Wednesday, November 13th 2019

Microsoft Releases Windows 10 November 2019 Update (1909)

Microsoft late Tuesday released its second major update to Windows 10 for the year, the Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909). This update beats conventions in that is "minor" in comparison to the Windows 10 May 2019 (1903) Update, in that Microsoft didn't change too many under-the-hood components, but updated the operating system's user-interface. For example, the operating system retains the older version's driver model.

The Actions Center received several UI updates such as the ability to add items to your agenda directly from the calendar, improved sorting of notifications, improved accessibility of the Start menu, and the ability to use third-party accessibility software from even the Lock screen. The only notable under-the-hood changes concern the scheduler. Windows 10 now gets the ability to address multiple "favored" cores in a multi-core processor. A favored core is a physically superior core that can sustain higher boost clocks for longer.
Microsoft's change-log follows.

  • The following new features are being introduced as part of this update.
  • This update will be published to WSUS so that customers can deploy and manage Insider Preview builds alongside their standard ConfigMan/WSUS approach. See this blog post for details.
  • We are offering pre-release support for 19H2 offered to Windows Insider Program for Business (WIP4Biz) customers who face blocking issues that prevent them from feature evaluation or device use. See this article for details.
  • Windows containers require matched host and container version. This restricts customers and limits Windows containers from supporting mixed-version container pod scenarios This update includes 5 fixes to address this and allow the host to run down-level containers on up-level for process (Argon) isolation.
  • A fix to allow OEMs to reduce the inking latency based on the hardware capabilities of their devices rather than being stuck with latency selected on typical hardware configuration by the OS.
  • Key-rolling or Key-rotation feature enables secure rolling of Recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices upon on demand request from Microsoft Intune/MDM tools or upon every time recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help prevent accidental recovery password disclosure as part of manual BitLocker drive unlock by users.
  • A change to enable third-party digital assistants to voice activate above the Lock screen.
  • You can now quickly create an event straight from the Calendar flyout on the Taskbar. Just select the date and time at the lower right corner of the Taskbar to open the Calendar flyout and pick your desired date and start typing in the text box-you'll now see inline options to set a time and location.
  • The navigation pane on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it with your mouse to better inform where clicking goes.
  • We have added friendly images to show what is meant by "banner" and "Action Center" when adjusting the notifications on apps in order to make these settings more approachable and understandable.
  • Notifications settings under Settings > System > Notifications will now default to sorting notification senders by most recently shown notification, rather than sender name. This makes it easier to find and configure frequent and recent senders. We have also added a setting to turn off playing sound when notifications appear.
  • We now show the options to configure and turn off notifications from an app/website right on the notification, both as a banner and in Action Center.
  • We have added a "Manage notifications" button to the top of Action Center that launches the main "Notifications & actions" Settings page.
  • We have added additional debugging capabilities for newer Intel processors. This is only relevant for hardware manufacturers.
  • We have made general battery life and power efficiency improvements for PCs with certain processors.
  • A CPU may have multiple "favored" cores (logical processors of the highest available scheduling class). To provide better performance and reliability, we have implemented a rotation policy that distributes work more fairly among these favored cores.
  • We have enabled Windows Defender Credential Guard for ARM64 devices for additional protection against credential theft for enterprises deploying ARM64 devices in their organizations.
  • We have enabled the ability for enterprises to supplement the Windows 10 in S Mode policy to allow traditional Win32 (desktop) apps from Microsoft Intune.
  • We're updating the search box in File Explorer to now be powered by Windows Search. This change will help integrate your OneDrive content online with the traditional indexed results.
  • We have added the ability for Narrator and other assistive technologies to read and learn where the FN key is located on keyboards and what state it is in (locked versus unlocked).
Microsoft in July announced a departure from its biannual major update cadence to one that sees a major update in one half of the year with under-the-hood changes, and a minor update with cosmetic UI changes.
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38 Comments on Microsoft Releases Windows 10 November 2019 Update (1909)

#1
lynx29
Nice to see WSUS get a shoutout, been using that for years now.
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#2
gmn 17
...and installed took only 30 mins really small
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#3
W1zzard
is it just me or is every single entry in that whole changelog completely irrelevant for what you do?
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#4
Melvis
Yay more work coming my way, thanks MS:slap:
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#5
MicroUnC
I still don't get it why some people get the update on release date, and others a few months later ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

btw; I did not get the update!
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#6
londiste
MicroUnC
I still don't get it why some people get the update on release date, and others a few months later ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
There is a number or variables here. It will not be automatically installed (yet), you have to select it to be installed manually. It also seems to have prerequisite of November Cumulative Update.

