & scanners, Mouse & touchpad, Typing, and AutoPlay.

On Network & Internet, Microsoft is adding Data usage, which shows users an overview of how much data the system has used in the last 30 days.

Clicking the Usage details link will display the data usage per app.

The Accounts settings page hasn't changed, but Microsoft is renaming Other users for Family & other users and Your workplace for Work or school.

On Privacy, nothing has changed, but the list of settings has been re-arranged.

Finally, Update & recovery has been renamed to Update & security, and Microsoft is adding the settings for Windows Defender, which is also worth noting that the same settings still appear under System. The For developers item still showing up in this build, but clicking the item will crash the Settings app.

Under Windows Update > Advanced options, Microsoft seems to be changing how users choose to get new builds. You'll notice a new Preview Builds are On label with a Change button that appears not to be working at this time.

Apps

Like in Windows 10 build 10061, build 10074 comes pre-installed with many of the new apps, including Mail and Calendar, Weather, Sports, News, Money, and the new Microsoft Solitaire game. Users will also notice that the Getting Started app has a new icon.

In this new version of the operating system, Microsoft is updating the Music Preview app with a new immersive Now Playing experience with a new full screen experience.

And there is an updated Video Preview app, which now allows users to download, delete, and re-download videos as many times as you want. In addition, you can check progress, pause, resume, and cancel video downloads on up to three devices, and purchased videos support closed captioning.

High DPI support

Microsoft is finally including additional support for high DPI displays. This new improvement will allow users running multi-monitors to use two different DPI settings, which means that Windows Insiders will start to see Windows scale correctly when using multiple monitors.

Windows Store (beta)

In the Store (beta) front, Xbox Live games and in-app purchases should work. Now apps you've purchased on Windows 8.1 will appear in the Store (beta) on every Windows 10 devices you own. Microsoft is also expanding the unified Store to over 49 new markets.

Windows Spotlight

The software maker is building a new learning and discovery experience in the Lock screen with a feature called "Windows Spotlight". Users can enable or disable this feature from Personalization in the Settings app. The new feature will include a range of tips and tricks to use Windows 10, the ability to discovery new interesting apps, and will enable the Lock screen to feature new background images pulled from the internet.

Wrapping things up

Windows 10 build 10074 changes from being a "Technical Preview" to "Insider Preview", which Microsoft says it's a token of appreciation toward the community that is helping to build Windows 10.

Furthermore, after many feedbacks Windows 10 is including a new set of default sounds.

As you can see, there are a number of changes that makes build 10074 a special preview of Windows 10. After installing the new bits, users will notice that overall, the operating system runs smoother and the Start menu and Cortana are snappier than ever before. Having said that, there still bugs and features that don't work, as such you should not be using this version as your primary operating system.

Microsoft is rolling out Windows 10 build 10074 and Windows Insiders can also download the ISO files using the links below:

Are you running Windows 10 build 10074? What do you think about the changes? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Mauro Huculak

Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.

