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  1. hmscott

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    "In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through three different methods to delay the April 2018 Update on your device running Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home — All while still being able to receive quality updates to fix bugs and keep your computer and data safe and secure."

    Note - I don't use Windows 10 and I haven't tried these steps, so please let us know if they work(ed). - Scott

    How to delay the Windows 10 April 2018 Update while still getting updates

    "If you're not ready to start using the Windows 10 April 2018 Update, there are a few ways to delay the new version temporarily."
    MAURO HUCULAK, 29 Mar 2018
    https://www.windowscentral.com/how-delay-windows-10-april-2018-update-while-still-getting-updates

    "The Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) is scheduled to arrive in April, and during the next several months the Microsoft servers will be busier than usual delivering the new major update to millions of compatible devices.

    The update will be slowly rolled out, initially targeting newer devices and then slowly expanding to older and untested Windows computers. This is to ensure a smooth roll-out, and to take care of any showstopper bugs before they reach too many PCs. If you're not ready to deal with a major update, or just want to wait for a while, there are a few ways to delay the Windows 10 April 2018 Update while still receiving maintenance updates.
    In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through three different methods to delay the April 2018 Update on your device running Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Home — All while still being able to receive quality updates to fix bugs and keep your computer and data safe and secure.
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    • Turn on the Pause Updates toggle switch.

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    Once you've completed the steps, quality and feature updates will not download on your computer for up to 35 days since you turned on the option.

    Postponing installation
    If the new version has already downloaded, and it's ready to install you can postpone the installation to a later time using these steps:

    1. Open Settings.
    2. Click on Update & Security.
    3. Click on Windows Update.
    4. Under "Update settings," click the Restart options link.

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    5. Turn on the Schedule a time toggle switch.
    6. Select the time and date you want the upgrade to occur (up to seven days in the future).

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    If you're planning to install version 1803 the same day, but on a different time, while in Windows Update, you can click the Change active hours link, and specify a time range that you don't want the installation to happen. After applying the settings, the Windows 10 April 2018 Update will install outside the active hours you've specified.

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    • Select the number of days using the feature update drop-down menu.
    After completing the steps, Windows 10 version 1803 won't install until after the date you specified, or until you change the settings. However, no matter which option you choose, your computer will continue to receive fixes and security updates to patch any vulnerabilities with the release you're running.

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    • Turn on the Metered connection toggle switch.

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    Setting a Wi-Fi metered connection
    To set an Ethernet connection as metered, do the following:

    1. Open Settings.
    2. Click on Network & internet.
    3. Click on Ethernet.
    4. Click the network connection you use to connect to the internet.

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    5. Turn on the Metered connection toggle switch.

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    Once you've completed the steps, feature updates, as well as quality updates, will no longer download on your computer. However, priority updates to address a severe problem with Windows 10 will continue to download regardless of the settings you use.

    As a result of a metered network connection, apps you acquired from the Microsoft Store will stop updating, the Start menu may stop showing live updates in tiles, and offline files may stop syncing to the cloud automatically.

    At any time, you can use the instructions outlined above to remove the block, but on step No. 5, make sure to turn off the Metered connection toggle switch.

    If you're concerned about missing security updates and fixes while using a network connection as metered, you can periodically check the Windows 10 support website to find out if there's a new quality update available. If an update is available, you manually install Windows 10 updates.

    Wrapping things up
    Although this guide outlines several methods that you can use to delay Windows 10 version 1803 on your computer, these are not steps meant to discourage you from discarding the update entirely.

    Updates are extremely important to maintain the health of your machine, keep your data safe with new security enhancements, and start taking advantage of new features that can make you more productive. However, it's also true that during the early days, you may want to consider deferring a new release to evade potential unknown issues that could negatively affect your experience.

    This is something that Microsoft knows, and in order to provide the best experience possible, the company never pushes significant updates to every device at once. Instead, rollouts happen slowly in stages, and updates take several months to ship to business customers.

    It's worth noting that temporarily delaying a new version of Windows 10 is not a significant security risk either. If this was the case, computers that aren't initially compatible, and organizations that need to wait even longer to deploy new updates would be a risk, and that wouldn't be a good experience.

    Typically, new versions of Windows 10 are supported for at least 18 months, and while the release you're using still supported, it'll continue to receive maintenance updates to patch security vulnerabilities, fix problems and compatibility issues, and improve performance.

    Are you planning to upgrade immediately or are you delaying the Windows 10 April 2018 Update? Let us know in the comments."
     
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    Windows 10 April 2018 Update review: Small fixes now hint at better things for later-Pcworld.com
    Microsoft Windows 10 April 2018 Update

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    Microsoft's Windows 10 Spring Creators Update lacks marquee appeal, though features like Timeline and Near Share are useful additions to Microsoft's flagship operating system.

