Windows 10 Version 1803 RTM Heads to the Slow Ring

Posted on March 31, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 15 Comments

Windows 10 Version 1803 RTM Heads to the Slow Ring

In the clearest sign yet that Windows 10 version 1803 is complete, Microsoft has delivered the final build to the Windows Insider Slow Ring.

As Mehedi reported just days earlier, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 17133 to Insiders in the Fast ring on March 27. This is the final build of what’s called, variously, Windows 10 version 1803, Windows 10 “Redstone 4,” and the Spring Creators Update.

So, yes, its names are legion. But so, too, are the various milestones through which this build must pass on its way to RTM (Release to Manufacturing). The release to the Fast ring is the first external milestone. And the subsequent release to the Slow ring is the second.

This milestone is doubly important, however, and for two reasons.

First, when a build does makes its way to the Slow ring, that release usually trails the Fast ring release by a week. This time, the delta was just 3 days, suggesting that the quality is where Microsoft wanted it. Plus, that March is coming to a close and its internal schedule for this release dictates a March completion.

Second, this means that the “magic window” I described a few days back is now available to everyone testing Redstone 4. If you wish to get your enrolled PCs off the Insider train and back on to the normal, public release schedule, now is the time to do so. (I’ve done this to all of my own PCs.)

Well, almost all testers, I guess. Microsoft is once again doing unsolicited A/B testing on Insiders, so only some Slow ring users will actually see this build immediately.

The good news? This is super-temporary.

“We have released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17133 (RS4) to Windows Insiders in the Slow ring,” Microsoft’s Dona Sarkar announced yesterday. “As part of this [release], we are testing the engineering systems responsible for the deployment of Windows 10 feature updates to customers. As such, not all Insiders in the Slow ring will be immediately targeted to receive this flight. We are targeting full availability to the Slow ring on Monday [April 2].”

And here’s some even better news: You can circumvent this one easily. Just open Settings, navigate to Update & Security > Windows Update, and click “Check for updates.” You will get the final build of Windows 10 version 1803.

That’s all she wrote, folks. The next and final public milestone happens Tuesday, April 10. That’s when Windows 10 version 1803 starts heading out to the public.

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Comments (15)

15 responses to “Windows 10 Version 1803 RTM Heads to the Slow Ring”

  1. Bart

    It feels Microsoft always cuts it very close time wise, when releasing the 'RTM'-build. Either they are very lucky every time, or they are getting very good at this game

  2. mikiem

    "The next and final public milestone happens Tuesday, April 10."

    I'd politely disagree, if as in the past Microsoft releases Insider ISOs. That makes testing ahead of deployment, & optionally early deployment easier.

  3. madthinus

    "NOTE: It will be listed as “Feature update for Windows 10, version 1803”."

    It is done...

  4. Jorge Garcia

    Great, another bout of incessant update harassment and another afternoon + evening wasted. Despite having deleted everything I reasonably can, I only have 8GB of free space on one of my PC's...that had better be good enough for the Redmond Gods this time around! And they better not download secretly in the background for hours just to fill up my drive then have the nerve to tell me that I don't have enough space to upgrade. And people wonder why MS is so unpopular.

  5. Martin Klimke

    Could someone provide a "crapware metrics" of this release in comparison to the previous one.

    Do we will still get candy crush saga, 3D paint, soliditare and all the other bullshit.

  6. bharris

    As Paul has suggested before, I switched over to the fast ring, upgraded & then left the Insider's program. This was the first time that I've had problems updating this machine. Blue screened with an UPnP error. I have probably 12 things on the USB ports so I just disabled all of the ports but the one for the keyboard & mouse. After that, it sailed thru and has worked perfectly since. But, to Microsoft's credit, when it did fail, it rolled back perfectly.... I had forgotten that sick feeling to see a BSOD during a major upgrade....Not so good for the blood pressure

  7. glenn8878

    Does this new release finally transition the remaining old style Windows 7 screens to Metro style? It’s taking forever and it’s usually Network, Backup, Power Management, and File Explorer that gets left behind.

  8. Polycrastinator

    How's stability on this? I have some users who're getting repeated Windows Upgrade Assistant notifications despite being on 1703 and whose systems won't go to 1709 nomatter what I do. I'm wondering if trying to get them onto 1803 early might be the solution.

  9. kevin rose

    I've spent most of the day installing stuff on a new windows 10 machine for a new member of staff and it really struck me how much bloatware is now ingrained in windows. I just can't ever see us needing or using Edge or Cortana - why on earth we have xbox and 3d stuff I have no idea. The machine we bought has Windows 10 Home but that's all we need. There should be either a way to remove all this junk, or alternatively a really stripped down version of windows that can just be used to install the 3rd party apps (such as chrome etc) that most people use. I really can't see where on earth Microsoft is heading with Windows 10.

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