Windows 10 Version 20H1 is Heading to the Slow Ring

Posted on October 22, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 7 Comments

The Windows Insider Program is back to form, hiding important news by updating older blog posts rather than creating a new post. But this one is too important to hide, so please pay attention if you’re one of the few people still participating in the Insider Program.

Here’s what they did.

Last night, Microsoft updated a blog post that was originally posted 11 days earlier. This marks the second time they’ve released news to this post by editing the post, and the company seems to be clueless about the fact that these updates are basically sent into a black hole: Without issuing a new post, no one will ever be alerted to the news. (RSS readers don’t republish updated posts, and fewer than 92,000 of the less than one million active Windows Insiders follow the Windows Insider Program on Twitter, which his the other way one might have found out about this critical change. Think about it.)

And you do want to be alerted to this news, especially if you don’t intend to switch seamlessly from testing Windows 10 version 1909 (19H2) to testing Windows 10 version 20H1: Insiders who have PCs enrolled in the Slow ring will be updated to 20H1 “very shortly.” So there’s your magic window, of sorts, and it’s about to close.

Meanwhile, Insiders who have PCs enrolled in the Release Preview ring will receive yet another minor update to 19H2, which advances the build number from 18362.10024 to 18363.418. (Yes, really.) So, the Release Preview ring is now the only way to stay on 19H2.

“Now’s the time to double-check your Windows Insider Program settings!” the Insider Program gleefully notes.

It sure is. Maybe you should tell someone about it.

And here I was thinking these guys had turned a new leaf. My bad.

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Comments (7)

7 responses to “Windows 10 Version 20H1 is Heading to the Slow Ring”

  1. rm

    Sounds like Microsoft wants to dictate where insiders are going instead of help them go down the path they want to go on.

  2. jimchamplin

    ... I don’t understand what’s up with these folks

  3. BruceR

    The alert was/is in the original version of that blog post on 10/10:


    Check your Windows Insider Program settings

    With the Windows 10 November 2019 Update now being finalized, we are planning to move Windows Insiders in the Slow ring forward to 20H1. We are looking to make this change in the coming weeks. Now is the time for you to verify your desired Windows Insider Program settings by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Insider Program to ensure you are on the ring you want to be on before this change occurs. If you are an Insider who wishes to remain on the November 2019 Update – you will want to switch to the Release Preview ring.


    You missed the "critical change" news 12 days ago, not yesterday. The hint was in the 10/21 update:

    You will need to switch to the Release Preview ring as recommended in the below blog post ...

  4. Cdorf

    I wish they would give us more of a hard date- slow is what they want a lot of businesses on, in our case only myself and a couple others ride the insider builds. My daily driver is slow ring.


    In this case though they did tell us in the original post "In the coming weeks, we plan to move Insiders who are on Build 18362.100xxx forward to the final November 2019 Update build."



  5. clowg

    Paul, have you listened to the Windows Insiders last podcast? There are many clues in there about what’s happened and is going to happen in the coming months.

  6. fbman

    I got off the insider bus a few versions back. I use to run my insider builds in a virtual machine (I am sure like most insiders do). I found I just never had the time to evaluate the builds.. towards the end, I would just fire up the virtual machine to update the build, I would click around for a few minutes and turn it off again.. next time I would fire up the virtual machine is to update the build again. Even then I would often miss build due to time constraints.


    I have passed the stage where I need to have latest and greatest.. I only run "public versions" of windows 10.. and even then I delay the upgrade for a month or so.. I perfer stability over cutting edge.


    Even my ubuntu linux machines.. I only run LTS versions. on my Iphone I only upgraded last week to IOS13


    I follow the insider build on this site.. I read the review, just to see what new features are coming. I must say in the November update.. I am kinda looking forward to appointment editing on the notifucation tab. The first new feature in a long time I would actually use

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