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Microsoft has rolled out Windows 10 build 9926 for desktops, new Start Menu, Continuum Mode, Cortana, Project Spartan web browser, DirectX 12, Xbox perks for PC and more.

Update: “This build [9926] doesn’t have Project Spartan yet but it does have many updates to the new web platform that Project Spartan will use.”

Microsoft has released the first technical preview of Windows 10 of the year. With the build 9926, the company brings a lot of consumer-focused features to the table – such as new Start Menu, Continuum Mode, Cortana, Project Spartan web browser, DirectX 12, Xbox perks for PC and more – giving desktop and laptop users a familiar and more advanced user experience.

The software maker invites interested guys those are willing to try out the early build of the operating system, to sign up Windows Insider Program that allows testers to download the OS and share feedback with Microsoft. According to the company’s stats, about 1.7 million early adopters had signed up then and submitted 800K pieces of feedback and started 200K topics since the initial release of Windows 10 on October 1st.

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If you wish to install the preview build in a virtual machine or perform a clean install, you can download the Windows 10 ISO files. You can also upgrade your previous build 9879 to 9926, just click/tap PC Settings > Update and recovery > Preview builds. Follow all the prompts to install the update immediately, or you can postpone the update to a more suitable time.

If you are upgrading Windows 10 build 9879, you have to install KB3025380 in prior to upgrading your Windows.

In addition, if you are running Windows 8.1 or 7 and want to perform an upgrade to Windows 10, you can download the official tools – that enables select Windows versions to download and install the latest preview build via Windows Update – to grab the bits from Microsoft servers.

See Also: Windows 10 as a Service, Free Upgrade for first year after launch but there’s a catch.

At the same, Microsoft is also prepping to release a preview version of Windows 10 for phones in February. The final version of the operating system is not expected to ship until later this year.

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