Windows 10 updates are always free. You’ll be able to download the April 2019 via Windows Update at no charge once Microsoft determines it is compatible with your computer. Roll-outs of major Windows 10 updates are gradual to ensure the best quality experience, so you might not see it on your PC right away.
A release could be any time in April, but there’s no solid date or confirmed naming as of yet. Given Microsoft’s troubles with releasing previous Windows 10 versions, a definite release date isn’t always locked in. Last year’s April 2018 Update was pushed out on April 30. Similarly, the October 2018 Update didn’t make it to PCs until well after the month of October.
LIGHT THEME AND IMPROVED START MENU
A dark mode to Windows 10 was introduced by Microsoft in 2018, and a new light theme is now coming to add some overall contrast to the operating system. This is the first noticeable change with this update. The theme makes it so that both the Taskbar, Start Menu and Action Center a brighter and lighter white color.
There is also animproved Start Menu. When installing the April 2019 Update from fresh to a new computer, you’ll notice that it has a single column, and fewer pre-installed apps and live tiles.
CORTANA AND SEARCH
Another big change is the separation of Cortana and Search in the Windows 10 Taskbar. In previous releases, both were integrated with each other. Now, the search box in the Taskbar will exclusively launch searches for files and documents, and the circular Cortana icon will instead trigger the digital assistant. As separate experiences, Microsoft says it will be able to innovate on each of these features independently. It has, of course, caused some to think Cortana might be to the recycling bin.
The April 2019 update is also changing the search experience, so that Windows can index and search all folders and drives, instead of limiting it to the default documents, pictures, and videos folders. Along with a new search interface featuring landing pages for Apps, Documents, Email, Web, you should now see expect accurate and faster searches when looking for your important files.
RESERVED SPACE FOR WINDOWS UPDATE
Due to previous experiences with updates failing , Microsoft is enabling consumers running Windows 10 Home to pause updates for up seven days. This option was only previously for Windows 10 Enterprise and Professional users, but with a 35-day limit. It should give you more room to read up and decide on when to install Microsoft’s monthly updates and skip out on the headaches.
This will however, take an additional 7gb of storage for installing general updates. Designed to keep your PC secure, and efficient with the latest Windows Updates, this new space cannot be removed from Windows 10. It also for use by apps, temporary files, and system caches as your PC sees the need. The size of the reserve depends on your system, so you might want to consider removing some files on your hard drive to prepare.
If you need to replace your Windows 7 computer or laptop you may want to consider getting a Windows 10 PC in the next few months