Microsoft starts Windows 10 May 2019 Update rollout

Kelley Robertson
May 23, 2019

A "Throttled" Release for Windows 10 Users who want to manually install Windows 10 version 1903 can check for the "Download and install now" option in their Windows Update settings, according to a blog post by John Cable, director of program management for Windows servicing and delivery.

A Twitter user claims to have verified the zero-day exploit and confirmed it works on Windows 10 x86 system that has been patched with the latest May 2019 update.

A similar situation has happened in April, when Microsoft's updates impacted Sophos and several other AV vendors (McAfee, Avast, ArcaBit, Avira) and caused some customers using older Windows and Windows Server versions to occasionally experience system fails or hangs during boot up, slow startups, unresponsiveness at restart, or the inability to log in after applying the update.

If the new feature update is not currently showing up in Windows Update, then go to the Download Windows 10 page, and click on the Update now button.

There is, however, a catch. (Read our Windows 10 May 2019 Update review for more.) The May 2019 Update will also try to deduce when you're using your PC, and configure your Active Hours accordingly. On Windows 7 you'll find Windows Updates under System and Security on the Start menu.

What this means is that the 1803 update, which came in 2018, will quite likely get the 1903 update automatically within two weeks.

While the May 2019 Update is now officially available, Microsoft is taking what it describes as a throttled approach to the rollout. If you are both eager and daring, however, you can nab the update right now. If the system booting process fails 2 times in a row, it will open the Windows recovery environment.

If you haven't kept up with your updates, be aware that there is a deadline.

Users will have greater control over when and if they update certain Windows features.

It appears the exploit code imports a legacy job file into the Windows Task Scheduler using schtasks, creating a new task, and then deletes that new task's file from the Windows folder. In any case, our advice holds: Pick a day to process the updates, and schedule them for a time where your PC will run unattended.

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