Windows 10 version 1909: new and changed features

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 1, 2019
Windows, Windows 10

Microsoft has yet to reveal the release date for Windows 10 version 1909, a new feature update for Windows 10 that does not have many of the characteristics of a feature update. It is expected to be released in October 2019 via Windows Update and other updating systems.

Windows 10 version 1909, it is also called 19H2 meaning second half of 2019, will be delivered unlike any other feature update up to this point. Microsoft plans to push it to devices like any other cumulative update for the operating system which means that there will be less downtime and interruption when installing the update.

We expect it to be similar to a large cumulative update that Microsoft releases on the second Tuesday of each month.

One reason for releasing Windows 10 version 1909 as a cumulative update is that Microsoft focused development on the first feature update of 2020 instead. Windows 10 version 1909 puts the focus on bug fixes and under-the-hood changes for the most part but there are some new features that it includes.

Windows 10 version 1909 Features

File Explorer Search: OneDrive integration

file explorer onedrive search

Microsoft changed the search experience of the default file manager File Explorer in Windows 10 version 1909. Windows users who are signed in to a OneDrive account may get OneDrive results when they run searches in File Explorer.

File Explorer suggests offline (local) and online files when users type into the search field in the file manager. Files can be launched with a single-click on the name in the suggestions box and you can also open the location by right-clicking on the item instead.

Users who just want to run a local file search can hit the Enter-key to do just that.

Note: I could not get the new search functionality to return any online results on a Windows 10 version 1909 test system that I set up. Microsoft announced in May that it would roll out the feature gradually to users. It is possible that part of the users who upgrade to Windows 10 version 1909 won't have it right from the get-go.

Notifications & Action Center

notifications in windows 10 version 1909

Action Center and notifications have a couple of new options and improvements. When you open the Notification Settings, e.g. by clicking on the notifications icon in the lower right corner of the screen and selecting Settings, or by selecting Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions, you will notice that you may disable sound there.

When you uncheck "Allow notifications to play sound", notifications may no longer play sound on the system. Disabling sound is not an entirely new feature but you had no option to disable notification sounds globally before. You had to edit each sender individually and disable sounds for each to disallow audio reminders.

Microsoft changed the default sort order of notifications to "most recent" in Windows 10 version 1909 so that the newest notifications are always displayed first.  Windows 10 users who prefer the old "by name" sorting order can switch to it under "Get notifications from these senders".

notifications preview

A click on any sender opens the preferences for that particular sender. The configuration screen has a new preview at the top that visualizes how notifications are displayed and provides options to disable these individually.

Some notification settings can be changed directly when the notification is displayed so that you don't have to go into the Settings to do so.

manage notification

Just hover the mouse over the notification and select the options icon. Doing so displays options to open the notification settings or turn off all notifications for that particular sender.

Lastly, there is also a new "manage notifications" button to quickly jump to the Settings.

Calendar improvements

windows-10 1909 calendar add events

Microsoft added options to Windows 10 version 1909 to add new calendar entries directly on the desktop. You need to have set up a calendar for this to work.

Just click on time & date in the taskbar to display the calendar; there you will find a new "add an event or reminder" option. Just type the name of the event, select the starting and end time, pick a calendar, and set a location (optional). Select save to add the event to the calendar or click on "more details" to open calendar to add more information to the event such as an event description, people that participate, and set a status.

Start Menu

windows 10 version 1909 start menu

Microsoft added a small change to the Start Menu that improves the handling of menu items in the left panel of the Start Menu. Previously, you had to click on the menu icon to expand the panel; this is no longer necessary as the panel expands automatically when you hover the mouse cursor over it.

Other changes

  • If the Amazon Alexa application is installed, it may be activated by voice when the lockscreen is displayed. Microsoft unlocked the option for third-party digital voice assistants installed on the machine.
  • Microsoft implemented a new rotation policy to "provide better performance and reliability" by distributing "work more fairly" among favored CPU cores (based on Intel Turbo Boost Max Tech).
  • Windows Defender Credentials Guard is now available on ARM64 devices.
  • Windows 10 in S Mode policy allows "traditional Win32 (desktop) apps from Microsoft Intune".
  • Narrator and other assistive technologies may know the state of the FN key on the keyboard and its location.

Now You: What is your take on the changes? Anything of interest?

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  1. Dan Donx said on January 15, 2023 at 10:29 am

    What mental age of reader are you targeting with the first sentence? 10?

    Why not write an article on how to *avoid* upgrading from W10 to W11. Analogous to those like me who avoided upgrading from 7 to 10 for as long as possible.

    If your paymaster Microsoft permits it, of course.

  2. Dexter said on January 15, 2023 at 11:14 am

    5. Rufus
    6. Ventoy

    PS. I hate reading these “SEO optimized” articles.

