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Windows 10 build 14352 for PC: Everything you need to know

Although we're just weeks away from the public release of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Microsoft still has a few things to show us. The company is now rolling out Windows 10 build 14352 for PC to the Fast ring with various improvements and changes over build 14342, which rolled out to testers on May 10th.

In Windows 10 build 14352, we're not getting major changes or new significant features, but Microsoft includes various improvements on Cortana with new voice commands. Windows Ink is getting some updates to enhance the experience, the Settings app receives a few tweaks, and Microsoft even adds an extra layer of security for users running other antivirus software.

It's worth pointing out that Windows 10 build 14352 is currently available for PCs and tablets. Microsoft hasn't shared any details one when the mobile version will get the update.

Here's everything you need to know.

Windows 10 build 14352

Start menu & Action Center

In this new flight, Microsoft isn't introducing significant changes on the Start menu, but there is a new tweak. When you open Start, Microsoft has changed the label from 0-9 to # for the group of apps which names begin with a number.

In the notification area, the Action Center button no longer shows the number of notifications when using smaller icons, and the icon has also been updated to make it clear when quiet hours is turned on.

Inside Action Center, Microsoft is making the target to dismiss notifications larger to make easier to close items.

The new build also supports notifications syncing between your PC and your Windows 10 Mobile, but it requires the phone to be running build 14352 or later, which Microsoft hasn't roll out yet.

File Explorer

While File Explorer remains virtually unchanged, Microsoft recently introduced a new icon, but after feedback, it's rolling back the same familiar yellow and blue colors.

Image credit Microsoft

Cortana

The test version of the Windows 10 Anniversary Update brings some improvements to Cortana. Starting with build 14352, the digital assistant includes the ability to play songs from Groove Music, in addition to playing songs from your local files and OneDrive.

The new feature even works on the Lock screen. Here are the commands you can use to play songs:

  • "Hey Cortana: Play song-name"
  • "Hey Cortana: Play artist-name"
  • "Hey Cortana: Play my Groove-playlist-name"
  • "Hey Cortana: Pause"

Now you can also set a timer using Cortana to remind you to take a break, or you need to control the food you're cooking. Also, after setting a timer, you can ask how long is left in the countdown or cancel the timer using natural language.

The new feature works on your PC when you're signed in or when you're using Cortana above the Lock screen. It also works on your phone using speech or text.

Here are the commands you can use to set a timer:

  • "Hey Cortana: Set a timer for 10 minutes"
  • "Hey Cortana: How much time is left?"
  • "Hey Cortana: Cancel my timer"

You'll also notice that starting with this new preview; Microsoft is updating the animation when Cortana is listening and decoding what you're trying to say with a sound wave animation.

In addition, there a few other changes in Cortana found in build 14352. For example, Microsoft is relocating the settings and feedback button in the left rail to the bottom to align the UI we see with Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps.

Previously, Microsoft added an option inside the Cortana settings to make the assistant available on the Lock screen. Now in the latest preview, Microsoft is adding a second option called "Above lock access" to allow Cortana to assist you with reminders, messages, and appointments above the Lock screen.

Windows Ink

The Windows 10 Anniversary Update will also come with Windows Ink, which is a new experience that lets users with touch-enabled devices quickly and easily write notes, sketch, and annotate screenshots with a stylus, such as the Surface Pen, and the new inking experience is adding several noticeable improvements.

Sticky Notes

In Windows 10 build 14352, Sticky Notes are getting more useful, thanks to Bing and Cortana. Now when you open Sticky Notes, you'll be prompted to enable the new insights feature, which allows Cortana to recognize phone numbers, email addresses, and URLs so that you can take different actions right from the note.

For example, if your Sticky Note includes a phone number it will get highlighted, and when you click the phone number, you'll notice a Call button to place the call. If you type a URL, when you click the link, it will open that particular page in your web browser.

Quick Tip: You can always enable and disable insights on Sticky Notes by clicking the menu button on a note, selecting Settings, and clicking Enable insights.

