Windows 10 Version 1803 Heads to Slow and Release Preview Rings

Posted on April 20, 2018 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 14 Comments

The Why, When, What, and WTF of Windows 10 Version 1803

Microsoft today expanded the availability of the new RTM build of Windows 10 version 1803 to the Slow ring.

UPDATE: It has been added to the Release Preview ring as well! –Paul

“We have released Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17134 (RS4) to Windows Insiders in the Slow ring,” Dona Sarkar wrote in a short update to the original April 16 post in which Microsoft had first announced build 17134 heading to the Fast ring.

This change suggests that rumors of yet another delay for Windows 10 version 1803 are unfounded: Given what happened last time around—when the previous RTM build, build 17133, made its way through all of the public Insider rings despite serious known issues—it’s obvious that Microsoft will be more careful this time around. And sure enough, the delta between the Fast and Slow ring releases this time was four days, double the time that Microsoft previously advanced build 17133.

Anyway, we can only speculate as to the schedule, but we should see a late April public release at the very earliest.


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Comments (14)

14 responses to “Windows 10 Version 1803 Heads to Slow and Release Preview Rings”

  1. johnbaxter

    The fourth Tuesday windows update slot is available if that is what Microsoft wants to do.

  2. Dan1986ist

    So, sounds like a good time to hop off the Insider train again, if one so choose. Who knows when Version 1803 will started to get rolled out and Fast Ring gets switched to RS5 dev branch.

  3. CompUser

    Windows 1803 installed on my laptop, which is not on any insider ring, yesterday.

    • Jacob Klein

      In reply to CompUser:

      Have you done any digging to find out what happened? Did you have any details about what may have triggered the installation? Do you have any details about the update itself, like what Windows Update has to say about it?

      It is hard to tell if you are trolling us or not. I'll take your comment at face value, and suggest that maybe something strange happened that led you to your conclusion.

  4. Zsolt Kádár

    sooo... Windows Fall Creators update was really 1710 (october release) and Spring Creators Update will be essentially 1804 (april release). Where else did I see 17.10 and 18.04 versions before... ?

  5. Tony Barrett

    Anyone getting Windows update fatigue yet? It's a real thing, and many seem to be getting pretty tired being on the carousel! About to start the whole thing again, but I just wish you could turn it off altogether - at least you can defer it for a while.

    • Lauren Glenn

      In reply to ghostrider:

      Honestly, no. I upgraded my work computers to 1511 when it came out (1507 had some bugs with our software but 1511 fixed them). Since then, I always upgrade the machines when new builds come out after testing on my machine first. They're the first machines to be immune to WannaCry when 1709 came out there (which was a great thing as it was the only set of machines I didn't have to monitor as close -- Win7 had Windows Update problems where it stopped updating on a few machines).

      Let's face it though,..... if they didn't push these updates and make them mandatory, we know so many people wouldn't update and then would rush to do it when Microsoft cut them off in 7 years.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to ghostrider:

      If you aren't part of the Insider Program the last time you had to update was October. Two upgrades per year is hardly a big deal.

      If you are part of the Insider Program, perhaps you need to move to a slower ring or beta testing really isn't a good choice for you.

  6. chrisrut

    I find the fact that MS didn't release the flaky version into the wild to be good news. It means MS's system of finding and controlling flaws worked - the feed-back loops worked. That it now takes a few more days to get the release train back on the tracks is factually of no consequence; timeliness should never trump quality.

  7. evox81

    The Edge page that loads on first login after install seems to suggest the name of 17134 is the "April Update". That's not confusing at all, since you know, there's only an April in 2018 and no other years.

  8. epguy40

    highly doubt that the 1803 release will actually be released in late April since the month is almost over. most likely a May release.