    Pros
    • Timeline can be a genuinely useful organizational tool
    • Though its market share remains small, Edge continues to improve
    • Dozens of minor features, many worth taking advantage of
    Cons
    • Easily the least important feature update in Windows 10's history
    • Near Share is too slow to be truly useful
    • A near lack of a formal launch (or name) signals lackluster expectations
    Very important features... PUKE GREEN.gif If Cortana recognizes a book, shopping item, restaurant, recipe movie, TV show or other things, she will now prompt you to put it in a list

    Windows Update Will Now Block Sleep: If you have your computer connected to AC power, Windows Update will now prevent the PC from going to sleep for up to two hours to update it, if an update is required. This increases the chances that an update completes while you aren’t using your PC instead of while you are.


    Review: Windows 10 April 2018 Update shows promise, but ultimately disappoints.Computerworld.com
    The bottom line
    The Windows 10 April 2018 Update is a serviceable update, but there’s nothing earthshaking here. The only potentially extremely useful new feature, Timeline, is hamstrung because it only tracks Microsoft apps, and even then, not all of them. The Diagnostic Data Viewer will certainly disappoint people who hoped they would finally get some control over what kinds of diagnostic telemetry data is sent to Microsoft. Microsoft Edge, once again, hasn’t been improved much, and the fact that only about 30 extensions for it have been launched since the fall update is not just an embarrassment for Microsoft, but seems to be a clear sign that Edge will remain a perennial also-ran.

    Apart from that, there’s not much of great note here, even less than was in the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, which introduced the excellent OneDrive Files On-Demand, and the useful MyPeople feature.

    All in all, don’t expect a dramatic change from this update. Think of the way you use Windows now. That’ll most likely be the way you use Windows after the update, unless you use Microsoft apps exclusively, in which case you’ll probably put Timeline to good use.

     
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    Timeline simply crashes explorer.exe and Default app settings via settings app is broken too.
    Maybe because I live in a different timeline and multi-verse I'm singled out from using it.
     
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    Use all tricks above or in the link below to STOP Micro$h4fts sick shenanigans!!
    Micro$h4ft's unexpectedly starts pushing Win10 version 1803 through Windows Update-computerworld.com
    Most of us were expecting the big push to 1803 to start May 8, but many Win10 1709 users are getting upgraded now. The only trigger? They clicked on Check for Updates.

    Most of all, there’s no reason to leave your machine exposed to Microsoft’s upgrade whimsy. There’s a series of steps you can follow right now to protect yourself from the upgrade — and wait until you’re good 'n ready to let 1803 in the door.
     
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    Windows 10 April update (1803) megathread
    https://www.reddit.com/r/Windows10/comments/8fxog1/windows_10_april_update_1803_megathread/

    Windows 10 April Update is rolling out now, if you're not seeing it on Windows update yet you can upgrade manually via Upgrade assistant or media creation tools.
    What's new/changed in April update
    Start

