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  • What’s the best way to move from Win10 1803 or 1809 Home to 1903?

    Posted on November 20th, 2019 at 08:07 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I just found a conversation that has me wondering if there’s a better way.

    Right now, if you have Win10 version 1803 or 1809 Home that’s been held that way with a metered connection, when you turn off the metered flag, Windows installs version 1909 Home.

    While version 1909 Home isn’t a terrible choice — I’ve heard of very few problems with 1909 that aren’t also present in 1903 — many people, quite reasonably, would rather move to 1809 or 1903.

    So… what’s the best way to:

    • Move from Win10 1803 Home to Win10 1809 Home?
    • Move from Win10 1803 or 1809 Home to Win10 1903 Home?

    Yes, if you downloaded and saved a copy of Win10 1903 (as I recommended weeks ago), moving to 1903 is easy. But what if you didn’t squirrel away a copy while it was easy?

    Yes, you can download a copy of Win10 1903 from (as @PKCano suggested) and go from there. And if you have an old copy of the 1903 Media Creation Tool, MediaCreationTool1903.exe, you can use it (as @wavy confirms).

    Moving a Pro system to a specific version is easy. But what if you want to move to Home 1903 (or 1809) using Microsoft’s officially sanctioned software?

  • Has anybody seen an “early” notification to upgrade from 1809 to 1903?

    Posted on September 5th, 2019 at 14:39 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    A friend just dropped me a note, pointing to an interesting announcement from Microsoft, dated August 29:

    Feature update install notification on Windows 10, version 1809 (the October 2018 Update)

    We’ve had reports on August 29th that some customers running Windows 10, version 1809 (the October 2018 Update) have received notification to install the latest feature update (version 1903) early. Updating remains in your control. To install the update, you must select one of the following options: “Pick a Time”, “Restart Tonight,” or “Restart Now”. If you are not ready to update at this time, simply dismiss the notification by clicking the arrow in the top right corner. If you have updated to Windows 10, version 1903 and would like to go back to your previous version, see the instructions here.

    That’s a fascinating note for all sorts of reasons. First, I don’t understand why an upgrade notification would appear “early” (or, indeed, what “early” means). Second, the instructions imply that the 1903 upgrade hasn’t been downloaded – and the method for avoiding the update is quite unlike any of the usual 1903 updates that I’ve seen.

    Anybody else see the notification? It isn’t showing up on my production 1809 machines.

  • For some, this month’s Win10 1809 cumulative update installs twice twice

    Posted on May 16th, 2019 at 07:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft has finally acknowledged what’s been going around since Tuesday. On some machines, installing KB 4494441 — this month’s cumulative update for Win10 version 1809 — takes two tries.

    The KB article now says:

    Some customers report that KB4494441 installed twice on their device. 

    In certain situations, installing an update requires multiple download and restart steps. If two intermediate steps of the installation complete successfully, the View your Update history page will report that installation completed successfully twice.

    No action is required on your part. The update installation may take longer and may require more than one restart, but will install successfully after all intermediate installation steps have completed.

    We are working on improving this update experience to ensure the Update history correctly reflects the installation of the latest cumulative update (LCU).

    Fair enough, but it’d be nice to have an update only throw one reboot, yes?

    Who tests this stuff anyway?

    Snarky sidenote: the shiny new official Release Information page says the problem’s been Resolved.

    Thx Martin Brinkmann,

  • Confused by the second April Win10 1809 cumulative update and the second second update? You aren’t the only one.

    Posted on May 3rd, 2019 at 16:34 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    On May 1, Microsoft released the second cumulative update for the April cumulative update for Win10 1809. It’s KB 4501835, and it brings Win10 1809 up to build 17763.439. As I explained at the time in Computerworld:

    Oddly, in the Microsoft Catalog, the latest [KB 4501835] cumulative update is listed as:

    2019-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

    … whereas in the past, these 1809 laggards have been identified with the previous month. I would’ve expected “2019-04 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809.” A foolish inconsistency.

