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Microsoft

In April, we announced control, quality and transparency enhancements to the Windows 10 update experience. These enhancements were primarily for devices connected to and managed by Windows Update.

Today, we are sharing the first information about the next feature update for Windows 10 (internal code name: 19H2) and a new update option that will be available to devices running Windows 10, version 1903. 19H2 will be a scoped release with a smaller set of enhancements focused primarily on select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements.

Given this limited scope, we will deliver the 19H2 release in a new way to devices running Windows 10, version 1903, leveraging servicing technology like that used for the monthly quality updates when you choose to update.

For commercial customers, here is the impact:

  1. If devices in your environment are running Windows 10, version 1903, you can take advantage of this new servicing option to update from Windows 10, version 1903 to 19H2 and benefit from a reduced file size and faster installation time.
  2. For those devices in your environment running Windows 10, version 1809 or earlier versions of Windows 10, the update process will remain unchanged. You will have the option to update to 19H2 just as you did with previous releases.
  3. As a September-targeted release, 19H2 will be serviced for 30 months[*] for those devices running Windows 10 Enterprise or Windows 10 Education editions.

Further, if devices in your environment are on any currently supported version of Windows 10, only one reboot will be required to update those devices to 19H2. Correction 2019-09-10: Only one reboot is needed to update devices running Windows 10, version 1903 to 19H2. For devices running previous supported versions of Windows 10, more than one reboot may be required (same as previous OS upgrades).

Starting today, we will begin releasing 19H2 as a Windows 10 Insider Preview Build to Windows Insiders in the Slow ring. Windows Insiders who have opted into the Fast ring have been providing feedback on 20H1 builds from our development branch since February 14.  As we are using a controlled feature rollout (CFR) to gain better feedback on overall build quality, you may not see the new 19H2 features right away. For the latest details on Windows 10 Insider Preview Builds, see the Windows Blog.

We look forward to delivering continued enhancements to the Windows 10 update process that will make it easier for organizations of all sizes to deploy and stay up to date with the latest feature updates.

[*] Reminder: While currently supported releases of Windows 10 Enterprise and Windows 10 Education (e.g. versions  1703, 1709, and 1803) will be serviced for 30 months from their original release date, per the Modern Lifecycle Policy, Windows 10, version 1903 and future March-targeted releases will be serviced for 18 months for all editions. For more information, see the Microsoft 365 blog and the Windows lifecycle fact sheet.

5 Comments
Super Contributor

You should provide more technical details about that "new servicing model". Unless this is exactly the same as regular CU. So, this will be maybe just a slightly bigger CU in October?

 

Better. Though still one feature update per year would be even better :)

Occasional Visitor

Is this going to be the planned direction for all H1/H2 releases going forward?  Will 20H2 be a CU for 20H1 like this?

Asking, as this could have some impact on how my organization plans their releases and how we can leverage the H1 build to perform a more thorough set of app/hardware testing and not be in such a rush!  Thanks!

Microsoft

Hello @ConfigMgrDave 

 

We are continuously investing in improving the update scenario and experience with the goal to make it a non-noticed event for the user, everything from size of the download, time to install to number or required reboots. You will see that for instance in the significant reduction in time for the update to install, to ARSO. That work will continue with 20H1 and beyond.

 

Will 20H2 have the same exact update option as 19H2? Unknown at this point. Is the planned direction to continue to invest and improve the process so that users will continue to see improvements, absolutely.  

 

For the latest news as I have it to share, follow me on Twitter   @ Johntwilcox, or watch Blog updates here.

 

JOhn

 

 

 

 

Can you not remove services during the feature update install process?  (see feedback https://aka.ms/AA5qzyc  https://aka.ms/AA5qizp https://aka.ms/AA5pqen  https://aka.ms/AA5qtby  https...)

 

I've had to reinstall line of business apps to restore print to pdf functionality.

1903 is very much being noticed as I find little things that got broken and have to uninstall and reinstall applications.

Super Contributor

Haven't seen this on my home and vm machine, bit in the office every machine out of 10 has issue with Start menu after updating from 1809 to 1903. It just doesn't work for 20 minutes and then comes back to life. Same happens if you login with some other user for the first time. Maybe some incompatibility, say with CrowdStrike, but Windows is not blocking the upgrade.