CALIFORNIA: Microsoft released quality improvements to the Windows 10 version 1903 servicing stack, the component designed to allow users to receive and install Windows updates.
Microsoft says that this critical servicing stack update “addresses an issue with a Secure Boot feature update that may cause BitLocker to go into recovery mode because of a race condition.”
All Windows 10 users are advised to first update the servicing stack to the latest version before attempting to install the latest cumulative updates.
Installing the servicing stack updates (SSU) issued by Redmond ensure that users’ devices can receive and install Microsoft security fixes with the help of a reliable and robust servicing stack.
In addition, customers are recommended to update the servicing stack to the latest version as soon as possible to avoid potential issues which could appear during the installation process of both feature and quality updates.
Microsoft states in the servicing stack support document that:
Servicing stack updates improve the reliability of the update process to mitigate potential issues while installing the latest quality updates and feature updates. If you don’t install the latest servicing stack update, there’s a risk that your device can’t be updated with the latest Microsoft security fixes.
Installing the update
As explained by Microsoft in the Windows IT Pro Center, the servicing stack update also “contains the ‘component-based servicing stack’ (CBS), which is a key underlying component for several elements of Windows deployment, such as DISM, SFC, changing Windows features or roles, and repairing components.”
The servicing stack update can be installed automatically via Windows Update or with the help of standalone update packages available for download from the Microsoft Update Catalog website.
Windows Server users can use the Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to mass deploy the update to all computers on a network.
• Servicing stack updates contain the full servicing stack; as a result, typically administrators only need to install the latest servicing stack update for the operating system.
• Installing servicing stack update does not require restarting the device, so installation should not be disruptive.
• Servicing stack update releases are specific to the operating system version (build number), much like quality updates.
• Search to install latest available Servicing stack update for Windows 10.
Microsoft still blocks some devices with compatibility issues from receiving and installing the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, to prevent incompatible machines from installing the update.
Right now, there still are eight Windows 10 version 1903 compatibility update blocks in place: