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Microsoft just released Windows 10 Build 10240, which is rumored to be the RTM (release to manufacturer) version. What’s the proof for that, what is in the alleged RTM version, and is it ready for its public release? We have investigated the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview build and compiled the evidence.

Is Build 10240 Really the RTM Version?

The build itself contains some evidence. The most curious one is the build number itself: 10240.

As The Verge points out, 10240 kilobytes equal 10 megabytes; provided you calculate with the non-simplified measure of 1024 kilobytes per megabyte Memory Sizes Explained - Gigabytes, Terabytes & Petabytes in Layman's Terms Memory Sizes Explained - Gigabytes, Terabytes & Petabytes in Layman's Terms It’s easy to see that 500 gigabytes is more than 100 gigabytes. It’s also easy to see that 1 terabyte is larger than 1 gigabyte and that is larger than 1 megabyte. But these are... Read More . It’s a clever way to express a 10–as in Windows 10–in numbers and it also matches well with Microsoft’s tradition to pick special version numbers for its RTM releases.

Number schemes aside, the build downloads as “TH1 Professional 10240”, with TH potentially standing for Threshold, the codename for Windows 10. This is the first build that requires testers to confirm the new Microsoft Software license terms (they appear to be sound). Finally, the desktop watermark, that branded all previous builds as preview versions, is missing.

Windows 10 Installing Build 10240

The strongest indicators that Build 10240 is indeed the RTM version, however, are independent statements from several trustworthy sources, including Mary Jo Foley, Brad Sams, and an anonymous OEM (original equipment manufacturer), who told German tech news page Heise Online that they had received Build 10240 from Microsoft to preinstall on devices. High time with only two weeks to go until release day!

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Only the prolific Russian leaker WZor claims that Microsoft has not signed off on Windows 10. Reddit users were quick to point out that WZor wasn’t always right and one user joked that because WZor says Build 10240 is not RTM, it must actually be the RTM version.

Is Build 10240 Ready for Public Release?

This may be the RTM version, but Microsoft must have been pressed for time and forced to release a final version that contains known issues and features that haven’t been finalized, yet. We will certainly see many patches and other updates before and after July 29. But then that’s the whole idea of Windows as a Service Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Windows 10: The Dream Of A Cross-Device Operating System Is Becoming Reality & It's Free Microsoft is boldly stepping into the future with innovative software and hardware. Windows as a service and mobility of experience were the major keywords from the recent Windows 10 briefing. Most importantly, Windows 10 will... Read More –the evolution will continue.

Here are some of the things that still need work:

Overall, Windows 10 Build 10240 looks good and we haven’t had any major issues, but it’s still rough around the edges. Some design choices don’t match up and the hamburger and right-click menus are inconsistent. Testers also report various issues with the latest build, many of which we (fortunately) cannot confirm. A significant number of people even experienced issues upgrading. This just goes to show that Windows 10 won’t work equally well on every system.

In addition to bug reports, the feedback in the Insider Hub Want New Windows Features? Share Your Ideas With Microsoft & Vote Want New Windows Features? Share Your Ideas With Microsoft & Vote Microsoft wants to know what you would like Windows to look like! Propose and review Windows features to shape the next version of Windows. Read More contains many great suggestions that received lots of votes, but haven’t been addressed, yet. Time will tell whether or not Microsoft will implement more features requested by users; it’s what we would consider great service!

Will Windows 10 Be Free for Windows Insiders?

Following an unfortunate miscommunication by Gabe Aul, Microsoft has been tying to eliminate this rumor to no avail. And the latest build, which is strongly believed to be the RTM version (see above), remains permanently activated, although no Windows 7 or 8.1 license is needed to run this installation.

Windows 10 Build 10240 License

If we can believe Microsoft, this build will eventually expire. In that case, they would have to deliver an update that will check for a valid license and introduce an expiry date or lock Windows Update, which would eventually render the system unusable. Meanwhile, a slim chance remains that Windows Insiders will receive Windows 10 Microsoft Won't Reward Windows Insiders with a Free Copy of Window 10, But They Should Microsoft Won't Reward Windows Insiders with a Free Copy of Window 10, But They Should There won't be a free upgrade for Windows Insiders running the Windows 10 Insider Preview! To upgrade for free, everyone needs an eligible Windows version. Insiders can, however, upgrade to Windows 10 RTM. Read More without a license validation after all.

Windows 10 Will Be Rolling Out from July 29 Onwards

As outlined in our recent Windows 10 FAQ post Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know Windows 10 Release Day: Everything You Need to Know The final version of Windows will be released on July 29th, but a lot of things remain nebulous. We have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions around Windows 10 and its release. Read More , not everyone will receive Windows 10 on July 29 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 10 Compelling Reasons to Upgrade to Windows 10 Windows 10 is coming on July 29. Is it worth upgrading for free? If you are looking forward to Cortana, state of the art gaming, or better support for hybrid devices - yes, definitely! And... Read More .

Microsoft is instigating a staggered release because not even they have enough server capacity to upgrade one billion devices at once. By upgrading Windows Insiders and tested devices first, they also increase their chances of quickly reacting to issues with patches and bug fixes.

If you’re still hoping to join the Windows Insider program and get Windows 10 Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! Get Windows 10: It's Not a Virus! The Get Windows 10 icon in your system tray is not a virus. It's Microsoft's official upgrade note prior to the official release of Windows 10 on July 29th, 2015. Read More prior to July 29, you’re almost too late. Stay tuned for an upcoming post on how to still join.

If you’ve been testing Windows 10, what’s your impression of the latest build? Is it RTM worthy and if not, what is missing?

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