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August 7, 2019  1:42 PM

Insider Preview 20H1 Upgrade Follies

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
IT troubleshooting, Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Part of my job as a Windows Insider MVP means working with -- and on -- Insider Preview releases. Last Wednesday (July 31) the Insider Team dropped its latest Fast Ring + Skip Ahead release (

August 5, 2019  1:55 PM

Intel RST Stymies 1903 Upgrade

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Device drivers, Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Sometimes, the Windows 10 upgrade installer blocks 1903 upgrade attempts. As reported in the Windows 10 Known Issues list on August 1, users running Intel RST version 15.1.0.1002 through...


July 24, 2019  5:19 PM

1809 MiniITX PC Gets 1903 Update Offer

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Update, Windows Update Management, Windows Upgrades

Just for grins, I've held one of the PCs here at Chez Tittel in abeyance. My wife's mini-ITX PC is built around a Jetway QM77 mobo with a mobile quad core i7 3630. It's also got 16 GB of DDR3 RAM, and a Samsung EVO 840 250 GB SSD (SATA3). I deliberately left it running 1809 to see how long it would...


July 22, 2019  12:38 PM

Upgrade Win10 Repair Install Saves Mangled T520 PC

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows installation, Windows Upgrades

Part of my routine system maintenance on Win10 PC is to use the built-in Reliability Monitor. I'll check my PCs anywhere from once a week to once a month, depending on issues and behavior. Good behavior warrants less frequency; and slowdowns, flakeouts, and blue screens warrant more. I endured a...


July 15, 2019  2:58 PM

Is Windows 10 19H2 Now Called Version Next?

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Update Management, Windows Updates, Windows Upgrades

A few minutes ago, I saw word at TenForums that a new slow ring Insider Preview release was out. Until now, this version has been more or less uniformly known as 19H2 (for 2019, Second Half of year). But as the following screencap shows, it appears therein as "Windows 10 Version Next." That's as...


June 24, 2019  2:58 PM

Safeguard Hold Blocks 1903 Upgrade For Some PCs

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Update Management, Windows Upgrades

OK, then. MS has changed the language around who's eligible to upgrade from prior editions to the May 2019 Update (aka 1903). Now, a safeguard hold blocks 1903 upgrade for affected PCs. All other PCs will get 1903 if they click "Check for Updates" in Settings → Update & Security → Windows...


June 19, 2019  12:56 PM

Older Win10 Versions Facing Forced Updates

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Update Management, Windows Upgrades

In its Release Note for KB4503288 for Windows 10 1803, MS presents a clear warning. Those who get updates from the Windows Update service should expect a forced upgrade to 1903...


June 12, 2019  12:36 PM

Understanding Win10 WU Download and install now option

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Automatic Updates, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

There's been a quiet revolution affecting Windows Update in Windows 10 lately. MS is trying to create what they call "a better Windows 10 Update experience." In the past month, the current Windows 10 version (May 2019 Update aka 1903) has witnessed some...


June 10, 2019  12:05 PM

Win10 May 2019 Update Features Recommended Troubleshooting

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Upgrades

Here's an interesting new feature in the current Win10 version. MS calls it recommended troubleshooting. It lets the OS automate various levels of troubleshooting. Recommended troubleshooting shows up, first and foremost, as a literal heading under Settings → Privacy → Diagnostics &...


June 7, 2019  12:53 PM

May 2019 Update General Availability Still Leaves PCs Out

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel
Windows 10, Windows Update, Windows Update Management, Windows Upgrades

Yesterday, June 6, Microsoft updated its "Known Issues" document for Windows 10 and Windows Server 1903. But despite its assertion (shown below) of "general availability," an experiment contradicted...


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