    • Start now uses the Fluent Design Reveal effect in the apps list, on tiles and on the rail
    • Right-clicking on an UWP app will now show a quick link to Advanced Options for that app as "Settings"
    • Explorer, Music, Files and Pictures are now added to the Rail by default
    • The number of groups in the All apps list has been reduced by 29 and 36 for Chinese (Simplified) and Japanese respectively
    • On Pro for Workstation and Enterprise, the default apps have been changed to be more productivity-focused
    Cortana + search
    • If Cortana recognizes a book, shopping item, restaurant, recipe movie, TV show or other things, she will now prompt you to put it in a list
    • Cortana is no longer capable of providing proactive content
    • Cortana can now recognize your location to show location based notifications
    • Cortana will now suggest Activities to resume to
    • Your profile picture and controls to lock your account, log off or switch to another user are now visible within Cortana
    • The List and Collections features have been merged into the Collections app
    • Cortana now supports natural language compatibility for Spotify
    • Cortana Lists can no longer be accessed from the rail
    • The Cortana app profile page has been revamped
    • Skills in Cortana's notebook now come with tips
    Taskbar + Action center
    • Links like "Collapse" and "Clear all" now use your accent color in the non-colored Action center
    • Swiping with 2 fingers will now dismiss all notifications
    • When using a 12-hours clock, Action center will now use "AM" and "PM" instead of "a" and "p"
    • Notification Toasts that do not support being dismissed into the Action center will now show an X instead of an arrow
    • The language icon has been updated in the Input flyout to match the icon used on the touch keyboard
    • The app view for people in MyPeople is now a list instead of a grid
    • The Near Share-quick action has been added
    • Action center now uses reveal
    • The "Clear all" option has been renamed "Clear all notifications"
    • Timeline replaces Task View in the taskbar
    • Timeline has been added to show activities of apps that support it
    • Currently open apps are now shown on top of your timeline
    • Virtual Desktops has been relocated to the top of Timeline
    • The taskbar now uses an acrylic background
    • The Clock & Calendar, Volume, My People, Input and Share flyouts now use an acrylic background
    • When a toast is dismissed while writing content in its interactive fields, the content will now be saved and will stay accessible in the Action center
    • If a warning or alert is triggered by Windows Update, a new tray icon will appear to inform you of this
    • You can now drag-and-drop people to rearrange them in My People
    • People that aren't pinned to the taskbar can now also cause a pop in My People
    • My People will now suggest apps to install that support My People
    • The Reveal effect in the clock and Calendar flyout has been updated to make the day with focus appear lighter
    • The Focus Assist Quick Action is no longer a toggle but a multi-step button
    • The context menu now contains an option to remove everything from that hour or day from your Timeline
    • Timeline will only show 4 days of activity by default
    • Switching between the Focus Assist modes between priority online, alarms only or off can now be done again from the Action center context menu
    • The People flyout now uses the accent color when "Show accent color on Start, taskbar and action center" is selected in Color Settings
    User Interface
    • CalendarView now uses Reveal
    • The Reveal effect has been softened
    • The Network flyout on the lock screen has been updated from its Windows 8.1 look to allign with the Windows 10 version
    • When the touch keyboard is invoked or dismissed, it will now animate
    • Reveal now fully works in the Light
    • Animations for headers, pane opening and item selection has been added to NavigationViews
    • Border Reveal is no longer applied in ListView and TreeView
    • AppBarButtons now have a 2px margin between them
    File Explorer
    • The on-screen keyboard's colors have been inverted
    • The cloud state of files and folder in the Navigation Pane will now be shown there
    Microsoft Edge
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    • Edge will be added as a shortcut on the desktop by default
    • A tab can now be muted by clicking the sound icon or from its context menu
    • "Extensions" has been renamed "Add more features" and move to the top of the ellipses menu
    • Address fields and other related fields can now be filled in automatically by Edge
    • Settings to manage form entries have been added to Advanced Settings
    • Text spacing settings have been added for Reading View
    • The active tab, address bar, favorites bar and "Find on Page"-bar are no longer acrylic
    • The title bar has been updated with a more transparent acrylic
    • The dark theme has been reworked with a darker UI
    • Buttons and lists in Edge's UI now use the reveal effect
    • Icons on the address bar will appear slightly smaller
    • Favorites in the favorite bar can now be set to not show their label individually
    • It is no longer possible to hide labels for all favorites at once
    • The favorites bar can now be hidden by right-clicking on it
    • Edge now supports Activities
    • Precision Touch Pads will now allow you to pinch-to-zoom or use two-finger panning to interact with websites in the same way a touchscreen would
    • The Hub is now wider and the sections are now displayed on the side instead of the top with their title in a collapsible view
    • Card information can now be saved and automatically filled in in the future and settings for this behavior have been added
    • A "Notes"-pop-over menu has been added to navigate between notes
    • Books can now show recommendations if the library is empty
    • You can now filter by expired rentals in the book library
    • The URL bar will now show the Books icon and title rather than the URI
    • Support for Audio Narrated Books with EPUB Media Overlays has been added
    • The Favorites Bar will now be enabled automatically if there is at least 1 favorite in it on Start and the New tab page independently from the "Show favorites bar" setting
    • You can now set Edge to never remember passwords for a certain domain
    • Auto-filling saved passwords is now supported in InPrivate mode
    • Extensions now work in InPrivate mode when set to do so
    • When opened with a mouse, the ellipses menu will now be smaller
    • When viewing a certificate, users can now show the certificate itself in a sidebar
    • In full screen-mode, the full Edge UI will now be available by moving your mouse to the top of the screen
    • "Clutter-free printing" has been added as a new option to the Print dialog, allowing you to remove ads
    • Dragging a website from the address bar to the Favorites bar will now show the favicon and name of the website
    • The last opened Reading List item now has a new design which uses Acrylic
    • Windows Defender Application Guard should now be lighter and faster
    • Widnows Defender Application Guard now allows you to download files to the host
    PDF + EPUB
    • Free EPUB books can now be saved
    • Books can now be removed, pinned or searched for in the Microsoft Store from the Book hub
    • Bookmarks for EPUBs and PDFs can now be edited within the same flyout
    • EPUB, PDF and Reading View has been redesigned with Fluent Design in mind
    • Go-to-page in the Seek bar has been updated to support PDF Page Labels and EPUB Page List
    • Reflowable EPUB books and Reading View for websites can now break the words on the page into syllables or highlight different parts of speech like nouns, verbs and adjectives
    • Books, PDFs and Reading View pages now work full-screen
    • Reading progress, notes, bookmarks and annotations will now roam faster to other devices voor books
    • General improvements to EPUB books and PDFs and Books when using a screen reader
    • You can now export and clear your book data
    F12 Tools
    • The tools can now be docked vertically
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    • Support for Service Workers is now fully enabled, introducing support for offline web sites and push notifications
    • CSS backdrop-filter is now available
    • Subresource integrity is now available
    • The ANGLE Backend is now used for WebGL
    • Edge will now fire a Pointer Event with pointerType of "touch" when using Precision Touch Pad gestures
    • "Enable iterative drawing algorithm" has been added as an option enabled by default
    • "Enable OpenType variable fonts" is now enabled by default
    • Full support for CSS extensions for OpenType Font Variations
    • Support to use Notification API in extensions
    • Support for elements on HTMLFieldsetElement
    • Support for ping on anchor element
    about:flags
    • "WebGL Uses ANGLE Backend" has been added
    • "Enable OpenType variable fonts" has been added
    Internet Explorer
    • When using the Japanese touch keyboard, address bar suggestions will now show as you type rather than waiting for the candidate string to be committed
    Settings
    System

