Microsoft has released Windows 10 version 1909 to the public. It’s now available through Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services and the ISO images can be downloaded from Visual Studio Subscription (formally MSDN Subscription) and the Software Download Center (a.k.a the Media Creation Tool).
For the first time since Windows 10 was introduced, I wasn’t part of the Insider Program for this build due to the issues I’d experienced before. Therefore, I didn’t pay close attention to what the new features are in this build. Looking up the list now, there wasn’t much actually, comparing to previous big releases.
Here is a quick rundown of some noticeable new features:
- Creating tasks/events into Calendar app directly from Date/Time on the Taskbar
- Cloud Clipboard to sync clipboard across devices.
- CPU rotation – a built-in rotation policy that distributes the work more fairly among the favored cores.
- Intel processor debugging
- Microsoft BitLocker key rolling
- Better Notification Management
- Improved Windows Sandbox
- Windows 10 Pro in S mode
- Windows Search powered Search box in Explorer
What surprises me the most is how quick and easy to upgrade. As long as you have an updated 1903 build, it takes only a few minutes to upgrade. Consider it’s supposed to be a big feature update, this is quite impressive. Behind the scene, version 1903 and 1909 shares a common core operating system with an identical set of system files. All the feature update does is to install version 1909 enablement package that enables all the new features that come with version 1909.
If you are using Windows Update, you will see the Feature update showing up as an optional update once your Windows 10 1903 is update-to-date.
Click Download and Install now, you will have 1909 up-and-running in a matter of minutes.
If you are in an organization running WSUS, check out this post. It’s mostly for version 1903 but works for 1909 as well. If you are already done so for 1903, you can skip this step. The feature updates will show up automatically.
If you’d like to roll back to 1903, just uninstall the Feature Update to Windows 10 version 1909 via Enablement Package (KB4517245).
The Recover tab in Settings > Update & Security is there to uninstall the most recent non-servicing-based feature updates.