Success! Upgraded to Windows 10 v1903

So a month or so ago I tried to upgrade to Windows 10 v1903 [19H1] from v1809.

If you remember [or not!] the history of my prime computer, I had tried to upgrade from v1709 to v1803 but it failed. Too many weird things such as certain options I could not change and I had issues with my audio card.

As I have Windows 10 Pro, I can delay these feature upgrades for up to a year – which I did. I skipped v1803 and upgraded from v1709 to v1809.

Over time, I also noticed that I was getting some issues with my sound card.

So after upgrading from v1809 to v1903 failed earlier this summer, I decided to “modernize” my sound card. It wasn’t the latest sound card but still newer than my old one – which was around 10 years old.

Yesterday, I upgraded to v1903 successfully. Seemed to take a bit longer than previously but I don’t see any issues. And for once, after upgrading, I didn’t have to spend time fixing the settings.

I tend to upgrade with the media, instead of waiting for Windows [or Microsoft] to notify me. So I go through the process of checking for updates and what to keep [among other stuff].

What I found interesting is that after it checked for updates, all it installed was the latest cumulative update for Windows 10 v1903.

What it didn’t include was a servicing stack update [KB4515530], a microcode update [KB4497165], and a .net Framework update [KB451155]. So why weren’t those included while checking for updates?

One reason why getting v1903 onto my system is that when v1909 [1`9H2] comes out at the end of this month or early next month [assuming no major issues again!]. v1909 will be not a feature update but a huge update [can you call it a service pack?] that will installed like a typical monthly update. But v1903 will be required for the v1909 update.

Note that Microsoft is expected to have a regular full installation for any system that isn’t at v1903 but want to go to v1909 directly.

Microsoft to push Spring 2019 Windows 10 update

Because of the more than expected amount of Windows 10 users are still using the v1803 release [which will have support ending this fall], Microsoft has decided to push out the v1903 [the latest Windows 10 release] earlier than usual.

You will have the option to delay the v1903 upgrade release for up to 35 days so you can do the upgrade at your convenience. Depending on your computer, this upgrade could last from about an hour [for faster computers] to over 2 hours [for slower computers].

This needs to be done soon – otherwise you will not receive any further security updates and enhancements.

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?

Windows 10 v1903 delayed and renamed

Microsoft has announced that the spring 2019 release [a.k.a. v1903] has been pushed back to May and will be called May 2019 Update or 19H1.

Microsoft said they have decided to delay the release so that they can extend the pre-release phase of testing to catch more last minute bugs.

The “19H1” designation gives them further leeway as they aren’t forced to release a final version by a specific month. For a “H1” name, they could release it any time between January [unlikely] until June [still possible].

This also delays the next release of the server equivalent.

What to expect in the April 2019 Update to Windows 10

The busy beavers at Microsoft are already working out what will be in the officially named April 2019 Update for windows 10 [a.k.a. 19H1 or v1903]. Among the new and updated are:

  • Remember the Spectre mess in early 2018? Some slower systems [particular 2015 made and before] took a slight hit in speed. Microsoft is enabling “retpoline” and “import optimization” options which will give those older systems some speed back.
  • 7 GB of disk space will now be reserved for installing updates, so updates don’t fail because of a lack of disk space. If you have a very small system drive this could be an issue. There should be an option to reduce the size.
  • Unless Microsoft changes its mind, Home users can pause getting updates for up to a week. But you can’t re-enable the pausing right after the pausing ended.
  • There is a new light theme. The Start menu, taskbar, notifications, action center sidebar, print dialog, and other interface elements can now be light instead of dark.
  • Windows Sandbox is available for Pro users. An integrated, isolated desktop environment where you can run software in a container without affecting your host operating system.
  • Microsoft has cleaned up the default Start menu to just a single column and is much simpler. But this only affects a new account. Not an existing account.
  • You can manually uninstall more built-in apps such as 3D Viewer, Groove Music, Mail, Paint 3D.
  • The search bar functions as a normal search box but there’s a separate Cortana icon on the Windows taskbar. You can hide one, both or none. Search allows you to search some areas specifically – for example just Email or just apps.
  • The file search feature in the Start menu can now search for files anywhere on your PC using the Windows search index instead of just Documents, Music, Pictures, Downloads, and Videos, and your Desktop.
  • Optionally you can now create a Microsoft account without a password online. That account is linked to your phone number, and Microsoft will text you a security code whenever you try to sign in.
  • The system tray can optionally display an icon when you need to reboot your computer to finish with the updates.
  • Additional troubleshooters are available. Some may be done automatically for you in the background such as critical troubleshooting which can’t be turned off Notifications can now be hidden for any full screen for any app – not just games in full screen.
  • You can use in File Explorer “friendly dates” by default. So, rather than dates like “1/31/2019”, you’ll see dates like “Yesterday,” “Tuesday,” “January 31,” and “January 31, 2019”. This can be turned off.
  • Storage Settings will help you see where space is being used and if anything can be cleaned up.
  • Unsure why not in Windows before, but you can synchronize your computer with a time server on the Internet.
  • More network settings have been added to a network adapter instead of using it in the Control Panel.
  • For Active hours, you can allow Windows to configure it for you. It will check to see when you don’t use the computer normally.
  • Added is a globe-shaped icon that appears when your PC doesn’t have any Internet connection.
  • If using a microphone, it will show in the system tray. Hover the mouse over the icon and it will tell you which application is using it.
  • When “Tamper Protection” option is enabled, this setting protects important security settings. So an application can’t make changes in the background without your approval.
  • Task manager will allow you to set up a default tab which will open up when task manager is open.
  • Windows now lets you choose a cursor color and size. You can make the cursor larger and change its color, making it easier to see.
  • The Disk Cleanup tool now displays a warning when you click the “Downloads” option, warning that this is your personal downloads folder and all files inside it will be removed.