Windows 10 Is Evolving – This Is What’s New In Build 9860

Tina Sieber 28-10-2014

Microsoft is morphing Windows 10 right in front of our eyes.


Last week, Microsoft released Build 9860, the first new version of Windows 10 Technical Preview 3 Easy Ways To Install Windows 10 Technical Preview You can try Windows 10 Technical Preview for free and help Microsoft polish its new flagship operating system. Before you install it, make sure you choose the best method for your needs. Read More (TP). This new build is said to contain over 7,000 improvements and fixes, most of them under the hood. Alas, Microsoft only highlighted three. We’ll show you a few more, including at least two that you can look forward to being activated in a future build.

What’s New In Build 9860?

See Notifications Listed In Action Center

The Action Center, à la Windows Phone How Windows Phone 8.1 Is Enhanced With The Action Center Microsoft kills the toast! Now you can finally manage your notifications on Windows Phone. Read More , addresses a Windows 8 annoyance: Toast notifications would briefly pop up, then disappear into Nirvana, causing the user to miss what happened or having to track down the respective app. What we’re seeing in Build 9860 is a basic Action Center version, which will hopefully be updated with more useful features.

As in Windows 8, new notifications briefly pop up in the top right of the desktop.

Windows 10 New Notification

They are subsequently listed in the Action Center. For now, you’ll spot a new Notifications icon in the respective area of the Taskbar.


Windows 10 Action Center

Left-clicking the note icon launches a simplistic window with a list of notifications. Clicking a notification will clear it. You can Clear All notifications via the respective X icon in the top right. With a right-click on the icon you can hide notifications for up to 8 hours. And that’s all there is to it right now.

Windows 10 Notifications Windows

To change how you receive notifications, open PC settings [press Windows key and search for settings or press Windows key + I and select Change PC settings] and navigate to > Search and apps > Notifications. Here you can turn off notification sounds, define Quiet hours, and select for which apps you’d like to see notifications.


Windows 10 Notifications Settings

Move Apps Between Multiple Monitors

You can now move apps between multiple monitors using a newly activated keyboard shortcut. This isn’t a novel shortcut; it’s been around for a while, it just wasn’t available in Windows 10 TP up until  now. To move the active app window to your second screen, press Windows key + SHIFT and use the left / right arrow keys. This shortcut won’t do anything on a single monitor setup.

By the way, Microsoft accidentally posted this shortcut as Windows key + CTRL + left / right arrow keys, which will let you move between multiple virtual desktops. To add to the confusion, they also linked to virtual desktop shortcuts. Interestingly, the Windows key + left / right / top / down arrow keys shortcut, which used to snap the active window to the respective position in Build 9841, is non-functional in the new Build.

Enjoy Or Disable New Window Animations

Build 9860 comes with new animations for opening and closing windows. That’s a change I would have missed, had I not seen it mentioned elsewhere. Turning off fancy animations can improve performance How to Make Windows 8 Go Faster: 8 Tips For Improving Performance Whatever you think of Windows 8 (at MakeUseOf, our opinions are mixed), it’s certainly speedy. Windows 8 boots faster than previous versions of Windows, has lower memory usage, and has a desktop that feels nice... Read More .


To turn off the new animations, press the Windows key, type System, select the respective Control Panel item, and click Advanced system settings. Under Performance click Settings… In the Visual Effects tab uncheck the second item from the top, Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing, and click OK to save your changes.

Windows 10 Performance Options

Create Desktop Shortcuts For Modern Apps

You could previously create desktop shortcuts for modern apps that came pre-installed with Windows. Now this functionality is extended to all Store apps. To create a desktop shortcut, find the respective app in Start or under All Apps and drag it to the desktop.

Discover New Apps & Features

Do some nosing around under All Apps and you’ll discover Docking Controller, which is an app that does absolutely nothing right now. Further down in the list is a curious app called zPC Settings (right). The menu entries are very different from the main PC Settings app (left). It looks like several Control Panel items are moving into this modern app.


Windows 10 zPC Settings Vs. PC Settings

Many of the zPC Settings sub-menus are empty; items marked with a * are pending. For example under Personalization, we see Themes, Background, Colors, and Sounds listed but dead, while Lock screen and Sync settings are fully functional.

Windows 10 zPC Settings Personalization


DataSense, a feature taken from Windows Phone 5 Cool Things You Can Now Do With Windows Phone 8.1 Windows Phone 8.1 offers new tools to help manage your digital and offline life. Get the most out of Windows Phone with our tips. Read More , will manage your data usage on different networks. Right now it appears to be restricted to devices that directly connect to a mobile network. Once it is active, you will be able to restrict background data and show total data usage for your device.

