Windows 10 19H2 release

July 16th, 2019 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

The 19H2 release of Windows 10, which will probably be called the Windows 10 October 2019 Update, will not include a list of new user-facing features. Instead, it will deliver “select performance improvements, enterprise features and quality enhancements.”

This update “will install like a monthly update” on PCs that are running the latest Windows 10 release, version 1903. In other words its what we would call a service pack even if Microsoft no longer does. Devices on any currently supported version of Windows 10 will only need to reboot once to update them to 19H2. The 19H2 release will be fully supported for 30 months. While still n aggressive update schedule for some IT departments that is a lot easier to live with than 6 monthly updates. (The update is the last Windows 10 release before the end of free support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. )

For OEM and retail Windows editions, even Windows 10 Home, feature updates are no longer immediately mandatory. The twice-yearly feature updates are offered on PCs that Microsoft’s algorithms deem suitable; but the feature update is to be offered as an optional update that the PC’s owner has to approve manually. You’re can ignore that prompt for as long as the current version is supported, or a maximum of 18 months.

For businesses with PCs running Windows 10 Pro, the updates are delivered with the same 18-month support cycle. The difference is that administrators can defer monthly cumulative updates by up to 30 days and can defer feature updates by up to 365 days. On a PC with Windows 10 Settings app or applied Group Policy to defer feature updates, the option to update to the next release doesn’t appear at all until the deferral period ends or the current version reaches its end-of-support. Companies that run Windows 10 Pro should plan for an annual Windows 10 feature update – any .than 12 months, but and you may hit an end-of-support date and a forced feature update.

Customers running Windows 10 Enterprise and Education get the longest support calendar, \. The March updates will have an 18-month support cycle for all editions, whereas the September release will get the longer, 3 install version 1903 late in 2019 and plan to install the 19H2 release as a lightweight update when it’s ready. With that “service pack” in place, they can leave those PCs alone for two full years, until the second half of 2021.0-month support cycle for Enterprise and Education editions. (All Windows 10 Pro releases are supported for 18 months.)

To ensure updates don’t happen at the wrong time see this post:

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-control-updates-in-windows-10/?ftag=CMG-01-10aaa1b

P.S. Dark mode to reduce eye strain MacOS got dark mode last year in Mojave, . Android also got a dark mode setting last year, and the upcoming Android Q will make it easy to turn on. You can similarly dim the lights in Windows 10 = Go to Settings, tap Personalization, tap Colors and then under Choose your default app mode, choose Dark.

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