Windows 10 1809: full rollout begins

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 21, 2019
Updated • Mar 21, 2019
Windows, Windows 10

With Windows 10 version 1903 just a month or so away, it is quite puzzling that a large number of devices have not yet received the update to Windows 10 version 1809.

Microsoft began the rollout phase of Windows 10 version 1809 on January 16, 2019 but restricted automatic updates via Windows Updates. Only devices that the company believed to have the "best update experience" would receive the update back then.

Administrators could run a manual check for updates and would receive the feature update then if no upgrade block was in place and if the device passed compatibility tests.

Microsoft lists one upgrade block currently on the official update history page of Windows 10 version 1809. Devices who run "certain new Intel display drivers" are blocked from receiving the update via Windows Update. The solution right now is to update Intel display drivers so that they are newer than

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Microsoft updated the "Get the Windows 10 October 2018 Update" support page yesterday to indicate that the rollout of the new feature update for Windows has finally started.

Windows 10 devices will receive the feature update automatically now provided that they are compatible with the new version and don't meet any upgrade block that may still be in place; this is true for devices with Windows Updates set to download and install updates automatically.

Microsoft suggests that administrators run manual check for updates if the update is not offered automatically at this point. This is done by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, and activating the "check for updates" option on the page.

It is still possible that the feature update is not returned when administrators run manual check for updates. Administrators may then download the Update Assistant from this Microsoft page to use it to update (or receive information on why an update is not possible).

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One has to wonder if it would not be better to sit this one out and wait for the release of the upcoming feature update. While it is certainly an option to upgrade to Windows 10 version 1809 and then a month or so later to Windows 10 version 1903, it is probably less time consuming to skip 1809 and wait for 1903 instead.

Windows 10 version 1809 launched with major bugs and Microsoft had to pause the update for about six weeks. It is probably not a good idea to jump on the Windows 10 version 1903 bandwagon right after official release; far better to monitor the update for a month or two before making any upgrade decisions. (via Born)

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  1. AnorKnee Merce said on March 24, 2019 at 10:27 am

    = a long list (for the past 1 year) of Win 10 computers being broken or borked by M$’s forced auto-updates.

  2. VioletMoon said on March 24, 2019 at 4:04 am

    “One has to wonder if it would not be better to sit this one out and wait for the release of the upcoming feature update.”

    Don’t think skipping a version is possible, or it hasn’t ever worked for me in the past. The upgrade path is well-defined by MS, and one may find leaping from 1803 to 1903 a miserable mess.

    Anyway, rather than let MS roll out an expected upgrade at an unexpected time, I took Rufus and the new .iso script feature for a spin today and installed 1809 Pro on two machines without any problems other than the dreadfully awful “dark theme” overtaking windows.

    Would recommend a full image backup, however. Now I can wait for six months when 1903 may be ready.

    A serious wince–do I dare take a Windows 7 computer with Windows 10 Digital Entitlement to 1809?

  3. Darren said on March 23, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    How are hardware vendors supposed to keep up with all these updates, and how many other incompatibilities creep in besides Intel display driver issues? MS isn’t making their OS more stable and reliable, just the opposite.

  4. AnorKnee Merce said on March 23, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Quoting microsoftdotcom: …
    “”” While you could continue to use your PC running Windows 7, without continued software and security updates, it will be at greater risk for viruses and malware. Going forward, the best way for you to stay secure is on Windows 10. And the best way to experience Windows 10 is on a new PC. While it is possible to install Windows 10 on your older device, it is not recommended. “””

    “Straight from the horse’s mouth”. M$ has just admitted that new Win 10 Versions likely does not run on older devices/computers, probably 5 years and older, eg today’s Win 10 Version 1809.
    ……. Sometime after Jan 2020, the EOL for Win 7, M$ will probably stop auto-upgrading all Win 10 computers that are 5 years or older, eg not auto-upgraded to Win 10 Version 2003 = affected users will be forced to buy new PCs if they want to continue running Win 10 = Planned Obsolescence.