    1. cdr said on January 15, 2023 at 3:32 pm

      I used Rufus to create an installer for a 6th gen intel i5 that had MBR. It upgraded using Setup. No issues except for Win 11 always prompting me to replace my local account. Still using Win 10 Pro on all my other PCs to avoid the bullying.

  3. sv said on January 15, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    bit pointless to upgrade for the sake of upgrading as you never know when you’ll get locked out because ms might suddenly not provide updates to unsupported systems.

    ps…. time travelling?
    written. Jan 15, 2023
    Updated • Jan 13, 2023

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2023 at 5:49 am

      This happens when you schedule a post in WordPress and update it before setting the publication date.

  4. Anonymous said on January 16, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Anyone willing to downgrade to this awful OS must like inflicting themselves with harm.

  5. basingstoke said on January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am

    I have become convinced now that anybody who has no qualms with using Windows 11/10 must fit into one of the following brackets:

    1) Too young to remember a time before W10 and W11 (doesn’t know better)

    2) Wants to play the latest games on their PC above anything else (or deeply needs some software which already dropped W7 support)

    3) Doesn’t know too much about how computers work, worried that they’d be absolutely lost and in trouble without the “”latest security””

    4) Microsoft apologist that tries to justify that the latest “features” and “changes” are actually a good thing, that improve Windows

    5) Uses their computer to do a bare minimum of like 3 different things, browse web, check emails, etc, so really doesn’t fuss

    Obviously that doesn’t cover everyone, there’s also the category that:

    6) Actually liked W7 more than 10, and held out as long as possible before switching, begrudgingly uses 10 now

    Have I missed any group off this list?

    1. Heinz Strunk said on September 19, 2023 at 3:57 pm

      You have missed in this group just about any professional user that uses business software like CAD programs or ERP Programs which are 99% of all professional users from this list.

      Linux doesn’t help anyone who is not a linux kid and apple is just a fancy facebook machine.

  6. ilev said on August 24, 2023 at 7:34 pm

    Microsoft has removed KB5029351 update

    1. EP said on August 24, 2023 at 9:21 pm

      only from windows update though
      KB5029351 is still available from the ms update catalog site

  7. Anonymous said on August 24, 2023 at 11:05 pm

    1. This update is labaled as PREVIEW if it causes issues to unintelligent people, then they shouldn’t have allowed Preview updates ot install.

    2. I have installed it in a 11 years old computer, and no problems at all.

    3. Making a big drama over a bluescreen for an updated labeled as preview is ridiculous.

    This is probably another BS internet drama where people ran programs and scripts that modified the registry until they broke Windows, just for removing stuff that they weren’t even using just for the sake of it.
    Maybe people should stop playing geeks and actually either use Windows 10 or Windows 11, but don’t try to modify things just for the sake of it.

    Sometimes removing or stopping things (like defender is a perfect example) only need intelligence, not scripts or 3rd party programs that might mess with windows.

  8. john said on August 24, 2023 at 11:17 pm

    Windows 11 was a pointless release, it was just created because some of the Windows team wanted to boost sales with some sort of new and improved Windows 10. Instead, Microsoft cannot support one version well let alone two.

    1. John G. said on August 25, 2023 at 12:08 pm

      Windows 11 is the worst ugly shame by Microsoft ever. They should release with every new W11 version a complete free version of Starallback inside just to make this sh** OS functionally again.

  9. EP said on August 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released a statement regarding the “unsupported processor” blue screen error for their boards using Intel 600/700 series chipsets & to avoid the KB5029351 Win11 update:–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–Error-Message-of-Windows-11-Update-KB5029351-Preview-142215

  10. EP said on August 29, 2023 at 7:32 pm

    check out the following recent articles:

    Neowin – Microsoft puts little blame on its Windows update after UNSUPPORTED PROCESSOR BSOD bug:

    BleepingComputer – Microsoft blames ‘unsupported processor’ blue screens on OEM vendors:

  11. Leonard Britvolli said on August 30, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    While there may be changes or updates to the Windows 10 Store for Business and Education in the future, it is premature to conclude that it will be discontinued based solely on rumors.

  12. sembrador said on September 5, 2023 at 9:32 pm

    My advice, I left win 15 years ago. Now I’m a happy linux user (linuxmint) but there is Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu depending on your needs.

  13. EP said on September 6, 2023 at 11:55 am

    motherboard maker MSI has recently released new BIOS/firmware updates for their Intel 600 & 700 series motherboards to fix the “UNSUPPORTED_PROCESSOR” problem (Sept. 6):–UNSUPPORTED-PROCESSOR–caused-BSOD-on-MSI-s-Intel-700-and-600-Series-Motherboards-142277

  14. Raphael Benzo said on September 24, 2023 at 9:52 pm

    I try to disable the Diagnostics Tracking Service (Connected Devices Platform User Services) but it wont let me disable it, any help will be greatly appreciated.
    Tank you for your help

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