Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build 16251 got some new improvements

Microsoft, today announced a new PC build 16251 for the Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring, from the RS3 (Redstone 3) development branch. And thus, moving towards one step forward to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which is expected to release within few months.


Along with this new PC build, they have also announced a new build 15235 for mobile devices. In this post, we are going to list the new features that you can see in the new PC build.


Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build 16251 got some new improvements (www.kunal-chowdhury.com)

What's new and improved in PC build 16251:

In the new PC build (16251) for fast ring Windows Insiders, you are going to see the following new key improvements:

  • With this new build (16251), you will be able to link your phone to your PC, which is currently available for Android phones. Support for Android devices are going to come soon.
  • Once you link your phone to the PC, you will be able to continue your current session from your phone to the connected PC.
  • After you link your phone, just go to your phone and start browsing the web. When you are at a website which you want to view on your PC, simply invoke the native share experience on your phone and share the website to the 'Continue on PC" option.
  • Now you can view the results that Cortana has for you without launching the web browser.
  • Now you can use Cortana to turn off, restart, lock, or sign-out Windows. Just use your voice and try out the followings: "Hey Cortana, restart PC", "Hey Cortana, turn off PC", "Hey Cortana, sign out" and "Hey Cortana, lock PC".
  • You can now use sign-in info to apply settings after a restart or update. Under the Privacy section of the Sign-in options page of your Settings, you can disable and re-enable using the option.

Apart from the above new improvements, you will find a bunch of fixes part of this build 16251. Checkout the original 'Release Notes', shared by Microsoft to get the list of other changes and fixes.

Known Issues in PC build 16251:

As it is from developer branch, and the Windows team is still working hard on the new changes and fixes, there exists few 'Known and Unknown Issues'. So, before installing this build, make sure that you read all the known issues that has been already reported by Microsoft. Here you can find the known issues, part of the release notes:

  • If you installed Builds 16226-16237 and upgrade to this build, Storage Spaces will not work correctly. While Build 16241 contained a fix for the general reported issue with Storage Spaces in that build range, we discovered that the fix only applies for computers not already in the bad state, and need to do some extra work to return those already impacted to the good state. Special thanks to the Insiders that have helped us investigate this!
  • Trying to use the dictation hotkey (WIN + H) in UWP apps won’t work – you’ll see the UI come up and immediately dismiss. If you’d still like to use dictation, the microphone in the touch keyboard will work. You can right-click the Taskbar for an option to show the touch keyboard button if it’s not already visible.
  • We’re investigating your reports that after upgrading to the latest Insider Preview builds, some network settings are lost and revert to default settings. Static IP address configuration is reverted to DHCP. Networks which were marked as private are reverted to public. After the upgrade you will need to manually readjust your network settings back to your preferred settings.
  • Start, Action Center and notification toasts may at times have a background that is 100% transparent. A fix will be available in later flight – for now, if you encounter this issue, try ending ShellExperienceHost.exe via Task Manager or rebooting to resolve the issue.
  • Connecting to a VPN using a solution downloaded from the Windows Store may result in a system crash.
  • The battery flyout might show unexpected text for the % charged (specifically “%1!s!%2!s!% until fully charged”).


Source: Release Notes, published by Microsoft