Better notification

Windows 10 now properly notifies users if version 1903 not yet compatible

Windows Update will now tell you whether or not the May 2019 Update is compatible with your PC.

Windows 10 version 1903 compatibility message on Windows Update

Starting with the Windows 10 version 1903, May 2019 Update, Microsoft is introducing significant changes to its update mechanism to minimize problems and provide a smoother upgrade experience, including stop forcing upgrades on devices, and letting users decide when to install the new version.

However, when the May 2019 Update was made available to everyone seeking to upgrade clicking the Check for updates button in the Windows Update settings page, many users didn’t receive any option or message explaining why the new version wasn’t available, which made it unclear whether the computer was ready for the new version or if there was a problem with Windows Update.

But now, when you check for updates manually, you will no longer be left in the cold. If your device is ready, you’ll get a message along with the option to initiate the upgrade.

Windows Update, May 2019 Update ready to install message
Windows Update, May 2019 Update ready to install message

If your computer isn’t ready, then you’ll also get a message stating that: “The Windows 10 May 2019 Update is on its way. We’re offering this update to compatible devices, but your device isn’t ready for it. Once your device is ready, you’ll see the update available on this page. There’s nothing you need to do at this time.”

Windows Update, May 2019 Update not ready message
Windows Update, May 2019 Update not ready message

While the message still somewhat unclear, you’ll now know that your device is in queue to receive the feature update, and when it’s fully compatible, the option to upgrade will be available in the Windows Update settings page.