Everything you need to know about Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Windows 10 device
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Microsoft has officially kicked off the rollout of Windows
10 May 2019 Update and many users have already upgraded to the
new OS. Windows 10 May 2019 Update was actually finalized
last month and Microsoft tested the update for another month to
address all big issues.

It’s important to understand that Microsoft hasn’t started
the automatic rollout of Windows 10 May 2019 Update. The update
is available for ‘seekers’ (advanced users) and you’ll be
explicitly asked if you want to install it.

Not everyone will receive the update today or this week.
Microsoft apparently wants to push the update gradually as it
will allow the company to discover potential issues before
they hit a substantial number of devices.

Installing Windows 10 May 2019 Update via Windows Update

Windows Update improvements

As mentioned, you’ll have to explicitly choose download and
install the update option to see May 2019 Update on Windows
Update page. It’s worth noting that you’ll find the new
‘Download and install’ option only after installing
KB4497934 (Build 17763.529) or newer on October 2018
Update.

Microsoft says that the option may not show up on all devices.
It’s normal as Microsoft is throttling up this and the option
would show up on more devices after the company carefully
monitors and analyzes the feedback.

After the option is available, you have to check for updates
and finally click on ‘Download and install’. Once the download
is complete and the update is ready to install, you’ll receive
a notification reminding you to restart the PC.

The update wouldn’t download and install automatically, this is
part of Microsoft’s attempt to make Windows Update less
surprising.

Windows Update rollout changes

The update is available for seekers and you can always delay it
if you think your PC isn’t ready for a new adventure.

Microsoft says that the download for May 2019 Update will
automatically initiate if the device is outdated and
approaching end of the service period. For example, users who
are on April 2018 Update or older, will begin receiving the May
2019 Update automatically in June 2019.

This approach certainly makes sense as it will ensure security
updates and continued improvements.

Update Assistant, Media Creation Tool and ISO

If Windows 10 May 2019 Update isn’t yet available on Windows
Update, you can install it through Media Creation Tool or ISO
files.

Update Assistant

You can also use the Update Assistant app, but it may not work
if you’ve incompatible drivers. Microsoft has
already started blocking the May 2019 Update on devices with
certain Intel drivers due to brightness adjustment
problems.

Media Creation Tool, on the other hand, is a wizard-based tool
and you just have to follow a few steps to complete the
upgrade. The tool will download the Windows 10 installation
media, unpack the content and reboot the device to apply the
update.

Unlike Update Assistant, Media Creation Tool
bypasses certain upgrade blocks. In some cases, forcing
the update with the Media Creation Tool could lead to certain
issues and driver compatibility problems.

You should take a backup of important files before upgrading
the system using the Media Creation Tool.

You can also
download and save the ISO images of Windows 10 May 2019
Update. You can use the ISO images to create your own
installation media and upgrade the current system or multiple
devices without the Media Creation Tool.

Before trying out the update, make sure the PC has enough free
space and it meets minimum system requirements.

You read more about Windows
10 May 2019 Update installation process here.

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