Windows 10 Version 1903 is Finally Reliable Enough for Everyone

Posted on September 28, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 23 Comments

Five months after it was released, Microsoft has announced that Windows 10 version 1903 is finally ready for “broad deployment.” The announcement comes on the eve of the release of its successor, Windows 10 version 1909, which will presumably hit a similar quality milestone sometime in early 2020.

“Windows 10 version 1903 is designated ready for broad deployment for all users via Windows Update,” the Windows Update account on Twitter tweeted this week, pointing to the Windows 10 version 1903 release information page on the Microsoft Docs website.

“As [PCs] running the Home, Pro, and Pro for Workstation editions of Windows 10 version 1803 will reach end of service on November 12, 2019, we are broadly updating these [PCs], as well as those running earlier versions of Windows 10 that are past end of service, to keep these [PCs] both supported and receiving monthly updates,” the site notes. “If you are not offered the Windows 10 version 1903 feature update, please check for known issues and safeguard holds that may affect your [PC].”

Looking over the list of known issues in this release, one can see that Microsoft has indeed fixed many of them. A few, however, are listed as being “investigated” by Microsoft, such as updates that fail to install with Error code 0x80073701 and the infamous disappearing dGPU on Surface Book 2 issue. So even though Windows 10 version 1903 has apparently passed Microsoft’s quality bar, it still has some showstoppers, depending on your situation. That the Surface Book 2 dGPU issue dates back to July is particularly disheartening.

But whatever: Windows 10 version 1909 is steaming down the tracks and could be finalized as soon as this coming week. So hang onto your butts, as the treadmill never ends.

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