To get an impression, open PC settings [press Windows key and search for settings or press Windows key + I and select Change PC settings] and navigate to DataSense. Note how the date shows 09 for September, when it should show 10 for October.

Windows 10 DataSense

Battery Saver

As Windows gears up to become a truly mobile operating system, better battery management tools are mandatory. Battery Saver is another feature adopted from Windows Phone 5 Power Saving Tips To Keep Your Windows Phone 8.1 Battery Fresh Does your battery drain faster since you upgraded to Windows Phone 8.1? A few simple settings can increase battery life and get through the day and beyond on a single charge. Read More , designed to conserve battery “by limiting background activity and adjusting hardware settings”. Much like the Action Center and DataSense, it’s very basic at this point; worse, it can’t be used, yet.

To have a look at Battery Saver, go to PC settings [press Windows key and search for settings or press Windows key + I and select Change PC settings] and navigate to Battery Saver.

Windows 10 Battery Saver

You may think that Battery Saver is set to turn on automatically when the battery gets below a certain percentage, but that percentage appears to be zero and cannot be changed. You can turn Battery Saver on manually, but the button will default back to the Off position when you leave the settings page. At this point, the Battery Saver feature is nonfunctional.

How To Install The New Windows 10 Build?

Meanwhile, the new build should have been rolled out to all users of the Technical Preview. If you have not automatically received Build 9860 yet, you might be on a metered network. Or maybe your system still needs to complete the installation of important or critical updates; check Windows Update Windows Update: Everything You Need to Know Is Windows Update enabled on your PC? Windows Update protects you from security vulnerabilities by keeping Windows, Internet Explorer, and Microsoft Office up-to-date with the latest security patches and bug fixes. Read More and reboot if necessary. Note that while a faulty Windows Update can be removed When Windows Update Fails, This Is How You Fix It Did a Windows Update crash your system? Here's a quick list of troubleshooting steps that will help you restore Windows to a functional state. Read More , you cannot downgrade from a new build version.

To manually initiate the update, go to PC settings [press Windows key and search for settings or press Windows key + I and select Change PC settings], navigate to > Update and recovery > Preview builds, and click Check now. Once you installed Build 9860, you can also change how quickly you will receive future builds; the default is Slow.

Windows 10 Preview Builds

The Preview can be up to 2.74GB in size and will take longer than normal to install, with a couple of maintenance processes running in the back after the installation completed.

Note that the new build comes with several known issues, which Microsoft promised to fix until the final release. These include changes to joining a WiFi network, removal of items from the Start menu, issues with sleep and wake up, broken system games, and blue screens when undocking from a dual external monitor setup. If you identify additional bugs, please report them via Windows Feedback or the Technical Preview forum.

What Is On Your Wish List For The Next Build?

What we see with this update, is that Microsoft is slowly integrating Windows Phone features into Windows 10. The aim is to turn Windows into a desktop to mobile chameleon of an operating system. We also found hints that Control Panel items are moved into modern apps. In a way, Microsoft is allowing us to watch as they are morphing Windows 10 from a close Windows 8 clone Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More into something novel.

If you’ve been using Windows 10 TP Why The Windows 10 Technical Preview Should Not Be Your Main OS If you think Windows 10 is a keylogger, you know nothing about the purpose of a Technical Preview. That's OK because we're here to explain. Read More , you’ve certainly come across a few things that could be improved. Did Microsoft address any of them with this upgrade? What else remains on your wish list? And have you come across any bugs in Build 9860?

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  1. Josiah
    November 23, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Sure Windows + Arrow doesn't work in the new build but you can use Windows + Ctrl + Shift + Left/Right Arrow to do exactly the same thing! And it now snaps windows to the Left, Middle, Right, and quarter of the screen, fixing the old snap issues!

  2. Reinaldo C. Filho
    November 23, 2014 at 8:45 am

    This update simply messed up with my system, now RadeonPro isn't hooking with any game and Mirillis Action no longer works, when I open it, it instantly logoff from my system, going back to Windows 8.1, Windows 10 TP was perfect before this terrible update.

  3. Behzad
    November 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    I Don't Quite Understand Why Microsoft Trying To Compete With Apple & Android In The Mobile Area Has To Mean SCREWING UP The Way Windows Is Designed And Getting Rid Of All The Good Stuff That Works In Favor Of Nonsense Ideas ? !!!

    • Tina
      November 9, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      Behzad, have you tried Windows Phone or Windows 10, yet?

      People who are using Windows Phone like it. The major problem is selection of apps.

      Windows 10 will be one OS available from desktop to mobile, and morphing its interface depending on the hardware. That's a flexibility Google and Apple yet have to achieve. It also means apps will be available across devices, making the whole ecosystem very diverse and more resilient.

      Microsoft isn't just competing, they are (in one little aspect) overtaking Google and Apple. Whether that's a good or bad thing is another question. Competition is good, none of these companies should become a monopoly. As long as they all innovate and compete, we're bound to see exciting new technology.

  4. fdsfdsdfadsaffdsa
    November 1, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Could you vote, please

    • Tina
      November 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm

      The x86 hardware isn't necessary obsolete, though and Windows 10 runs surprisingly well on older hardware. I doubt Microsoft will make this happen because getting remaining Windows XP users (20%) to upgrade to a free Windows 10 possibly is one of their key goals; at least if they will indeed offer a free or low-cost version. Free or not, they certainly don't want to alienate users by not offering Windows 10 compatible with 32-bit only hardware.

  5. Johnniedoo
    October 31, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I just finished reading all the posts and content above. I started out as a Mac only person just before windows3.1 came out. I changed away from apple things just as vista was released and shortly into windows7 I had no more macs at all. I liked windows7 though it was still not up to my old mac's finder capacities and a few other convoluted set ups microsoft stuck on people and the most rattling thing was the hard coded to bios OS thing you mentioned. I railed about their overwhelming concern about someone actually using the computer the way they wanted and fear of piracy of what, i am not certain, yet. I moved 2 computers to Linux Mint 17 in august. I put another one on that distro, too, but still dual boot with windows 7ultimate.
    I thought i had to learn programming to use linux anything , but , i quickly found out that well over 90% is gui based , if one wants. the terminal commands are well documented everywhere and i learned them because it took me 2 months to realize i didnt need it for most of the things i needed to do. While I still like windows7 pro/ultimate for their overall ubiquitousness with regard to available apps, mainstream that is. Mint has tons of apps that work as well or better than the microsoft comparisons. but microsoft failed to support anything linux from the beginning. i can open up all my windows files in linux, and many apps, but not all and it is a pain. gamers have little use over all for it since not many games, or best ones are made with linux in mind , i guess
    I do not like windows 10 yet. i do not like the direction it is headed now, but as another said. they are always asking me for feedback along with what i send in unsolicited. i am a desktop user, laptop sometime , potentially a tablet user , never an overpriced super huge phone that is too small for a monitor and too big for a convenient phone for me. they ask too much money for throw away tech. I build my own computers , one reason for switching away from apple. I like to put in my computer what i want, no preconfigured, nonsense i got stuck with once, my first microsoft mistake, and last, i hope. but i could not build myself any good apple. i got stuck from them ,too, with overpriced l2cache plug in or pci additions to boost a lousy risc motorola chip. i had to buy used macs to get what i wanted, from junk. too bad for them.
    I will continue to work on the windows10 previews, with the hope some things will be put back, others fixed or overhauled as someone said. control panel is in for a big fix. and get rid of all that metro , i boycotted all things 8 from microsoft. and will bypass 10 if it disregards desktop people like me. even a free windows10 would not interest me unless i had to use it for some of my video renderers or that type of thing.

    • Tina
      November 9, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Thank you for sharing your perspective. You certainly have come a long way.

      Other than more comprehensive support for games, what kind of software are you missing on Linux? Which files can you not open?

  6. Johnniedoo
    October 31, 2014 at 11:32 am

    after reading/scanning your excellent piece , i decided to do the update preview build from 9841, just put that in 2 days ago, but i had no dock control part. I am still waiting for this transformation to happen. been well over 45mins. I really wasnt paying attention to the time when i began the install part nor the re start. I didnt expect such a long wait for all the updates ,configs etc to happen. I have a good fast computer and overclocked , too. Oh,well. I think it i s about ready. less than an hour, i am pretty sure, anyway.

  7. Salvador
    October 31, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I upgraded to 9860 as soon as it became available, but there was a major bug and the PC became unusable. It had become impossible to read the display, with random characters(about every two in three) whited out.
    In the end I had to re-install 9840 from scratch.
    Is there any way of finding out whether this bug has been fixed before I try upgrading again?

    • Tina
      October 31, 2014 at 11:06 am

      Salvador, several other people had issues upgrading to the new Build, including one described as "missing text". An update to fix the missing text has been released. If that was your issue, you should upgrade and run Windows Update (via Control Panel, if PC Settings is garbled) to install the respective patch.

