Wednesday, May 22nd 2019

Windows 10 May 2019 Update 1903 Goes Live

Microsoft today officially released Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903). Distributed in a regionally phased manner over Windows Update, and on-demand through the Upgrade Assistant tool or downloadable as fresh installation media, Windows 1903 is the year's first major update. It adds several user-interface improvements, such as a more functional Start Menu, a vastly improved search system, a more functional Action Center, handy new features to Explorer, and several under-the-hood improvements. To gamers, it introduces support for standardized variable-rate shading in Direct3D games and applications, which when implemented correctly, can vastly improve performance and details in games.
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44 Comments on Windows 10 May 2019 Update 1903 Goes Live

#2
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
W1zzard
In case you want a direct download of the new ISO, which is available at Microsoft:
I've never gotten that to work for some reason on my computers, and the tablet pauses any MS download when it reaches about 50%.
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#3
W1zzard
Frick
I've never gotten that to work for some reason on my computers, and the tablet pauses any MS download when it reaches about 50%.
Tablet? Don't use a tablet, use your Windows PC

Updated my post with more pics
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#4
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
W1zzard
Tablet? Don't use a tablet, use your Windows PC

Updated my post with more pics
Well duh but on my computers the method you described has never worked for me,no matter the browser. The page just won't load. On tablets you get directaccess to the ISO, but that bugs out too.
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#5
biffzinker
Frick
Well duh but on my computers the method you described has never worked for me,no matter the browser. The page just won't load. On tablets you get directaccess to the ISO, but that bugs out too.
Worked for me, thanks @W1zzard.
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#6
s3thra
I just made a Windows 10 USB install stick last night for 1809. Guess I'll go wipe it and start again tonight with 1903 on there instead...
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#7
TheDeeGee
I will probably stay on 1809 untill my Zen2 upgrade.

Sure as hell ain't gonna install a new major update on Day 1.
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#8
bug
You're supposed to be able to get this by simply checking manually for updates. Probably won't work in all regions yet, but if it works for you, it's easier to go that route.
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#9
TheLostSwede
Ah yes, clearly the updater works great...

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#12
GlacierNine
GinoLatino
Why do that procedure when the media creation tool works perfectly fine?
Because sometimes the media creator *doesn't* work perfectly. It can be very temperamental.
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#13
R-T-B
Frick
I've never gotten that to work for some reason on my computers, and the tablet pauses any MS download when it reaches about 50%.
You are probably downloading to a FAT32 formatted medium frick. That would limit file size in general to 2GBs.
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#14
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
R-T-B
You are probably downloading to a FAT32 formatted medium frick. That would limit file size in general to 2GBs.
Well aren't I the nincompoop. That is exactly right. I was sure it was exFAT but now I clearly remember not formatting the new SD card. VFAT.
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#15
TheLostSwede
Lovely, got a WDF violation in the second attempt, not trying this again...
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#16
PanicLake
GlacierNine
Because sometimes the media creator *doesn't* work perfectly. It can be very temperamental.
I've used the media creation tool since existence, I have downloaded a plethora of windows releases in two languages and never had an issue.

Issues that comes to mind:
- something wrong with your system
- you are not using it on a genuine windows version
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#17
trog100
just doing mine now using the media creation tool.. i have also made a usb stick..

trog

ps.. my upgrade attempt failed.. this machine isnt suitable for this version of windows.. it made some mention of usb devises.. go figure cos i cant he he..
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#18
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
trog100
just doing mine now using the media creation tool.. i have also made a usb stick..

trog

ps.. my upgrade attempt failed.. this machine isnt suitable for this version of windows.. it made some mention of usb devises.. go figure cos i cant he he..
You may have to fresh install. My main rig has refused to upgrade with every iteration of W10. It will only fresh install. It’s part of the reason I purposely remain a year behind.

Other W10 rigs in the house do upgrade just fine, both home and Pro.
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#19
Konceptz
TheDeeGee
I will probably stay on 1809 untill my Zen2 upgrade.

Sure as hell ain't gonna install a new major update on Day 1.
I've been running it for a few weeks. Noticeable improvement over 1809. No issues from what I've seen.
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#20
trog100
rtwjunkie
You may have to fresh install. My main rig has refused to upgrade with every iteration of W10. It will only fresh install. It’s part of the reason I purposely remain a year behind.

Other W10 rigs in the house do upgrade just fine, both home and Pro.
its never had a problem before.. but it may be more careful with what it install on now to avoid f-ck ups..

in truth i am not that desperate.. just curious.. he he

trog

ps.. i have removed all usb devises except keyboard and mouse and giving it another try..

nope it still dosnt like something on my system and refuses to install.. f-ck it i can live without it.. he he..
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#21
GlacierNine
GinoLatino
I've used the media creation tool since existence, I have downloaded a plethora of windows releases in two languages and never had an issue.

Issues that comes to mind:
- something wrong with your system
- you are not using it on a genuine windows version
I've used it across several different PCs of my own, all of my windows versions are genuine and validated, I've used it on other people's PCs and I've generated USB keys for home and pro versions of windows.

It does usually work. It is not infallible. For one thing it absolutely LOATHES one of my USB thumbdrives and absolutely will not write to it, forcing me to use it to download to .iso and use rufus instead. (Which is honestly fine, since rufus is much faster than the media creator anyway and allows the user to specify whether they're creating an MBR or a GPT install media). There is nothing wrong with the drive, and nothing wrong with any of the 3 machines it's done this across. The media creator simply does not like this particular thumbdrive.

I've also encountered issues wherein the media creator either downloads much more slowly than it should or simply doesn't work properly during periods where microsoft are having issues. On those occasions I've used a linux partition to download the iso file directly instead and been just fine.

There's no need to defend the media creator. Nobody said it was useless. But it definitely is not a perfect piece of software and the availability of an alternative without having to trawl sites of dubious trustworthiness, is good.

Personally I'm still disappointed that Microsoft stopped doing this sort of thing for old windows versions through digitalriver too. That was a really nice resource if you needed to quickly spin up an older version of windows in a VM or on a retrobuild, without trawling for your install media.
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#22
neatfeatguy
I just remoted into my plex server and Windows 10 says it needs my help to update to the next big change (or something like that). Then it gave me a few options to pick from:

1) Proceed
2) Pick a later date
3) Snooze

I clicked on option 2, "Pick a later date" and I got zero prompts or pop-ups for me to pick a later date. I think I hurt Windows' feelings.

All I know is that I don't really want to do any major upgrades since 1709 obliterated itself and it required me to just format and re-install Windows and the last big update (1809, I think) installed just fine. Right now I'm 50/50 with updates going well or outright blowing up Windows. I'm in no hurry to have to find out if it fails and re-install is needed or if it works.
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#23
R-T-B
Frick
Well aren't I the nincompoop. That is exactly right. I was sure it was exFAT but now I clearly remember not formatting the new SD card. VFAT.
Glad to be of service, fishface.
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#24
Prima.Vera
How to disable Craptana for good and also new Telemetry settings?
Also, after applying this it looks like the CPU patches for Specter, Meltdown and other craps are also applied too. A quick test in some of my games shows a FPS reduction of a couple of frames, so can anyone please advise how to remove those unnecesary "security" patches (for me)
please?

Thank you..
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#25
fullinfusion
Vanguard Beta Tester
I had to use the upgrade assistant. Found out that either my Xbox controller dongle, or an older USB stick that has my bios and overclock settings on it was the issue.

Dunno which one as I didn't have time to check so I just pulled both and then the install went fine.

So for so good on my end.
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