If you write a few jotted-down bulleted items, your note will also become an easy-to-manage checklist.

Sketchpad

The Sketchpad now includes a few new keyboard shortcuts to make it easier to move away from the app. Now you can press the ESC, Windows key + D, or Windows key + S keyboard shortcuts to dismiss the Sketchpad.

The save icon has also been updated based on feedback, and now it features a familiar floppy disk icon.

Other improvements on the Sketchpad includes the ability to resume faster when there are a lot of strokes on a sketch.

The ruler for Windows Ink has also been updated, and now it includes a compass that moves as you move the ruler indicating cardinal points or midpoints.

Additionally, if you don't have a stylus, Screen Sketch and Sketchpad now will have touch-inking enabled by default.

Microsoft Edge

Windows 10 build 14352 updates Microsoft Edge from version 38.14342 to 38.14352, but there are not significant changes.

Some minor improvements include the "What's new and tips" item in the menu, which currently will only direct you to Microsoft Edge welcome page.

On about:flags, you can now enable experimental H.264/AVC over WebRTC, and there is also experimental support for TCP Fast Open on the Networking section.

Settings

The Settings app usually has a lot of tweaks and improvements, but in build 14352 there are only a few changes.

While the Settings app remains virtually the same in this build, Microsoft is adding the Ctrl + E keyboard shortcut to direct focus to the search bar when you need to look for settings.

System

On Settings > System, Microsoft has previously added a new feature called Projecting to this PC, which allows you to project your Windows phone or another Windows 10 device to your computer screen while letting you also use its keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. (Basically, it's a new form of remote desktop functionality.)

In build 14352, Projecting to this PC has been slightly updated, and now includes a "This PC can be discovered from projection only when is plugged in" option. The settings page also display your computer name and link to rename your device to make the connection easier.

Update & security

On Settings > Update & security there are a number of changes.

On Windows Defender, the Windows 10 Anniversary Update introduces a few feature called Periodic scanning, which is a new security setting that you have to manually enable when you use a third-party antivirus other than Windows Defender.

The feature adds another layer of protection fighting malware on your computer. When you enable Periodic scanning, Windows 10 will use Windows Defender to scan your computer for malicious code.

According to the company, the new feature uses Automatic Maintenance to ensure the scans are scheduled at optimal times to avoid performance impact and problems with battery life.

Remember that Periodic scanning is only available when you install a third-party antivirus software.

If you use another antivirus, and you want to take advantage of Periodic scanning, then do the following:

  1. Use the Windows key + I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
  2. Click Update & security.
  3. Click Windows Defender.
  4. Turn on Periodic scanning.

When a new virus is detected, Windows Defender will use a toast notification to alert you of the threat. While the software will automatically deal with malicious code, you can also click the notification to review the threat and take different actions.

On Recovery there aren't new features, but the new flight now shows a link to learn how to do a clean install of Windows 10. Currently, the link will open a Microsoft forum discussion (opens in new tab), where Jason, Program Manager of the Windows Insider Engineering team at Microsoft, explains that the company is working on a new tool to install Windows 10 easily from scratch.

On Activation, Microsoft has changed the Change product key button, for a link with an icon in the form of key.

In addition and perhaps the most notable improvement is the ability for IT professionals to upgrade easily from Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise. Before the Anniversary Update to upgrade from Windows 10 Pro to Enterprise required users to erase the hard drive and install the operating system from scratch.

Starting with Windows 10 build 14352 and moving forward, IT professionals can upgrade to the Enterprise edition without needing to wipe out their system, and after the update a reboot is no longer required. The only thing you need to do is to click the Change product key link on Windows 10 Pro and enter your Enterprise product key.

On Windows Insider Program, the settings page finally gets a proper icon.

Windows 10 Game DVR

Windows 10 Game DVR is a great tool that allows you to record game clips, which then you can share with family and friends. However, the ability to record games in full-screen isn't supported on all titles. Now in the new build, Microsoft is adding full-screen recording support using the Windows game bar in new games, including League of Legends, World of Warcraft, Diablo III, DOTA 2, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, and Battlefield 4.