    • Sound has been added as a new page and allows you to change the volume, audio output device, microphone input device and test your microphone
    • You can now enable "Near Share" on the Shared experiences page and set its download location
    • The brightness of SDR content on a HDR display can now be adjusted under "Display"
    • Detailed information about your display can now be seen in "Advanced display settings" linked on the Display page
    • "Advanced display settings" shows information about your desktop resolution, active signal resolution, refresh rate, bit depth, color format and color space
    • "Advanced scaling" has been added under Display and allows you to enable "Fix scaling for apps"
    • When Windows detects an app that might have become blurry, a toast will be shown requesting to fix this
    • A top level link to Storage Settings has been added to free up space
    • "Free up space now" can now clean Windows upgrade log files, System created Windows Error Reporting Files, Windows Defender Antivirus, Thumbnails, Temporary Internet Files, Device driver packages, DirectX Shader Cache, Downloaded Program Files, Diagnostic data viewer database files and Delivery Optimization Files in addition to its previously available 4 categories
    • "Show suggestions occasionally in Timeline" has been added under Multitasking
    • "Focus assist" has been added as a new page
    • You can now set when Focus assist has to turn on automatically
    • Focus assist can now be set to turn on automatically in presentations, in full screen games or when you are at home
    • Apps and people that may break through Focus assist can now be set
    • A summary can now be accessed to see what you missed during Focus assist
    • Sound has been moved to the second place in the menu
    • A number of links to other sound settings have been added to Sound
    • "App volume and devices preferences" has been added under Sound and allows you to manage the audio input and output for each app individually
    • A link to System info has been added under About
    • Quiet Hours has been renamed Focus Assist
    • The Multitasking icon has been updated to reflect Timeline
    • "Graphics Settings" has been added under Display to allow you to choose the preferred graphics performance an app should have, with options for System default, Power saving and High performance
    • Volume icons will now show as muted when the volume is muted
    • Resetting the App volume and device preferences page will now also reset app specific volumes you've set back to default
    • Account Protection and Device Security have been added to About
    Devices
    • The font and size used in the handwriting panel can now be changed between Segoe UI, Segoe Print and Segoe Script
    • Options to enable multilingual text prediction has been added under "Typing"
    Network & Internet
    • You can now select a network for which to show the overview of used data
    • A data limit can now be set under Data usage
    • Background data can now be restricted in general or when roaming
    • A settings has been added to tell Windows to prefer Cellular data over Wi-Fi
    • Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections can now be set to have background data restrictions
    • Pinning the Data usage page to Start will now result in a Live Tile
    • The option to create a new HomeGroup has been removed
    Personalization
    • The number of people you can pin can now be changed from 1 and 10 or all people in the flyout in My People
    • Suggestions in the My People flyout can now be disabled
    • Fonts has been added as a new page to manage Fonts
    • Details about fonts have been added and you can now preview a font with your own string
    Apps
    • "Startup" has been added as a new page to provide settings for apps that should start at startup
    • UWP apps that are set to launch at startup will now show the tasks they are specified to do by their developer
    • Per-app app settings now will show all permissions the app supports
    • The publisher and version of the app is now shown in the app detail page
    • A link to battery usage, lock screen notification settings and default apps has been added to the app settings pages
    • An app can now be terminated and/or uninstalled from its detail page
    • You can now manage which execution aliases you want apps to be able to use
    • You can now set Windows to automatically adjust a video based on the lightning in your environment
    • You can now sort your startup apps
    • You can no longer set how video playback should work while on battery power
    • "Stream HDR video" has been enabled for more devices
    • You can now calibrate your display with built-in HDR video output with "Change calibration settings for HDR video on my built-in display"
    Accounts
    • When allowed, Windows will now repopulate Windows Spotlight and badges on the lock screen if the PC is at rest in on the lock screen
    • "Use my sign-in info to automatically finish setting my device after an update or restart" now affects startup of applications
    • Security questions and answers can now be added to local accounts to help with password recovery
    • On Windows 10 devices in S mode, you can now setup a PC with Windows Hello or PIN without a password
    • The "Use my sign-in info..." text has been updated
    Time & language
    • The default keyboard can now be changed independently from the display language
    • Enabling hardware keyboard suggestions can now be done from the Keyboard settings
    • The "Choose a language to install" UI has been revamped into a model instead of a full page
    • Each language entry now shows if it supports display, text-to-speech, speech recognition and/or handwriting
    • When installing a new language, the user gets the option to add additional usecases (like text-to-speech, etc.) and to set it as the display language
    • Language resources are now managed by the Microsoft Store, allowing them to be updated on a more regular basis
    • You can now change the behavior of the Emoji Panel to hide after selecting one emoji
    Ease of Access
    • The rail has been reorganized and now contains grouping headers
    • The descriptions for some settings have been rewritten
    • "Display" has been added as a new page with options to change the scaling of your primary screen, change the brightness, disable animations, disable transparency, disable the desktop background and the duration of a notification's visibility
    • Keyboard shortcuts are now shown under their relevant settings instead of at the bottom of the page for "Magnifier"
    • Background and window has been split up in "Change caption background" and "Dim window content" under "Closed captions"
    • Narrator's keyboard shortcut can now be disabled
    • Narrator can now be set to start automatically after login or before login for all users
    • The voice volume for Narrator can now be changed independently
    • Narrator can now let you hear voiced Narrator errors
    • Narrator can now be set to play an audio cue to confirm if an action was performed
    • You can now switch the Narrator cursor movement mode between Normal and Advanced
    • Narrator can now be set to sync the cursor and system focus