161 Comments
  • Man the aero glass theme looks a good addition from the win7 .! Would love to have it on my windowsphone on action center with glass tint effect of accent colour being used (translucent effect) :)
  • Exactly. Lots and lots of aero. But not so much that it looks like iOS.
  • Yeah that's a great idea!!! If you're an insider you should feedback to Microsoft!! Or if you want ill tell them on your behalf!
  • Man.!! M just waiting for a better and stable build with office apps atleast .! And surely will do the honours .! Win lovers who are on the build plz help bringing the function to WP :) yep man plz do the needful will be very thankful to you :)
  • That would be cool. Action center blurs the app you're still running as you pull it down instead of looking like it's own thing.
  • That's a good idea.. I love to see the notification centre with glassy look. But making it look like iPhone Control centre...
  • In iOS it behaves as a solid glass pane. So, in wp they can make it but fluid.
  • Aero was beautiful to me. Someone said they didn't like it because the glowing wouldn't move when moving windows, which would've been logic and awesome, so I agreed. And most important overall, without Aero performance improved way much more. And I can tell about it between 7 and 8/8.1
  • I kind of thought that is what Microsoft would do: after build release the same, more refined update for both rings. Glad to see it, as a slow ring guy, I have been eager to try the new stuff!
  • Well thanks for being patient and submitting feed a as a slow ring user :).
  • Where is project Spartan alias Microsoft  edge
  • Edge is not part of the update. The article only reflects the changes since the previous official build. Thanks,
  • yeah i know that iam just asking about project spartan ??? i guess it was released for this build, isnt it ?
  • They removed it from the taskbar for some reason. You can still find it in your apps list in the Start Menu. 
  • Yeah I got I but my start menu isn't working.. Do u have any idea how to fix this issue?
  • Try either rebooting, or opening Task Manager and killing "ShellExperienceHost".
  • When you open Project Spartan, the landing page refers you to Edge to information about edge? 
  • Is native support for HEVC included in this build? And boy they still haven't figured out to make the desktop context menu consistent with rest. :/
  • those are simple facelifts that can come at any part of the build flight. If you right click on the taskbar you can see that right click menu has already gotten the modern face lift. if that is what you are talking about correct?
  • I just installed build 10074, I am happy with it since it is stable, but Cortana and store tile (grey tile) , alarms some apps are not working... Apart from this I like start screen and other features
  • Nice, I see a lot of good small changes that makes a lot of difference in general UX ^^
  • But the big UX question is does this deal with the problems of not being able to remove the all apps list from the start screen, the missing swipes (especially the task switcher), the task bar that just won't die and the lack of a suitable, swipeable, alternative to the charms bar. Does it provide for a proper, immersive full screen experience in Metro mode whilst keeping desktop stuff in windows and mouse/pointer oriented which was the real hope for this new two mode approach? Will the phone pivots work on the desktop/tablet versions if chosen by the user or will we be forced to use unwanted hamburgers by MS for ideological reasons? I'm hearing loads about the small tweaks and little about the big issues that will delay or prevent people who have moved to touch from updating. MS need to get to grips with the important stuff and keep the fannying around with the tinsel for later. Otherwise release day will just be the start of the next phase of waiting for them to get it finished.
  • Agree that the attention to the details at this time without addressing tablet mode issues is a bit concerning. However, as far as the taskbar is concerned it seems to work well in tablet mode if it is in Auto Hide mode, swiping up brings it on the screen and stays until you swipe it down. I'll be happy with that functionality for tablet mode provided they enable an option to have it "auto hide in tablet mode only" so that it can remain in desktop mode. It would be more "continuum" that way. I really hope that they do something about task switching, so annoying in tablet mode.
  • Installing now
  • Im running it in a vm and if anything its been less smooth. And aside from installing it on an HDD partition (7200 rpm though) the rest of my system should easily be able to handle it. :/.
  • According to the task manager something is using 99% of my CPU and disk usage from the vm. Might have had some issue when updating maybe as this was not the case in the last four versions I've had. Ugh...
  • It's the Spartan, I guess. Happened with me.
  • Had the same thing because of Spartan :-/ Hard time even trying to kill the process.
  • Is there a 3d effect of tile flip as shown at build?
  • Yes.
  • So does this have the new tablet mode UI that Joe showed off on stage?
  • Nope. It's actually running slower than 10061 was on my dvp8 too.
  • Thanks I won't be installing it on mine then lol
  • So far, this is the best preview. It finally has few errors and some of them do not affect users much. I have noticed freezing when opening PDF in internet explorer and that's about it! Edge is also better than ever. The response time is great.
