Windows 10 build 10240 (th1)

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Windows 10 build 10240 (th1) is the official RTM build of the original release of Windows 10 originally released to Windows Insiders in the Fast and Slow rings on 15 July 2015 and later generally released to the public on 29 July 2015.[1][2] It is the first build to become available for consumers to install and was also available as a free upgrade for Windows 7, 8, and 8.1 users until 29 July 2016.[3][4]

It contains very few changes over build 10176 (th1). However, it does include several changes over build 10166, the last preview build in the Threshold Wave 1 release cycle. These changes are:

  • Watermark has been removed.
  • Widespread stability improvements.
  • Branch change from fbl_impressive to th1.

Aside from these changes, build 10240 is a build which contains only limited changes over the previous builds.

Build number[edit | edit source]

Build 10240.16384 is the last RTM build with the build number divisible by 16 and the delta number bumped to 16384. This is a remnant of the older 20-bit revision numbering scheme, which used the most significant bits in the delta number to encode extra information. The 4 least significant bits of the build number were reserved for the Service Pack number, although Microsoft hasn't produced a Service Pack since the release of Windows 8.

The limited range of usable revision numbers for a single Service Pack under this numbering scheme led to the build number of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2 being bumped to 6003 towards the end of its lifetime in order to make sure that future updates continue to have distinct version numbers.

Findings[edit | edit source]

Dark theme[edit | edit source]

The dark theme can be enabled by applying the following entries to the registry hives. It will work with all Windows 10 editions except for Home edition.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00



Colored title bars[edit | edit source]

Microsoft did not introduce the option to change the color of title bars until Windows 10 build 10525, however, can enable colored title bars in RTM by using a 3rd-party theme hack.[5] Notice that inactive and active title bars have the same color, the only difference is that the inactive title bar text and buttons are grayed out.

Leftovers[edit | edit source]

Due to older code from beta builds or earlier versions of Windows not being removed, several older features can be re-enabled through registry tweaks or system file patches.

Windows 8.1 Start screen[edit | edit source]

One of the most known leftovers in RTM is the Windows 8.1 start screen hack. In July 2015, MetroFetro released patched versions of shell32.dll and twinui.dll for x86 versions of Windows 10, the use of which (and a registry file) would restore the old Windows 8.1 Start screen.[6] x64 versions were released in May 2019, however they unlock a more buggy Start screen than their x86 counterparts. It is unknown if MetroFetro plans to release a fix for this bug.

98xx notification flyout[edit | edit source]

The use of a registry file removes the Action Center and brings back the Notifications flyout from early builds of Windows 10. It is partially broken as it wasn't intended to be used in RTM, as some of the icons are missing, and the text can turn pseudo-like in non-English versions of the operating system.

Other older flyouts[edit | edit source]

Several other older flyouts from Windows 8.x still exist in 10, most of which can be enabled by using various tweaks shown in an article posted on AskVG.[7] Though it is commonly believed tweaks 1-8 in the listed article will work, tweak 9 will also work. Tweak 9 changes the action center back to the pre-release one. It can be restored by applying the following entry to the registry hives, then signing out of Windows and signing back in:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Notification Area Icons applet[edit | edit source]

The settings related to notification area icons are moved to the Settings app by this point, and the Notification Area Icons applet in Control Panel that was present in earlier versions of Windows is hidden. To open it, use the following command: explorer.exe shell:::{05d7b0f4-2121-4eff-bf6b-ed3f69b894d9}

Personalization options in Control Panel[edit | edit source]

The desktop background and accent color settings is present in Settings → Personalization but the Control Panel applets are still present and can be opened using these commands:

  • Desktop Background: explorer.exe shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageWallpaper
  • Color and Appearance: any of these commands:
    • control color
    • control.exe color
    • explorer.exe shell:::{ED834ED6-4B5A-4bfe-8F11-A626DCB6A921} -Microsoft.Personalization\pageColorization (this command still work in the latest version of Windows 10)

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • When choosing "Restore default icon behaviors" in the Notification Area Icons applet in Control Panel, the window hangs and then crashes. This bug does not always happen.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Setup[edit | edit source]

User interface[edit | edit source]

UWP applications[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]