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Introduction

Windows 10 1903, or Windows 10 H1 as new releases are commonly called now, was released on May 21, 2019.

Windows 10 follows Microsoft’s evergreen approach of continuously releasing new updates during the year.

Included in this release, are quite a few updates, both for the users as well as for the IT Pros.

In this blog post, I will walk through the features and news in the newest Windows 10 that I think are the most important. I will therefore not cover all news, as that can be found on Microsoft’s official site.

System requirements for Windows 10 1903

According to Pureinfotech, the following requirements need to be met in order to install Windows 10 1903:

  • Processor: 1GHz or faster CPU or System on a Chip (SoC)
  • Memory: 1GB for 32-bit or 2GB for 64-bit 
  • Hard drive space: 16 GB for 32-bit or 20 GB for 64-bit.
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
  • Display: 800×600

Known issues in Windows 10 1903

Starting with Windows 10 1903, Microsoft provides a list of Known Issues on Microsoft Docs.

“Status: 0xc0000001, Info: A required device isn’t connected or can’t be accessed.”

This error may be seen when deploying Windows 10 1903 using SCCM, and the WDS server has installed KB4503293.

Download Windows 10 1903

If you want to run Windows 10 on your computer, you can download it using any of the below methods:

Features in Windows 10 1903

Windows as a Service (WaaS)

Starting with Windows 10 1903, the Semi-Annual Channel Targeted release has been removed, giving just one version to keep track of, apart from Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC).

I think this is a good approach as it simplifies many things for the customers.

From my work as a consultant, I have not seen many customers implement a proper Windows as a Service plan.

Those who have created so-called Service Plans in SCCM will need to rethink their approach, as this automation will not work in the same way moving forward.

I am assuming that Microsoft will also change this in a future release of SCCM.

Read more on Microsoft about Windows as a Service.

Here are some of the news related to Windows as a Service:

  • Delivery Optimization
  • Reserved storage
  • Intelligent active hours
  • Improved update orchestration
  • SetupDiag

Delivery Optimization

Delivery Optimization is a peer-to-peer technology based on cloud technologies.

Read more about Delivery Optimization at Microsoft’s Docs.

Reserved storage

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Starting with Windows 10 1903, 7 GB will be reserved for Feature Update.

Information about Reserved Storage can be found under Settings > System > Storage .

INTELLIGENT ACTIVE HOURS

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Windows 10 1903 can now adjust the active hours based on usage history. This is helpful when deploying new Feature Updates to users.

Improved update orchestration

Built-in intelligence which, much like the Intelligent Active Hours, installs updates based on when the user is using the machine.

Setup Diag

This tool is now included in Windows 10 1903 for troubleshooting installation issues with new updates.

User Features in Windows 10 1903

One of the main letdowns from my point of view was that the Chromium Edge Browser or “Chredge” was not let out of its Preview state. I was hoping that the reason for Microsoft delaying the release was to include it in the release.

Edge Chromium

One of the biggest news this year was Microsoft’s decision to move to a Chromium-based browser. What this means is that Edge will now behave very similar to Google Chrome. Most of the users I have talked to have not seen the difference.

The new Edge browser is currently in Preview.

Light theme

Starting with Windows 10 1903, apart from the standard Windows 10 theme, Microsoft also provides a light theme.

Windows 10 1903 - Light theme - Small

Focus assist

Are you getting distracted during your work hours by annoying popups? There is currently a strong trend among companies to remove distractions distracting devices.

Focus Assist helps the user by removing notifications, thereby increasing productivity.

Features for IT Pros in Windows 10 1903

One of the main reasons why many system administrators deploy a new version of Windows is that they personally see some benefit of it.

Most administrators don’t care as much about the end-users as they might think.

The Microsoft Security Baseline can be found here.

Some new features include:

  • Reserved disk space for Feature Updates
  • Windows Sandbox

Reserved disk space for Feature Updates

One big hassle when deploying Feature Updates to machines is that they take up quite an amount of disk space. You can minimize this by using Express Updates, which Microsoft Update handles by default.

One thing I wonder here is if it’s going to be an issue with machines with a smaller HDD.

Windows Sandbox

It will now be possible to test-run applications in an isolated environment within Windows 10.

Learn more on how to enable Windows Sandbox using Powershell on Niclas Anderson’s blog.

Windows Virtual Desktop

Windows Virtual Desktop is an Azure service and will now be in Public Preview. Read more about Windows Virtual Desktop here.

How to deploy Windows 10 1903

Windows Update

You can install Windows 10 1903 using Microsoft Update.

SCCM

There are several ways in which you can deploy the Windows 10 update.

Feature Update

If you want to deploy Windows 10 1903 using SCCM, you should first upgrade to SCCM 1906. One reason for this is that you will need to select a new Product:

Windows 10 1903 Product in SCCM

You can use the Windows 10 Configuration Baseline that I have previously completed.

In-place upgrade

You can also use an In-Place Upgrade Task Sequence which gives some extra flexibility.

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