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12:16 pm on Feb 9, 2017 (gmt 0)

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Microsoft has a new Insider preview build 15031 which offers picture in picture capability, allowing users to keep another window open on top of the working window. This means you can be watching a video, a skype chat, or other which checking the desktop browser, etc.
Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15031 Gets Picture in Picture [blogs.windows.com]
Additionally, there's an added security feature called Dynamic lock which uses a Bluetooth paired phone. It helps protect your PC by locking it if you move away from your desktop for more than 30-secords and take your paired phone with you.

There's also a new share icon, improved game bar support, and a number of bug fixes and further enhancements.

Apparently, there's also a known issue for "Initializing" which seems as if the download is broken. According to Microsoft, it's downloading it, but the indicator is stuck, so just ignore it.
More info on that here [answers.microsoft.com...]
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I reminded myself this morning why I no longer update Insider Preview.

I updated my Windows 10 Pro 64 bit to version 1607.

It took overall well over one and a half hours to update - NO the problem isn't the PC, nor the internet connection speed - it is entirely Microsoft drip feeding the update.

Then I have to spend time to see what settings [privacy/apps etc] Mr. Microsoft has changed without my permission.

I see I'm again lumbered with:

Cortana
Edge
One Drive [again]

So I have to go to the removal trouble all over again. Example:Everything slowing right down, fire up task manager and find Cortana was consuming memory and CPU resources. I don't use it so why allow it to unnecessarily consume resources? Classic Shell thankfully remains intact.

If I don't use it? I dump or disable it. My PC is not a life experience, it is merely a tool - nothing else.

Can others share their update time duration experiences? Insider update or just regular major updates. Mine have always been very time consuming - right back to the original Windows 10 Preview download long ago.

My ISP updates data usage one day behind, so I will be interested to see tomorrow what today's download comprised. My largest daily data usage so far this month has been 7.9 GB which is pretty ordinary. Theoretically Mr. Microsoft's download for at least one hour before the first restart should blow that right out of the water - it won't.

I don't think I'm being pedantic or unreasonable. I could complain on Mr. Microsoft's various forums including Insiders - but in my experience it mostly falls on deaf ears [except for other complainants listening and relating their own anecdotes] - if you are being complimentary or enthusiastic? That's another matter entirely.

Mr. Microsoft? If you want people to update - then stop drip feeding. If I can easily stream films and live TV with many other applications running simultaneously, then your update should be a real walk in the park because there are no other application competing for PC resources.

/whinge-grizzle = OFF

[ADDED] - Forgot this bit. On final restart I had to fight [again] to get Firefox back as my default browser. Then?

Along with all my regular open tabs? If find 25 other tabs - all being.

Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 update history

Updates for Windows 10 Version 1607 and Windows Server 2016

[support.microsoft.com ]

Work that out.
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Back in the day (XP to 7) WMP could do the same. I suppose the ability to designate any window to stay on top might have a benefit.

Disclaimer: I don't keep a single machine on Win10 these days even for testing purposes. Not sure what this new thingie is all about.

Win10 is too cloudy and net needy call-home Cortana intrusive for me that I'll maintain (and firewall if necessary) Win7 for specific programming needs and Linux everything else.
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My TV does that (picture 'n picture.) I can browse the web and watch a game, for example.
I updated my Windows 10 Pro 64 bit to version 1607.

It took overall well over one and a half hours to update - NO the problem isn't the PC, nor the internet connection speed - it is entirely Microsoft drip feeding the update
Maybe your ISP then. That same update took me around 35 to 40 minutes. Sometimes ISPs will throttle OS updates.
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Sometimes ISPs will throttle OS updates.

Speculation or knowledge? I've never heard of that happening (or experienced it).
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Golly, Gee-Whizz I just received a blue on screen message nine hours later which says after all that before:

"TIME TO RESTART YOUR COMPUTER AT 5.29 PM TO INSTALL YOUR UPDATES"

Unbelievable - I'll report back what happens after the restart.
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Speculation or knowledge? I've never heard of that happening (or experienced it).
Mobile ISPs certainly do (experience.)

