Back in February Microsoft announced at their Windows Developer Day event that the Windows 10 Creators Update was feature complete.

That meant no new features would be added to the upcoming major update, the third one for Windows 10, and all of the APIs and other tools needed by developers for their apps would be focused on bug fixes and performance improvements.

That process continues this week with the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update Build 15042 SDK.

This release is still considered a preview and must be used with builds 15042 or higher. The SDK typically goes final after the major update to Windows 10 goes final and that is expected next month.

You can download this new SDK build from the Windows Insider download page.

Here is a list of what is new and the known issues in this build release according to Microsoft:

What's New

  • No API changes have occurred since build 15021.
  • Windows SDK setup name change: With this release of the Windows SDK the setup executable name changed.  If you have scripts designed to install the previous SDK, you will need to update the path to use the new name:  WinSDKSetup.exe.
  • The Windows SDK will now formally only be supported by Visual Studio 2017 and greater. You can download the Visual Studio 2017 RC here.

Known Issues

  • DX12 Template Throws when running Build 15042: This is a known bug in the Windows SDK installer.  If you encounter this issue, you can repair the SDK by simply running the following command from an Administrative command prompt:  C:\program files (x86)\windows kits\10\bin\10.0.15042.0\x86\DismFoDInstall.cmd
  • Unable to deploy to device:  If you are unable to deploy your app to a device or emulator, it may be because Windows IPOverUSB did not install correctly.  To work around this issue:
    1. Open up the ISO
    2. Navigate into the WindowsSDK\Installers folder
    3. Double click on the file “Windows IP Over USB-x86_en-us.msi”
    4. Follow the prompts
  • Windows App Certification Kit crashes when launched from Visual Studio: If Visual Studio cannot deploy the app, the Windows App Certification Kit may crash when loading.  To work around this issue:
    1. Launch the Windows App Certification Kit from the Windows shortcut
    2. Provide a pointer directly to the package to run the tests

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