Posted on May 25, 2015 by

Hands-On with Windows 10 Build 10125

When it comes to Windows 10, there are the official builds—the latest being 10122, which was provided to Fast Ring testers last week—and then there are the leaked builds. Windows 10125 falls into the latter category, and given where we are in the development cycle of this new OS, it won’t surprise you to discover that there are only minor differences between this build and the latest official build.

Indeed, Microsoft’s Gabe Aul promised as much.

“From here on out you’ll see fewer big feature changes from build to build, and more tuning, tweaking, stabilizing, and polishing,” he wrote in the blog posted announcing the release of build 10122. “The Insider Previews continue to be aimed at very technical people who want to play with pre-released code, but I think you’ll feel more and more comfortable using this build and future builds on your day to day systems.”

That wasn’t my experience with build 10122 at all, to be honest. Despite some obvious polish and improvements, Windows 10 remains too buggy for daily use. But what about build 10125? Is it worth braving the torrent world to attempt such an upgrade?

No. And as always, my advice is to hold off for the official builds. I do this because I have to, because this is what I do for a living. And while I’m happy to share what I’ve discovered, you won’t have long to wait before we get a truly usable Insider Preview build. And let’s face it, we’re less than two months from the expected release of Windows 10. This thing is going to have to mature pretty quickly.

In the meantime, Windows 10 build 10125 is out there if you’re curious. Here’s what I’ve seen so far.

Minor changes to Setup. There are some changes to the descriptive language used in Setup. Nothing major, but you get the feeling that Microsoft really wants to make people feel comfortable with the express setup choice. And I like that PIN setup is part of Setup now.



Universal back button. I believe this is the first build to actually include the promised universal Back button in the taskbar. You need to be in Tablet Mode to see this button and, as expected, it works like the Back button in Windows Phone, with its own back stack. (That said, you can’t press and hold on it as with Windows Phone.)

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