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Top 5 Features of Windows 10 version 1903, May 2019 update

Today (21/05/2019) Finally, Microsoft has released Windows 10 version 1903, May 2019 update for everyone. And will available for download, upcoming days, or you can use official Windows 10 assistant or media creation tool to update version 1903 right now. Are you are excited to update Windows 10 may 2019 update, we too. Here we have collected 5 best features Microsoft introduced on the latest Windows 10 1903.


Windows 10 Version 1903 Features

Here the some of the best New Features Microsoft included on Windows 10 May 2019 update version 1903.

Windows 10 new Light Theme

With Windows 10 May 2019 Update Microsoft has released a brand new Light Theme that brings lighter colors for the Start menu, Action Center, taskbar, touch keyboard, and other elements that didn’t have a true light color scheme when switching from the dark to light system theme.

The new Light theme color scheme is available in Settings > Personalization > Colors and selecting the Light option under “Choose your color” drop-down menu. After enabling light mode in Windows 10, you’ll notice the Taskbar, Action Center, Start menu and other elements in the light color scheme.

Windows 10 light theme

Windows Sandbox

Microsoft has released a new lightweight desktop environment feature called Windows Sandbox that lets you run files in a secure desktop environment, to protect your computer from malware. So that any changes made to the Windows Sandbox will be discarded when the Sandbox is closed and will have no effect on a user’s normal Windows install.

Windows sandbox feature uses hardware virtualization and the Microsoft Hypervisor technology to create a lightweight environment (using around 100MB of space) to install and run an untrusted application. It’s a virtualized environment, but you don’t need to create a virtual machine manually.

You can enable the Windows Sandbox, from Settings > Apps > Apps & Features > Programs and Features > Turn Windows Features on or off, and then select Enable Windows Sandbox.

Enable Sandbox Feature

And you can start the Windows Sandbox environment, from the Start menu, enter Windows Sandbox and then select it.

Windows Sandbox environment on Windows 10

This is a great feature for those who want to run a program that they’re not so sure about, without putting their entire system at risk. Once you finish using the app, closing the session will delete everything automatically.

Separate Cortana and Search box

Windows 10 has a search text box or Cortana icon on the taskbar that’s used for both searches and interaction with digital assistant. But now with Windows 10 May 2019 Update Microsoft splits up Search and Cortana. You’ll now find Cortana as a separate icon next to the desktop search bar.

separate Cortana and Search box on windows 10

Microsoft says: “clicking the search box in the taskbar now launches our experience focused on giving you the best in house search experience and clicking the Cortana icon will launch you straight into our voice-first digital assistant experience.”

Reserved Storage

With the latest Windows 10 1903 Microsoft’s changes to managing disk space through “reserved storage,” for a smoother upgrade process. The purpose of reserved storage is to keep aside around 7GB of disk space for Windows Update and temporary files and help Microsoft ensure that all Windows 10 devices can seamlessly upgrade to the new release.

“Through reserved storage, some disk space will be set aside to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches. Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space.” To learn more about the technical details, make sure to read the company’s article on Technet about Windows 10 and Reserved Storage.

Windows 10 Start menu refinements

With latest windows 10 1903 Start menu also getting own set of improvements and refinements that include, you can now unpin groups and folders in Start via a new context menu option. The option is quite helpful as it basically allows users to remove apps and games pinned to the Start Menu at once.

Start menu gets a touch of Fluent design, making it look more attractive. The company is also adding icons to the power and user menu for easier identification.  when you click the power button, you’ll notice new icons for “Sleep,” “Shut down,” and “Restart.”

In addition, the Start menu will now appear on its own separate process called:  StartMenuExperienceHost.exe to simplify debugging and insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces.

Also, the Start menu is debuting with a new simplified default layout that will appear on new installations and new accounts. According to the company, the new layout has been simplified into a sleek one column design with reduced top-level til.