Feedback Hub

In the Feedback Hub app, you'll now see status tags letting you know how Microsoft is working to address the feedback. Also, these new tags with status will be published alongside responses from Microsoft on feedback.

image credit Microsoft

Wrapping things up

Microsoft is currently in the stages of finalizing the Anniversary Update to meet the deadline in July, as such moving forward we're likely not going to see the introduction of new significant features. Instead, we'll see tweaks, a lot of bug fixes, and just general improvements to get the operating system ready for the masses.

Along with the new changes and enhancements, Microsoft has published some fixes included with build 14352, as well as a few known issues.

What do you think about all the new changes in this new flight of Windows 10? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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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.

74 Comments
  • What about Windows 10 Mobile! When will it get the non insider Build.
  • Which build are you refering to?
  • They should get the update the same day with the PC release. That's what Microsoft promised with Redstone builds.
  • Promised? These are preview/test builds. Things progress as they do.
  • Even though it's possible, I wouldn't say "the same day". Even thoughts likely to be in June like PC, it may come a few days later or a week later than PC. Just depends on the workload the devs/programmers have for bus fixes etc near the time compared to the PC team. However it would be hear if it was the same day! Just don't get your hopes up that it would be the same day. Even a week later would still be appreciated IMO as long as it's not heavily delayed :) (Good example of my point is how sometimes, including now, PC receive a new build and mobile receive the "same"-mobile optimised build a few days later. +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • Probably July for Mobile too. Same/Very similar date as PC
  • The irony! Windows Ink ruler now supports compass, but still no sign of magnetometer (compass) support in Maps, especially on Mobile, when HERE is about to be discontinued in a month. No compass means no real pedestrian mode. I hope this is coming with a future build (and this Ink compass could mean they finally brought the missing API on W10)
  • The ruler compass has nothing to do with magnets and is just a UI element so it has no API but it's a very useful addition, I haven't tried it yet but I'd like to see it have a snap feature like when you hold shift to draw a straight line in paint and other drawing tools. Posted from my Lumia 950
  • I think he wanted the magnets on the ruler compass so there was less of a risk of it slipping from where he put it, bwahaha!
  • Please upvote the feedback item that informs the developers that this new feature is actually not a compass at all, but rather a protractor. It's awesome. Just not a compass. Posted from Windows Central for Windows 10
  • Lock Screen: What's the difference between "use Cortana" and "allow Cortana to assist you"?
  • the latter will display reminders n other cortana stuff even if the pc is locked.
  • my Surface does not detect the 14352. I've double checked and I am on Fast Ring. Also deleted the Contents from "C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download". Still nothing showing up...
  • Same here! I wish MS would confirm that there isn't a device targeting issue.
  • I wasn't able to upgrade to the current slow ring build until I found this: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/18d94378-d96a-4386-a80... Deleting the registry keys mentioned here fixed the problem for me. The keys showed up even though to the best of my knowledge I had never installed the "Entrust" software mentioned. Sent from my more personal computer
  • is it possible for you to write the steps you did to correct the problem. The adress you mentionned in your comment does not seem to point in the right direction. Thank you
  • You can still only open links from the web version of WC. The registry keys are located at "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Cryptography\OID\EncodingType 0\CryptDllFindOIDInfo\2.16.840.1.101.3.4.2.1!1" ​Deleting these keys fixed the problem for me. "Name"="SHA-256" "Algid"=dword:0000800c "Flags"=dword:00000001
  • Thx, but my registry info at that adress does not reflect the same values (no Algid, no flags). It may be normal as the thread is about windows 8...
  • Same problem here. Honestly, I had a hell of a time getting the previous fast update too (on my SP4). Windows Update seems so damn buggy.
  • how did you manage to get it to detect the update ?
