Windows 10 version 1903 available for all manual seekers

Martin Brinkmann
Jun 7, 2019
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft released the May 2019 Update, also known as Windows 10 version 1903, on May 22, 2019 officially. The company limited the availability of the initial release significantly by making it available to "seekers" only and limiting it to certain hardware configurations.

Seekers refers to administrators who run manual update checks on devices they administrate. Administrators could run a manual update check on Windows 10 version 1809 devices, the previous version of Windows 10, and get nothing returned if the hardware configuration did not match Microsoft's initial selection or if other issues, e.g. incompatible drivers, were discovered.

Microsoft updated the release document on June 6, 2019 to indicate the broader availability of the new Windows 10 feature update.

The note at the top of the linked page states that the feature update is now available to all customers who run a manual check for updates.

Current status as of June 6, 2019:
Windows 10, version 1903 is available for any user who manually selects “Check for updates” via Windows Update. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.

All in this regard does not necessarily mean "all" as several update blocks are in place that prevent certain systems with known issues from being upgraded at the time of writing.

Updates won't be offered to devices with "certain Intel drivers", the Dynabook Smartphone Link application, systems with the Store applications Dolby Access or Dolby Atmos installed, and devices with certain Realtek or Qualcomm Bluetooth radios among others.

feature update to windows 10 version 1903

Windows 10 administrators can run a manual check for updates in the following way:

  1. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application.
  2. Go to Update & Security.
  3. Click on the "check for updates" button.

Windows Update should return the new feature update provided that no upgrade blockers were discovered during the check.

The update should be displayed underneath the update check button. Microsoft changed the handling of feature updates recently by separating them from regular cumulative updates that it releases for Windows 10.

Previously, if an admin ran a manual check for updates, feature updates would be installed alongside any other update for the operating system. The change skips the automatic installation of feature updates; these are displayed on the Windows Update page when discovered and need to be started manually.

The separation eliminates one major point of criticism leveled at Microsoft when it comes to Windows Updates: feature updates won't be installed automatically anymore when users run manual update checks.

Feature updates will continue to be installed automatically if the installed version of Windows 10 is about to reach end of support.

A click on "download and install now" starts the download and installation process of the new update.

Tip: check out this support article if you get a "what needs your attention" prompt during the installation of the upgrade.

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  1. Dave said on June 14, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    The 1903 feature update showed up yesterday morning on my PC running Win 10 Home after an “automatic” update.

  2. Ian Stewart said on June 13, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I have done 6 PC’s so far, I use the upgrade app from the Microsoft site and it worked fine for the first 2 then on the 3rd I lost the Microsoft store app, tried everything to recover, even the 2 recovery options (with and with data) but no joy. Rebuild fixed the issue..

    Change to download the image on to a USB pen, faster if you are doing more that a couple upgrades and it was worked fine every time since.

    Since the upgrade all systems have been stable..

  3. Dave said on June 10, 2019 at 5:57 pm

    I would like a “readiness checker” tool.

    A tool that I could run and it would inform me of what “upgrade blockers” are in place, instead of waiting until mid install to be informed that several things will no longer function.

    PS I still don’t see the upgrade on either of my pc’s, both of which would not be affected by any of the “known issues”.

  4. Greg said on June 9, 2019 at 8:43 am

    i haven’t done a clean install at all ever since i had wi9ndows10 an everything still works fine

  5. Deo et Patriae said on June 8, 2019 at 5:54 am

    You can get a clean ISO copy from this guy. Whichever version of windows you care about. I’ve been doing so for more almost a year. Never encountered a serious problem. I’ve been getting the latest 1809 version. As you can see there are 3 with only the updates pre-installed. Nothing else touched.

    1. Deo et Patriae said on June 8, 2019 at 5:57 am

      Forgot to say, with every feature upgrade, I’ve been doing a clean install. It helped a lot.

      But I’d rather been getting every 6 months a feature upgrade and for the other 6 months only fixes. Meaning, only 1 feature upgrade per year with many fixes, not 2 with some fixes.

  6. Greg said on June 8, 2019 at 2:46 am

    still no update notification for me in Australia, if i dont get it by the end of this Month i’ll up date to it manually

  7. Anonymous said on June 8, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Those who manually seek updates sometimes pay hard for inexperience.

    Seek definition
    Sucker those who are used to Windows 7 update into volunteering for the Microsoft Guinea Pig program.

  8. Watako Tatako said on June 7, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    I have installed it already. With a special tool from Microsoft. Don’t remember its name.

    1. Greg said on June 8, 2019 at 3:36 am
      1. Watako Tatako said on June 8, 2019 at 11:58 am

        Yes, exactly it was.

  9. sure said on June 7, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Did they fix the issues with USB things being plugged in yet?

    1. Khidreal said on June 11, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      I think they did. the issue was that if you have any USB thing plugged, you couldn’t upgrade…

      well, I had the USB for my printer, my speakers and an external HDD plugged in, and nothing happened, it just installed normally.

  10. pHROZEN gHOST said on June 7, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    OK, everyone that is adventurous can download and test the hell out of it. Then I’ll get the working version.

    1. Khidreal said on June 11, 2019 at 10:52 pm

      I actually already downloaded the update… works like a charm on my low end Lenovo desktop, 0 problems, surprisingly lololol

  11. Pete12 said on June 7, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    Appearantly , except for me , still no upgrade by WU ( Netherlands)

  12. maizolla said on June 7, 2019 at 6:54 pm

    Forced feature upgrades are still very much in effect. If you are running v1803 your 18 months grace period is up in Oct 2019 and Microsoft WILL force the upgrade.

    Since 19H2 will not be available yet it will likely be 19H1, which will already be six months old by then, meaning you will be FORCE upgraded again one year later. So wish granted you only get upgraded once a year.

    Monthly updates can be postponed for 35 days IF you remember to go in each week and extend it for another 7 days. Microsoft ensures you will never be more than one update short of running the latest security fixes.

    Now all together “Thank you, Microsoft”.

    1. Khidreal said on June 8, 2019 at 2:47 am

      I used a program to disable windows automatic updates (not WU itself, just the automation area).

      now, I only get the updates IF and only IF I click to search for updates manually. even if it says that in 7 days it will get installed automatically, it will never happen since windows will only download updates if I click to download them.

      I can’t remember the name of the program, it’s on my external harddrive, but it did wonders ending the automatic download of updates, believe it or not, my computer runs smoother now.

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