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February 25, 2020

First Windows Insider 19H2 build released

The Windows Insider team released its first pre-release build for version 19H2 (1909) yesterday, July 1. This build was released using a new servicing and update method, one that’s similar to traditional Cumulative Updates as we reported earlier.
Here’s a relevant snippet from the Windows Insider blog:

Today, we are talking about the next steps we are taking at continuing to evolve Windows 10 servicing and quality with the next feature update for Windows 10. This release has been referred to as 19H2 with Insiders. 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 (like the monthly Cumulative Update process).

To get build 18362.10000, the first 19H2 pre-release build, users must have general availability version 1903 installed, and opt into the Slow Ring. Those users already running Fast Ring 20H1 builds can only switch to 19H2 Slow Ring by starting from scratch, (re)installing 1903 and opting into the Slow Ring.

According to the release notes, this first Slow Ring 19H2 release does not contain any visible changes for those already running1903. The sole purpose of this release is for Microsoft to test its new update servicing method. Basically, the release is exactly the same as Cumulative Update for Windows 10 version 1903 (KBKB4501375, released on June 27), the only added difference being that it changes the build number from 18362.207 to 18362.10000, thus making a clear distinction between 19H1 general availability and Slow Ring 19H2 releases.

Join the discussion about this first 19H2 Insider build on Ten Forums: Windows 10 Insider Preview Slow Build 18362.10000 (19H2)


Author: Kari Finn

A former Windows Insider MVP, Kari started in computing in the mid 80’s writing code for VAX / VMS systems. Since then, he’s worked in a variety of IT positions. He specializes in Windows image capture, customization, repair and deployment as well as Hyper-V virtualization. Kari is a proud Team Member at number #1 Windows site TenForums.com.

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