  • On my Dell XPS 13, I was able to fix the issue by doing a simple Windows Update Troubleshooting. To try this, type "troubleshoot" into Windows Search/Cortana and click on "Find and fix issues." Select Windows Update from the list, then "Show advanced options" and run it as an administrator. This allows the troubleshooter to work on registry issues automatically. The first fix it suggested for me was resetting the WU download database, and I just clicked "Apply this fix." After it was done, I opened Settings -> Windows Update and "Windows 10 Insider Preview 14352" was already downloading. =)
  • yay! The feature I miss the most from WinPhone 8.1 is "play song-name" in Cortana.  I hope it makes it to mobile, as well!
  • Actually since Cortana updates independently of the OS, the new features are already there on mobile. I'm having some issues with the Pause/Resume commands and the Cancel Timer command, but the rest works perfectly.
  • Too bad notification syncing with Windows 10 Mobile will require Cortana to be turned on. What a shame.
  • Yeah, thanks MSFT for making a not-available-worldwide feature mandatory to get other features working. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I haven't seen more countries being added to Cortana's availability list for a while. Unless it will be made available worldwide for Anniversary Update but I haven't read about that anywhere. I won't hold my breath.
  • I simply don't understand that.For example Cortana was avaible for US only with English language.Why someone from UK,Canada,Australia can't use it?
    Same for the Spanish and Portuguese.I think they must remove the region requirements and add only language support.
    (region requirements must be only for some cases like restaurants,theaters...) I need Turok at Xbox one.Plz.
    Posted from a T-Rex.
  • You can. Just open Cortana, go to the settings, and select the supported language you want to use. It doesn't matter where in the world you are any more.
  • Nice.I didn't know that.Ty.Now they have just to add more languages.
  • Hmm, could you tell me, does that mean that I can have my danish language while having Cortana enabled in english? I can't find any settings to change the language for Cortana, that's why I ask :)
  • I haven't tried it with a completely different language (I merely use a different variant of English) but that's what I've been told, yes. You'll find it in Cortana settings (not Notebook), halfway down, named "Cortana language".
  • Ah ok, that's why. I tried changing it to one of the english variants and then I could see the selection box. Thx for the help :)
  • They said previously, that it will be hardcoded to the OS later. I hope it will really be like that. Posted with the Windows Central app for Windows 10 on Lumia 535
  • Hardcoding can only be done for Windows mobile and not for Android or iOS so they won't bother with it.
  • They will. It's their own platform bro :D They said it, so they will do it :D
  • Does syncing == universal dismiss? Or just seeing a copy of all notifications on each device?
  •   yes, it is universal dismiss
  • Thanks for the fantastic sum up. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Is there a feature which will allow us to pick up calls from a windows 10 mobile on a windows 10 PC gona be available in the Anniversary Update??
  • I wonder that too because of this Build teaser demo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hOssz3Iou4. Seems like phone should be connected to the Windows 10 PC.
  • Like others my number one wish is for Cortana to be available in other regions. I enjoy the convenience of Cortana and thus I am happy for my 930 phone and Surface P4 to be set for US and US English, however it would be real nice to have her talk to me in New Zealand English.
  • Quiet hours when busy in calendar?
  • My Dell XPS 13 will not update due security settings? Any help. In the advanced it says reboot to repair and reboots but does not repair.  
  • You could try reinstalling windows 10? (there was a link that is given to non-insiders on the store when the try to download a app which isn't compatible to their OS build "aka.ms/winup" (without speech marks). It will downgrade your computer to a non-insider build but will hopefully fix any registry issues that may be preventing future updates and you can just opt back into insider program after. Also this link is a Microsoft official link (I'm assuming the shortened link is just so it's easier to copy into browser from the store) (as it's a shortened link, you may think it's not genuine. So type aka.ms/winup into google first and look at the articles etc it comes up with. It shows that it is a genuine link as it's even mentioned in the Microsoft support website :) (This WILL wipe your system thou as it's reinstalling an earlier build. Just to clarify :p) +640 on Windows10Mobile
