1903 ROLLOUT BEGINS

Microsoft is now finally rolling out Windows 10 version 1903 to consumers. The build is 18362.116.

Windows version 1903 may take a few weeks for the rollout to complete. Windows will automatically download the new version and users will be prompted to restart their machine to handle the upgrade process. With a hard disks the upgrade may take a few hours but with a PCIe M.2 NVMe SSD it may take 20-30 minutes.

Windows 10 version 1903 can upgrade Windows 7 and Windows 8 installations. If the 32-bit version is installed and if there is at least 4GB of memory, a clean install of the 64-bit version is strongly recommended. 64-bit Windows has much better memory management and it can more efficiently handle resources on any machine.

You can get the media creation tool for 1903 now. Make sure you have a USB stick with at least 8GB of free space.

This smaller tool will upgrade your machine immediately.

For those who want to install 1903 immediately, the media creation tool upgrade a machine immediately. It can also make a USB stick or ISO DVD image. Windows 10 needs a 8GB or larger USB stick to make a new installation media. The ISO needs a dual-layer DVD or a BB disk.

Microsoft has delivered several updates recently for 1809 which seems to be mostly to deal with existing problems. These same updates have been applied to 1903. The recent discovery of additional processor problems has motivated security updates galore.

BETTER SECURITY

One of the biggest features with 1903 is security improvements. The tamper protection is one of the most helpful as it prevents malware from making changes. Tamper Protection blocks attempts to modify Windows Defender Antivirus settings through the registry.

Behaviour analysis adds to the security. The idea is to protect users from making unwise changes etc.

RESERVED STORAGE

Unless you have an old 32GB tablet which is de facto obsolete; the newer 64GB and 128GB tablets are now available that have room enough for the reserved storage. Reserved storage is initially going to be 7GB but this may grow over time so it will pressure machines with very limited storage.

New machines now come with at least 120GB of SSD drives from refurbishers. These are adequate for reserved storage needs in addition to having enough room for Microsoft Office etc.

Some old machines with hard disks have adequate room but upgrading to a SSD is now very affordable. The Kingston A400 series 240GB are now under $30 which makes them ideal. The 480GB sizes have also tumbled to well under $80 as well.

ISSUES

nVidia has discovered a bug with their 430.64 driver and Windows 10 version 1903 with the Intel i5-2600K processor. nVidia has identified code 43 errors with their driver and display adapters. They are already working to fix the problem.

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