Review: Windows 10 May 2019 Update unleashes a spring surprise

Review: Windows 10 May 2019 Update unleashes a spring surprise

We’ve become used to the routine: Microsoft releases one of its twice-annual Windows 10 feature updates, often delayed due to bugs, and the world yawns. And throughout most of the six months of previews for Windows 10 version 1903, a.k.a. the May 2019 Update, it looked like it was going to be the usual routine again.

Except this time, it’s different. About six weeks before the update’s planned release, Microsoft made an unexpected late addition, one of the most meaningful features added to Windows 10 in a long time.

What is that feature, and what else is important is in this new update? Read on for details.

Updated Windows updates

Perhaps the single biggest complaint about Windows 10 up till now has been that when a new update appeared, Windows 10 Home users were forced to install it, even if it caused problems for users. While those with Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise and Education licenses could delay the updates, Windows 10 Home users had to live with each new update or else resort to some sneaky workarounds (none of them ideal) to stop its installation. And even users of the business and education versions couldn’t put off installing the update forever.

With version 1903, all that has changed. Users of Windows 10 Home and Pro now get control over whether to install the twice-yearly feature updates at all via a new “Download and install now” option.

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Finally! All Windows 10 users can now decide whether and when to install the twice-a-year feature updates.

When a new feature update is released to the public, rather than automatically installing it, Windows notifies you that it’s available with a “Download and install now” message and link in the Windows Update Settings pane. Don’t want to install it? No problem. Just ignore the message and your PC stays as it is. That way you can avoid troublesome and buggy updates altogether. At whatever point you want to install an update, just click it and follow the instructions.

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