Assuming there aren't any major last-minute bugs, Microsoft is expected to start rolling out the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (version 1903) on May 21, 2019. This is the seventh feature update available for compatible devices that delivers a slew of improvements and several new features to enhance the overall experience.
While this new version won't significantly change the way you use Windows 10, it does introduce a list of incremental changes and new features, such as a true system light theme and "Reserved Storage" to minimize the impact of update installation.
The May 2019 Update also introduces "Windows Sandbox" to securely run untrusted apps without putting your device at risk. "Recommended Troubleshooting" will help keep your system running smoothly by applying fixes to common problems automatically. Windows 10 Home users will finally be able to pause quality updates. Search once again becomes an independent feature, and it can now search your entire device. You can now let the system adjust active hours automatically, and much more.
Similar to previous releases, Windows 10 version 1903 will roll out gradually, starting with newer devices and then it'll expand more broadly. Usually, most devices will receive the update automatically within the first several weeks, but it's expected to take months before the feature update reaches everyone. However, if you're ready to move on, you can always force the upgrade manually in at least three different ways.
In this Windows 10 guide, we walk you through the steps to download and install the May 2019 Update (version 1903) on your device.
- How to download the Windows 10 May 2019 Update with Windows Update
- How to download the Windows 10 May 2019 Update with Update Assistant
- How to download the Windows 10 May 2019 Update with Media Creation Tool
Important: While the upgrade is a non-destructive process, you should always consider creating a temporary backup before clicking the Install button, just in case you need to undo the changes if you run into a critical issue.
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How to download Windows 10 May 2019 Update using Windows Update
The safest approach to get the May 2019 Update is to wait until you get the notification that it's available for your device. However, if it's been a while and you haven't received the update, you can force your device to upgrade using Windows Update as soon as it's available.
To upgrade to version 1903 using Windows Update, use these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Click on Update & Security.
- Click on Windows Update.
- Click the Check for updates button.
- Click the Download and install now button, under the Feature Update to Windows 10, version 1903 section.
- Click the Restart Now button after the update has been downloaded on your device.
Once you complete the steps, the new version will download and install automatically, similar to the installation of a quality update, with the difference that it'll take longer to apply.
If using Windows Update and your device isn't seeing the update, there could be a block that Microsoft is using because the new version still not compatible with your hardware or software configuration.
How to download the Windows 10 May 2019 Update using Update Assistant
If your device is compatible with the new feature update, but you're having problems with Windows Update, you can use the Update Assistant tool to install the Windows 10 May 2019 Update on your computer.
To install the new version of Windows 10 using the Update Assistant, use these steps:
- Open this Microsoft support website.
- Click the Update now button.
- Double-click the Windows10Upgrade file to launch the assistant.
- Click the Update Now button.
- Click the Next button.
- Click the Restart Now button.
After you complete these steps, the Update Assistant experience will download the required files, and it'll install version 1903 preserving your data, apps, and most of your settings. Using this method could take an hour or more depending on your internet connection and hardware configuration.
How to download the Windows 10 May 2019 Update using Media Creation Tool
Alternatively, you can also perform an in-place upgrade or clean installation of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update using the Microsoft Media Creation Tool.
Once the tool receives the update to support the new version, you can install the feature update using these steps:
- Open this Microsoft support website.
- Click the Download tool now button.
- Double-click the MediaCreationTool1903.exe file to begin the in-place upgrade process.
- Click the Accept button to agree to the terms.
- Select the Upgrade this PC now option.
- Click the Accept button again to agree to the notice and license terms.
- Confirm the Keep personal files and apps option is selected.Quick tip: If the option isn't selected, click the Change what to keep link to choose the option to preserve your apps, settings, and files after the upgrade.
- Click the Install button.
Once you complete these steps, the Media Creation Tool will proceed with the installation of Windows 10 version 1903 on your desktop, laptop, or tablet without losing your apps, settings, and personal files.
If none of these methods seem to work, you should consider using the Media Creation Tool to create a bootable USB flash drive, which you can use to perform a fresh installation of Windows 10 with the latest features and changes. If you need a drive for that, hit the links below.
More Windows 10 resources
For more helpful articles, coverage, and answers to common questions about Windows 10, visit the following resources:
- Windows 10 on Windows Central – All you need to know
- Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks
- Windows 10 forums on Windows Central
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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.