Today, Microsoft released a new Windows 10 Creators Update SDK Preview to be used in conjunction with Windows 10 Insider Preview (Build 15042 or greater). The Preview SDK is a pre-release and cannot be used in a production environment. Please only install the SDK on your test machine. The Preview SDK Build 15042 contains bug fixes and under development changes to the API surface area. If you are working on an application that you need to submit to the store, you should not install the preview.

The Preview SDK can be downloaded from developer section on Windows Insider.

For feedback and updates to the known issues, please see the developer forum.  For new feature requests, head over to our Windows Platform UserVoice.

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 Windows SDK

  • 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

API Updates and Additions

No API changes have occurred since build 15021. For a list of the APIs added since Windows 10 Anniversary Update, please see 15021.