Windows 10 latest update, version 1903, (codenamed 19H1 during development) is now out and has some new features, but has also been causing some issues with older software. It features a light theme, a sandbox and extra speed.
It was due to be released in April 2019, but was delayed. The stable update began rolling out on May 21, 2019 and became available to everyone as of June 6, 2019.
Microsoft is using a batched rollout strategy for this new update, so it’s not going to be available to everybody immediately, but it should be available soon. Here’s how to get it.
Open up Windows Update, and you’ll either see the option for “Feature update to Windows 10, version 1903”, or you’ll have to click Check for Updates. If you still don’t see the option, click Check for Updates, and then reboot your PC, and then try the process again.
Update: According to Microsoft’s Mike Ybarra, everyone should now have the option to update to Windows 10 version 1903 via Windows Update.
Even if Windows Update doesn’t offer the update to you yet, you can download Microsoft’s Update Assistant tool to install it manually. This will give you the update even if Microsoft isn’t confident it’s ready for your PC yet.
Big Changes to Windows Update
Microsoft announced it’s making big changes to the way Windows 10 updates, giving you more control over the way Windows 10 installs updates—or not.
Specifically, Windows 10 will no longer automatically install big updates like the May 2019 Update and October 2018 Update every six months without your permission. Now, you’ll see a notification and it’s your choice when you want to install the update.
Don’t want to install the update? That’s fine. You can keep using your current version of Windows 10 for as long as it’s supported with security updates—that’s 18 months after release. But, once every 18 months, you will be forced to update to keep getting security fixes. This is much better than once every six months, and it gives you a lot more control.
On top of that, Microsoft will now let Home users pause updates—just as Professional users can—for up to 35 days. You must pause in seven day periods, but you can pause up to five times. And, after you check for updates in Windows Update, Windows won’t automatically install them—you’ll have a choice to pause the updates, if you like.
Microsoft had previously patched Windows to help block Spectre attacks, which resulted in reduced performance. After the latest updates they have been able to pretty much eliminate the penalties and this should speed up the PC
A Light Desktop Theme and Sandbox
Windows 10 now has a new light theme. The Start menu, taskbar, notifications, action center sidebar, print dialog, and other interface elements can now be light instead of dark. Windows 10’s latest update even features a new default desktop wallpaper that matches the new theme.
File Explorer’s icon has been tweaked to have some brighter colors, and it now looks better with the new light theme.
Windows Sandbox for Professional Users
Windows 10 now has a built-in “Windows Sandbox.” It’s an integrated, isolated desktop environment where you can run software in a container without affecting your host operating system. When you close the Sandbox, all the software and files in the sandbox are deleted.
The Sandbox is only available on Professional, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows, so Home users will have to pay to upgrade from Home to Pro.
The Start Menu Searches All Your PC’s Files
In previous versions of Windows 10, the start menu only searched libraries like Documents, Downloads, Music, Pictures, and Videos, and your Desktop. The search will still be quick thanks to the index.
This is an elegant solution and makes a lot of sense. The Windows search indexer has been around for a long time and was always ignored by Windows 10’s Start menu for some reason, but Microsoft has finally seen the light. You can configure which locations are indexed and searched from within the Settings app.
To enable this, head to Settings > Search > Searching Windows and select “Enhanced (Recommended)” to make the indexer search your entire PC. “Classic” indexing mode, which just searches your libraries and desktop, is still available as an option. You can also customize search locations to choose the precise folders indexed by Windows.
More Improvements and Changes
The official release of Emoji 12 is coming in March 2019, and Microsoft has added new emoji to Windows 10 in preparation. As always, you can press Windows + . (period) to open the emoji panel anywhere in Windows 10.
The Start menu’s design has been tweaked a bit, too. It has more “Fluent Design” touches and icons in the menus. For example, the Sleep, Shut Down, and Restart options in the menu now have icons.
The brightness tile under quick actions in the Action Center is now a slider, which makes it a lot easier to quickly change your display’s brightness level. You can now right-click a quick action tile and select “Edit Quick Actions” to quickly edit your tiles right from the sidebar without opening the Settings app, too.