  8. elgiraffe
    October 29, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I love the haters on Windows right now. Everyone saying that they don't care about desktop users. They tried Windows 8 and I'm not saying it was good. But it's only barely been out 2 years and they have fully supported Windows 7 the whole time. Every major update to Windows 8 was an attempt to appease desktop users(while still holding onto their bad UI change, granted). I'm loving Windows 10 right now. The changes so far are targeting desktop users and most changes have configuration options to revert back to Windows 8 style UI.

    And they are taking feedback like it's nobodies business. Already they are applying changes that have been suggested in the feedback app. That's freaking awesome. Very few companies take feedback like this on their flagship product. Very cool Microsoft... very cool.

    All of that being said, I'll be one of the first to install Steam OS once a majority of games work on it. There are already a fair number.

    • Brian Outhwaite
      October 30, 2014 at 10:29 am

      I can certainly appreciate your positive focus. To clarify me and Windows go way back. Microsoft have done to Windows 8 what Blizzard did to Diablo 3. Blizzard made sweeping changes without seeking any feedback from the larger community. Sure Diablo 3 played great for professional gamers, that's who it was designed for. The single largest problem was, it just wasn't any fun for the majority of the market who were forced to use micro transactions just to play the regular content. Now sure Blizzard has attempted to fix this but they created an adversarial relationship with me and other gamers. Now I won't buy or play anything they make, because I have a fear that they will once again on a whim decide how I should play based on a business model or loud minority of players. And they shouldn't be rewarded for that kind of crappy behavior.
      Microsoft has basically performed this stunt several times on me. Windows ME, Vista, and 8. Microsoft has created an adversarial relationship with me (Windows 8 being far and away the most egregious violation of basic trust). I have lost the ability to appreciate their work because it is just a matter of time before they come back with a kitana and chop my face off again. So am I a hater now? You bet. Just because Microsoft is making nice nice on Halloween doesn't mean they understand the role of a desktop for the modern user. They clearly struggle with the concept, while Apple on the other hand has a clear picture in mind of when a user switches from the phone to the computer and how things should interact. I will miss desktop gaming, and I plan to sell my desktop for good after I finish up GTA 5 and Farcry 4 once they are released. Maybe even install steam OS.
      So as it turns out, I just don't care what Microsoft brings to the table anymore. I don't care that they are listening to feedback now, where were they for the last 2 years I've been frustrated with extra screens keystrokes charms popping up unintended and the inability to re install Windows with the upgrade key unless the key was hardcoded to the bios. They were insisting that I don't know how I should use my computer. No thanks, I'm not buying into anymore of this experience. Again Windows 10 should be restitution for damages they have caused, and that is never a good place to be...


    • Tina
      October 30, 2014 at 11:53 am

      You can share your feedback and help Microsoft improve their products via their [Broken Link Removed] Windows UserVoice portal

  9. Anonymous
    October 29, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    lots of problems with this build. the tool bar just goes haywire. you have to restart every 10 minutes to restore the bar...

    • Tina
      November 9, 2014 at 12:07 pm

      I've been using Windows 10 TP for a few weeks now and haven't had those kinds of issues.

      I'm curious, are you dual-booting Windows 10 or running it in a virtual machine? What kind of hardware?

  10. Turner
    October 29, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    So every new feature in Windows from now on is going to look straight out from a mobile phone. This whole unification thing is turning Windows into a complete mess.

    • Tina
      October 29, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      Among many otherwise inspired features, only a few new features were ported from Windows Phone so far and they're all valuable ones. The highlight will be Cortana.

  11. Matthew Brown
    October 29, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I am using the 9841 version and it won't let me upgrade it says there is no update yet. What should I do?

    • Tina
      October 29, 2014 at 6:01 pm

      Matthew, have you applied all updates, yet?

      Please check Windows Update for any important / critical updates, complete them, be sure to restart, then try again.

    • Michael
      October 31, 2014 at 5:28 am

      Where are you searching for the upgrade from: The control panel>windows update or from the tiles Updates?

      Supposedly, they are the same thing, but they don't behave, look, or produce the same for me. Most particularly, I couldn't get 9860 until I use the tile method (that is, typing update into the search bar of the start menu and then clicking on the new Metro tile for update).

      I also had to be extremely patient. It took almost forever on my desktop and is taking beyond forever on my laptop, but ... it is updating (at last).

    • Tina
      October 31, 2014 at 11:02 am

      @Michael: Good point. The upgrade is not available via Windows Update in the Control Panel. As described in the article above, you have to go into the modern app called > PC Settings (press Windows key and search for it) and navigate to > Update and recovery > Preview builds from there.

