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Microsoft finally started rolling out the Windows 10 November 2019 update, also known as version 1909 or 19H2. When I installed it this morning, I was surprised that the update only took about 4-5 minutes to complete. I have a very fast PC with NVMe SSDs, lots of RAM and an Intel Core i9 9900k. But those 4-5 minutes didn’t seem right. I double-checked the version number and low and behold, it was sitting at 1909. So what was going on?

Windows 10 1909 will install a lot faster than previous updates

After some research, I stumbled across an article over at Microsoft’s Windows Experience Blog that gave me the answer. John Cable, the Director of Program Management for the Windows Servicing and Delivery unit, described the fast update mechanism as follows:

We will deliver this feature update in a new way, using servicing technology (like the monthly update process) for customers running the May 2019 Update who choose to update to the new release. In other words, anyone running the May 2019 Update and updating to the new release will have a far faster update experience because the update will install like a monthly update.

John Cable, Microsoft

So in a nutshell, if you are running the Windows 10 May 2019 update, you will benefit from this new servicing technology, that delivers major OS updates as if they were normal updates, like the monthly cumulative Windows 10 updates you are used to.

The catch is that this won’t work if you have earlier versions than the May 2019 update installed on your machine. John Cable goes on by saying:

For consumer or commercial users coming from versions of Windows 10 earlier than the May 2019 Update (version 1903), the process of updating to the new release will be the same as it has been and work in a similar manner to previous Windows 10 feature updates, using the same tools and processes.

John Cable, Microsoft

So going forward, Windows 10 feature updates will install a lot faster than in the past. Gone are the days of multiple reboots and 30+ minute installations.

You can defer the update for up to 365 days

In case you are hesitating to install the new update, there are good news: Microsoft does listen to its customers and starting with the Windows 10 May 2019 update, you can now defer the installation of new feature updates – such as the new November 2019 update – for up to 365 days. And the monthly updates can now be deferred for up to 30 days.

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