Windows 10 build 14291 for PC: Everything you need to know

Microsoft is now rolling out another preview of Windows 10 for PC and Mobile through the Fast ring. This time, the software giant is making available Windows 10 build 14291, and the latest release includes a number of new features, changes, and improvements over previous builds.

While build 14291 for PC is not big on changes, it's still a significant update as Microsoft is finally introducing extension support for the Edge browser. In addition, the company also delivers the new Feedback Hub app, Maps and Alarms & Clocks apps get updated, and there are a few new tweaks in the Settings app and Start menu.

Note that many of the changes are also available in Windows 10 Mobile, but this article focuses primarily on the new changes in Windows 10 for PC.

Windows 10 build 14291

Microsoft Edge

In Windows 10 build 14291, the software giant is bumping the version number to 34.14291, and bringing some exciting features, including extension support, "Pinned Tabs", and "Paste and Go" options.

Extensions

After a long wait, Microsoft finally ships extension support for the Edge web browser. Initially, the company is only making three basic extensions available, including Microsoft Translator, Reddit, and Mouse Gestures.

  • Microsoft Translator: Translates web pages for over 50 languages when you stumble upon foreign language content.

  • Reddit: Enhances the browsing experience with more control, custom dashboard, and redesigned user-interface for users who frequently visit the popular site Reddit.com.

  • Mouse Gestures: While Microsoft hasn't yet optimize Edge for touchscreen devices, you can use the Mouse Gestures extension to use touch gestures on any touch-enabled computer.

Eventually, extensions will be available through the Windows Store, but during the development period, users will have to download and sideload them manually.

Here's how to install extensions on Microsoft Edge:

  1. Download an extension from this Microsoft website (opens in new tab).
  2. Double-click the extension file to extract all the files.
  3. On Edge, click the three-dotted menu button and select Extensions.

  1. Click Load extension.

  1. Select the folder with extension files and click Select folder to complete the installation.

If the extension loads successfully it will be listed in the Extensions section, as you can see in the screenshot below.

You can hover over the extension name and click the gear button to access its settings, and you can also right-click it to remove or show the button in the address bar.

Although Microsoft has only made available three extensions for Edge, the company has designed the support similar to what Google does with Chrome, which should make it easier for developers to port their browser add-ons to Edge. The company says that later this year, customers will find even more extensions, such as AdBlock, Adblock Plus, Amazon, LastPass, Evernote, and others.

Moreover, these extensions will be available in the Store for much simpler installation and to make sure they are screened for security.

Pinned Tabs

On the new preview, users can pin their favorite tabs. Similar to other browsers, you can right-click a tab and select Pin tab from the context menu and tabs will remain pinned even after restarting the browser. To remove a pinned tab, just right-click a tab and click Unpin tab.

Paste and Go

Users will also find that they can now copy a URL to the clipboard, right-click the address bar, and select Paste and Go option to paste the URL and immediately navigate to the page without the extra step. This is not a significant change, but it's available in other browsers, and customers have been requesting it for some time.

Start menu

The Start menu on the latest build of Windows 10 doesn't ship with significant changes, but you will notice that the Settings button now includes context menu support to access pinned and recent settings locations, identical to the File Explorer button.

Settings app

Microsoft also quietly keeps updating and testing new tweaks in the Settings app. On Windows 10 build 14291, the software giant is improving some of the Storage and Wi-Fi settings.

Storage

On System > Storage > This PC (C:) > Temporary Files, you will notice that Microsoft has updated the settings to delete files that are only wasting space in the hard drive. Starting with build 14291, users can select and click Remove files to delete temporary files, content in the Downloads folder, recycle bin, and even remove the previous version of Windows.

Wi-Fi

On Network & internet > Wi-Fi, Microsoft is bringing all the Wi-Fi Sense and Paid Wi-Fi services, which were previously located in a separate section.

This change should make it easier for users to decide whether or not to share Wi-Fi information with contacts on Outlook.com, Skype, and Facebook. Or get quickly connected by using paid hotspots where available.

Windows Apps

Windows 10 build 14291 also includes updates for some of the built-in apps, including Feedback Hub, Maps, and Alarms & Clock.

Feedback Hub app

Microsoft has now merged the Windows Feedback and Insider Hub into a single app, which it's called the Feedback Hub.

The new app includes all the features previously available on both apps, but Microsoft is also adding a few "new things."

The first thing you will notice is the search box located front and center, which you can use to add a feedback quickly or upvote already submitted feedback.

The "What's new" section is the place you will find all the latest Microsoft announcements and quests -- all in a single feed.

The new version also removes the screenshot capture feature. Instead, the app now offers an upload screenshot option, so you can take a screenshot manually (Windows key + Print screen) and send it alongside your feedback.

Alarms & Clock app

The Alarms & Clock app remain virtually the same, but now starting build 14291 users will notice an updated user-interface when adding a new alarm with a new time picker and context menus to pick different options, such as alarm name, sound, and snooze time.