  12. Brian Outhwaite
    October 29, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This link says it best...

    I'm done with Windows. Been with it since Windows 3.11. Microsoft just doesn't give a crap about PC users. Every third OS release and Microsoft goes completely off the rails. No more. I'm not letting them get away with this again. In priority Microsoft cares about... 1. Saving money or generating revenue at the expense of their users (metro appstore) 2. Trying to gaslight users by skipping a OS number (really like we can't see you polishing your turds!?) and 3. Dealing with problems they have caused but only when the stench of it reaches the high heavens (the metro start menu forced on PCs). Gabe Newell was right when he said 'Windows 8 was a catastrophe' and that "users would rage quit PCs". And here I am rage quitting Windows for good. Windows 10 should be Windows 8.2 and absolutely free to PC users as restitution.? I'm just green with envy about how Yosemite integrates so nicely with the iPhone. It just doesn't make sense to keep the PC around as a glorified Steam platform OS anymore. Can't see many people sticking around for the PC once Apple starts implementing more commercial integrations into their OS..

    • Testuser
      October 30, 2014 at 8:49 am

      I have taken your post seriously, until you had mentioned Apple. Sorry if it sounds harsh.

    • Brian Outhwaite
      October 30, 2014 at 9:57 am

      Not really sure what you mean.. Because I'm not a programmer that has a use for Linux/Unix my opinion is not valid? Or are you saying that Apple is certifiable crap across the board? Or all of the above?

    • Behzad
      November 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Apple Guys = Mindless Sheeps Sorry But I Don't Want Anybody (Apple , etc) To Tell Me What's Good And Right For Me .... I Pay For What exactly i Choose !!!

    • Behzad
      November 7, 2014 at 3:02 pm

      Almost 3 years And it's Still The Same Crap, Minus The Start Menu But That Just Solves 30-40% Of The Windows 8 Issues.....
      - It's Still Windows 8 And Even looks Uglier than Win 8 !!! wit boarderless Windows and Always Changing Colors and Themes of the Windows..... And Colors Are less Attractive than before....
      -There is Still The Same Bipolarity And Jakle & Hyde Nature of the Windows 8
      -There is Still A Big Pointless, Annoying Nonsense Called: PC Settings
      -The Search is Still Weaker Than Windows 7 And It Still Prefers The PC Settings Items And The F**king Apps Over The Good And Proper Windows Stuff.....
      -The Windows Kernel And It's Internal Parts Are Still Broken And Insufficient (Lots Of Missing Or Removed Functions , Lots Of Incompatibilities And Supporting issues ) Windows 8/8.1/And This Pre-Release Windows 10 Are REALLY F**KING INCOMPETENT !!!!!!!

      -The Windows Explorer A.K.A "This PC" Still Mixes Up Everything , Drives , Removable Devices , CD/DVD Drives ,etc.....

      -And Surprisingly It is Slower Than Windows 8 !!! Especially The Search....

      Some Of These Mentioned Issues Might be due to the fact that it's Just A Preview .... But Many Of Them Clearly Shows Microsoft Still Doesn't GET IT OR DOESN'T WANT TO LISTEN !!!

  13. Bryan
    October 29, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Make it more modular like server 2012. There seems to be a demand for low powered devices like Chromebooks and virtualized desktops. It would be nice if it was possible to remove the GUI or only install a minimal version of it. Some businesses and organizations still run nothing more than a text based terminal app.

  14. likefunbutnot
    October 28, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    zPC Settings really feels like it's going the wrong way. Control Panel needed an overhaul, but I'd far rather have an overhaul of control panel and not this new thing that's only halfway functional.

    • Tina
      October 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm

      Yeah, I'm not so sure I like the idea of everything being moved into modern apps, especially the Control Panel. On the other hand, it will make it easier to configure a mobile device or perform maintenance if you don't have a keyboard attached to it. Hope they'll just keep the Control Panel for desktop users, though.

    • Behzad
      November 7, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      zPC Settings = Absolute Nonesense Just Like PC Settings .... There Was Never Any Need Of Doing Anything To Control Panel And The Way Users Manage Their Settings Control Panel Is Perfect . Robust . Sufficient . Perfectly Organized And There Is Simply No Need To Create A Whole New Nonsense Called: PC Settings , This Shows How Terribly Microsoft Is Confused And Ran Out Of Ideas (Windows 8 Was A Perfect Example of it)

  15. Doc
    October 28, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    " [click Windows key and search for settings or click Windows key + I and select Change PC settings]"....
    I can't "click" a key; did you mean "press"? :)

    • Tina
      October 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm


  16. dragonmouth
    October 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    There is no guarantee that any of the "new and exciting" features will survive into the commercial release of Win 10. They may just be teasers designed to highten the desire for the final underwhelming product.

    • Tina
      October 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm

      Which features do you think are new and exciting?