roger_m

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I've upgraded two computers so far. I've only used it very briefly so far, but have had no issues yet. One of the computers is 13 years old and it is running just as fast as with previous builds. I upgraded from an old build to 1803 via Windows Update and then joined the Insider Program to update to 1903. There were no issues at all installing either of the builds, despite the age of the computer.
 

shmu26

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I decided to try it in a VM. Just my luck -- I hit a VM bug. :)
VirtualBox
Linux Mint host
Windows 10 guest
Cannot access shared folders.
That's a showstopper for me, so I nuked the VM and I am currently in the process of copying back my old version of the VM.
 

roger_m

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I just installed in on another computer. The upgrade failed twice, for different reasons. Rather than trying to resolve the issues, I did a clean install, with an ISO I downloaded.

I'm very impressed so far. This is a 12 year old laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad X61s), and with previous builds of Windows 10, there was delay of a second or so, between pressing the Windows key and the Start Menu opening, due to the very slow Intel integrated graphics. After setting the visual effects to Best Performance and installing driver updates, the Start Menu now opens quickly, making Windows 10 now actually usable on this laptop.
 

plat1098

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Initial view: I got it last nite via Settings after registering for the Slow Ring. After some initial hangs on boot and shutdown which self-corrected, it's running well. Task manager processes (except for Memory) go to zeros almost at once when it's opened and Event Viewer--System so far just showed some DCOM crap entries ref. Windows.SecurityCenter that I fixed in the registry.

Disk Cleanup, Snipping Tool and Edge.old are still working on here, as well as all my 3rd party software that came over. It's fast and clean-running and any inherent bugs haven't surfaced yet. We shall see.

Edit/Update: It seems I had to (and I mean had to) update the NVIDIA graphics driver to absolute latest (April 23, 2019), driver version 430.39. Night light was cutting out after exiting from games, and this was part of the gpu driver issue. I don't think the latest NVIDIA driver is totally safe with Windows 1903. I changed to f.lux from Night Light (get it free from MS Store). This solved the crash from exiting games issue and stopped (of all things) the Settings app disappearing whenever I clicked Apps and Features. Hopefully this will reach Microsoft via the basic telemetry. NVIDIA needs some work still.
 
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plat1098

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Update: Unfortunately, but as no surprise, NVIDIA gpu driver was having an interaction with v. 1903--especially with Night Light, which gives a nice cast to my desktop 24/7. So, I clean-installed v.1809 and am keeping it down software-wise for now. Somewhere, my restart function got messed up where the monitor doesn't fully shut down and the machine reboots twice. Hardware issue possibly, maybe a bad cable, maybe not. :mad: NVIDIA did issue a hot-fix driver (or two?) but not tempted to try again at the moment.

Anyone else find v.1903 pretty good but had to revert to their last build due to something unforeseen?
 

shmu26

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I read that if you moved certain standard user folders, such as Desktop, to a custom location, that can cause an upgrade to 1903 to fail. So I put my Downloads folder back where it belonged, and the upgrade still failed. I did not have a flash drive or external hard drive plugged in. (That can also cause an upgrade to fail.) I wish I knew what the problem is.
 
Update: Unfortunately, but as no surprise, NVIDIA gpu driver was having an interaction with v. 1903--especially with Night Light, which gives a nice cast to my desktop 24/7. So, I clean-installed v.1809 and am keeping it down software-wise for now. Somewhere, my restart function got messed up where the monitor doesn't fully shut down and the machine reboots twice. Hardware issue possibly, maybe a bad cable, maybe not. :mad: NVIDIA did issue a hot-fix driver (or two?) but not tempted to try again at the moment.

Anyone else find v.1903 pretty good but had to revert to their last build due to something unforeseen?
If you're using a desktop then you need to probably check your SMPS and battery as they mostly cause these kinds of problem.
It happens due to failure by SMPS in controlling its power fluctuations.

I read that if you moved certain standard user folders, such as Desktop, to a custom location, that can cause an upgrade to 1903 to fail. So I put my Downloads folder back where it belonged, and the upgrade still failed. I did not have a flash drive or external hard drive plugged in. (That can also cause an upgrade to fail.) I wish I knew what the problem is.
This is a completely new kind of problem I haven't come across such thing. So I think we need to be much conscious with moving default folders or programs.
 

Vasudev

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What's your opinion of it, so far?
Is it worth it to get on the Insider track and download 1903?
If you want best battery life and upstream future spectre updates choose 19H1 otherwise use current v1803/1809 until EOL. No major difference or compelling features. Vmware won't work and certain realtek sd card driver and creative audio drivers aren't working properly.
Few bugs I noticed:
  1. Settings > Apps : Instant crash while Settings > Storage > App list doesn't crash settings app
  2. Delayed switching in power plans based on AC source and battery. Response time is too high
  3. If you upgraded from 18353 to 18362.30 future update like 53/86 refuses to install and only workaround is to use ISO to upgrade the system.
 

Cortex

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Having lots happening at the moment I haven't tried it like usual, I may do so if I have time to spare, but seems to me nothing to change my life. As I'm pretty sure I'm turning into an old fart (I have confirmation from others there) most of MS's recent changes are challenges for me to disable so my PC's run like I want them too.
 
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