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July 11, 2015

Windows 10 retail mode gets revealed and a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, Technical Preview Build 10166 released to Insiders

Build 10166-1aOn the back of Microsoft is releasing Windows 10 retail mode later this month, they have also released a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, Build 10166.

Let’s look at the Mobile build 10166 first:

The company released Build 10166 of Windows 10 Technical Preview to Insiders on Thursday. Alongside bug fixes and improvements, the latest build seems to bring a new “retail mode”. The retail mode basically promotes some of the new features on Windows 10 – it changes Microsoft Edge’s homepage to Microsoft Store and disables Control Panel as well. The retail mode includes a screen saver dubbed as “attract loop” which shows some of the features of Windows 10, take a look at the screenshot in the video below:

As you may expect, this is meant to be available for retail stores. However, there is an easy way to enable it on your Windows 10 PC. Keep in mind that enabling the retail mode will clean all of your content on your PC. Nonetheless, if you want to enable it, head over to Settings -> Windows Update and Recovery -> Activation and click on the word ‘Windows’ five times to enter the retail mode. After that, Windows will ask you to submit the retail code – just leave the input fields empty and click on finish to finish the process. Then, Windows will restart in retail mode and you’ll be logged in as Darrin DeYoung.

Will you be enabling the retail mode on Windows 10? Let us know in the comment section below!

Via: Neowin

Microsoft has just released a new build of Windows 10 Mobile, Build 10166.

Find the official changelog below:

  • Most of the issues in Build 10149 have been fixed:
  • Missing post-upgrade migration screen has been fixed.
  • TPM issue which prevented your phone from being unlocked after you enter your PIN has been fixed.
  • Colours in apps, including the title bar in Outlook Mail has been fixed.
  • App downloads are now more reliable.
  • The old Windows Phone Store app has been removed.
  • The new Windows Store app is now no longer in beta.
  • The battery icon has returned to its usual and normal size.

Insiders can find the new build by checking for updates in the settings.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini