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Microsoft pushes Windows 10 May 2019 Update to the Release Preview ring

As announced last week the May 2019 Windows 10 May 2019 update is going to spend a month in the Insider Release Preview ring for mass testing.

That clock has started ticking as Build 18362.30 is now rolling out to everyone who is already a member of the Release Preview ring, or who wish to sign up today.

Today's release for 18362.30 is the same as Slow and Fast Rings and should be considered a near-final release. Microsoft will be pushing out patches to this version in the coming weeks if problems or bugs are discovered before the May 2019 goes live for the public later in May.

As we reported last week about the longer Release Preview testing phase:

This time, instead of skipping this testing phase, Microsoft is doubling the amount of time Microsoft tests a new feature update in the Release Preview ring. In the past, a new release would spend around two weeks in the Release Preview ring, but with 19H1, Microsoft will test it for more than a month before it deems it ready for public rollout.

Also announced last week are changes to how Microsoft pushes out feature updates to Windows 10 including no longer auto-installing those updates. Instead, users will need to opt-in to download and install.

Joining the Windows Insider Release Preview program is very simple and only takes a few minutes. Our how-to guide explains the process although instead of Fast or Slow rings users will choose Release Preview (referred to as "Just fixes, apps, and drivers"). Alternatively, Microsoft has its own guide written too, which helps explain the process. Build 18362.30 is stable enough for your main PC and should not have any major issues.

Daniel Rubino
Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

8 Comments
  • Wow, good thing they decided against skipping the release preview ring this time... that thing isn't ready for general availability!
    How they failed to test it on their own Surface Book 2 with a Surface Dock is beyond me, the thing doesn't support a second external display anymore (two displays connected to the dock) and freezes the whole OS when trying to change enabled displays...
  • Feedback it.
    Also that can be fixed with a firmware update.
    And it's not being released to the public until may.
  • How about MS feedback themselves.
  • To be fair, and to reassure Surface Book 2 owners considering the update, the problem seems to have disappeared.
    Unfortunately I still don't know what caused it, or what fixed it. Yesterday, it never showed anything on the second display (except if the other display was disconnected) and was freezing on every single try to turn off or software-disable the display, but today when connecting it again everything works as expected. There we no update or driver change in the meantime, just used the SB2 away from the desk for the whole day. If it happens again I'll try to gather information to feedback it. I must admit I'm pleased they improved Windows Mixed Reality. They added support for a slate app to follow you and even work while in another app's immersive view, and the interaction method is faster as well.
    The next big improvement I'm hoping for now is a wave of consumer VR headsets based on HoloLens 2 tracking. Having your hands in VR would be great, and would improve productivity scenarios as well, as you wouldn't have to toggle between the motion controllers and keyboard+mouse when getting work done.
  • I cant install on my SB2.
    Just open the windows saying ''what going on'' and says my PC has a driver or service that is not compatible with this version on Windows 10, 1903... What can i do? I reseted windows update, troubleshooted, runned sfc...
    i dont know what can i do to have this version of windows insider on my SB2...
  • Same thing happened to me, it turns out it was the Battleye service. Open Services and check if you have that service, if you do search online how to uninstall it. For me it was runing this on cmd: sc delete BEService and then deleting this folder \Program Files (x86)\Common Files\BattlEye
  • Hummm, great! I have this service too!
    So just have to uninstall it and after the update, install again? Can i do that?
    I think Battleye service is for my Tibia game hahaha. Thanks, mate =)
    I will try that =)
  • Cool, downloading. Let the sh!# show begin... :P