Microsoft rolls out Windows 10 May 2019 Update

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The system restore feature in Windows is supposed to save your bacon if you run into trouble, but on some Windows 10 PCs, it's causing an even bigger headache. Starting today, Microsoft is rolling it out to Windows 10 devices running version 1803 or 1809 with the latest updates installed.

The update includes a number of new features, including a new light theme and Windows Sandbox, and Microsoft said the rollout of the update would be implemented gradually to minimise the potential for widespread issues.

Microsoft is today starting the public rollout of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, also known as version 1903.

Those who think that the above is not enough and hope to get more from the next feature update might be disappointed. If the update is available in your region, it will not be installed automatically, but rather offered as an available "Feature update to Windows 10, version 1903" that you can choose to "Download and install now".

The extended support deadlines for Enterprise and Education editions give administrators a total of 30 months until the end of servicing, but to take advantage of that extra time, you'll need a central update management tool like Windows Server Update Services or System Center Configuration Manager. Select "Check for updates" and, assuming you see the "Download and install now option", initiate the update process. Then select Check for updates. "Because the driver versions do not match the versions of the restored catalog files, the restart process stops", Microsoft adds.

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The May 2019 Update comes with a bunch of new features, which are outlined here.

You turn on system protection, and then create a system restore point that is named "R1".

While the feature update is generally available, Microsoft has stated that they are throttling its availability so it may not be listed when you check for updates.

And if you're uncomfortable with the prospect of deploying version 1903 soon, your best strategy is to update to version 1809 as soon as possible, to extend the clock another six months. According to ZDNet's insiders, the Fall update will come without the changes one would expect from such an important OS refresh.

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