From high-level view, Microsoft is doing staggered updating for several reasons. There are a lot of Windows users and if everyone got the update on day 1 their download servers would kind of die, especially with the larger-than-usual-update size of feature updates. Some group of users getting update first can be an additional level of testers etc.

1909 is the smallest and faster feature update I have seen on Windows 10 so far. Quick install, one restart and done. Reading the list of improvements and other details on 1909 it seems to be very similar to Service Packs of old and not the Windows 10 Feature Updates we know so far. Not a bad thing I might add.
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#7
R-T-B
W1zzard
is it just me or is every single entry in that whole changelog completely irrelevant for what you do?
Yeah, I sorta fall in that boat, but woo, they finally sorted the useless notification thingy.

Melvis
Yay more work coming my way, thanks MS:slap:
This really is just a patch tuesday pretending it's something big. I'd worry not, this is incredibly underwhelming.
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#8
Shihabyooo
"The search box in File Explorer to now be powered by Windows Search"
It wasn't?
Come to think of it, I don't recall explorer breaking with Cortana or showing unsought, web results.

MicroUnC
btw; I did not get the update!
CONGRATULATIONS! You were not selected as a beta tester.
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#9
Ferrum Master
W1zzard
is it just me or is every single entry in that whole changelog completely irrelevant for what you do?
Even the favored core fix? Windows at least knows witch one is it from Turbo Boost 3 supported CPU's.
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#10
londiste
So, from user side:
- Favored core is a big one, especially for Ryzen CPUs but also Intel's Turbo Boost 3.0.
- Battery life/efficiency improvements where it applies.
- Bunch of notification QoL fixes.
- Calendar thing (which seems to be Calendar app thing which I do not have installed so it doesn't work for me).

Rest of it is enterprise, management and OEM improvements.
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#11
Octopuss
The changelog is surprisingly short (even for a service pack of sorts), but at least there are things I definitely like.
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#12
neatfeatguy
Oh hell no. I need to double check that my plex server isn't pulling any updates. I've had nothing but issue after issue when MS throws their big updates out.
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#13
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
I'm not putting this on any of my computers for at least 3 months. I'm waiting for the problems to be worked out.
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#14
DeathtoGnomes
newtekie1
I'm not putting this on any of my computers for at least 3 months. I'm waiting for the problems to be worked out.
I think I"ll wait til the next update, come to think of it, I didnt do the spring update either.

R-T-B
Yeah, I sorta fall in that boat, but woo, they finally sorted the useless notification thingy.
are you saying the notifications are useful now ? ;)
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#15
jmcslob
Favored core (s).. Yes please.
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#16
P4-630
Somehow it fixed the live tv online audio out of sync. It was very annoying, all seems good now.:)
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#17
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Did a clean install of it last night. Not sure how I feel about the new wallpaper. Feels Windows 8-ish.

I tried creating an "offline" account and the computer rebooted during the creation process. Was then presented with a "oh looks like your computer rebooted" and I had to go through the setup process again. This time I used a MS account and it all worked fine :banghead:

I really dont like using a MS account as my Windows logon. And i really dont like having a sign in on my home machine.
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#18
P4-630
CrAsHnBuRnXp
Did a clean install of it last night. Not sure how I feel about the new wallpaper. Feels Windows 8-ish.

I tried creating an "offline" account and the computer rebooted during the creation process. Was then presented with a "oh looks like your computer rebooted" and I had to go through the setup process again. This time I used a MS account and it all worked fine :banghead:

I really dont like using a MS account as my Windows logon. And i really dont like having a sign in on my home machine.
https://www.techpowerup.com/forums/threads/confirmed-windows-10-setup-now-prevents-local-account-creation.260500/
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#20
P4-630
CrAsHnBuRnXp
But does it work for pro?
Try it?
Just disconnect the internet.
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#21
Chrispy_
Has Cortana been detached from the start menu yet? I'm using insider Enterprise builds but in the last consumer version I tested I would hit the windows key and type "uninstall" and it would give me Bing web results instead of the 'uninstall a program' control panel link. Same was true for many of the system utilities that wouldn't have ModernUI applets, where Bing web results overruled actual OS utilities.
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#22
CrAsHnBuRnXp
P4-630
Try it?
Just disconnect the internet.
Ive already setup the computer. Id have to format all over again and I dont feel like it just to see if it would work or not.
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#23
QUANTUMPHYSICS
Installed it on my 15" travel gaming laptop.

No issues.

Will install it on my 17" Laptop and my desktops when I get home.
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#24
Easo
It took me around 1 minute to install it, plus reboot. Nice, very nice.
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