Windows 10 May 2019 Update is now available

May 2019 Update

Windows 10 May 2019 Update is now rolling out to the seekers
(advanced users) and the company will make the May 2019 Update
more broadly available in the coming weeks. In the announcement
post, Microsoft revealed that Windows 10 version 1903 is only
available for customers who would like to install it.

Starting today, any Windows 10 users with a compatible device
can proactively grab the final bits by checking for
updates. But the update won’t begin installing when you check
for updates. Once the update appears on the page, you’ll see an
option to download and install the Windows 10 May 2019 Update.

If you don’t wish to grab the update right now, you can ignore
the May 2019 Update option and still receive cumulative
updates. This new ‘Download and install now’ is rolling
out to Windows 10 October 2018 Update and April 2018 Update
devices. If you don’t see this option, make sure your device is
up-to-date, otherwise, you cannot download the May 2019 Update.

Windows Update improvements

Microsoft says that it is rolling out the feature to Windows 10
devices gradually and it should show up in a few days.

If you click on the option and the download is complete,
Microsoft will ask you when to finish the installation.

In our testing, Windows 10 May 2019 Update emerged as the
smoothest version of Windows 10. The performance has improved
and Microsoft has also fixed multiple UI glitches.

About Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2019 Update offers some much-needed
improvements to the operating system. It introduces an improved
Windows Update experience, light theme and several refinements.
The best feature, however, is the new Windows Sandbox.

Sandbox

Windows Sandbox

Windows Sandbox is a simple virtualized Windows within Windows,
it’s a place where you can open any web browser, download
untrusted app and run if you’re worried it might be malware.

The software giant describes Sandbox as an isolated and
temporary desktop environment where you can run untrusted
software without the fear of lasting impact to your PC.

With Windows Sandbox, you can finally open suspicious apps,
files or programs. Once you close Sandbox, everything
disappears permanently.

It’s worth noting Sandbox runs a copy of Windows within
Windows, so it carves out a chunk of your CPU and memory.
If you have got a PC with low-end chipset and limited memory,
the performance of Sandbox may not be good. How fast your PC
performs will affect Sandbox’s performance.

Windows Update gets better

Windows Update setting

Windows Update has been criticized for its limited
functionalities. Microsoft’s listened and made improvements to
Windows Update in Windows 10 version 1903.

Windows Update Settings page now puts the pause updates
option front and center, so you can quickly delay an update.
You can now also pause updates on your PC with Windows 10 Home
license.

Finally, Microsoft is making Active Hours option smarter by
using AI to figure out when you’re least likely to use your PC.

Windows Search and Cortana experience revamped

Windows Search

Another important change is decoupling of Windows Search and
Cortana. Previously, the search served as a feature inside
Cortana. With Windows 10 May 2019 Update, Microsoft is finally
giving Windows Search its own place and Cortana also has its
own home on the taskbar.

You can right-click on taskbar to hide search or Cortana icons.

You’ll notice that Windows Search has a slightly tweaked
interface. It respects the light theme and has Fluent Design.
Decoupling of two important features means more
traditional ways of hunting down files on your PC and File
Explorer.

Improved Automated troubleshooting experience

Microsoft already had a troubleshooting feature built into
Windows. You may have you used Windows Troubleshooter to deal
with compatibility, audio, drivers and apps problems.

Windows can now launch that troubleshooter autonomously with
Recommended Troubleshooting and fix common problems.

As mentioned, the May 2019 Update
introduces multiple nifty improvements and also
offers better performance.

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