Items tagged with may 2019 update

If you have a system running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) or earlier, Microsoft is about to push a forced upgrade on you – and you will have little recourse to prevent it from happening. Microsoft made its intentions clear leading up to and during the launch of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) earlier this year.  Customers have balked at the idea of being forced into a newer version of Windows against their will — especially if their current build is functioning nominally — but Microsoft sees its motives as security-based.  “Keeping these devices both supported and receiving monthly updates is critical to device... Read more...
Microsoft is making good on its promise to begin forced upgrades on systems running outdated versions of Windows 10. Microsoft announced its shift in strategy prior to the public release of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (v1903), and the first victims customers to be affected by this policy are those running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (v1803) or earlier. According to Microsoft's Windows Update Twitter account, it has already initiated the training process for its machine learning engine that will determine when and how to push the Windows 10 May 2019 Update to systems that are running the Windows 10 April 2018 Update (or older). Microsoft says that it is taking... Read more...
Microsoft has just opened up Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019 Update) availability to additional users. The Redmond, Washington-based software giant took a deliberately slow approach with the May 2019 Update after it failed spectacularly with the October 2018 Update with a myriad of showstopping bugs. The company announced this week that the May 2019 Update is now being made available to all Windows 10 users that manually "Check for Updates". Previously, Microsoft made the update automatically visible to hardware configurations with no known compatibility issues. The May 2019 Update, however, could still be deferred if a user didn't want to upgrade this early in the game. In addition, a separate... Read more...
Back in late April, Microsoft updated the storage requirements for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (Version 1903). In fact, it was the first time that any changes had been made to the storage requirement for Windows 10 since it was first released back in the summer of 2015. The May 2019 Update now asks for at least 32GB of storage to install on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the operating system. Previously, those requirements stood at 16GB and 20GB respectively. Microsoft is now clarifying that these new, higher storage demands only apply to new devices shipped out by its OEM partners. It does not apply to existing systems that already have Windows 10 installed. Microsoft goes on to... Read more...
Running into at least one annoying issue seems to be a right of passage for Microsoft's twice annual updates for Windows 10—the big ones that add new features. So it goes with the May 2019 Update. Having just started rolling out earlier this week, a known issue with certain AMD Ryzen and Threadripper PCs has cropped up. Affected users are met with an error message when attempting to either clean install Windows 10 version 1903, or update their PC to the latest build by way of the May 2019 Update. "AMD Ryzen or AMD Ryzen Threadripper configured in SATA or NVMe RAID mode. A driver is installed that causes stability problems on Windows. This driver will be disabled. Check with your software/driver... Read more...
Microsoft began pushing out its May 2019 Update for Windows 10 earlier this week, though it is a slow roll out to ensure that everything goes smoothly (we all remember the train wreck that the was October 2018 Update). If you have managed to install it, you will notice there is a new Light theme available, among other visual changes. When you boot into Windows 10 after applying the latest update, you will see a lighter background image. It seems that Microsoft is aiming for an overall brighter and cleaner Windows experience, compared to the darker themes of previous builds. As for the new Light theme, the option can be found by navigating to Settings > Personalization > Themes > Color.... Read more...
We're getting close to the end of May, which means that Microsoft was running out of time to publicly release the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. After a month of extra testing with Windows Insiders and likely plenty of internal testing, Microsoft has released the update (version 1903) to the public. According to Microsoft, it is taking a "measured and throttled approach" with the May 2019 Update, which means that not everyone will get the update at the same time. However, once Microsoft is able to study download/installation telemetry data and has a high confidence level that things are going smoothly, it will make the software available to all Windows 10 users. If you want to manually force... Read more...
Back in early April, Microsoft announced that it would give users back control over Windows Update in Windows 10. In previous incarnations of Windows 10, Microsoft pushed out major updates to PCs based on telemetry data that it gathered from its millions of customers around the globe. If the data "gave us confidence that device would have a great update experience," updates would then be pushed to individual systems. As we saw with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update, forced updates can turn disastrous if critical bugs go undetected (or underreported) during the testing phase. With the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, that all changes with more granular controls over updates. Those users... Read more...
Microsoft is likely just days away from publicly launching the next major release for Windows 10: Version 1903, aka, the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. Although Microsoft has been testing the May 2019 Update for months internally and externally – via the Windows Insider program – the company doesn’t want a repeat of what happened with the disastrous Windows 10 October 2018 Update. With that in mind, the company pushed the update out to the Release Preview ring much earlier than usual so that it could catch any last-minute bugs before going to a full-scale public release. The next step that the company has taken it to implement upgrade blocks for specific configurations... Read more...
Microsoft launched Windows 10 way back during the summer of 2015. Ever since that time, the minimum storage requirements have remained the same for the operating system: 32-bit versions required 16GB of storage, while 64-bit versions required 20GB. Now for the first time, those requirements are changing. Microsoft's Minimum Hardware Requirements page has been updated ahead of the public rollout of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. It now shows that operating system -- Version 1903 -- will require at least 32GB of storage space for both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. That's double the previous threshold for the former, and 12GB greater for the latter. It's likely that this change won't affect... Read more...
If you have a Windows 10 PC that regularly has an SD card or USB drive installed, you're probably going to run into issues when attempting to upgrade to the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. In a new document that was posted to Microsoft's support database, the software giant has identified a problem that actually has a pretty simple resolution. "Inappropriate drive reassignment can occur on eligible computers that have an external USB device or SD memory card attached during the installation of the May 2019 update," writes Microsoft. "For this reason, these computers are currently blocked from receiving the May 2019 Update." For example, an attached SD card that previously had been assigned E:... Read more...
Microsoft had a rough go at things with the Windows 10 October 2018 Update that was released last year. That major feature release was plagued with issues including driver problems and a file deletion bug; things got so bad that Microsoft actually had to temporarily pull the update while it got its house in order. The company doesn't want to make the same mistake with its latest release -- the Windows 10 May 2019 Update -- and has taken many precautions to make sure that its customers don't go through upgrade hell. As a result, Microsoft is pushing the May 2019 Update (Build 18362.30) to the Release Preview ring much earlier than usual. This should give Windows Insiders enough... Read more...
Microsoft has announced that official name of the next major release of Windows 10. And unlike previous reporting which suggested an April launch, it will actually be called the Windows 10 May 2019 Update. The latest update to Windows 10 will bring new sandbox functionality and will decouple the Cortana digital assistant from Windows Search. However, perhaps one of the biggest changes to Windows 10 will come in how much granular control that users will have over the update process. This latest move is no doubt a side effect of the immense negative backlash that was unleashed on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update after a laundry list of epic fails. Under previous Windows... Read more...