Time's Running Out for Old Windows 10 Preview Builds
Microsoft warns users that their previous builds of the operating system may stop working next month.There's a new Windows 10 preview build (14931) awaiting Windows Insiders this week, but before trying out its new features, Microsoft is nudging users with old builds to update. Dona Sarkar, a software engineer in Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group and head of the Windows Insider program, announced this week that the clock is ticking on older versions of the prerelease system software. As of a week ago, some users may have already noticed a new notification informing them that time is running out. Urging Insiders to update to build 14926 or newer using Window 10's system settings (Settings, Update & Security), she said that it soon will be harder to ignore the warning signs. On Oct. 1, PCs with older preview builds will start rebooting every 3 hours. Two weeks later, on Oct. 15, they will cease booting altogether. "If your PC is running the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (Build 14393) in the Slow and Release Preview rings today—this does not apply to you and you will not be notified of your build expiring," wrote Sarkar in a Sept. 21 blog post. Users running build 14926 and newer won't have to worry about their system software expiring until May 1, 2017.
Meanwhile, testers who download the newly released build 14931 can take Windows' new USB Audio 2.0 class driver for a spin. The driver enables native support for USB Audio 2.0 devices, a capability available in Mac OS X. Currently, it only supports playback, not recording, but Microsoft is working on releasing the audio capture component in upcoming releases.