Maps app

The latest preview of Windows 10 also includes an updated version of the Maps app. The new version brings a completely updated and consistent user-interface, plus new improvements and features.

The most important feature added to the new Maps app is the ability to view multiple searches in a single map view -- layered on top of each other.

The menu elements have been relocated to the top area, instead of the side, which allows store searches as tabs during the current session and it helps to navigate better the app. (Mobile devices include the menu elements at the bottom to make it easier when using a device with one hand.)

The new update for Maps also supports turn-by-turn directions with Cortana voice, but currently, it's only available in English (United States), English (United Kingdom), Simplified Chinese (China), French (France), Italian (Italy), German (German) and Spanish (Spain).

Among other features, you will now get search on 3D cities, access to your favorites saved places offline, better search results for nearby places (only in select markets), and Microsoft made it easier to follow public transit route, know exactly when to get off the bus, and continue with turn-by-turn directions.

Extras

As part of the new release, the software maker is also pushing two Japanese input enhancements, including Japanese one-handed kana touch keyboard, which makes typing in Japanese similar to a mobile device.

Image credit Microsoft

And there is also a new Japanese Lined-mode text input canvas experience, which should make typing in Japanese more natural and intuitive.

Image credit Microsoft

Wrapping things up

Taking everything into account, Windows 10 build 14291 is a small but significant release, especially now that Insiders can finally get their hands with extensions for Microsoft Edge. However, we're still months away from the first release of Redstone, as such we're expecting to see more in the near future.

Along with the changes, improvements, and features build 14291 also ships with a number of fixes and known issues you should be aware before installing.

Windows 10 resources

For more tips, coverage, and answers on Windows 10, you can visit the following resources:

What do you think about the new improvements and extension support for Microsoft Edge? Tell us what you think and the extension you would like to see coming to the browser.

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.

