How do I upgrade Windows to 1903

Microsoft: Upgrade from Windows 10 1803 to 1903 and new installation media

According to its own information, Microsoft began on July 16 to upgrade Windows 10 systems, whose support is about to end, to the Windows 10 May 2019 update (version 1903).

Specifically, this affects systems with Windows 10 version 1803, which are now to be automatically converted to the current version 1903 via a function update. With this step, Microsoft wants to ensure that all systems with Windows 10 will continue to receive cumulative updates to fix errors and security gaps in the future.

The company announced these update plans in an updated notification on the status page for Windows 10 Version 1903.

Automatic updates come as no surprise

Microsoft announced the now initiated automatic upgrade process to version 1903 some time ago. Among other things, the company announced on June 18 via the 1903 status page that it had started to set up and train a machine learning (ML) -based update distribution process. The aim was to use this to control the distribution of the function update on older Windows 10 versions up to and including April 2018 Update (version 1803).

Systems that were equipped with Windows 10 up to and including version 1709 were initially automatically updated to version 1803 in the past few weeks, provided no compatibility problems were known. The background is that support for Windows 10 versions up to and including 1709 has already expired. However, since version 1803 (after a last update on November 12, 2019) will soon be out of support, the next step is the upgrade from 1803 to 1903.

"Forced upgrade" the gentle way

There is no avoiding the switch to 1903 - but Microsoft does not want to enforce it "with the crowbar" either. Rather, Redmond wants to take into account the "complexity of the Windows 10 ecosystem" and the numerous configuration options available to users, according to the status page.

Therefore, initially only machines that are known to be compatible with the Windows 10 May 2019 update (version 1903) should receive the function update. Further systems will then be gradually converted, with Microsoft wanting to evaluate user feedback and recorded telemetry data in order to identify problems at an early stage.

According to Microsoft, users of Windows 10 Home and Pro Edition have the option of suspending the feature update offered by Windows Update for up to 35 days in order to choose a suitable time for the upgrade installation.

Test system has not yet received an upgrade

Microsoft currently has a time buffer of a good 4 months to update the systems until the end of support for version 1803. In the case of known compatibility problems, the user will at best receive a corresponding notification.

On a test system of the author, which was recently automatically updated to Windows 10 Version 1803, nothing of the function update can be seen despite Microsoft's announcement. Even the notification of known problems is not displayed. The only message that appears is that a version of Windows 10 is running, the support of which will end soon. At the same time, Microsoft recommends an "upgrade to the current version".

In this constellation, it simply remains to be seen until Microsoft has sorted itself out with regard to the upgrades. Or you can try a manual upgrade at your own risk using an ISO installation file.

Microsoft has updated ISO installation media

In the past week, Microsoft fixed several issues that prevented the upgrade to version 1903 on some systems. This also included a bug that could make an upgrade of the system fail with existing USB media and SD memory cards. After this was fixed, there were initially no new ISO installation images, so updating systems via USB stick would probably still not have been possible.

Microsoft is now offering updated ISO installation images in the form of Windows 10 1903 Build 18362.239. This build corresponds to the Windows 10-1903 patch status of July 9, 2019.

A check of the author's MSDN subscription under My Visual Studio showed that there are also updated ISO installation images dated July 16, 2019 for the consumer and business editions of Windows 10 Version 1903. It can be assumed that updated installation media for corporate customers will also be available in the Microsoft Volume Licensing Center.

The evaluation versions of Windows 10 Enterprise, also for virtual Hyper-V guests, have not yet been updated.

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