  • DOESNT AFFECT PEOPLE MUCH!?!?!? i just installed it i put the start menu in full screen and my start menu is now broken, project spartan has died, taskview isnt working, what a mess. used it just five minutes and i have already broken it.
  • Xbox games come up with the you need an account to sign in error again. At least they did for me. Maybe i just need to do a fresh iso install?
  • That may be a problem with the Xbox services and not the build. Xbox Live often acts up like that. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • i have a problem with the nw build.i cant open project spartan.and icon is missing.
  • Did they solve the problem where win32 apps couldn't be launched from the start menu?
  • yes
  • Not on my computer it didn't.  Most of my apps won't run from the start menu.
  • Who still uses a floppy drive? Why is it even there?
  • Who doesn't use floppy drives? They're so hip these days.
  • It's retro, and retro is cool. Lol
  • I prefer to play MP3s from a floppy drive - the sound is so much "warmer."
  • lololol
  • I'd they don't release a new build for my 930 tonight I'm getting hammered!!!!
  • Perhaps they really are reconsidering their thinking and redesigning it in a significant way after all the negative feedback. A lack of an update for a while might be a good sign in this regard.
  • not sure they will.  you might have to reload from iso to get the latest build.  Plus some of the early builds will become inactive at the end of April.
  • Start and Search can't launch for me, so I can't launch any programs which are not on the task bar. Notifications can't be launched from Notifications. Settings can't launch. Right-clicking for personalisation shows win32dll error. I installed using ISO image on 10049
  • That happens the same for me; I upgrade from Build 10061 (and 10049 before, and from Windows 8.1 before, and from Windows 7 SP1 before... I believe I also need a fresh Install...)
  • If start isn't starting (!) you need to run Windows update. Get to it with "all settings" on notifications.
  • All settings is not launching
  • Toggle tablet mode on and then try the menu, then toggle tablet mode off and try... seems to work for me usually
  • Aero isn't available to everyone. They are only pushing it out to half of users. Gabe said this in a tweet, it should be in the article. My surface has aero, my PC does not
  • My desktop got Aero. How does it look with out?
  • So phones have to wait a little more..????
  • Phone builds are currently behind desktop ones, so yeah a little waiting is needed.
  • Im afraid to i stall the preview i have it on my phone but on my pc...:$ im afraid not to play gta V again :$$$
  • It's really smoother than before and performance it's a lot better, but only one thing; I can't open the Start Menu jajajaja I'm going to report it latter xD also, the "main color" it's not render properly trough the system, but not really important that last one.
  • This version certainly looks more polished than previous builds. Looks like it's coming along quite nicely, dare I say RTM quality soon?
  • Anybody having problems with any games in this build? Ducktales remastered wont get past the loading screen for me, but its not worked in any builds so far. Games have previously been fixed that didn't work, like Halo Spartan Assault worked in 9926 onwards for me. Hope all will be sorted soon.
  • This is a nice build, so far pretty stable for me, has a much more refined feel to it, a combination of lots of little things. I think the blog post said the glass effect would go to approximately 50% of users, some A/B testing...but maybe they mean what's set as default. I don't like the rotating tile, it makes it a block rather than a tile....Although I imagine there will be a choice for us devs to use the animation we want, as Windows 8 had multiple styles.
  • the icons still look horrible
  • Yep. 10074 broke Cortana. Can't hear her.
  • And I thought I was the only one...  
  • At least you've got ssomething.  Cortana isn't available in Australia!
  • Quickest install of all of the Previews I have installed so far. 10074 also seems to work better and faster on my Surface Pro daily use machine. No issues that I have found so far.
  • Microsoft has made great progress on the Windows front, but what baffles me is that they didn't announce new supported languages by Cortana yesterday. Out of the 190 countries where Windows 10 will be made available, how many will have Cortana at launch? This is preoccupying.
  • Indeed. Cortana is US only for far too long already.
  • I don't know, I still don't like this Windows 10 menu very much... the Start Screen + Classic Shell combo on Windows 8.1 is really perfect for me. Classic Shell to make efficient searches about desktop settings and file contents, create jumplists and quick access to system locations, while flipping to the Start Screen to interact with modern apps. I think this Windows 10 menu is inferior to both Classic Shell and Start Screen because it tries to be both at the same time while not being as powerful or intuitive as any of them.
  • + a tonne. I cannot stress how much I agree with this.
  • Agree fully with you. Not liking this new menu and plan to stay with 8.1 at this point.
