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Microsoft on Tuesday released Windows 10, version 1903, aka the May 2019 Update, without forcing it on folks.
As mentioned last month, the US software super-biz has decided to let users of its operating system have more say in how and when updates get applied. The new humility comes after hearing feedback that update problems in April and October last year were not appreciated by netizens. Drop us a line, please, if you encounter any problems with build 1903 and we'll be sure to highlight them.
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"Beginning today, the May 2019 Update is available for customers who would like to install the latest release," explained John Cable, director of program management for Windows Servicing and Delivery, in a blog post.
Customers who are inclined to take the plunge can open their Windows Update settings and select "Check for updates." If and when the update appears – Microsoft is throttling availability so the version bump may not be immediately accessible to everyone – customers can select "Download and install now," provided they're running Windows 10, version 1803, or version 1809 with the May 21 updates or later.
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The download will then proceed and once it's stored, the system will display a notification that the installation can be completed with a reboot, at a convenient time.
Cable said Microsoft's "measured and throttled approach" reflects the company's commitment to provide customers with more control of and more transparency into an update process that now incorporates a longer period of testing.
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In keeping with that plan, Microsoft has made a Windows release health dashboard available, to provide insight into the status of the update rollout and any issues being reported.
Redmond has also thoughtfully provided a self-repair capability that's designed to intervene if installation problems occur. "If Windows detects that your machine cannot start up successfully, it will try to diagnose...
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