82 Comments
  • The moment lastpass hits, Edge overtakes Firefox for me.
  • It's already done it for me. I've had loads of issues with Firefox freezing, hanging, and even crashing. On multiple computers and operating systems. The Windows Central Universal Application for Windows 10 Mobile on a Nokia Lumia 830
  • Once LastPass is there then Edge can be my primary browser.  Still need to use IE for anything in my LastPass
  • Me too, I'm done with firefox, I'dont use extension, so I'm very happy with Edge update with Pintab in context menu
  • Edge is my main browser for regular stuff but as a webdev I'll keep using Firefox because the built-in devtools are still more refined than that from edge. Firefox never acted up on my computer and is really stable.
  • Great if you can open Edge, since downloanding the new build my Edge no longer opens.
  • What is lastpass for? Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • LastPass is for managing passwords and other form data, onlie shopping profiles, secured notes to store credit info, etc.  I prefer Dashlane because it additionally works with applications as well as websites.  Both are good choices.  Also, try Sticky Passwords & Roboform Everywhere.
  • thank you. sounds useful I shall look forward of its release if and when
  • It's already available as standalone app, but with browser integration it can auto-fill login forms as well.
  • Is the mobile build just for the 950 550 family or for others too? i couldnt update my 1520 with it
  • All fast ring are for 950/650/550 etc. 1520 on .164 slow and preview or production
  • thanks :D
  • For now. MS said that in the coming weeks all devices on the W10 list, not just native W10 devices, would be able to get development branch builds.
  • Not working on my 640 xl
  • The title of this article - Windows 10 build 14291 for PC
  • *Read* the article. PC and Mobile.
  • only for Win10 phones yet
  • MS is *****
  • Shat on MS
  • Another *worthwhile* comment
  • It seems like a great build. I only wish my Lumia 640 already had the ability to install it. The Windows Central Universal Application for Windows 10 Mobile on a Nokia Lumia 830
  • how do I remove the Windows Feedback entry in the start menu?
  • It can't be removed now. It will be fixed in future builds as said by Gabriel Aul.
  • I removed it the usual way on my 950, but I guess the question was for the PC build...
  • I got a notification from a build far in the 15000 range..
  • Kudos to Microsoft for (finally) introducing some new features with the builds. This is getting exciting again. The maps look really great, and I can't wait to take them for a spin. Edge still needs a lot of work, but at least there are some meaningful additions and changes happening. Extensions are huge leap forward. My big critique from the changes detailed above, is the alarm "time picker". I am so glad I don't use Windows or my phone for alarms. Whose idea was it that flicking through up to 30 digits was a fast, easy way to enter numbers? If I want to set for 6:30pm, why can't I just enter 6-3-0-p (only four keys!), instead of scrolling through 1>2>3>4>5>6, next: 1>2>3>...>28>29>30 (>31>32>33>32>31>30>29>30 is more like it), next: AM>PM. Does anyone really think this is a convenient way to enter data?
  • I support this ^ . Having a hard time scrolling on mobile as well. If there were only a text entry box. What happens is scroll-scroll-scroll<overshoot>scrollback-scrollback-scrollback<overshoot>scroll-scroll . Finally !
  • I like it this way coz i find it easy to alter previously set alarms, i find myself unsure about setting time for the alarm and always change it slightly every day or so. Its easier to input it for the first time using the classic way, but editing is always harder that way. (tap>del>del>3>5>) i could do a single continuous swipe from 30>35. I do get your point. I think there should be an option to switch between the methods.
  • Use Cortana to set an alarm, it works well.
  • I'm not seeing the settings jump list on either of my computers. Am I the odd one out?
  • Is this this update out for Lumia 640? Or just the new devices? Microsoft is being homosexual with the updates.
  • Available for Insider to test Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • ? Not even necessary the last sentence. And no just for x50. They already have 10586.* so they can get started on Redstone. Maybe now since w10m is official, we can start getting Redstone though This comment was posted on Windows Central for Windows 10 UWP.
  • Can anyone confirm that they fixed the in private settings???? The current versions has a huge hiccup and saves your history.
  • Never mind my comment....
  • Not a single thing added that I have EVER cared about.  The more they do to it, the more I hate Windows 10.
  • Then why are you here. I think you are lost.
  • Its a religious affirmation ..... it doesnt matter. you know you are right even if the entire community disagrees bit like isis.
  • Hate is a very strong word.
  • The maps app looks amazing This comment was posted on Windows Central for Windows 10 UWP.
  • They've removed the "backup to OneDrive" in Settings for the last 2 build. Any reasons? And when will they finally have "Quiet hour" settings available? Right now it's useless.
  • Only available in some country that can use cortana
  • Yes and that still doesn't make any sense to me.
  • Good work guys
  • The day Adblock Arrives on edge, I will bid farewell to chrome.....
  • So true
  • When the Redstone will release to public?
  • Sometime in June.
  • You also need to know that a remote desktop connection will crash the Windows Explorer in this build...
  • Thanks for the tip. Will avoid this build for now.
  • One workaround is to use the Remote desktop app instead of the desktop version...
  • Also found that if it's not in full screen mode, the regular mstsc app doesn't crash explorer.exe. It only happens when in full screen mode.
  • That's a lot of new features. But I am waiting for Build 2016 for announcing new Windows 10 features that will freak me out.
  • Something like remote donate ur phone from ur desktop
  • Remote donate your phone? You mean giving it away to someone on the internet? ;) I know, it was supposed to say "desktop", but still ... interesting idea. It could be implemented easily ;)
  • I think its more dev related and not as many assume front facing things.
  • BRING back Astoria
  • Oh I wish they would. Then I could use my 640 with the few apps I need to move fully from Android. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Unfortunately, that was effectively killed off, although MS are aggressively pushing the iOS one.
  • Nah, that cancer has already been currd
  • Astoria is redundant anyway if islandwood works.
  • Why? its just a solution waiting for google to move the goal posts and another way they can screw w10 users. maybe a porting tool but as many have said its on IOS so why? and the astoria builds were laggy and slow compared to current builds.    
  • Please bring full aero-transparency to aesthetics and visual appeal Microsoft!
  • U block origin is available?
  • Weird, the settings section on my test PC doesn't have that jumplist support, even on 14291.
  • Probably A/B test.
  • The change to upload a screen shot rather than just take one through the app is good. It allows you to crop in order to just show the relevant part rather than your whole screen. There have been times I haven't uploaded a screenshot due to privacy since feedback is public.
  • I'm wondering if this edge update finally fixes/finishes favorites management. Such a basic thing.
  • Is only PC would do the upgrade. For some reason this build fails to install...
  • If only my... Is there no way to edit a post anymore?
  • nvidia? mine with the lastest (gaming)drivers had issues.
  • Yes, and it didn't help to uninstall all nVidea drivers and then do the upgrade
  • I got a question. Now that phones are now being updated to 10, will they be eligible for Redstone builds?
  • How are the mouse gestures on touch screen working out?
  • It's like, Redstone looks so cool to try out, but I only have one laptop and one tablet, and my pc has my dev tools installed, pictures and music and videos all totaling over 110 GB. Can I do an upgrade? Or do I have to clean install? Should I risk it? This comment was posted on Windows Central for Windows 10 UWP.
  • Finally time to get back on fast ring. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • VLC media player 2.2.2 just broke my taskbar and start menu on thia build. Live tiles no longer work and all apps list only show 4 apps. I've deleted and am rebuilding my user account to try and fix this issue
  • When will it be possible to lock app separately on W10
  • Anyone else having BSOD MEMORY_MANAGEMENT error while installing this build on PC?! Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Hey
  • How do I force getting this?
    I'm on windows 10 pro, have selected fast ring insider builds, but still on 10586.164
    Refreshing windows update does not help.