  • I think most people would disagree with you.  The Start Screen & Classic Shell combo was the most hated feature of Windows 8(.1).  The key to what you said was "Flipping to the Start Screen to interact with modern apps."  Most people, especially those using traditional desktop/laptop computers, hated this because it made the system seem too disjointed.
  • hey ...could u tell me at hw to downgrade to windows 8.1...didnt like the build either...
  • MAURO!!  One of my new fav bloggers.  Thanks
  • Thanks Jazmac, I really appreciate the feedback and I'm glad the you liked the new article.
  • This morning i open outlook in my phone and had a bar just like Cortana's but It isn't there anymore, i though It was a very nice addition :/
  • UI is looking much better. Still a little cluttered and inconsistent but definitely better. I'm hoping they refine it more and more with the Redstone releases in 2016.
  • great article, as usual.  took the plunge with windows 10 on my PC last night for the first time.  I love it.  Not sure if i would've loved the rough edges if i did it months ago, but this build is great.
  • I haven't installed preview builds in a while. Not time or anything. But its nice to read articles like this.
    what Microsoft showed yesterday and talked about... I just can't wait to use Windows 10. Windows 10 as a one platform and thr vision Microsoft showed yesterday how amazing it will be the future for Windows. ^_______^ Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • "Posted via the Windows Central App for Android" *facepalm* why Windows Central, why? at least now people can't say I don't know why and how I think Android is crap OS and only because it got couple apps more, it won't make me change my mind about it, first I see the functionality and the flow of the phone and then I see the store, I am not a crazy app person, although it was easier to load the app than going to browser and browse the site there. I miss Windows Phone but I hope I will buy one replacement soon, I need Windows Phone because android is crapBStupid OS ^_____^   And in my last message I said they would let developers port and reuse the code of android, and while it was android, still it would be a Windows store app, so I wasn't wrong. I like what Microsoft is doing with that :)
  • what about phones???
  • they talkeed about Windows Phone. this is a Developers Windows conference, as you see, they didn't talk about any feature that didn't include something for developers. why would they talk about phones? thet didn't even talk about computers. but what people can develop and do for Windows 10 ecosystem
  • Does cortana need internet?
  • For queries and chit-chat, yes.
    For general work and events, no.
  • In all platforms it behaves the same?
  • By all platforms if you mean all Windows platforms then, with Windows 10, yes. It's still getting polished here and there but the main objective is to make her seamless across all Windows devices.
    You are likely to find the same news headlines on the phone and the PC (and other Windows platforms), cancelling an event on the phone would cancel it on PC, she will allow you to talk to her in the same manner as you do on the phone on the PC, making a call through Cortana on a PC would make that call appear in the call log of your phone, adding a new interest on the phone would add it on the PC and vice-versa and all that. You get the flow.
    If you are referring to other platforms like iOS then, Cortana isn't available there yet though rumor has it that they will get her someday.
  • Thanks. I was referring to windows platforms. I hope cortana never leaves to other platforms (ios and others) as it with Microsoft will tend to be better than in windows
  • I hope that too. She's one of the few things that we can RIGHTFULLY brag about.
  • Another "Feature" not listed here is that Win32 fixed sized windows now render full-screen in tablet mode. (Property Palettes, Run Window, etc.)   Hilarious.
  • Well i have tried the new windows mobile 10 emulator.it includes many new things such as store beta, new theme colors etc. Hope they will release that build today :)
  • Anyone having issues installing?  I have the previous build on my surface pro 3.  This update supposedly downloaded properly. It tells me I need to restart so I do.  Unfortunately it just goes back to the login screen.
  • The only feature I like in this build is that I can force it to always go back to the Start Menu.  They still didn't fix the issue where switching on Tablet Model turns off after a reboot.  I hate going to the desktop.  The Start is STILL horrible.  I can't turn off the left panel of that ignorant excuse for Start Screen and I can't get rid of the Task Bar (no, hiding doesn't qualify).  Cortana randomly comes up when I'm trying to move between apps and takes up half the screen.  This, as is almost everything else in Windows 10, is just stupid.  Each build I've loaded takes longer to boot to usable state than the build before it.  Win8 was ALWAYS exceptionally fast.  Windows 10 is a bloated, ugly, SLOW operating system.
  • Hey, I agree with you on everything except the speed. Test builds will run slow as optimisation and the removal of test code etc. will be done at the end of the process, so no point commenting on that.
  • I need to know if this helps with the UI Scaling with HIgh DPI screens? I have a Toshiba U55 with a 4k touchscreen display. The article says something about multiple monitors with diferente DPI but nothing about 4k screens. Anyone has tried yet with a 4K laptop/monitor?