    • Narrator can now be set to read and interact with the mouse
    • You can now lock the Narrator keys to make sure you don't have to press them for each command
    • Under "Keyboard" it is now possible to disable the shortcut key for Sticky Keys, Toggle Keys and Filter Keys
    • Options to move faster when holding Ctrl and slower when holding Shift have been removed from "Mouse"
    • You can no longer set mouse keys when Num Lock is enabled under "Mouse"
    • The speech output for Narrator can now be changed under "Select audio channel for Narrator speech output"
    • Color options will now show a colorwheel to help you choose the right filter
    • "High contrast" and "Color" have been split up in their own pages
    • Color Filters now provides a description of the filter you're using
    • Narrator now allows to control the verbosity of text characteristics
    • Aduio has been added as a new page and allows you to change the volume, enable mono audio and show visual audio alerts
    • Speech Recognition has been added as a new page and allows you to enable Windows Speech Recognition
    • Eye Gaze Control has been added as a new page
    • Adds "Curser, pointer, and touch feedback" and moves cursor thinness, pointer size and color and touch feedback settings to this new page
    • The current Narrator settings can now be set to be used for login
    • The hotkey to send feedback when Narrator is running can now be set to Caps Lock + E
    • Under Audio, a new "Change other sound settings" link has been added to the classic sound settings
    • "Other options" has been removed
    • Under Display, it is now possible to disable automatically hiding scrollbars
    • Under Color filters, it is now possible to disable the color filters hotkey
    • "Cursor, pointer and touch feedback" has been renamed "Cursor & pointer size"
    • "High Contrast Black" is now the default High contrast theme
    • Help links have been added to Narrator to help you learn to use Narrator
    • Speech now includes information and settings for dictation, Cortana and Windows Speech Recognition
    • A number of "Related settings"-links have been added to Ease of Access
    Cortana/Search
    • Under "Notifications" a setting has been added to disable collection suggestions
    Privacy
    • "Activity history" has been added and contains all data Cortana uses for "Pick up where you left off"
    • "Documents", "Pictures" and "Videos" have been added as new pages under Privacy, allowing you to disable access to these 3 areas of your device on a per-app basis
    • Activity history can now be filter by accounts
    • Access to Account info, Contacts, Callendar, Call history, Email, Tasks, Messaging, Documents, Pictures and Videos can now be disabled on a system level, stopping anything from requesting these permissions
    • Win32 apps installed from outside the Microsoft Store are now also affected by the "Let apps use my camera hardware" setting
    • Windows Camera is no longer hidden from the list of apps that can use your camera
    • You can now choose if Windows should sync your activities with the cloud, this enables a 30 day history in Timeline
    • Under "Diagnostics & feedback" you can now find a setting to enable data viewing
    • A button has been added to downoad and open Diagnostic Data Viewer ○ You can now view your diagnostics data by event ○ Diagnostic events can now be searched through ○ You can now filter on category
    • Privacy has been split in "Windows permissions" and "App permissions" subsections
    • "File system" has been added as a new page to allow apps access to your file system
    • You can now delete all Diagnostic data from "Diagnostics & feedback"
    • The user dictionary can now be viewed under "Speech, Inking & Typing"
    Update & Security
    • The bandwidth used by foreground downloads can now be limited for Windows Update and Microsoft Store updates
    • "View installed update history" has been moved to the bottom of the Windows Update page
    • The description explaining how Windows Update works has been removed
    • "Options for restarts" has been removed from Windows Update
    • Windows Update now shows an additional button with more restart options when an update is waiting for a reboot to install
    • Windows Update will now show a longer message when your device is up-to-date as well as a link to see what's new
    • "Windows Defender" has been renamed "Windows Security"
    • Windows Security now list protection areas and direct links to their pages in the Windows Defender Security Center including Virus & threat protection, Account protection, Firewall & network protection, App & browser control, Device security, Device performance & health and Family options
    • On a PC with AC power, Windows Update will keep an inactive PC from going to sleep for 2 hours when installing an update
    General
    • The Settings home page has been rearranged into a horizontal grid
    • The rail now uses an acrylic background
    • Improved search strings to find more relevant results
    • General improvements to settings to help Narrator navigate between search, the navigation list and the main landmarks, headers will no longer be seen as at the bottom
    Gaming
    • Game Mode settings can now be reset with the "Reset Game Mode Settings"-setting
    • Game Bar has been redesigned with support for the dark and light theme
    • Game Bar now gives quick access to your captures, toggle your microphone and camera and edit the title of your Mixer stream
    • Game Bar settings has been made easier to use
    • A clock has been added to the Game Bar
    System
    • An extended user-mode API for third-party virtualization stacks and applications to create and manage partitions at the hypervisor level, configure memory mappings for the partition and create and control execution of virtual processors has been added
    • When a Bluetooth device is ready to pair and is detected in range, Windows will show a notification to connect to it
    • Ultimate Performance has been added as a new power scheme for Pro for Workstation and Enterprise devices
    • When forcing a shutdown by holding the power button, Windows will show a message and collect data before shutting down
    • It is now possible for enterprises to run custom actions during feature updates
    • It is now possible for enterprises to run post rollback scripts
    • The OOBE privacy settings have been revamped with every setting now having its own page
    • Support for the High Efficiency Image File Format has been added
    Accessibility
    • It is now easier to scroll with Eye Control
    • Direct right and left click has been added to the Eye Control launchpad
    • Start, Timeline, Settings and Device calibration has been added to the Eye Control launchpad
    • You can now hide the launchpad
    • Narrator is now available when entering save mode via msconfig.exe
    Language and input
    • The on-screen keyboard now uses an acrylic background
    • The full on-screen keyboard is now available for all languages except Korean, Japanese, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese
    • Reorganized the handwriting panel options
    • Improved re-recognition of words when writing a letter on top of another
