Last week, Microsoft moved Windows 10 19H1 Preview Build 18362 through the Fast Ring and then to the Slow Rin on the Windows Insider Program. This was believed to be the release to manufacturing (RTM) build for what will next month become Windows 10 version 1903 (April 2019 Update). However, Microsoft has now paused the preview.
Specifically, it has been removed for users updating from the last Slow Ring release, build 18356.16. Microsoft says an issue is preventing users on that build upgrading to build 18362. The company has delayed the release for those users while it searches for a fix.
“In the meantime, Build 18362 will no longer be offered to Insiders who are on Build 18356.16, so Insider PCs don’t continue to try and take Build 18362 and fail.”
It is worth pointing out this does not mean the update is now prevented from reaching the release candidate, although it could be delayed. Still, it is another situation that shows Microsoft is struggling to get major Windows updates ready before release.
What’s the Windows Insider Program (a service I legitimately love) is for if Microsoft cannot get Windows 10 builds sorted out at release? The company has had two consecutive Windows 10 feature updates struggle. The Insider Program is supposed to give the company time, feedback, and testing to get these things right.
Sure, that’s a little rant, but at the same time Microsoft has recent poor history in rolling out Windows 10 updates.
Last April, Windows 10 1803 held back for over 20 days due to finalization problems in the RTM build. So much so, the April 2018 Update almost launched in May.
Windows 10 1809 was even more of a disaster. This release became one of the worst software rollouts in recent memory. Version 1809 was quickly put on ice as the manual update was deleting personal user files. Before being paused, the update was reaching millions of users.
Last week, I wrote about why consumers and organizations alike should hold off updating to Windows 10 19H1 when it launches next month. It is worth a read if you are worried about a faulty Microsoft release messing up your PC.