  • 4K displays do have a high DPI, don't they? -_-
  • Yes, but this is different, Im gonna try it tonight.
  • Keep us posted.
  • Big mistake, is not ready for laptops with high DPI, and I lost the touch capacity of the screen (guess because of drivers) but everything looks very tiny and then the screen gets black and can't do anything. I update directly from Windows 8.1 using the tool. I'm gonna try it with a fresh clean install using a usb stick, and update later. In the other hand, just updated my other Toshiba laptop (U55) with core i5 and 1136x768 screen, very good so far. Just a couple drivers updates and ready to go.  
  • All about the drivers. An issue passed down from generation to generation.
  • The current build is little bit annoying, file explorer always crash :/
  • In not a fan of the new design they're using for things like the volume slider. The old design looked a lot better.
  • Is this build stable enugh as a daily driver?
    I really want to downlad it
  • Don't expect it to be as stable as you would expect a daily driver to be, but if you want to download it then go ahead.
  • Im just scared that I wont get email notifications, sudden shut downs and stuff like that. Im also scared that some of the apps that I have now wont work on win10. Any thoughts on that?
  • The experience that I had with the Tech preview was quite good (and it was during the early builds) and the experience that I have read about or heard about for the current builds is quite positive. I, personally, can handle a few tidbits here and there. It depends on you. And the app part is something that I would not worry about because all the apps that I used work very well.
    All I all, I conclude that you can go ahead.
  • One suggestion is to extend Cortana  to regions outside of the US.  I'm talking Canada for crying out loud!
  • Yes!  I hate having to change region and language when i want to go to store and then test Cortana.
  • Off topic but did anyone notice all the positive journalism towards yesterday's Build announcements? I am quite astonished. TheVerge, Technobuffalo and all those sites are kind of praising MS for its moves. This too will be a driving force for developers.
  • I noticed that but also read a couple articles about Android and iOS developers and whether they would now develop for Windows. A number of the responses said that porting the game or application was never the main issue, it was the cost of ongoing support after the fact being expensive for such a small installation base. They also commented on how most users on Windows don't care about apps on their PCs because they are not constrained like other tablets. Too soon to tell but not the kind of feedback you want to hear.
  • Only time will tell but I am very much optimistic.
  • It IS a good upgrade.  Win8.x was simply a hot mess. I remember being on Chrome, downloading a PDF, reading it, and then wondering how I would go back to Chrome.  I would have to hit the windows key, click on my desktop, and then click on chrome from the taskbar, and then choose the proper windows.  That's 4 clicks while in Win7 only 1 click was required, which was closing the PDF file..
  • Lost my MacBook function keys with this update :( (brightness, sound, etc..)
  • Finally high DPI support with multiple screens!
  • 10074 broke Cortana. She does not talk. Any suggestions on how to fix this? Fresh install too.
  • I'm rocking 10074 and it's awesome! Cortona formatting much improved. High DPI support seems better but will need more time to fully test. Would be nice not to have to sign out when changing text scaling.
  • I was able to update via the ISO but my start menu doesn't work, sad now
  • Does the Surface Pen work with this build? It hasn't been working for awhile for me and am wondering why.
  • Isn't today the last day of April? Where is the Office for phones?
  • Once again: Start Menu doesn't even work, so most of the Apps aren't even accessible!! Pffff
  • Can you also check if Cortana is working for you?
  • Bring Live Lockscreen to Windows 10!
  • "Spotlight"??? Apple will sue them
  • First build that I found to be usable on my Surface Pro 3. The Start Screen/Menu is still a bit buggy. Sometimes it doesn't show and I have to restart. Finally glad they have volume controls and brightness controls back. Nice to even see a battery estimator (though it looks like it over estimates quite a bit).
  • Shouldn't all you need to know include the product Key?
  • After installation....VCH_watchdog_violation error.....
  • Same here. Getting this on start screen. Continuous loop. Cant login or do anything.. Seeing this start screen and then BSOD. What next? Did you find out anything?
  • I rollbacked to 10061....but now...that is also not stable.....
  • more feature less design, why microsoft why?!
