Microsoft pushes Windows 10 May 2019 Update to the Release Preview ring

Judy Cobb
April 10, 2019

Also, as of today, Windows Insiders now in the Fast ring are being bumped ahead to 20H1, the Windows 10 preview branch that will come after the second Windows 10 feature release of 2019, now known as 19H2.

Normally, Windows Insiders test the beta builds of new Windows 10 features. Microsoft claims that the new Windows 10 build will be under the testing phase among users in the Release Preview ring before being rolled out widely.

Microsoft has just released April Patch Tuesday updates for all supported versions of Windows 10, including the upcoming May 2019 Update.

Microsoft has released KB4495357 for Windows 10 Mobile (Build 15254.562). Windows administrators who did not want their devices to be updated automatically to new feature updates had to defer updates or change updating behavior otherwise to avoid that and to never click on "check for updates" manually either. However, the company has thus far said nothing about what this release will contain, leading to some speculation that it will have its features announced at Microsoft's Build developer conference next month. For the current Windows October 2018 Update, for example, the end-of-service date of the Home and Pro versions is 12 May 2020.

If you are not now an insider, you can use the steps below to join the program. That's why the term "stable" has to be taken with a grain of salt: Microsoft thinks the May 2019 Update is feature complete and bug-free-but it also thought so with the October 2018 Update, and we all remember what happened then.

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Security updates to Microsoft Scripting Engine, Windows App Platform and Frameworks, Windows Storage and Filesystems, Windows Server, Windows Graphics, Windows Input and Composition, Windows Kernel, Windows Virtualization, Windows MSXML, and the Microsoft JET Database Engine. To join the Windows Insider Program, click on the Get started button.

You will now be at the screen asking what content you would like to receive. Please select the "Just fixes, apps, and drivers" option.

After Windows 10 restarts, you can confirm that you are part of the Windows Insider program by going into the Windows Insider settings again. Moreover, additional controls will allow users to stop all updates for a period of 35 days, while an Intelligent Active Hours feature will detect when users are less likely to be interrupted by an update. Microsoft is also merging Insiders in Skip Ahead back into the Fast ring, as the company discussed last week.

While this method gives you early access to the final version of the May 2019 Update, you should be aware that releases in the Release Preview channel can also cause issues.

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