  5. M S Gopinath said on March 22, 2019 at 11:22 am

    i have Windows 10 v1709 running v23 series intel drivers, Im getting the update to v1809, but I have kept it on hold.

    Is it OK to download the update having v23 series Intel Drivers?

  6. LTL said on March 22, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Been running a clean install Windows 10 Pro 1809 (build 17763.253) in a dual boot with Windows 7 Pro since a few months. All crap uninstalled by BCUninstaller before I hooked it up to the web. Updated only by WuMgr.
    All functions well. Mind you, this a stand-alone rig.

    1. LTL said on March 22, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      P.S. Checked my Intel display driver: version
      Seems that a clean 1809-install isn’t bothered by the older version.

  7. ULBoom said on March 22, 2019 at 3:37 am

    Well, 1803 works now, at least the security updates do. Haven’t seen a feature update that interests me in the least since last October. I look for updates in the MS Update Catalog; Windows Update is disabled in GP.

    In fact Win 10 itself is kind of pointless; Win 7 and eventually 8.1 worked fine. Can’t imagine how many useless “features” will be turned off when and if 19XX is released. 1809 is another Win 8, best forgotten.

  8. Anonymous said on March 22, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Meanwhile, people are still reporting that 1809 trashed their computers or “made game performance worse”.

  9. Mario said on March 21, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    Still having issues such as random freezes and video stutter on 1809.Maybe the mass roll out will turn up some clues.

  10. AnorKnee Merce said on March 21, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    Imagine kids enjoying Merry-Go-Rounds.

    Can’t imagine people willing to suffer the Win 10 Sorry-Go-Rounds every 6 months.

  11. ilev said on March 21, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    Still not approved for Semi Annual Channel .

    1. Dirgster said on April 6, 2019 at 3:02 am

      My two machines are set to “Semi Annual Channel”. Updates came through yesterday without a glitch.

  12. Sleeping said on March 21, 2019 at 4:34 pm

    All running 1809 without any issue. Just two PCs with windowss 10 pro are not as I have a much more cautious approach for them. Hope the 1903 update will be less problematic anyway. I think Microsoft should move to a 1-update-a-year schedule.

  13. Dave said on March 21, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    I’m still on 1803 through no intervention of my own.

    I tried doing an 1809 offline update from a USB made with the media creation tool and it crippled edge and somehow seriously slowed down firefox.

    As I’ll most likely have to result to a ‘clean install’ I’ll wait as long as I can not because I’m not looking forward to any of the new features but because I simply want my PC to keep functioning.

  14. pHROZEN gHOST said on March 21, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Sitting it out may seem like a good approach. But, this doesn’t tell you why you are not getting the update. Maybe you won’t get the next ones either.

    One of my PCs got the update over 1 month ago. The other one did not. So, earlier this month I dug into the advanced update options. I found that the PC which got the update was set to Semi Annual Channel (targeted) and the PC which did not get the update was set to Semi Annual Channel. I changed that and, the next day, it updated.

    For those who are wondering, check that setting to see if it’s the culprit.

    1. Anonymous said on March 22, 2019 at 6:30 am

      I have 10 Pro 1803. The machine was custom built in Sept. 2013. Intel MOBO. 8 GB. I-5 3.2 GHz. While the machine isn’t new it certainly should pass whatever test M$ has in this regard.

      “Automatically download updates…” is Off (but I keep getting updates for 1803, Adobe stuff, whatever else).

      “Pause Updates” is Off.

      “. . . (Targeted)”

      Both “defer”s are 0 days.

      Not that I’m complaining, but why no 1809 upgrade? Would 1903 come thru?


  15. Pete said on March 21, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    If you have bitlocker turned on, hope you have the key!

    Got 2 co-worked bricked because Dell installed OS and we don’t have the key.

    Fortunately we got everyone else to pause their updates…

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