  • Yes I am running windows 10 build 10074 right now. The most striking feature I am noticing is that the hamburger menu in some of the microsoft native apps like money and outlook mail app are starting to make sense when I use my surface pro in tablet mode. But video on demand apps like netflix, rtl xl and pathe still feel boxed in by the constraints of the desktop windows api. It feels as if they are all running in their own virtual machines. That something I still don't like about windows 10. In my opionion the is still a lot of work to do to optimize the tablet and touch experience, and so far I've only seen improvments on the desktopside. From what I can tell the aero effect is a kind of transparency effect. The more you expand the start menu the more diluted aero becomes. As I see it the start menu does also have aero, it is only diluted. What is clear to see however is that the taskbar does not have aero in tablet mode. The latest update of Cortana is a step backwards in my experience with winodws 10 version 10074. In the Netherlands Cortana is not supported, but winodws search, its companion hamburger black side back and all the search pane quircks also. My experience with Cortana is that it is only interfering more with the navigation of the start menu. What what I can tell I'm only getting more overlays one over the other. It is dysfunctional, it is blocking the all apps list and there is a bug where the search pane is open standard at every login, further obscuring navigation at launch. Only a doubble tap of the start icon in the lower left corner will make it disappear. It won't automatically hide if you navigate away from it. Not even the capactive surface windows button or the type cover windows key will make the pane go away in the start menu. Because we probably won't get Cortana in the Netherlands untill most likely late in the windows 10 lifecycle (based on experience in windows 7 and 8), The hamburger menu bar has no added value and looks like splinter stuck in the computer. It's a nuisance and is there for no functional reason for tablet mode. I think Cortana and the new hamburger bar should be phased out, or an opt out provided in the settings menu. There is no Cortana notebook available in the Netherland so I can't tell if Cortana is useful or not. In the Dutch 10074 there is no taskview button. The search bar remains in view when not in tablet mode. Pinned apps on the taskbar swoop to the right when moving out of tablet mode. In the Dutch 10074 update on a surface pro the volume icon is hidden in the teeny tiny system tray submenu. Difficult to access. Poor design choice for touch. The trend I'm seeing from the perspective of my surface pro and tablet mode (since update 9926) is that the taskbar is becoming ever more obsolete. My insights with every update are growing that the system tray needs to phase out. The system tray is redundant as most actions and quickfunctions are either in the settings app or in the toggles in the toggel pane in action center. I would argue that the remain icons, clock and calendar move to the toggles pane in tablet mode.The system tray is simply redundant, small and unusable for touch as quick toggles/icons/action buttons/etc. Continuum: This is still not working properly for tablet mode. I am still experiencing that the taskbar will not autohide in tablet mode and that the searchpane are interfereing with interaction and navigation in the start menu in tablet mode. It's a issue I've experienced ever since update 9926. Microsoft really needs to go back to the drawing board on solving a good solution for tablet mode. It simply still is not a good experience on a any surface device, and I have already tested it in comparison with another surface pro with windows 8.1 side by side. My suggestion would be that tablet mode/continuum would hide the taskbar and the the app list column. This would give more room to the live tiles, and not cause so much naviagation and interactive conundrum issues that have been plaguing windows 10 TP for so long now. Multitaskting. Is working okay. Portrait orientation snapping is still not working okay and needs a solution. Settings yep. A lot of improvements and additions here. Personally I think microsoft should do more with the action center. I hardly use notification center and frankly three sources of notifications is giving me a headache and information overload (notification center, live tiles and email). Why not use the notifacation space for more actions at your fingertips??? --> https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=5593233e65b6ae7d!17925&authkey=!ANT57SMCBIkFjXU&ithint=file%2cpptx Apps New Wether, sports, news and money have new skins, but still the same backend data, info and soureces. I was also expecting some improvements "under the hood" in these apps. Third party rss feed apps work 10 times better than the msn news apps (seriously needs a refresh!). Money app is somply awesome. Very well made and interactive. Sports doesn't cover enough sports  (still....(ever since windows 8.1.), Weather app is nice, but was expecting more weather sources. Current sources are not always that accurate for my country. Would be nice if the source databases would expand some more for more accurate weather forecast and data. As far as I can tell video and music app haven't changed since windows 8.1. Is not a bad thing really. I quite like the apps as they are. Windows store beta work but downloads and installs are slow right now. I can only download one app at a time. Windows spotlight. Developing.... To wrap things up from my end: a few minor improvements, but still a long way to go. Summer deadline is going to be touch and go and the development is worrying. I saw both build keynotes. Amazing what they are dong in the background!!  
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  • If upgrading from 8.1, do we get to keep our desktop > modern app and settings with this build?
  • The final build of windows 10 is going to be a masterpiece...
  • I'm just waiting for Cortana in Portuguese (Brazil).
