That has been a vast improvement in simply allowing the 10 installer to generally but still not in everything locate things for you. Some OEM drivers still require a visit to the support sites in order to see working results. But it's no longer you must be there to find everything yourself task what what has been observed here.
Benchmarks are always going to be the more questionable since in most circumstances you can't compare results seen in tightly controlled situations be measured against actual real world environments and users. There are simply too many variables that could be encountered. But when taking notes you have to examine the users in relation to what is found to be best for each instance. 10 will be an improvement for some while not what is needed for someone else in that 10 being three versions newer more or less still sets a new standard.
As for gaming while many raved on about XP in years past with Vista and 7 close cousins there you might have to download and install the full version of DX9 for older titles while in 10 those same titles are no longer requiring DX9 which wouldn't even go on as well as no longer running into the OpenGL issues up until this point at least.
14257 is a solid build and works as well for me as 10586 (the previous RS1 builds were quite significantly less reliable).
Who knows what MS is testing but if the best you can say for an insider build is "it isn't much worse" MS will hemorrhage insider testers.
They should throw us a bone (Edge extensions perhaps) or most people will just install the new build in a VM, have a quick scooby, think "nothing new here" and give up.
Now as for being on the MS forums whichever one that happens to be the term "Storm Troopers" is an expression that would be better rephrased as "Product Motivated", "Product Sensitive", etc. since each of those sites has only one motive in general being "Keep the product moving"! You are in a brand specific environment where "image is everything" and why they may tend to screen things posted a bit more harshly! You simply get a test of the corporate world reality while being there!
Edge itself is actually in a sense a new bone being tossed at everyone! It replaces a tired worn out IE still not quite upto par since it can't really be updated to the present standards as far as effectiveness and security depite what efforts have been put since XP's "IE 6 Frightmare....."! You can sure many were relieved in past years when IE 7 first arrived! But at this late date MS is playing a new ball game bringing in a sandbox type browser that will help keep the main system isolated from the harsh realities of the web as far as all the crap slinging that goes on between malwares and other things.
To examine that further while the wait will still be for the gradual improvements to come at first I went at Edge blindly not investigatively looking into every detail but walking into it blindly to see what the most often to be seen "first impressions" would be. And that has been not so good!
On the other side of the coin however it simply takes a few more steps to get the same things done and lacks the familiar right click options everyone had grown accustomed to being the initial setback for the first time look! The blind look here found it difficult and seemingly impossible to rearrange Favorites on the bar by clicking and dragging things you would normally see done on IE, FF, and most other browsers. The lack of the menu bar option makes it resemble Chrome far more then anything like IE had been while you still have the options seen in buttons with symbols to the right as well as the forward and backward arrows.
Now as for builds whenever any previous version was first seen even in RTM there were problems! But take a look at how things added up between past versions alone to see how MS has been rethinking things a bit?! XP finally saw SP3 only after 7 was out in beta form! Vista saw SP2 after the much needed SP1 corrected a few goofs there and smoothed things out. Vista Pro actually went over well with a large number of businesses including Merriam-Webster at the time. But 7 saw only SP1! Something changed BIG TIME! That one immediately got the "Run right out of the Box" type reputation in a fast furry! "party time people!" as 7 took off like a rocket! zzzzzzzzzzzzzzooming into OS paradise could be one way to put that.
With 10 so far the analogy is seeing a working OS after 8 Flop Central smoothed out somewhat by 8.1 was a major letdown for any Vista/7 users wanting a look at the newer. With the first public release being the 10240 there again were the typical bugs to be worked out while the upgrade from 10565, 10576, 10586 Insider Preview builds in that succession saw the Threshold 2 Updare also the 10586 under a different name replaced with the 14257 here and not one iota to worry about.
Well except that was seen on a 10 Home VM while the 10 host/boot OS also being Insider builds since the 10240 first arrived on the second machine still hasn't seen anything since the TH2 come in! Set to automatic and Fast yet nothing but Windows Defender updates having problems going on?! There's a 3rd party software running the show there which includes a firewall and even when disabled the update fails! And on the VM that did see the 14257 go on that same update was a little stubborn at first but did go on and then a few hours later only then saw another update arrive! It won' take much to figure out what that was!
Does anyone have any ideas about how I can download the more recent builds? I stopped receiving builds and have not been able to get them on my desktop computer. I have done a reinstall of the latest iso - 10586 - since all I could get after 11099 was Microsoft Virtual C++ (35 of them). I had not made an iso of any build since 10576, so I went back to find out what the latest iso was and it was 10586. I installed it, had no problems with it and with the activation. I reinstated the "Get Insider Build" status on fast track. NO DOWNLOADS except an occasional Windows Defender definition update. I have had two days since the reinstall and NOTHING! Please give me some idea of what to try next.
I'm afraid you are just one of the many since the two of us are not the only ones not seeing newer builds arrive. Here I have a total of one Pro VM on the main build's 7 side of the 10/7 dual boot activated on VM and still seeing the Threshold 2 upgrade over the 10586 Insider and then nothing. On the second desktop where the host is 10 and the TH2 upgrade over the 10576 Insider Preview build NADA happens. By apparently some fluke however may be from being the Home edition? The VM on the 7 side there also having been an upgrade to the TH2 from the 10586 Insider instead saw the 14257 come soon after getting that latest WD update to go after several tries. Once the cache on that one update was cleared it would seem that left things open for the latest!
I doubt you would want anything other then a direct download from one of the MS sites such as from the MSDN or TechNet pages if not using the Media Creation tool or going to the Tech Bench Program's download page to insure you get what you are looking for! The Insider builds themselves are an option in the new version itself other then signing up for the program and come by way of the updates with the exception of a few seen like the 10565 page for a few of the one time only at Tech Bench page likely still seeing the Threshold 2 update.
I'll install the next build for sure. I will not install another 10 builds though if there is no functionality change and the best I can hope for is "it doesn't seem to make it much worse"