Windows 10 version 1903 available for all manual seekers
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 â€œCheck for updatesâ€ via Windows Update. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.
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.
Windows 10 administrators can run a manual check for updates in the following way:
- Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I to open the Settings application.
- Go to Update & Security.
- 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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