Windows 10 May 2019 Update announced, and major update changes

With the new dashboard Microsoft is hoping it will be clearer what known issues are and what their possible resolution

Enlarge With the new dashboard Microsoft is hoping it will be clearer what known issues are and what their possible resolution

Microsoft intends Windows updates to make the operating system more powerful and easier to use.

The changes are created to help prevent updates from occurring unexpectedly, mediated by new Download and Install options in the Windows Update settings.

For those who simply want the existing update system to handle its timing better, Microsoft is making changes there, too.

Microsoft says that there won't be any pressure to upgrade until the particular version of Windows 10 reaches end of support.

Microsoft has just announced that its next Windows 10 feature update would be called May 2019 Update and not April 2019 Update as originally expected. We might be on Windows 10 for the foreseeable future, and the latest update changes will make that a less frustrating experience.

Unlike the case with previous twice-yearly Windows 10 feature updates, the next feature update, known as 19H1/1903, is getting several additional weeks of testing time in the Windows Insider Release Preview ring before rolling out to the mainstream. We may notify you when a feature update is available and ready for your machine.

There's also a Download and Install Now option on the way for the bi-annual feature updates (such as the one coming in May). "With a more robust and longer Release Preview and further investments in machine learning for both high-severity issue detection and our next generation of intelligent rollout, our goal is to provide the best, transparent Windows update experience". All Windows 10 devices with a supported version will continue to automatically receive the monthly updates.

We fixed an issue where a user's PC may get into a unbootable state after installing a Cumulative Update and then installing a optional feature-on-demand (FOD). The default time period, from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. worked well for Office workers but not so well for home use. We are adding new features that will empower users with control and transparency around when updates are installed. This latest move is no doubt a side effect of the vast negative backlash that was unleashed on the Windows 10 October 2018 Update after a laundry list of epic fails. This feature will improve system performance by intelligently coordinating Windows updates and Microsoft Store updates, so they occur when users are away from their devices to minimize disruptions. Let us know below.

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