As for desktop, an early announcement of the Windows 10 upgrade mentioned the rollout would be released in stages across ISPs. Seemed accurate since several local friends got the update about the same time, where remote friends got the update at other times.

I pay for a fast business connection with my ISP. I generally download fast. Regular home cable accounts with the same ISP download slower. I assume this would apply to OS updates as well, throttled down.
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About 30 mins. Still dunno why. A new welcome screen. No other changes I can see. Well nothing messed up.

No Edge anyway.

Why it did that I really don't know.
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I suspect the slow download might be to do with Microsoft's server bandwidth, and that's why it's drip-feeding the Insider Preview. Additionally, I would have expected the preview would have re-set everything.
As to normal downloads of W10, I haven't experienced as many annoyances as you, but, yes, the ones that I have experienced are annoying when it seems to have a mind of its own.

Back to the topic, the PIP idea is a useful one, and i'd probably use it.
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The Dynamic Lock could be useful in an office setting. Keep nosey coworkers from snooping when you're away from your desk.
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The Dynamic Lock could be useful in an office setting. Keep nosey coworkers from snooping when you're away from your desk.
Thwapping CTL-ALT-DEL-ENTER on the keyboard at any time you rise up is second nature in most IT shops.

It's a habit worth adopting, especially if some of your co workers have a dark sense of humor.
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Thwapping CTL-ALT-DEL-ENTER on the keyboard at any time you rise up is second nature in most IT shops
And soon you'll no longer need to do that.
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I said earlier:
It took overall well over one and a half hours to update - NO the problem isn't the PC, nor the internet connection speed - it is entirely Microsoft drip feeding the update.

Followed by:
My ISP updates data usage one day behind, so I will be interested to see tomorrow what today's download comprised. My largest daily data usage so far this month has been 7.9 GB which is pretty ordinary. Theoretically Mr. Microsoft's download for at least one hour before the first restart should blow that right out of the water - it won't.

My entire data usage for that particular day, with the one and a half hour Win 10 update was a lowly 1.5 Gb

My ISP assures me they do not throttle downloads at all - at any time - with the sole exception of customers exceeding their contractual bandwidth limit - which certainly isn't my case.
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@IanCP I can't even imagine what hardware you're running that the insignificant Cortana is even more than a blip on the radar. Also, what's the issue with Dropbox? If you don't use it, it's not hurting anything. Same with Edge. With 12GB of ram on a screaming fast PC, big whoop.

The only thing I need is Firefox and something it causing it to be a memory leaking pile of junk requiring a daily reboot, an actual issue unrelated to Windows. They fixed it, then broke it again and never fixed it again.
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Cortana is not small. It is integrated into the underlying search functions of Windows AND the web. Not chump change (and it cannot be removed, only disabled from showing on the desktop).
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And so continues the long tradition of whinging about Microsoft. My PC cost 900 EUR, runs Win10 (with Cortana, Edge and all the frills). Since Win10, I haven't needed to delete all the superfluous stuff to keep it running smooth. It just works. It is a delightfully stable system, and now I don't have to worry about me doing updates. I'm delighted with Office 365 for the same reason. There was a long period of time I lamented the death of that big pile of floppy disks known as Windows 3.11. Updating to Windows 95 was one of my biggest technological nightmares. But can we not just admit they've finally nailed it? It's the Mac OS that now looks old and unstable. And I know Linux is great, but I don't want to have to everything myself :)

Having said all that, I haven't had the new update yet. Maybe I'll change my opinion after.
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I'm only seriously complaining about the inexplicable time taken to update, and that is with nothing else running.

Yes otherwise Win 10 works flawlessly. Along with others, I only had hiccups with the earlier Preview Builds.
Having said all that, I haven't had the new update yet. Maybe I'll change my opinion after.

Well if you want some real excitement run [as administrator] the System File Checker. It only checks and repairs.... Try it and possibly join the bewildered and befuddled.

sfc /scannow

Depending upon your results....

System file check (SFC) Scan and Repair System Files & DISM to fix things SFC cannot

[answers.microsoft.com ]
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Would love to have made a new discovery but "WIndows Resource Protection did not find any integrity violations".
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Lucky, lucky...