Windows 10 November Update

Windows 10 November Update
Version of Microsoft Windows
OS familyWindows 10 (NT 10.0)
CodenameThreshold 2
Architecturex86, x64
Latest build10.0.10586.1540
Release date2015-11-12
Support end2017-10-10 (Home, Pro, Education, Enterprise)
Windows 10 (original release)
Replaced by
Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Windows 10 November Update (also known as version 1511 and codenamed "Threshold 2") is an update for Windows 10 which was released on 12 November 2015. It is a relatively minor update to the original release of Windows 10. It contains memory management improvements (included in Insider preview builds starting from build 10525), improvements to the overall UX and numerous enhancements to Microsoft Edge. The final build of the Windows 10 November Update (build 10586) was released to Insiders on 5 November 2015, and made available for consumers on 12 November 2015.

It was the first feature update for Windows 10 and it introduced the version number which was in the YYMM scheme where the first 2 digits are the year the update was released and the last 2 digits are the month in which the update was finalized. This would be used up until the May 2020 Update as Microsoft would then adopt the Azure YYHx numbering scheme as the version number for future updates, starting with the October 2020 Update (version 20H2).

This version is also the first to have an RTM build number that cannot be divided by 16,[1] a requirement first introduced during preparation for the Windows Vista RC1 release. This also means that the post-period number no longer needs to be 16384 or later.

New features and changes[edit | edit source]

  • Improvements to the activation process.
  • The Start Menu can now show up to 2,048 titles and apps.
  • Start now shows suggestions for apps in the Windows Store.
  • Updates to Cortana.
  • Improvements to Tablet Mode.
  • Context menus are now more consistent in design.
  • Updated icons for Regedit, Device Manager, Devices, and several Control Panel applets.
  • Updates and enhancements to Microsoft Edge, such as New Tab preview and media casting to devices.
  • The Groove Music, UWP Skype, and Phone apps have been added.
  • Option to enable colored title bars.
  • Apps can now be installed to another drive.
  • The default Windows sign-in background can be turned off.
  • Windows will now automatically mark a printer as the "Default Printer" when you print to that printer. This can be turned off in the Printers & Scanners page of Settings.
  • Find My Device.
  • The Search flyout's context menu was redesigned to be more in style of Windows 10, and a new feedback section was added.
  • The options in the Personalization control panel were added back, albeit the background and color options redirect the user to Settings. These can be still opened using the following commands:
    • Desktop Background: explorer.exe shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper
    • Color and Appearance: explorer.exe shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageColorization

List of known builds[edit | edit source]

Insider Preview[edit | edit source]

Pre-RTM[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Post-RTM[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]