    • Words can now be split in the handwriting panel by drawing a vertical line where it needs to split and will provide space to write in between the words
    • The Japanese IME can now provide text suggestions from AI chatbot Rinna
    • The hardware keyboard can now also show text suggestions
    • Shape-writing is now enabled on the wide keyboard
    • The gesture to add a space in-between letters on the handwriting panel has been changed to a carrot
    • The handwriting panel will now commit written text by drawing an angle of 90°
    • Improves the button layout for Chinese Simplified Handwriting
    • The on-screen keyboard's buttons now use Acrylic and are once again lighter than the background
    • New and improved recognition of words to provide better emoji predictions in Arabic (Saudi Arabia), Danish (Denmark), German (Germany), Greek (Greece), English (Great Britain), Spanish (Spain), Spanish (Mexico), Finnish (Finland), French (France), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Italian (Italy), Dutch (Netherlands), Norwegian (Norway), Polish (Poland), Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese (Portugal), Russian (Russia), Swedish (Sweden), and Turkish (Turkey)
    • The emoji panel will no longer close after inserting one emoji
    • The Tamil keyboard has been added
    • Updates the Sinhala and Myanmar keyboards for more comprehensive ways of inputting sequences
    • Improved input of compositions on the Amharic keyboard
    • The Amharic keyboard will now insert Amharic script directly instead of English letters with predictions
    • The Emoji Panel is now supported in 190 locals, with 152 supporting tooltips
    • The data behind the emoji panel has been revamped further to include more words
    • Hardware keyboard suggestions now respect your theme color
    • The on-screen touch keyboard now supports the split layout for all languages except Korean, Japanese and Chinese (Simplified)
    • The standard touch keyboard layout is now available for Japanese, Korean, Quick and ChangJie for Traditional Chinese
    • When pausing after using the split gesture in the handwriting panel, the space will now close again
    • The shift key on the touch keyboard will now stay visually pressed when double tapped to indicate caps lock is engaged
    • The full touch keyboard now supports keyboard shortcuts that contain 3 keys
    • The dictation UI has been updated
    • The Embedded Handwriting Panel is now available
    • Improved handwriting recognition with Hindi support
    • The on-screen keyboard will now dynamically switch between the 3 first languages set on the device
    • Text Prediction has been added for Assamese, Bashkir, Belarusian, Greenlandic, Hawaiian, Icelandic, Igbo, Irish, Kyrgyz, Luxembourgish, Maltese, Maori, Mongolian, Nepali, Pashto, Sakha, Tajik, Tatar, Tswana, Turkmen, Urdu, Uyghur, Welsh, Xhosa, Yoruba and Zulu
    • Search in the emoji keyboard has been enabled for more than 150 locals
    • If shapewriting is not supported, the shapewriting trail will no longer be visible
    Apps
    • The Web Media Extensions pack for Edge is now a default app, adding support for OGG Vorbis and Theora
    Control Panel
    • Options to manage HomeGroups have been removed
    • "Clock, language and region" has been renamed "Clock and Region"
    • Settings to change the input methodes and managing languages have been removed
    Microsoft Store
    • Fonts can now be downloaded from the Store
    Paint
    • A warning has been added to Paint to alert users that the program will be removed from Windows in favor of Paint 3D and be made available through the Store
    Snipping Tool
    • Snipping Tool now has an "Edit in Paint 3D" button
    Task Manager
    • When a process is suspended or has a suspended child process, an icon will be shown in the Status column of the Processes tab
    Windows Defender Security Center
    • Windows Defender Application Guard is now available on Windows 10 Pro
    • The context menu in the system tray now allows you to do a quick scan, update Defender definitions, change the notifications and open Windows Defender Security Center
    • Windows Defender systray icon now uses a modern context menu
    • The Home heading has been updated to say "Security at a glance"
    • Under "Virus & threat protection" the "Quick scan" button has been renamed "Scan now" and "Scan history" has been renamed "Threat history"
    • Controller folder access settings have been moved to their own page named Ransomeware protection
    • Account protection has been added with links to connect to a Microsoft Account and to setup Windows Hello and Dynamic Lock
    • Device Security has been added with options to enable Memory integrity and options to manage processor security
    • You can now let Windows Defender Security Center alert you when there are problems with Dynamic Lock under Settings
    Windows Subsystem for Linux
    • WSL can now be configured to some extend with wsl.conf
    • AF_UNIX allows for socket connections between Linux processes on WSL and Windows native processes
    • NTFS has a new flag to set on directories to indicate all operations in those directories should be treated as case sensitive
    Other features
    • Pressing Ctrl + Shift and then Ok in the Run dialog will now launch the application elevated
    • The Share dialog box now contains Near Share which allows you to share files and urls over Bluetooth
    • The properties-window of an executable file now allows you the change the behavior for overriding the system DPI
    • WSL processes that set themselves up to run in the background will now keep running after closing the last console window
    • WSL processes that require elevation and that do not require it can now run at the same time
    • WSL is now supported over OpenSSH, VPN, Enter-PSSession and/or other Windows remoting tools
    • Wslpath has been added as a new tool to convert Linux paths to their Windows equivalents
    • Windows Command line Toolchain with bsdtar and curl are now available in Windows
    • Unix style sockets (AF_UNIX) are now available on Windows
    • Support for Work Folders with Files-on-Demand
    • Get-DeliveryOptimizationLog has been added to the available PowerShell cmdlets to retrieve decoded logs for Delivery Optimization
    • If an UWP app requires access to your pictures, videos or documents it will now have to ask for permission
    • Setting up Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint or PIN unlock can now be done from the lockscreen
    • "Update and shutdown" is now an option if updates are bending to install once more
    And further
    • Upgrades will now remember to disable hibernate and Fast Startup
    • Yu Gothic Bold got improved with a consistent baseline alignment and improved clarity of various Kana characters
    • Introduces a number of new policies to manage Delivery Optimization
    • Hive data is now stored in the Registry process
    • Localizations can now be found in the Microsoft Store
    • Improved reliability for Near Share
    • Full support for Adobe-style OpenType Variable Fonts
    • Windows 10 S users will see their PC run in "Windows 10 Pro in S Mode"
    • A number of emojis have been updated for a more consistent design
    • Bluetooth mice should now perform better when the system is under load
    More info here:

