Microsoft warns millions of users that it disabled Registry backups months ago

Ruben Fields
July 2, 2019

Microsoft's John Cable explained in a blog today that the company will be delivering Windows 10 19H2 as a Cumulative Update to Windows 10 users when it is ready for the public.

Ramming home the fact there won't be a huge amount of new bits this time around, Microsoft likened the process to monthly cumulative updates rather than a full build.

"19H2 will include a scoped set of features for select performance improvements, enterprise features, and quality enhancements and will be delivered to customers running the May 2019 Update using servicing technology". In other words, it will release the update just like it does monthly service or cumulative updates.

The Windows 10 19H2 build will be only available for Windows Insiders in the Slow ring.

Microsoft has rolled out the first version of the Windows 10 19H2 build for Windows Insiders in the Slow ring. This has historically left those on the naughty list feeling a little left out; after all, what is the point of being an Insider if Microsoft does not allow you to test its latest and greatest? It will use one that is "less disruptive" and faster in terms of rollout speed. The company has confirmed that it disabled automatic Registry backups in Windows 10 back in October. By the time 19H2 gets the green light, it should go live for everyone as an automatic update.

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Microsoft says the first build doesn't contain any "visible" changes, but a few behind-the-scenes changes that are targeted at OEMs. Windows Insiders who have opted into the Fast ring have been providing feedback on 20H1 builds from our development branch since February 14.

According to the head of the Windows Insider Program, Dona Sarkar, there are several key differences with Windows 10 19H2 builds.

This may start to sound like a broken record but Microsoft is once again changing the way that it is servicing Windows 10. So far, the most important new feature of the 20H1 release is probably the Windows Subsystem for Linux 2, with an actual Linux kernel inside.

Microsoft has issued a warning to all Windows 10 users that a serious bug is actually a feature introduced "by design", Ghacks reports.

What this means for consumers is if Microsoft continues on its path, there will still be two feature releases per year, around April and September.

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