Microsoft releases a minor update with Build 16232.1004 for Insider Fast Ring, tests 'servicing pipeline'

For those on the Fast Ring of the Windows Insider program cumulative update Build, 16232.1004 is now live through Windows Update. But blink, and you'll miss it as this update is merely testing Microsoft's new "servicing pipeline."

In an updated blog post Microsoft's Dona Sarkar explains what to expect, which is not much. In fact, you may not even need a restart (our PC has the update already installed without notification). Ironically, although it does not introduce new features, it does change the binary of Notepad (they had to update something after all), and there are a few new bugs:

The primary goal of this update is to test our servicing pipeline. This update should not require you to have to reboot unless you happen to have Notepad.exe open. This update only revs the version of the OS and includes an updated binary version of Notepad.exe and nothing else. It does introduce the following issues to be aware of:

  • Make sure you've setup Mixed Reality before taking this update.
  • After installing a language pack or feature-on-demand like .NET 3.5, your PC may be offered this update again and fail.

In other words, this update is more for Microsoft than you right now, but it will hep making things better down the road for the Fall Creators Update.

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • I suppose its good to test how they can push an update and install it quickly, ie with recent ransomware attacks, if Windows 10 was vulnerable they could potentially patch PCs globally with a quick download and install?
  • Yeah, and the fact that we can now seemingly install updates in the background without needing to reboot the computer (at least minor ones), is great.
  • Didn't they patch the ransomware vulnerability a few months ago?
  • Yes, but we mean if a new one pops it's ugly head.
  • Yes, but we mean if a new one pops it's ugly head.
  • Wen Slow Build
  • What did they do with my Notepad! I use this every day!
  • Haha! Hopefully nothing we'll notice...
  • I thought minor updates were only reserved for W10M /s
  • I was hoping they could use this to push an update to fix Edge, Cortana et al.
  • I know someone already shot the mobile comment, BUT.... Hey, even the PC's minor update contains more changes than the phone OS at this point. Also, how in the hell does changing Notepad cause bugs in other places?
  • Where does it say the changed Notepad is causing the bugs?
    Edit: Reading again you're right it looks like the only change.
    How odd.
  • Did anyone else have their Windows 10 Mobile device show an announcement that was blank, then disappear and no update?  I swear this got pushed to mobile, too.  ...or at least the notification.  I am pretty sure I saw "16232...".  I tried checking for a software update and got nothing.
  • My hp Stream 7 can't update to the latest build. I've tried like 20 times already.