Official List of Upgrade Blocks for the Upcoming Windows 10 1903 Published Ahead of Its Public Release

Apr 30, 2019
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Microsoft hasn't been having a lot of success with its Windows 10 updates lately. The company was hoping that the upcoming Windows 10 version 1903 aka the May 2019 Update will finally help it get over the dramatic blocks and compatibility issues. But it appears things aren't really going that well.

The Windows maker has officially shared a list of upgrade blocks that it is placing on at least three sets of devices. Remember, version 1903 is currently only available to Windows Insiders in the Slow and Release Preview ring, however, everyone can install it by signing up to the Windows Insider program. But, before you do make that jump, check out this official list of upgrade blocks that could affect your installation process (emphasis is ours ):

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  • If you have an external USB device or SD memory card is attached to your PC, you will be blocked from updating to the May 2019 Update. See this support article for details. If you remove any external USB devices and/or SD memory cards, the update should proceed normally. This issue will be resolved in a future servicing update for Windows 10. For Windows Insiders, this issue is resolved in Build 18877 and later builds.
  • If you have older versions of anti-cheat software used with games installed on your PC, you will be blocked from updating to the May 2019 Update. Some older versions of anti-cheat software may cause PCs to experience crashes after updating to the May 2019 Update. This block is specific to older versions of anti-cheat software. We are working with partners on getting their software updated with a fix, and most games have released patches to prevent PCs from experiencing this issue. To minimize the chance of hitting this block, please make sure you are running the latest version of your games before attempting to update the operating system.
  • If you have redirected any Known Folders (for example: Desktop, Documents, Pictures), an empty folder with that same name is created in your %userprofile% directory when you update. Your Known Folders are redirected if you chose to back up your content to OneDrive using the OneDrive wizard, or if you chose to keep your content backed up during the Windows Out-of-box-Experience (OOBE). You may have also redirected your Known Folders manually through the Properties Dialog in File Explorer. ​This issue does not cause any user files to be deleted and a fix is in progress.

We will update this space if Microsoft blocks the May 2019 Update due to any other reasons or sends fixes for these. If none of these above issues affect your machine, head over here to download and install Windows 10 version 1903 before everyone else. Remember, this will be an important update to receive (once it's available to the public since by then it would hopefully be much more stable) as it finally rids us of the forced updates. Don't trust Windows 10 1903? You have a few options to delay the installation process, as well.

Also important: Microsoft bumps storage requirements for W10 after years!

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