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Let's Install 1903! Windows 10, May 2019 Update Now Available

Written on May 22, 2019 by Chad Warmenhoven

What's the point of this article?

We all want to keep Windows 10 up to date and while Microsoft updates haven't encouraged much faith recently (1803, 1809 oh my) it's worth noting that Microsoft has performed a significantly extended testing period in an attempt to avoid serious failures and critical vulnerabilities. So far so good from everything we have seen. The update is available for download effective immediately and includes some awesome new features including a fun new light theme, Kaomoji, quick access to symbols and the much anticipated Windows Sandbox feature.

There are two ways to install the update: Using Windows Update to automatically pull it down or manually updating using the 'Update Assistant from Microsofts website 

Using Windows Update

1. Select the "Start" button in the bottom left hand corner (Windows Icon)

2. Type "Settings" and select the first option

3. Select "Update & Security"

4. If your update is not listed, click the "Check for Updates" option

5. Your update should install automatically and will require a restart.

Using the manual Update Assistant

1. Navigate to the Microsoft update assistant page HERE

2. Click "Update Now" near the top of the page3. Your browser will download the necessary application, in Chrome it shows up in the bottom right. Launch the application named "Windows10Upgrade9252.exe"

4. A new window will come up, select "Update"

5. The application will now perform a compatibility check and if your system is ready you will see the following screen

6. Click "Next" and your system will start the update process

7. When the update finishes your system will restart. That's it! All done

Possible errors

There are a small number of errors popping up that may block the update from installing however the details provided by Microsoft are general and vague.

The single most common cause we have seen is from USB or SD card devices currently attached to the system. We were able to consistently reproduce the issue with a simple USB flash drive plugged into the Front USB ports.

Removing the USB thumb drive resolved the problem for our test system but may not for you. If that's the case, the next most likely culprit is the BattlEye anti-cheat software commonly installed alongside some of the most popular games such as Apex, PUBG and Fortnite. You can reopen all your games and verify their BattlEye software is updated or even easier you can run the BattlEye uninstall utility then attempt the install again. Download the uninstaller HERE

After you have resolved these issues, clicking 'refresh' on the Windows Update application will unfortunately solve nothing. Click the X in the top right of the window which will prompt 

1. Click the X in the top right of the Windows Updater window then click "Yes" on the prompt

2. After the Windows Updater closes, it will automatically relaunch and provide two options: Continue or Start over3. The Windows Updater will continue with the installation and should fully update your system to 1903.


Tags: 1903, 10, How-to Guide, Microsoft, Operating Systems, settings, Software, Support, update, Windows 10, Windows Updates


Posted on 2019-05-23 01:48:13
Charlie Cartmel

Flash Player in microsoft edge still not working. The settings toggle is greyed out and anytime I access a new site from a news app for video it asks me to allow this one time.
Instructions to fix this inadequate as none seem to explain why the toggle is permanently set to off.

Posted on 2019-05-24 16:37:22

Probably because Flash has been obsolete for a decade.

Posted on 2019-05-29 22:28:58
Charlie Cartmel

I realise that it is being deprecated ,however as MS continue to state it is built into Edge, and Adobe are still issuing updates then it should still function as necessary. It works on ALL other browsers I have tried.

Now on v 1903 which seems stable, but not bothered with edge


Charles Cartmel

Rainford, UK

tel: (+44)1744884969

Posted on 2019-05-30 07:25:16

This feels like an appropriate thing to post in this discussion:


Posted on 2019-06-03 22:03:20

I would dearly love a video on customized default user accounts, which we are no longer allowed to do as we did with XP.

Posted on 2019-05-26 17:53:12

Has anyone experienced problems with Adobe Creative Cloud and Windows 1903? On a few systems over here after upgrading, the Windows Start bar and Search are frozen until Creative Cloud is forced closed.

Posted on 2019-05-26 19:07:35
goblin072 .

This 1903 update bricked an older
AMD Phenom(tm) II X6 1045T Processor to the point I could not even use recovery. Had to use a macrium reflect backup. Restored and it did it a second time. Just had to postpone it for 30 days and pray.

Posted on 2019-06-13 06:42:05

After upgrading to 1903 I experienced windows to do a freeze for a more than a minute shortly after login into windows - I could move the mouse but not start new programs. I tried shutting off all startup programs but it still happened and often right after the freeze explorer would restart. I thought it could be 1903 trying to reconnect to network drives and that would freeze the machine up, so I removed those as well. But that didn’t help. Eventually I rolled back the May update. I don’t know if this is a common issue but instantly after I rolled back everything was fine. So I do not know when/if I dare to install this update again for a long time.

Posted on 2019-06-14 06:59:31

Microsoft is a hot mess. First I can't opt out of updates, now I can't install an update. Don't tell us why or anything...

Posted on 2019-07-04 17:15:08

Thank you very much! I never knew about this manual update feature, it's something I always wanted! :D

Posted on 2019-08-05 13:27:59
Jason Zimmerman

Has anyone noticed a decrease in performance with Autodesk Motionbuilder with feature update 1903? or any Autodesk program?

Posted on 2019-08-09 00:32:23