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Windows 10 Version 1803 April 2018 Update Launches Monday Officially

Microsoft today announced Windows 10 version 1803 Spring Update will be available to download on Monday, April 30th.

After a bug delayed the release of Windows 10 version 1803, the company today announced the new update will be available to download on Monday, April 30th. It will then be rolled out to users worldwide via Windows Update on May 8th.

This version has an official name, too. For example, the last release, version 1709, was dubbed “Fall Creators Update” and this one is “April 2018 Update.” As any longtime Windows user knows, the company is terrible with its naming conventions, especially with these new Windows 10 feature updates. To make things easy, we’ll just refer to them by the version numbers moving forward.

“With our latest major release—the Windows 10 April 2018 Update—we want to give you back some of your greatest currency, your time,” Microsoft writes. “Our hope is that you’ll have more time to do what matters most to you, create, play, work or simply do what you love.”

Windows 10 Version 1803 aka “April 2018 Update”

Every new feature update comes with new UI tweaks, bug fixes, and new features. One of the more notable new features is Windows Timeline that will allow you to get a view of your past 30 days of your activities. For more on that, make sure to read our guide on how to use Windows 10 Timeline. The company has also released promo videos that demonstrate some of the new features in version 1803 including Timeline, Dictation, Focus Assist, and new Microsoft Edge abilities.

For more on features in this update, read our article on the notable new features in Windows 10 version 1803. However, this new feature update isn’t as robust as previous ones, but everyone should upgrade for the security and performance enhancements alone. Microsoft is making it available to download on April 30th and will start rolling it out to users via Windows Update starting May 8th. Similar to previous updates, it will be a staggered rollout. Newer machines will be first in line and then to older supported machines and devices.

Since there aren’t many “must have” new features, and this release has seen several hiccups, you might want to delay or defer the update for a bit. Typically, I recommend waiting at least until the first cumulative update is released.

Are you glad to know there is finally an official date for Windows 10 version 1803? Will you upgrade right away, or delay the update for a month or two? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. Or, for more Windows 10 discussions and troubleshooting advice, head to our Windows 10 Forums.


8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. George Sakellaridis  

    I want to delay the update for a month

  2. DebbyS  

    I’m far less interested in the name of whatever version it is than I am in the size of the download and what unwanted programs it includes that I’ll never use but they’ll take up space anyhow. Too bad we don’t get to choose; we’re just expected to… lie back and enjoy it, blah…

    • Sonjia  

      Totally agree with you Debby, and Microsoft won’t let you delete them.

  3. Keep in mind that you can delete Windows.old after these feature updates and reclaim 20-30 GBs of space:

    https://www.groovypost.com/howto/get-drive-space-after-windows-10-update/

  4. Ziggy  

    Before I get gate crashed by Microsoft (as I’m running the Home Edition) I’ll be making a system image for each of my machines just in case of calamity!

    I’m also heading to this site:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows10

    to download the “media creation tool” so that I can make an iso of the installer.

    Good luck everybody – let the roller-coaster ride begin.

  5. Farrokh Amiri  

    Totally agree, after past experiences. I will definitely wait for the cumulative update for Version 1803. Right now my update changed from .371 to .402. Quite happy with this one and have deferred update for a month.
    Thanks for all the professional advice.

  6. Still haven’t got it. I wonder if my CPU is compatible with it at this point cause I still got a 3rd gen Core i5.

    • Larry  

      George, your computer should be okay, I have the same processor setup and mine updated on May 2nd. And, for the first time since installing Windows 10, it updated without a hitch. Of course, this is the first time I remembered to turn off all ANTI-VIRUS/MALWARE software and disconnect all USB external drives and accessories. Other than some minor adjustments to some of my software (most having to do with graphic card resolution and sound settings), and a partial rollback to default settings in Windows Explorer, I haven’t had any major problems. I reset Windows Explorer to my preferences and nothing was refused or changed. Only the “Right Click Enhancer” app had 100% of its settings cleared. After adding back my context menu preferences, it is still working fine.

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