    This is more of a heads up than a for sure problem, the post doesn't give much detail, the OP BrightCandle posts some more details from his experience in the comments, but the most valuable thing may be the comments with links and info they post:

    1803 Privacy settings - new ones to turn off
    https://www.reddit.com/r/windows/comments/8g79zl/1803_privacy_settings_new_ones_to_turn_off/

    "Windows is once again going to ask you about the same privacy settings with the update and how you want them set up, if you choose the same values as usual it wont reset the entire raft of privacy settings. However be aware there are some new data stealing options and they are not defaulted to off, so it is a good idea to once again go through the entire contents of the settings and turn off stuff that sends data to Microsoft that you don't want."

    BrightCandle[S] 18 hours ago

    "Upgraded the second machine and this time captured everything that was now on.

    Cortana
    Cortana - Talk to Cortana - Let Cortana respond to "Hey Cortana"

    Permissions & History - Show my cloud content in Windows search

    Permissions & History - History - Device services from history of signed in devices

    Cortana across my devices - "Help me pick where I left off on other devices"

    Privacy
    Activity History - Let Windows collect my activities from this PC

    Other devices - Let your apps automatically share and sync with wireless devices.

    Documents/Pictures/Videos - Allow apps to access your documents library"

    Some are confirming some of what he says, some aren't seeing it...

    Thanks to @Papusan for the heads up on this one:

    Patch Lady – early trending issues with 1803
    Posted on May 1st, 2018 at 15:06 Susan Bradley

    "I'll be updating this post with trending 1803 install issues I see and potential resolutions:

    I will note when an issue is expected and when (to the best of my knowledge) it’s not expected.
    1. Home group removed: Known and expected: Microsoft has removed this from 1803 and recommends alternatives: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4091368/windows-10-homegroup-removed
    2. After 1803 seeing several reports of recovery drive being assigned a drive letter. Not expected. Workaround: Use Diskpart to remove drive letter.
    3. Alienware laptops and desktop users are reporting issues with the upgrade. Not expected. Workaround: Per page 3 on this forum. Remove Alienware update and digital delivery utility and just leave Alienware command centre and Alienware onscreen display. Alternatively you can download from the media creation page, when it proceeds to “creating media” disconnect from the Internet and it will prevent it from downloading drivers and will get past the 49% mark where the install gets stuck."
     
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    Many reports of Win10 1709 users getting pushed onto 1803
    By clicking Check for Updates...

    Posted on May 1st, 2018 at 08:12 woody
    https://www.askwoody.com/2018/many-reports-of-win10-1709-users-getting-pushed-onto-1803/

    "It wasn’t supposed to happen until May 8, but I’m seeing confirmed reports from all over that Win10 1709 users who had the temerity to click “Check for updates” are finding themselves thrust down the upgrade rabbit hole.

