I’ve been all over the latest 20H1 Fast and Slow ring releases lately, and have been tickled to see them solid and steady, mostly trouble-free. Running an Insider Preview, one doesn’t get to see a Reliability Monitor report very often that looks like this one:
On my sometimes balky or finicky Surface Pro 3 Slow Ring test PC, it’s almost unbelievable to see a “Perfect 10” in ReliMon.
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In fact, looking at all of my 20H1 test machines (I’ve got two more running 19018.1 right now), all are about as trouble- and crash-free as Windows 10 ever gets. If there are hiccups — and there aren’t many — they’re neither terribly serious nor worrisome, either. FWIW, my Insider Preview Lenovo X380 Yoga also shows the “Perfect 10” flat-line right now, but it’s only been installed and running there since November 6 (6 days of data).
The View from the “Known Issues” List
As far as the current production release of Windows 10 goes — version 1903 — the “Known Issues” list has been pretty quiet, too. The last item to appear thereupon is dated October 8 (more than a month ago). And of the 12 issues on that list, only ONE (1!) of them is in Investigating status (Updates may fail to install with error 0x80073701). All the rest are either Resolved (5) or Mitigated (6, of which 2 are external, and 4 internal). Indeed things are uncommonly quiet and peaceful at the moment. That gives rise to several thoughts, some irreverential:
+ All heck must be getting ready to break loose (and with 19H2/1909 due out as early as tomorrow, November 12, that’s only half a joke)
+ The Win10 teams in general, and the Insider team in particular, seem to be entirely on the ball of late (hooray!)
+ Not having to address triage-worthy crisis items at the moment, MS can — and has been — taking care of release business nicely and well
But we all know Windows 10 is an awful lot like the weather, in that it changes all time, and sometimes at great speed. For the moment, though, we should all thank the fates for a quiet period, however brief that period might be. So my wish for all Windows 10 users in general, and Insider in particular at the moment is: Enjoy it while it lasts. We know it can’t last forever.
Author: Ed Tittel
Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.