  • Does anyone have any feedback about how well this runs on Surface Pro 3?
  • tip: albums are also working in this app. check your photos app
  • I also noticed the little watermark on the bottom right now says "Window 10 Pro" instead of "Windows 10 Technical Preview"
  • It's looking good, by the way you can still access the volume mixer via right click.
  • Why don't they merge the Control Panel to PC Settings. This way we can go to "Properties" of "This PC" straight from PC Settings rather than opening the File Explorer, right clicking on the "This PC" then "Properties".
  • It's important to note that although the search box is not visible upon clicking the Start menu, you can still click the Start menu and begin typing. This will open the Cortana search experience.
  • My dell 8 pro wont wake up with this nee release :(. Have to hold the power button down and restart it each time.
  • So Good!
  • Ok so now my start button is completely broken along with the search bar/cortana. Won't click or do anything at all. I can still right click on it but that's it.  
  • Looks more polished and consistent. I'll loving the direction. Keep doing it MS
  • With every build Win 10 seems to be getting better.The TPs are rock solid atleast for me, that i use them as a daily driver. The only gripe is there cuold have been some eye candy in the icons front.The current icons are so bland and boring.
  • I like the frosted transparency on the start menu. If they can find a way to work frosted glass into the 10 UI in a way that's smart and cohesive, I'm all for it. But I have actually come to PREFER the look of 10 OVER the look of 7, by quite a bit, actually. 7 is was stunning when it was new, and it's still a very attractive UI. But it just looks so dated now. I love the crisp, fresh, vibrant, colorful, squeaky clean simplicity of 10, all of these are things that 7 for all its shimmering translucent beauty lacked. And 10 does it way better than the cartoony, circus tent Windows 8, managing to capture its crispness and freshness and symmetry, without inheriting its impossible paradox of "garish blandness". Just about all the comments I'm seeing in the Feedback app are calling for Aero. So I'll repeat, if they can find a way to work it in that's smart and cohesive, but still looks and feels resolutely "10", then I'm totally on board. Amen and Amen. BUT, if I have to choose between a 10 that looks too much like 7 and/or a 10 that has a confusing and incoherent franken mix of aero and modern elements vs a crisp clean 10 with absolutely no transparencies whatsoever, let me say as emphatically as I can...I choose the latter. I think 10 looks gorgeous now. The only complaints I have with it are they took away the rotating colors on the title bars of active windows, and the highlight colors on icons and key texts in apps that also used to change are seeming to be changing less (maybe it's just a bug, I don't know.) Anyway, it's amazing how such a small difference can make such a huge difference sometimes, but they REEAALLY need to bring those back. Also, I wish they wouldn't force you into two cluster "banks" of live like the 8 start screen, but rather, give you the choice of how many you have (Personally, I'd choose just one bank, like the start menu in the very first Windows 10 build.) Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
  • while updating my system to windows 10 pro insider preview 10074 i got error ...That is telugu language is not showing correctly..It shows in different format..How i fix this problem please help me as soon as possible..
  • Need help... When performing a standard update from 10061 to 10074 the file download stopped at 65% and since then nothing has happened there for several days. How can I abort the download and/or restart the update?
  • When the update started everytime I open a fullscreen app, mainly steam games, the start bar automatically opens and if I press anywhere in the app where the start bar would have been it minimizes the app and then selects whatever is in that place on the start bar. It also will then not let me maximize the app and I have to force close it. I hope some people have solutions to this issue.  On the other hand, the new updates look great and I am really loving windows ten.
  • I have a problem project spartan does not work Windows 10 Build 10074
  • I'm having troubles restarting. My PC just hangs. did not have this issue until build 10074.   vincent 
  • Hey, does anyone know how to use taskbar as a global taskbar for all desktops? Now apps are visible only on active desktop, where they have been launched.    Y
  • Ahh! Missed system settings and multitasking tools.
  • I just upgrade to windows 10, insider preview 10074. After upgrade, START button does not work. I cant even open my SETTINGS. I really need help right now. Thank you
  • My people app now turns blue and the icon is now new.
  • Start Menu doesn't work anymore, worked when i installed the windows, but now is not working anymore..  
  • first my settings does not work, after the updates from microsoft now the start menu does not work but the setting already work any idias?
  • loaded windows 10 preview 10130 today on my core i7 pc  and tried to play mp3 files from a NAS drive, files wont play, error reported "this item is in a format we dont support. Please choose something else 0xc00d36b4 (0x00d36b4)
  • I got same error
  • I can solve that problem. Maybe your Audio driver not support with this OS.