Windows 10 November 2019 Update: What is it, and what's included?

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Microsoft's next Windows 10 feature update is just about ready for release. It focuses on bringing improvements and updates to the existing Windows 10 May 2019 Update already available. The official public name of this new OS release is now Windows 10 November 2019 Update, and will be released in a couple of weeks.

Unlike previous Windows 10 feature updates, the November 2019 Update, when it's ready, will sit on top of the May 2019 Update just like a normal Windows 10 patch, meaning there's less risk and downtime when updating your PC to this new release.

This update will be delivered to users differently than previous Windows 10 feature updates, because the November 2019 Update is just an update for the May 2019 Update, and not a full-blown standalone release. Unlike normal Windows 10 feature updates that require large downloads and long reboot times to install, the November 2019 Update will be delivered just like a normal Patch Tuesday release, also known as a Cumulative Update. The download won't be as large, and won't take as long to install or restart.

What's the difference between feature updates and cumulative updates?

The Windows 10 November 2019 Update release won't have as many new features or changes as normal Windows 10 feature updates do, but that's by design. Microsoft is dedicating this release to fixing bugs, improving performance, and introducing minor new features for customers to take advantage of. With that in mind, there are still changes to be noted, and as with every new Windows 10 feature update, we're going to compile every change into an easy to view list so you can keep track.

OS Details

  • Public name: Windows 10 November 2019 Update
  • Codename: 19H2
  • Version: 1909
  • Expected Release: November 12 2019

Windows 10 November 2019 Update (19H2) changelog (so far)

As Windows 10 19H2 is still in development, this changelog is considered incomplete. We will continue to update it with every new preview build that Microsoft rolls out up until public release.

Windows Shell

Calendar Flyout

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  • You can now quickly create an event straight from the Calendar flyout on the Taskbar.
  • A "Manage notifications" button has been added to the top of Action Center that launches the main "Notifications & actions" Settings page.
  • The navigation pane on the Start menu now expands when you hover over it with your mouse to better inform where clicking goes.
  • Options to configure and turn off notifications from an app/website right on the notification, both as a banner and in Action Center.
  • File Explorer search is now powered by Windows Search and features an updated UI that brings in local and cloud-based files.

Settings

Notification Settings

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  • Notifications settings under Settings > System > Notifications will now default to sorting notification senders by most recently shown notification, rather than sender name.
  • Thumbnail previews have been added to the notification settings area to show what is meant by "banner" and "Action Center."

Miscellaneous

  • General battery life and power efficiency improvements for PCs with certain processors.
  • Windows containers require a matched host and container version. This restricts customers and limits Windows containers from supporting mixed-version container pod scenarios This update includes 5 fixes to address this and allow the host to run down-level containers on up-level for process (Argon) isolation.
  • A fix to allow OEMs to reduce the inking latency based on the hardware capabilities of their devices rather than being stuck with latency selected on typical hardware configuration by the OS.
  • Key-rolling or Key-rotation feature enables secure rolling of Recovery passwords on MDM managed AAD devices upon on-demand request from in-tune/MDM tools or upon every time recovery password is used to unlock the BitLocker protected drive. This feature will help prevent accidental recovery password disclosure as part of manual BitLocker drive unlock by users.
  • Third-party digital assistant support on the lockscreen is now available.
  • A new rotation policy is present that distributes performance more fairly among favored cores available with a CPU.
  • We have enabled Windows Defender Credential Guard for ARM64 devices for additional protection against credential theft for enterprises deploying ARM64 devices in their organizations.
  • We have enabled the ability for enterprises to supplement the Windows 10 in S Mode policy to allow traditional Win32 (desktop) apps from Microsoft Intune.
  • The ability for Narrator and other assistive technologies to read and learn where the FN key is located on keyboards and what state it is in (locked versus unlocked) has been added.

This changelog includes all the changes noted up to build 18363.418

Catch up on all the changes from the previous Windows 10 updates

Seeing a feature that isn't listed here? Perhaps it was added in a previous Windows 10 update. Check out our changelogs for those below!

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows 10 on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

14 Comments
  • I'm fed up with this. Why don't they release one, rock-stable edition once a year? This updating, not pre-tested editions, is a pain in the ass.
  • "not pre-tested editions"? they are very well tested by microsoft and insiders. thats why among millions of hardware that are cross effecting each other, those updates tripped over a few.
  • Yeah, sure. Phhh
  • Fed up, eh? Maybe being in (or even following) beta versions isn't for you. Maybe you will be happier waiting until they are well tested....and released!
  • But I am NOT in the beta versions (the insider program)! I am talking about the live, public releases! And THAT is shocking!
  • If Microsoft was just honest and transparent about their failures, fans (like myself) would be far more forgiving. But, Microsoft thinks they can just lie their way out. Tell us what is broken, tell us what you’re doing to fix it, and what developers and insiders can do to help. If Chris Capossela doesn’t come clean about the disaster that was the Oct. 2nd event, I give up.
  • Zac, I'm now lost with the release numberings where now we have Apr 2018, Oct 2018 & May 2019 updates; not to mention there's also skip ahead releases! Perhaps it's time for another article on these numbers like I recall you guys did previously with Windows Mobile? Further, is it possible to link the KB numbers with the OS Build ones so I could easily tell from the OS build number whether I already have the update in question?
  • Interesting that my 18362.10019 from the Slow Ring doesn't have some of these features. Not that I'm worried about it and certainly not upset.....this is beta test stuff. But I gather you are reviewing the 18363.xxxx (with the three) not mine, right?
  • so after all these months of forcing updates so i can be caught up to no avail, having to reslam my system from scratch just to find out that all my work this morning will be wasted in a few weeks. don't get me started on all the gotchas as i updated all my apps, I'M MEAN MUGGING FIREFOX RIGHT NOW
  • Um, what? This is essentially a big cumulative update, more or less. There will be no reason to do a clean install.
  • Very good post. I did a post on this topic.
  • Don't forget Xbox 1909 update changes too. Mostly just home screen layout though.
  • Can you release a video highlighting the changes after the update rolls out? Those are always very helpful when I can play along at home!
  • How to disable Telemetry and Data Collection in Windows 10 version 1909 ?