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  • New beta version of Win10 Fall Creators Update doesn’t have a watermark

    Posted on September 12th, 2017 at 17:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    That’s not a sure sign of an impending “RTM” release of the next version of Windows 10, but it certainly points in that direction. In spite of what Microsoft says officially:

    On Build 16288, you will notice that the watermark at the lower right-hand corner of the desktop has disappeared. You will also see that the OS now reports as “Version 1709” which is the official version number for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release. However, this is NOT the final build as we’re not done yet.We’re just now beginning the phase of checking in final code to prepare for the final release. So we will have more builds to release to Windows Insiders between now and then. And the desktop watermark may re-appear in these builds.

    Remember that, in the past, Insiders in the Fast ring got the “RTM” version of Win10, and there was a big cumulative update released at the same time the RTM version went into General Availability.

    I have two bare-metal PCs running Win10 betas, and both of them are currently reporting “An update is being prepared for your device, but it’s not quite ready yet. We’ll keep trying or you can try again now.”

    Perhaps somebody found a last-minute glitch and they’re trying to fix it before suffering the slings and arrows of outraged testers?

    UPDATE: This tweet from JenMsft:

    If you aren’t able to download 16288, we’re looking into it and will have more info in a bit

    By the way.. for those who have asked… Microsoft patched the BlueBorne security hole in its Bluetooth-enabled devices back in July. If you’ve applied July or August patches, you’re fine. Details from Dan Goodin at Ars Technica.

    Yes, you have to update sooner or later…