Buggy updates now remove automatically

Microsoft explains Now onwards, “If Windows detects that your machine cannot start up successfully, it will try to diagnose and resolve failures due to disk issues, system file corruption, invalid registry keys, or other such causes. If all these steps are unsuccessful and your machine is still unable to start up properly, Windows will determine if the startup issue was introduced after a recent driver or quality updates were installed. If so, these updates may be uninstalled automatically to get the device back to a workable state. This is only done as a last resort,”

If the removal of these updates enables the machine to start up successfully, Windows will also prevent the removed updates from installing automatically for the next 30 days. This is intended to give Microsoft and our partners the opportunity to investigate the failure and resolve any issues. After 30 days, if the updates are still applicable, Windows will try to install them again. (Via Microsoft)

Signing in to Windows with password-less Microsoft accounts

If you use a Microsoft account linked with your phone number, you can now use an SMS code to sign-in, and continue setting up your account without the need of a password. Once you’re in your Windows 10 account, you can use Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or a PIN as your primary method of authentication. When you need to change your PIN, this new version is also updating the reset experience to align with the design you see on the Microsoft web services.

Creating a password-less phone number account

If you don’t already have a password-less phone number account, you can create one in a mobile app like Word on your iOS or Android device to try it out. Simply go to Word and sign up with your phone number by entering your phone number under “Sign in or sign up for free”.

Add your password-less phone number account to Windows

Now that you’ve created a password-less phone number account, you can use it to sign in to Windows with the following steps:

  1. Add your account to Windows from Settings > Accounts > Family & other Users > “Add someone else to this PC”.

  2. Lock your device and select your phone number account from the Windows sign-in screen.

  3. Since your account doesn’t have a password, select ‘Sign in options’, click the alternative ‘PIN’ tile, and click ‘Sign in’.

  4. Go through web sign in and Windows Hello set up (this is what you’ll use to sign in to your account on subsequent sign ins).

Enhanced Mode for Search Indexer

Starting with version 1903, the Settings app introduces a new page in the Cortana section called “Searching Windows,”  Where user manage search indexing settings. Also, Microsoft introduced Enhanced Mode for Search indexer that enable the operating system to search all your folders and drives, instead of only your documents, pictures, videos, and desktop.

To turn on the new search-indexing feature, users should go to the Searching Windows Settings, Cortana and under “Find My Files,” select “Enhanced” in order to kick off the one-time indexing process.

Better Font management experience in Settings

Now you can finally drag and drop font files from File Explorer into the modern Settings and Windows will install them. After installation, click on the font in the Font page, to view the different font faces associated with the font and all the details of the font. You can also uninstall the font from this font details page.

New UI for Reset this PC

Microsoft has added New UI for Reset this PC as part of Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. The new UI provides a more consistent experience across devices with different configurations and requires fewer clicks to complete.

Settings app is also getting a number of refinements. The Settings home page now has a header allowing you to take quick actions for things like signing in and managing your Microsoft account. It also gives you an “easy to glance” at system status, such as when updates are available.

Windows 10 Your Phone app has been updated to version 1.0.20701.0 and added Android phone Screen mirroring feature that lets you access your phone’s content — like text messages, photos, and notifications — right on your Windows 10 PC.

In the Power & Sleep page, you’ll now find a slider option to change your system power mode.

In the Focus assist setting page, Windows 10 is adding a new automatic rule to let remove distractions while you’re working on anything full screen.

The Printers & Scanners settings page has been updated with a link, in the right pane, to open the troubleshooter in case you need fix problems with your printer or scanner.

In the Cursor & pointer settings page, you’ll now find a new slider to change the size of the mouse pointer, and under the  “Change pointer color” section, you can now select the option to use a suggested or custom color for the pointer.

Starting with Windows 10 1903 when your device has an update requiring a reboot, you will see the Power button in the Start menu with an orange indicator alerting you to restart your device.

Starting with Windows 10 1903 Microsoft added “Pause updates for 7 days” option that allow Windows 10 Home, basic users, to pause windows updates for 7 days.

Also, Microsoft made the Pause Updates feature easier to find by surfacing the existing option directly on the Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update page. Just like before, when Pause is enabled, some updates, like Windows Defender definition updates, will continue to be installed. In addition, Pause can be enabled for either a pre-defined number of days or until the specific day

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