Microsoft unlocks Windows 10 November 2019 Update in the Update Assistant

Martin Brinkmann
Nov 19, 2019
Windows, Windows 10

Windows 10 administrators have multiple options at their disposal when it comes to upgrading Windows 10 devices to new versions of the operating system.

Home administrators may use Windows Update, Microsoft's Media Creation Toolkit, the Update Assistant, or third-party tools.

Microsoft released the Windows 10 November 2019 Update via Windows Update last week. Administrators who search for updates manually using Windows Update may upgrade machines to the new version of Windows 10.

You can check out our guide on upgrading to Windows 10 version 1909 here if you want to use Windows Update to do so.

Some update blocks are in place, e.g. for devices with certain Realtek Bluetooth drivers, and Windows 10 version 1909 won't be offered to devices with update blocks at this point.

Administrators may use the Update Assistant to upgrade Windows 10 devices as well. The tool may be useful to users who can't run the update via Windows Update.

Microsoft unlocked the November 2019 Update for Windows 10 recently in the Update Assistant so that devices running Windows 10 may be upgraded to Windows 10 version 1909 using the tool.

The Windows 10 Update Assistant downloads and installs feature updates on your device. Feature updates like Windows 10, version 1909 (a.k.a. the Windows 10 November 2019 Update) offer new functionality and help keep your systems secure. You’ll get these updates automatically after you download the Update Assistant. (source)

The official Download Windows 10 page on the Microsoft website confirms that the November 2019 Update for Windows 10 is now available in the Update Assistant.

A click on the "update now" button on the page starts download of the Update Assistant. Run the program after the download and accept the UAC prompt that it displays when you execute it on the local machine.

The application runs tests to determine if the PC is compatible with the latest version of Windows 10. It displays the option to update to the latest version of Windows 10 if that is the case.

Activate the update now button to start the upgrade process. The Update Assistant downloads the files that are required to upgrade the machine to the latest version of Windows 10.

Windows 10 version 1909 is a smaller update that will install quickly on devices running Windows 10 version 1903 already. Installation will take longer on devices running older versions of Windows 10.

The next major feature update will be Windows 10 20H1. It is a full feature update and not just a smaller enablement package like Windows 10 version 1909.

Now You: Did you upgrade Windows 10 PCs to the November 2019 Update already?

Microsoft unlocks Windows 10 November 2019 Update in the Update Assistant
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  1. Cheri Pahys said on December 10, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    How do I remove the new windows 10 update regarding the size of my email screen? I absolutely hate it. My email screen is less than 1/2 the screen of the of my original screen. I don’t see how this update was needed.

  2. boudeman said on November 21, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Thanks for pointing out the existance of a windows 10 update assistant.
    I have a dual boot with two W10 systems. Till v1903 I could easily update both systems independently with the Windows Update in the Settings menu. Updating to 1909 was no problem on one system, however in the other system I got the message: your system has already the newest update. Which was not the case. Apparently, MS changed something in their book keeping.
    With using the windows 10 update assistant I was able to udate the second system to v1909.

  3. Keith W. said on November 20, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Not so many options to disable all the embedded spying and telemetry in windows. Until then, it’s Windows 7 and Fedora for the foreseeable future.

    1. John G. said on November 21, 2019 at 10:42 am

      I uninstalled all unwanted W10 bloatware with CCleaner, and then I applied Blackbird Privacy for W10. Results after these two proceedings are just like day and night. No MS appstore anymore, no telemetry at all and mostly an experience like W10 LTSC for me. 😊

  4. notanoob said on November 20, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Did you upgrade Windows 10 PCs to the November 2019 Update already?


    I’m on 1903 and it says my PC is “up to date”, so no hurry here.. I’d rather wait for other users to test things.

  5. Don'tTouchIt said on November 20, 2019 at 5:58 am

    Windows 10 1909 got red flagged here and won’t get installed on any machine. The integration of the Bing keylogger in file explorer and distracting application pane popups in the start menu show that the Microsoft folks are out of touch with reality. All they have to offer is demo- and spyware.

  6. Paul(us) said on November 19, 2019 at 5:50 pm

    Thanks Martin,
    For letting me know about this win10 update assistant update possibility.
    I had not the time to figure out to to upgrade like Günter Born suggested thru you on 13 nov.
    So really nice that you reported about the Update assistant. I had already a updated assistant but main installed version, was not working anymore?

    This windows 10 update assistant 9252 (1.4.9200.2295) worked liked a charm and main Win.10 1903 build 18362.476 was upgrade to the Win10. 1909 build 18363.476 in 25 minutes.
    No hiccups at all it was a really nice and smooth upgrade (Update) for once.

    I am only wondering do you know or next year when the upgrade comes for 20H1 or there will be a new Windows update assistant release or will it be possible to use this Windows update 9252 release?

  7. Manfred said on November 19, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    The upgrade wasn’t offered on my computers running V1903 last week so I downloaded the 1909 ISO using the MCT. I though this going to be quick, but oh how wrong I was. It took two hours and then it showed a message saying that it’s getting ready to restart. Instead of rebooting it popped up a window and claimed that an error was encountered. It returned me to the explorer screen of 1903 where I started to setup.exe from. It did not specify which error neither in text or number.

    The friends at deskmodder recommended to upgrade using the enablement package KB 4517245 via some Dism command. That worked real quick on my three computers and after a restart I’m now on 1909.

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