How to get the Windows 10 May 2019 Update version 1903

  1. Wynona's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Skip Ahead Preview Build 18312
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    Delly10 said: View Post
    Sounds good!
    Hey, will my computer need to access the internet at anytime during the installation process (after getting the .iso file)? I won't have that at home. I'm thinking the answer is "no", but thought I should make sure.
    When the install wants to check for updates, don't let it. If you do, it will need to be on the Internet. You'll probably get the latest version and no updates will be needed.
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  2. banger's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
       #1151

    You will eventually need Internet access for Activation.
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  3. Wynona's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Skip Ahead Preview Build 18312
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    banger said: View Post
    You will eventually need Internet access for Activation.
    True, but he can do that later.
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    Windows 10-Pro 64bit
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    Delly10 said: View Post
    Thank you very much for the data! The person I asked was a staff member at the public library where I am now. Another staff member referred me to him because he's got some kind of college degree in computers. I guess that doesn't automatically make him an expert in all things related to computers.
    The only real experts are here!!!
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1809
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    Schirmy said: View Post
    Nope, none of that. In the past I used to manually disable the update agent, but that was years ago and that same command doesn't even work for Windows Home anymore.
    You could try an inplace repair / upgrade with 1809. I would make system image first.

    Do you have any exotic hardware / software? What AV's / malware tools are installed?

    I can't imagine there are still blocks in place for 1809 but this would be one reason.

    Interesting line in the KB write up.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4503288

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    banger said: View Post
    You will eventually need Internet access for Activation.
    Would I still be able to use the laptop offline after the installation if it hasn't been activated yet?
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  7. banger's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro x86 and x64 dual boot
       #1156

    For a while but you might get nagged for Activation.
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    banger said: View Post
    For a while but you might get nagged for Activation.
    I guess that's ok. This way I can just download the .iso and then go home and let the install happen without me having to wait around. At least the laptop won't be useless until I activate, although I probably would still be able to do it at home. I have a neighbor 2 houses away with open Wi-fi that I access sometimes, but it's terribly slow and unreliable. Might be just enough to get activated though, but not enough to download updates. It disconnects all the time.
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    10 Home x64 (1903) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
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    Delly10 said: View Post
    Would I still be able to use the laptop offline after the installation if it hasn't been activated yet?
    Yes. Unactivated Windows 10 will work but there are some restrictions, mostly in Personalization. You won't be able to set a wallpaper, for example.
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  10. Anak's Avatar
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    10 Home 64-bit | v1903 | Build - 18362.239
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    Delly10 said: View Post
    Would I still be able to use the laptop offline after the installation if it hasn't been activated yet?
    Found this at How-To Geek. Scroll down to The Cosmetic Limitations:
    The Cosmetic Limitations

    RELATED: How Does Windows Activation Work?

    After you’ve installed Windows 10 without a key, it won’t actually be activated. However, an unactivated version of Windows 10 doesn’t have many restrictions. With Windows XP, Microsoft actually used Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) to disable access to your computer. These days, Windows just complains at you in a few minor, cosmetic ways.

    Initially, you won’t notice a difference. Eventually, Windows will start nagging you a tiny bit. First, you’ll notice a watermark in the bottom-right corner of your screen. You’ll also see a “Windows isn’t activated. Activate Windows now.” link at the bottom of the Settings app. This is the only form of nag you’ll see–there are no pop-up windows, for example.

    Second, you’ll be unable to change your desktop wallpaper and from the Personalization > Background screen in the Settings app. You’ll see a “You need to activate Windows before you can personalize your PC” message at the top of this window, and the options for changing your wallpaper will be grayed out.

    You can still change your wallpaper in other ways, however. For example, you can right-click an image in File Explorer and select “Set as desktop background.” You could also open an image in the Photos app, click the menu button, click “Set as,” and click “Set as background.” Windows 7 eventually switched you back to a black background, but Windows 10 doesn’t seem to do this.

    You’ll find Windows 10’s included wallpapers under the C:\Windows\Web folder in File Explorer.

    Aside from these basic limitations, your Windows 10 system will continue to work forever. There are no nag prompts aside from the watermark, you’ll get all the system updates, and everything else is completely functional. The only thing that could change this is a Windows 10 update, but Microsoft has become increasingly lenient since Windows 7.

    Source: You Don’t Need a Product Key to Install and Use Windows 10 - HTG
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