Usage Data Confirms Slow Rollout of Windows 10 Version 1903

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 20 Comments

The latest AdDuplex data suggests that Microsoft’s rollout of Windows 10 version 1903 will indeed occur at a sedate pace, no doubt in response to the massive reliability issues the firm experienced with the previous two Windows feature updates.

“The Windows 10 May 2019 Update (1903) was released to the general public exactly a week before we took this snapshot,” AdDuplex notes in its latest report. “It looks like Microsoft is taking a really careful approach to this rollout.”

How careful? The update was found on only 1.4 percent of the nearly 100,000 PCs that AdDuplex surveyed.

AdDuplex further notes that Windows 10 version 1803 remains the most common version of the platform, and is installed on over 61 percent of all surveyed Windows 10 PCs. Meanwhile, Windows 10 version 1809 inched up to 31.3 percent, up barely from the 29.3 percent usage it saw a month earlier.

So it’s possible that 1809 has hit its peak. If so, it is only about one-third as popular as its predecessor: Windows 10 version 1803 hit 90 percent usage in October 2018.

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Comments (20)

20 responses to “Usage Data Confirms Slow Rollout of Windows 10 Version 1903”

  1. anderb

    It’s flakey. If I try to bring up the ‘Add or remove programs’ dialog it shows a giant cog and then the window just disappears. Found that within 5 minutes of upgrading.

  2. dontbe evil

    you mean an update that was release only 7 days ago, and it's maybe available only if you push the button check for updates or via media creation tool, is currently only at 1.4% ... what a surprise!!!

    can you tell me the percentage of the last 4 versions of android? thanks

    • PeteB

      In reply to dontbe_evil:

      "But but Annndroid"

      As if it has f*ckall to do with anything. Google also doesn't brick phones and delete user data, and never forces updates without permission or control -- all of which MS does with Win10.

      • dontbe evil

        In reply to PeteB:


  3. blackcomb

    Windows as a Service failed. They can go back releasing new versions every 3 years and no one will care. People will love it.

  4. PeteB

    Yep, not touching another featureless feature-update until 6 months later and MS has patched the patches and worked all the half baked kinks out.

    There really is nothing compelling in this update anyway

  5. james_wilson

    The Surface Pro 4 is not getting the 1903 update. Compatibility issue somewhere I assume.

  6. lefrinj

    Our Intune console shows a number of computers marked as being on Compatibility Hold for 1903 because they contain a device that has a known issue, some as minor as causing the Intel Graphics driver to misreport its brightness. Looks like they are testing some specific stuff before rolling out to everything.

  7. StagyarZilDoggo

    I guess most people will be 1 or 2 versions behind from now on. The Normies won't even know there's a new version out, much less hit the "update" button.

  8. AnOldAmigaUser

    It does not seem that they are even able to get one solid update out per year. Perhaps they should consider the fact that the OS is not really what people think of when using a computer. It is something that should just get out of the way.

  9. wolters

    It isn't "seekable" for matter how many times I check for updates, so I just went to the update page and used the Windows 10 Upgrade App and did it that way. That might add to the slowness of the rollout.

  10. pachi

    I’m at least somewhat pleased by 1903. The New-> (folder, etc...) dialog pops up right away in Explorer right click rather than several seconds on 1809.

    The other her biggest problem for me day to day was how slow Explorer runs (choppy) when you’re browsing your OneDrive folders, downloaded or not. This is still a big issue

    The fact that that their apps constantly reset settings is insanely annoying. I’ve disable Focused Inbox dozens of times in Mail app.

  11. red.radar

    Why would Microsoft rush it out? Strategically they have said Windows is In maintenance mode. Why risk another botched deployment and bad press.

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