“Windows 10, version 1903 is available for any user who manually selects ‘Check for updates’ via Windows Update. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel,” wrote the company in a support document.
The only exception to this is if a device does not meet the update’s requirements. This could be due to incompatible drivers and apps, or other such issues. Generally, it’s a good idea to update all drivers before applying an update.
Known Issues and New Features
One app with limited support for Windows 10 1903 is the Dynabook Smartphone Link app. Microsoft is still investigating issues which degrade its functionality, removing the ability to answer calls on PC and more.
A driver compatibility issue between Microsoft and Intel is also causing issues. Users with certain display drivers are unable to see brightness changes when adjusting on a laptop. For now, they must restart their PC for changes to take effect.
Meanwhile, the Windows Sandbox isn’t working on devices where the system language was changed before updates. Audio is also not working properly for users with Dolby Atmos headphones or Home Theatre.
The good news is that users who can’t get the update aren’t missing out on that much. The Windows 10 May 2019 update primarily makes small changes, enhancing performance and adding a Light theme.
However, there are a few small additions that could make user’s life easier. For gamers, there’s now a forced variable refresh rate toggle for UWP games. Cortana has also been removed from the search experience, and File Explorer has seen some UI changes.
Still, it’s that somewhat buggy Windows Sandbox that brings the most benefit. The feature lets users quickly run programs in a separated virtual machine, saving them from malware and other threats.