Windows 10 May 2019 Update now available in the Release Preview Ring

This update is shipped to all Windows 10 versions prior to 1809

This update is shipped to all Windows 10 versions prior to 1809

Microsoft has chose to simplify the Windows 10 update experience.

While the Fast and Slow rings are usually buggy, the Release Preview ring provides builds only when the feature update is complete.

If you're already part of the Windows Insider program, Microsoft is making the new build available to users it calles "seekers:" those who click the Update Now button within the Settings Update & Security Windows Update menu.

Officially, the May 2019 Update (aka "19H1") will be pushed to all PCs in late May-the idea being that Microsoft has prolonged its final beta period for a month.

If you are now not an Insider and would like to test the May 2019 Update before it is publicly released, you first need to join the program. "We are also continuing to make significant new investments in machine learning (ML) technology to both detect high-impact issues efficiently at scale and further evolve how we intelligently select devices that will have a smooth update experience", it added.

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Search for Windows Insider, and when the "Windows Insider Program Settings" result appears, click on it. Windows Update itself will get a "download and install" button.

You will now be prompted to link a Microsoft account with the program.

As promised, Microsoft has moved the Windows 10 May 2019 Update into the Release Preview Ring, where it will fester for weeks so the firm can ensure there are no quality or reliability issues. In general, though, this new release was created to simply improve the Windows 10 you're already familiar with.

Under the "Stop getting preview builds" section, turn Off the toggle switch. That's why the term "stable" has to be taken with a grain of salt: Microsoft thinks the May 2019 Update is feature complete and bug-free-but it also thought so with the October 2018 Update, and we all remember what happened then. It should now state that you are in the Release Preview channel as shown below. Usually, it's best to wait until you receive a notification letting you know that the feature update through Windows Update.

Also, if you're already testing previews in the Windows Insider Program through Slow ring, it's not necessary to change your settings, as the code will be eventually the same in all the available rings. Microsoft will ship the last batch of updates for this particular version on Home and Pro SKUs tomorrow, after which consumers are recommended to upgrade to a newer Windows 10 release.

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