Microsoft change feature updates frequency for “home” Windows 10 users

Microsoft has announced changes to how Windows 10 get feature updates [that is/was the big one roughly every 6 months – assuming no issues]. For OEM and retail Windows 10 editions [think the “Home” version], feature update installations are no longer mandatory. Instead, the feature update is offered as an optional update. The PC’s owner has to approve of the installation manually. You’re free to ignore that prompt for as long as the current version is supported, or a maximum of 18 months.

For Pro, Education, and Enterprise editions, it is the status quo.

Windows 10 warns about updating to the May 2019 update

I guess depending on the version you use [I’m using Pro with a feature update delay] you may or may not see the message below when you should update to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

Obviously you probably shouldn’t install the May update through other means [MediaTool, ISO] if it’s giving you this warning.

BTW, I wish Microsoft would get their version format settled. Is it v1903 or 19H1? Is it v1909 [seen in the Windows Insiders] or 19H2?

Issues plague Windows 10 update

If you are thinking of not waiting for the notification and decided you want to get the latest feature update to Windows 10 [i.e. build 17134 or v1803 or Redstone 4 or April 2018 Update], you may wish to hold off for a bit.

There are a serious number of issues that are affecting some users.

Among them are: mouse problems, microphone problems, problems with Microsoft Office, problems with Cortana, problems with Edge and problems with Google’s Chrome browser. There may be others.

Microsoft says these issues will be fixed with the first big update coming this Tuesday [on Patch Tuesday]. There has already been two small updates since the release this past week.

Personally, I may wait at least two months. Windows 10 Pro editions allows delays of feature updates.

[Update 2018/05/10:] While the update for Patch Tuesday has supposedly fixed some issues, there are reports that some are getting a black screen for a lengthy amount of time after installing the update and rebooting.

Adding to the issues of the update [going from v1709 to v1803] are issues with Intel SSD 600P series and 600P Pro series. They could be others but these two series are known to have issues.

Another bug ids that you can’t upgrade if the installation detects an empty drive. Yup. As well, you got ALT+TAB is slow while gaming. Disabling all the options from Focus Assist seems to fix the issue.

Additionally NVIDIA GPU settings are unavailable and finally some audio settings may be lost. I have encountered the reset [or loss] of audio settings after every upgrade.