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May 2019 Update General Availability Still Leaves PCs Out

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 that assertion.  I found this confirmed in other press coverage, too. And that’s why I say that despite Microsoft’s claims, assertions of May 2019 Update general availability still leaves PCs out. Here’s the new blurb from the head of that web page:

To me the words “any user” turn out to be inaccurate. MS is still blocking certain PCs from the upgrade, language notwithstanding.
[Source: 1903 Issues Page]

Why Say May 2019 Update General Availability Still Leaves PCs Out?

This is your classic “disproof by counterexample.”  My wife’s PC runs on an ancient Jetway miniITX motherboard with an i7-3630QM CPU (formerly Ivy Bridge). I followed the instructions in the revised Known Issues document —  I chose the Semi-Annual Channel, not the default Semi-Annual Channel (Targeted) — the upgrade didn’t still show up in WU on this PC. In a story entitled Windows 10 May 2019 Update Now Available to All Seekers confirms this observation. It says “This does not mean every PC checking will get the update. If there are known blockers Microsoft will still decline pushing the update to your PC.”

I’m unaware of any such blockers on that Ivy Bridge machine. That said, it’s entirely possible that MS knows of things for that platform about which I’m in the dark. I’m willing to give this machine some while yet before force-upgrading to the May 2019 Update. Its primary user doesn’t do much with that machine, except surf the web, watch occasional videos and read e-mail. Should be interesting to see just how long it will take for this relative antique to get the nod from WU, and be offered the upgrade automatically. We’ll see!

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