Microsoft today is releasing Windows 10 version 1909 aka “November 2019 Update”. However, unlike its usual feature updates like version 1903, this one is basically what we used to call a “Service Pack” back in the day. So, while there are a few new features, the changes to 1909 are mainly under the hood.
In the announcement, Microsoft exec John Cable notes: “Today, we are announcing that the Windows 10 November 2019 Update is now available for users on the most recent versions of Windows 10 who seek the new update via Windows Update.”
Windows 10 1909 November 2019 Update
It’s important to note that Microsoft isn’t forcing this update on Windows 10 users right now. And you need to be running Windows 10 1903 to update. To get it you need to be a so-called “seeker” and manually head to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update to install it.
As we explained in an earlier post, this is a relatively minor update. You can learn of everything new in 1909 from this Microsoft article. But here is a brief summary of what’s new in the November 2019 Update:
- Quickly creating an event directly from the Calendar flyout on the Taskbar.
- Better managing notifications, including a new button at the top of the Action Center and the ability to sort notifications by most recently shown.
- Integrating OneDrive content online with traditional indexed results in the File Explorer search box.
- The navigation pane on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it with your mouse to better inform where clicking goes.
- Using your voice to activate third-party digital assistants from the Lock screen.
Now, another important thing to point out is that today is Patch Tuesday and if you’re running Windows 10 1903 you will receive KB4524570. It includes a number of fixes and improvements. If you have automatic updates enabled, it will download and install and restart your system when you’re away from your computer.
It will not install 1909. To get version 1909 you need to manually open Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update. Then click on the “Download and install now” link. If you don’t see it, your system might have some compatibility issues. And the update will be withheld as “a safeguard hold is in place” until your PC can be updated successfully.
End of Service for Windows 10 Version 1803
For Windows 10 devices that are at, or within several months of reaching end of service, Windows Update will automatically initiate a feature update (with users having the ability to choose a convenient time); keeping those devices supported and receiving the monthly updates that are critical to device security and ecosystem health. The Windows 10 April 2018 Update (Windows 10, version 1803) has reached end of service for Home and Pro editions.