  • I have a problem when swithching virtual desktops with the touchpad my background goes black, I have to slide three fingers down then up to get it to appear again, but it does it everytime... Does anyone have the same problem and/or knows how to fix it?  
  • This build also fixed a super annoying bug that would resize windows when you exited full screen video.
    http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_10-other_settin...      
  • I think Microsoft know it. Yes, it is very annoying. Appears in non-tablet mode.
  • Aw man I need this! My data limit is up though, so I'll have to wait Posted via the Windows Central App for Android... I'm sorry
  • Love the love from MS to sticky note. Really wish they would get automatically added to a Sticky Note section in OneNote, so that they could sync to other devices
  • "Get extension" button of Edge is missing. There is only link of "Get extensions from the store" left. I can't sideload my extension from drive now.      
  • Yes because you're supposed to get them from the store now. Windows Central for Windows 10-Nokia Lumia 830
  • Yes but what about developers. To test extension we should sideload it first.
  • Do you have developer mode enabled?
  • I don't even use insider builds. Just guessed that developer couldn't test extensions without sideloading.
  • I'm pretty sure the feature is still there, it just isn't visible to the general public.
  • Just to be sure - the Ink, Sketchpad and Screen Sketch are only available for touch capable devices?
  • Nope anything running Windows 10 has access. It's just hidden by default if your device isn't touch-enabled. Like Tablet Mode. Any Windows 10 computer can use Tablet Mode...but you have to enable it manually. Windows Central for Windows 10-Nokia Lumia 830
  • Anybody having trouble with Projecting to PC? I am unable to project my lumia 950 to PC..
  • me too with Lumia 640. Project my screen just doesn't send notification to phone to allow projecting.
  • What do you mean by 'send notification to phone?' I assume you should find your PC from phone in Project My Screen/Connect setting page? I'm not in Insider builds for some time, but if this feature works I would immediately jump into the Insider's roller coaster again!
  • The message should pop-up on the phone asking to allow screen projection when you connect phone to PC using USB while Project My Screen app opened. And it doesn't work with Connect from action center on my Lumia 640 and Surface Pro 4.
  • If it's like that, that might mean the projecting device needs to be on the same build which is impossible right now. Because it says you can use the PC peripherals to control the projecting device if I'm not mistaking the 'its' in the statement. Sounds like an alternative Continuum.
  • I don't use insider, I'm on production 10586.318 both devices. Project My Screen app just doesn't work for me. Also tried my laptop on same build and Lumia 640. No luck.
  • I think this feature is for 14352 only. I assume to use this feature we might need W10M Build 14352 and onwards.
  • I think this feature is for 14352 only. I assume to use this feature we might need W10M Build 14352 and onwards.
  • the feature that worked on windows phone 8.1 is not working on production now? what the hell? it stopped work after updating to w10m but I found thread on windowscentral where someone posted screens how Project My Screen app worked with W10M. No luck for me.
  • This one, mentioned in the article, is different from Project My Screen. This one is projecting a phone/PC screen to a PC wirelessly. It uses Miracast technology. Normally, a PC won't act as a Miracast receiver. This setting enables it. Plus it claims that we can use the peripherals to control the projecting device, but I'm unsure of that.
  • oh that sounds cool! So I will be able to connect my Lumia 640 (no Continuum) to any device with Windows 10 and Miracast support after Anniversary Update?
  • That's how I understand.
  • Hi, where  can I find Sketchpad on my Surface Pro 4? 
  • Works pretty well so far on my Surface Pro 4 (fresh installation)
  • Waiting for updates
  • At last! I was searching for 'Projecting to This PC' feature since Win 7. Normally, PC refuses to act as a receiver. I assume I can project a video (like Lumia PlayTo), an app, a game & even just for a W10M demo. Has anyone tried this feature? Can it work with any Windows Phone? Or need to update to the same build?
  • Please tell them to keep the start menu as it is.. this new one is absolutely garbage. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Cortana? When in Poland?