With the release of Windows 10 in September 2014, Microsoft announced the Windows Insider program, which allows participants to test pre-release Window 10 builds. Unfortunately, due to the tight coupling of 7+ Taskbar Tweaker with the internals of Windows Explorer, every new Windows 10 build may break compatibility, and it often does. While working on compatibility with the initial release of Windows 10, I tried to keep it working with every build as it releases, which was a lot of work. I realized that I’m chasing a moving target, doing the same adjustments again and again. So since then (and until today), I decided support only non-insider Windows 10 builds.
Even though polishing the tweaker to work on a new Windows build is a lot of work, having it to not crash while maintaining some/most of the functionality is usually much easier. So I decided to resume limited support for Windows 10 insider builds. I’ll try to fix critical incompatibilities when I find out that a new build breaks 7+ Taskbar Tweaker completely, provided that I’m able to allocate time for it. Just like previously with alpha versions, support for insider builds will be only available to those who supported the project with a donation.
No more alpha versions – from now on, beta and access codes
Another change that I had in mind for some time, and finally had the chance to implement, is getting rid of alpha versions of the tweaker. 7+ Taskbar Tweaker has official release versions and beta versions, and alpha versions felt redundant and confusing given the size of the project. One of the reasons I kept using alpha versions is to be able to provide early access to a limited amount of users as soon as possible, before it’s ready for the masses.
Starting from 7+ Taskbar Tweaker v188.8.131.52 (beta), experimental support for new Windows builds will be released with public beta versions, but will be locked with an access code. The access code will be available to those who decide to support the project, just like it was previously with alpha versions.
7+ Taskbar Tweaker v184.108.40.206 provides experimental support for Windows 10 version 1809, based on insider build 17713. You can get it here.