Windows 10 build 14946 for PC: Everything you need know

Microsoft delivers yet another test version of its operating system part of the Redstone 2 update. This time around the company is rolling out Windows 10 build 14946 through the Fast ring for PC and Mobile devices bringing a number of new features, improvements, and several fixes.

On Windows 10 build 14946, Microsoft continues its Redstone 2 development by adding new features to the Settings app, including new customization options for Precision touchpad, and the ability to turn off a Wi-Fi connection temporarily. And as usual, this flight also includes a number of fixes and improvements.

Here's everything you need to know about the latest Insider Preview build of Windows 10 for PC.

Windows 10 build 14946

Settings

On build 14946, the Settings app is getting a few new interesting improvements for touchpad, networking, and a few other tweaks.

System

On Settings > System > Storage everything remains virtually the same, but now you'll notice that under Save locations, Windows 10 is adding the ability to change the location to store your offline maps, which was something previously only available in the Offline maps settings page.

Devices

On Windows 10 build 14942, Microsoft announced new improvements to the touchpad experience, including new adjustments for gestures and click detection using a Precision touchpad. In addition, the company created a separate settings page for touchpad configuration options.

On build 14946, on Settings > Devices > Touchpad, Windows 10 adds a new Other gestures section that allows you customize additional options for your three and four finger gestures and you have a diagram showing exactly how everything currently is configured.

Three finger gestures, includes swipe up for multitasking view, swipe down to show desktop, and swipe left or right to switch apps. If you don't like this configuration, you can always use the "Swipes" drop-down to select between nothing, switching apps, virtual desktops, or custom.

Then you can also configure the tap action when using three fingers. By default, it's set to search with Cortana, but you can select among other actions, including nothing, action center, play/pause, middle mouse button, or custom.

You can't configure four finger gestures, but you can do the following actions: swipe up for multitasking view, swipe down to show desktop, and swipe left or right to switch virtual desktops.

At the bottom, you also get a button to reset your settings, and Microsoft has even added an extra gesture configuration page for advanced users.

Inside the Advanced gesture configuration page, you can configure your three finger gestures with a bunch actions for taps, up, down, left, and right, including nothing, task view, focus application, create virtual desktop, and much more. (Options available vary per gesture.)

Network & Internet

On this flight, we continue to see Microsoft working on making settings similar across PC and Mobile devices.

On Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi, the settings page has been updated to include a set of options that allows you to turn off Wi-Fi and choose the amount of time the connection should be disabled.

Now when you turn off Wi-Fi on your device in the latest Insider preview build, you'll get a "Turn Wi-Fi back on" drop-down menu to select whether you want your wireless connection to stay disabled until you turn it back on (manually), 1 or 4 hours, or 1 day.

This new option is not only available through the Settings app, but you'll also see the feature when you turn off Wi-Fi using the taskbar button.

On Settings > Network & Internet > Proxy, Microsoft has updated the settings page to let you select and configure the proper proxy settings on your computer. Now on build 14946, you can select options individually to prevent mistakes, but as always you can choose not to use any proxy configurations, detect settings automatically, use setup script, or manual setup.

Additional changes

In addition to all these new improvements, there is a few other changes part of the latest preview, but they already appeared in previous releases.

When you go to Settings > Update & security > Update history, you will now notice that Microsoft is grouping updates by major releases. As you can see in the screenshot, Windows 10 build 14946 appears under "Feature Updates."

On Settings > System > Apps & features, Microsoft is now allowing to uninstall some additional built-in apps that many users may consider non-essential, such as:

  • Mail and Calendar
  • Calculator
  • Groove Music
  • OneNote
  • Voice Recorder
  • Maps
  • Movies & TV
  • Weather
  • Xbox

The best part is that as we have previously heard, built-in apps you uninstall won't reinstall during the installation of a new major feature update when Windows 10 Redstone 2 releases.

Finally, we all know that Control Panel will eventually be completely replaced by the Settings app. While it might take a long time for that to happen, the latest preview of Windows 10 shows the Control Panel slowly fading away.

