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  • Surprise Update to 1909

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      • #2140376
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        On my main machine I am running Win 10 Pro and use the built-in settings under Windows Update’s advanced options to control feature releases. This has worked well for me in the past. From 1809 to 1903 I used 90 days, and I bumped this up to 125 days for 1903 to 1909. I was therefore surprised to find that 1909 installed just after 90 days. Many will think that this is some kind of “user error”, but I am a very careful individual (!) and double checked the 125 day setting at least once post choosing it. When I checked it immediately after the 1909 installation warning it had indeed reverted to 90 days. This, I suspect, is a mystery that will never be solved. C’est la vie.

        Anyway, the main point of this note is to warn people that the behaviour of Windows Update when it hit the 90 day timer noted above is not what I would have expected. I assumed that 1909 would show up as an optional install given I was on 1903 which still has plenty of life left, but instead the forced install process kicked-off and my only option was to delay it by a few days. Is that expected?

        It is somewhat ironic that my a Win 10 Home machine that I maintain (and let Microsoft update at will) still has 1909 listed as an optional update, whereas my main Win 10 Pro machine where I try to control updates went through a forced update!

        The 1909 install went seamlessly and quickly and I have not noted any issues yet. Windows Search seems ok, but it is not something I use often.


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      • #2141594

        Haven’t used my Windows 10 laptop in a while so when I fired it up this morning, it searched for updates for over twenty minutes. I thought it was hung up, so I restarted it. Big mistake. 1909 is now force-installing itself. I hate Windows 10!!!

      • #2141687

        I guess I’m one of the very few this is happening to. My Windows 10 laptop is still trying to upgrade to 1909. I have a bad feeling I’m going to be left with a $500 doorstop!

      • #2141701

        If your internet is slow, the update could take 8 hours to download, or could easily fail.  If possible, leave it overnight.

        • #2141719

          Will do. Thanks for the advise!

        • #2141992

          Okay, so now on Day 2 of Windows 10 1909 forced update. There has to be something wrong as it is still stuck at 91%. Thinking of force stopping the PC and letting Windows Startup handle this mess. Any ideas?

          • #2146283

            I shutdown my laptop, left it off for a couple of hours then booted it up. Startup rolled back to 1809, then update downloaded 1909 again, so I restarted to install. Worked fine this time, only took a couple of hours.

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