Even though the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build released by Microsoft is version number 9879, a newer build reached the web a few days ago through unofficial channels and it’s no secret that plenty of users actually installed it on their computers.
And still, it’s worth knowing that this isn’t an official build, and in fact, it comes with so many bugs that it’s really difficult to use it more than a couple of hours without experiencing some sort of error due to under-the-hood glitches.
What’s more, Windows 10 build 9888 appears to crash all of a sudden at random times and we’ve already experienced BSODs on several occasions, even though the only apps running on these machines were the browser and an email client.
But according to Microsoft itself, even if you deploy build 9888, you should still be able to upgrade to the consumer preview build next month when this is released.
Gabriel Aul confirmed on Twitter that upgrades from Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9888 to the Consumer Preview version would indeed be possible, thus confirming two different unknown things.
First of all, he acknowledged that a Consumer Preview build of Windows 10 is indeed nearing, and although no specifics were provided, it’s a well-known fact that January is very likely to witness the introduction of this particular release.
Second, he confirmed that the latest technical previews, including build 9879 – the latest official one launched by Microsoft, and build 9888 – the one available via unofficial channels, will both offer support for an upgrade to the Consumer Preview, no matter the bugs existing in these releases.
Aul also commented on some of the bugs that were found in Windows 10 Technical Preview build 9879, explaining that a few have already been diagnosed by Microsoft, but a fix would only be provided in January next year.
This is the case of the Caps Lock bug, which is causing the lights on the keyboard to remain disabled when pressing the button. Many users and Microsoft itself confirmed this issue, but it appears that rolling out a fix for this takes more than expected this time.
No other build updates will be released until January when the Consumer Preview is actually expected to go live, so in case you’re running 9879 or 9888 already, this is the best you can get right now as part of the Windows 10 testing program.