    With me so far? It’s about to get crazy (and drive @PhotM nuts).

    On May 3 (today), Microsoft released its second second cumulative update for the April cumulative update for Win10 1809. (Say that ten times real fast.) It’s KB 4495667 and it brings Win10 1809 up to build 17763.475.

    Got that?

    Sooooo… what is this new update called? Why it’s the

    2019-05 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

    No, there’s no echo in here.

    Microsoft has apparently resolved, ahem, the discrepancy by renaming the former cumulative update

    2019-04 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 1809

    without fanfare. If you check the Microsoft Catalog listings, you’ll see that it’s been renamed.

    @rpodric had a prescient tweet on this very subject earlier this morning, after the second cumulative update and before the second second cumulative update:

    and with that I think I’m ready for a drink. Thx @PhotM, @Kirsty

  • Microsoft issues a *second* second April cumulative update for Win10 version 1809, KB 4495667

    Posted on May 3rd, 2019 at 14:04 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember how we were waiting for MS to finally ship the second April cumulative update for Win10 version 1809? And how, when it arrived, nine out of the ten listed fixes involved the Japanese Era bug?

    @EP just pointed me to another little “post E-week” release. Just a couple of hours ago, Microsoft released KB 4495667, the third April cumulative update for Win10 version 1809.

    And it’s a doozy. All of the Japanese Era fixes plus dozens more. Most of the bugs in the April 9 (Patch Tuesday) patch are still there – although the Custom URI Schemes for Internet Explorer bug was fixed.

    More than that, this isn’t a typical “optional non-security” second monthly cumulative update. Microsoft’s going to push it out the Automatic Update chute. I haven’t seen it yet, but it’ll probably arrive shortly.

    Great news on a Friday afternoon.

    P.S. No, you shouldn’t install it.

    P.P.S. No, it hasn’t yet appeared on my 1809 machines.

  • LangaList: Should you force your machine onto Win10 1809 or wait for 1903?

    Posted on April 22nd, 2019 at 05:40 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    It’s a tough question. Fred Langa takes you through the pros and cons, and offers some solace during these trying times. If every version of Windows were good, it’d be a no-brainer. Demonstrably, that isn’t the case.

    Fred also has a peek into a bit of history with us still — the old 8.3 filename. It’s there, on your system, whether you know it or not.

    LangaList lives in this week’s AskWoody Plus Newsletter 16.15.0, out this morning to AskWoody Plus Members.

  • Reports of this month’s Win10 version 1809 cumulative update, KB 4493509, causing extreme slowdowns

    Posted on April 11th, 2019 at 08:28 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    We had an anonymous tip yesterday pointing to two posters on Tenforums who reported that they’re machines were turned into molasses after installing the Patch Tuesday updates for Win10 version 1809.

    Bogdan Popa has a roundup this morning of various additional complaints.

    No acknowledgment from Microsoft just yet – and I don’t see a pattern. Do you?

  • There’s a reason why your Win10 1803 machine hasn’t been pushed onto 1809

    Posted on April 9th, 2019 at 12:59 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Microsoft gave up.

    The 1803-to-1809 push pace has gone from slow to glacial.

    Gregg Keizer has the details on Computerworld:

    According to AdDuplex, … Windows 10 1809 powered just 26% of surveyed Windows 10 systems as of March 26. The gain from February to March, only 5 percentage points, was about half the increase from January to February, illustrating the slowing of 1809’s adoption.

    I don’t trust AdDuplex’s numbers, of course, but the trend is unmistakable. Microsoft’s pulling back on 1809.

    I would submit that, with the redirection of the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring — used to be Win10 1809 cumulative update previews and now it’s Win10 1903 beta build — we’re seeing a full-on retreat. I fully expect that Win10 1909 will be nothing more than “Win10 1903 Service Pack 1/2” in fact, if not in name.

    Which is great. Perhaps Microsoft is pulling back from its insane twice-a-year Windows update pace.