In previous releases it was easy to quickly access Control Panel, you only needed to use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut to open the Power User menu and click the Control Panel button. Now the entry has been replaced by a new option to access the Settings app instead. It's obviously not a big change, but it's an important shift that shows how the company is moving in favor of the modern Settings app.

Wrapping things up

While these are subtle changes, they give us a glimpse of what Microsoft has been working for the Windows 10 Redstone 2 update.

The company hasn't announced when exactly the update will arrive, but reference found on Windows 10 build 14946 indicates users will get Redstone 2 in March 2017.

Along with the new features, Microsoft is adding a number of fixes and improvements to build 14946.

The company also is making available build 14946 for Windows 10 Mobile, which includes new Continuum improvements, the ability to stop autocorrection on certain words, and you can even remove words that you accidentally added to the dictionary, among other changes.

What do you think about the improvements included in Windows 10 build 14946? Tell us 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.

57 Comments
  • The "store your offline maps" did not work on my Surface. Only shows the "C:" drive not the "D:" as the other save locations show....
  • Same thing on my SP3.
  • Out of all mentioned changes, only the WiFi related changes are new in this build. The others where all in 14942. And yes, that includes the changes to the touchpad settings, I've got a Surface Pro 4 running 14942: all these settings are already present.
     
  • Was the "Advanced gesture configuration" link there on 14942? I don't remember it being there, at least on my XPS13 with a PTP.
  • It is on the Surface Pro 4.
  • I hope we get these on normal laptops as well... looks really handy.
  • Features keep coming, stability does not. How about delving into the fact that this build broke Symantec Endpoint, and MalwareBytes. The notes said it wouldn't install with them installed. Said nothing about it not being able to run after reinstallation.
  • Except this is on the known issues list. Pretty sure they're working on it. Of course, it may involve the third party vendors too. Also, bear in mind that this is still very early in the RS2 development cycle.
  • Actually, the only thing it says is that the update may not complete with 3rd party AV programs. Said nothing about them fubaring the system once the update was complete and the apps reinstalled. No notice whatsoever to avoid using them. I tend to look at the potential issues before I install an update.
  • If I can't install A while B is installed, I generally assume there's a decent chance B won't install after A is installed either. Considering how Insider works, I look at this as a very minor issue. Stability comes at the end, not the beginning. Stability is a refinement. You don't refine this early on. I'm thinking you don't understand what you're using. This build isn't even consider a Beta version.
  • Bugs and things not working are part of the development process, you install this kind of previews knowing in advance that there are going to problems. Now if you had the same issue on the public release, that's another story. Thanks,
  • Leave the insider program.
  • The more they try to distance themselves from Windows 8.1 the more they come back to it but in some screwy way to make it look like it's not Windows 8.1 but it actually is and somehow it works and looks worse on Windows 10 than on 8.1 Three finger gesture to switch apps? Single finger edge swipe is hell a lot better solution so why not make it left edge > and < right edge Four finger gesture? Don't want to even comment on that one, three fingers in unatural enough and four is like an afterthought   Full screen app list is also ruined on Windows 10. Windows 8.1 has perfect app list across the full screen where each folder/group was a separate tab. Now in W10 we got half a full screen of a full screen app list with the return of ugly yellow folders that you have to drop down to see what's inside of them. And desktop icons are all the same accent color which makes it impossible to distinguish on the first glance. And they didn't even had this from the get go. Which means they had to come back to revisit W8.1   Side-by-side apps still can't be resized proportionaly and so on.
  • Dude, your talk is like suggesting push ups with just one finger. As amusing as it sounds, it's not a bright idea imo! I'm sure msft knows what it's doing with the OS. I love these gestures, and I'm doing it all the time with minimum effort.
  • Side-by-side snapped window resizing has been working for months. Try it... snap a window left and one right... hold your mouse between the two windows and drag it... *both* windows will be resized... one will get bigger and the other smaller.
  • Swipes from edge of a screen are not the same as swipes from the edge of a touchpad. If be pissed if they did that. Swipes on a screen, fine, cause I'm looking at it. On a touchpad? He'll no. I'm not looking at it, I'm looking at the screen. That's stupid. I don't want to refine my middle memory by that level of accuracy.