    Fortunately, there are several solutions.

    Computerworld Woody on Windows.

    UPDATE: I’ve modified the Computerworld article to reflect the fact (first pointed to me by @b) that we WERE warned that clicking on “Check updates” would install 1803. The warning appeared on the same day that 1803 was posted — April 30 — as half of a sentence in a Windows blog post.

    I’ve never seen behavior like that — clicking “Check updates” on Day 1 never brought a version upgrade before — but the fact remains that there was a warning.

    ANOTHER UPDATE: @abbodi86 says that the Day 1 “seeker” behavior — where clicking Check for updates makes you fair game — has been around for several versions. Looks like I missed the memo. Sigh."


    Report of significant slowdown after installing Win10 version 1803

    Posted on May 2nd, 2018 at 07:33 woody
    https://www.askwoody.com/2018/report-of-significant-slowdown-after-installing-win10-version-1803/

    UPDATE: @tweakhound reports that the problem was with the Nvidia drivers. See the linked article for details.

    "There’s going to be a lot of debate about system performance after installing the new version of Win10, version 1803 — there is with every new version — but one of our readers, @tweakhound, has published some solid numbers.

    And they aren’t pretty.

    I benchmarked my machine before and after the Win10 April Update. I want to stress this is a single benchmark on a single computer. The benchmark I ran was PCMark10.

    CPU: Intel i7-8700k
    Mobo: Gigabyte Z370 AORUS Gaming 7
    GPU: Zotac GeForce GTX 1060 AMP! Edition (Nvidia)
    Ram: 32GB
    Drives: x2 Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2
    OS: Win10 Pro

    The highest benchmark after the April update was 5315 vs. 6057 before the update. 5315 is 87.75% of 6057.. Not good.

    Do you have any reliable figures? <== Link above has details on different Nvidia driver versions...

    Windows 10 version 1803: removed or deprecated features
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 01, 2018
    https://www.ghacks.net/2018/05/01/windows-10-version-1803-removed-or-deprecated-features/

    All the issues of Windows 10 version 1803 you may run into
    by Martin Brinkmann on May 01, 2018 in Windows - Last Update: May 02,
    https://www.ghacks.net/2018/05/01/all-the-issues-of-windows-10-version-1803-you-may-run-into/
     
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    I updated both my desktop & laptop (both in sig) to Windows 10 latest version 1803. No problems so far, gaming is good, benchmark results the same in 3DMark and a few game benchmarks. The one small issue that I did have was on my desktop PC, I had to reinstall my Xonar U7 sound drivers after the update - otherwise the sound levels were all messed up, everything was amplified to the same volume (quiet bits in songs were too loud, and loud parts of the song were too quiet, no dynamic range). I've experienced this phenomenon every time there's been a major Windows Update, just reinstall the sound drivers.

    One thing to note, if you've used KB4090007 to install the latest Spectre-protected Intel microcodes then that KB is no longer compatible with this new version of Windows (v 1803), so we have to wait for them to release a microcode KB that is meant for this latest version of Windows, they've not released it yet. Progress regarding 1803 microcode support I assume will be listed at the following link, so you can check this link to see when Microsoft release Spectre microcodes for the latest version of Windows 10 (version 1803):
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4093836/summary-of-intel-microcode-updates
     
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    After the 1803 update do the Meltdown / Spectre status check apps show everything is still ok?

    If it is then the 1803 update either came with it's own internal compliance, or didn't interfere with an already compliant system during the update.

    Maybe an 1803 specific KB isn't needed, yet?

    I made a "heads up" post in the Vulnerabilities thread, until we know what the status is after the 1803 update:

    CPU Vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, Kernel Page Table Isolation Patches, and more
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...patches-and-more.812424/page-95#post-10722528
     
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    I checked with InSpectre tool - it's Meltdown protected but not Spectre protected. My motherboard doesn't have a Spectre protected microcode built in so I was relying on the Microsoft issued Spectre-protected microcodes from their manual KB downloads. I'm just saying that at the moment there are no microcode KB's compatible with version 1803 - we have to wait for Microsoft to release a microcode KB that is compatible with 1803.
     
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    Heads up: Spectre Next Generation (NG)... oh, joy...a few articles posted:

    CPU Vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre, Kernel Page Table Isolation Patches, and more
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...patches-and-more.812424/page-95#post-10722550

    FYI for Windows 10 1803 / 1809 Vulnerability status:

    "Intel released patches and updates for the majority of processors that it announced would receive updates to protect against the previously disclosed Spectre and Meltdown variants. Some updates are still missing, however, and it is likely that many computer systems are not yet protected against attacks.

    One reason for that is that Microsoft has not distributed updates through Windows Updates yet. The company released standalone updates for Windows 10 but not for Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, or the recently released Windows 10 version 1803.

    It appears that Windows 10 version 1809 (the next feature update for Windows 10) will include the updates."

    From: https://www.ghacks.net/2018/05/03/spectre-next-generation-vulnerabilities/

    And, the comments have additional info:
    https://www.ghacks.net/2018/05/03/spectre-next-generation-vulnerabilities/#comments
     
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