Microsoft Launches Media Feature Pack for Windows 10 May 2019 Update

Since Windows 10 May 2019 Update is available for download, Microsoft can concentrate on providing users using the extra pack of applications that typically come alongside a new OS feature update.

The Media Feature Pack, for instance, has recently been upgraded with support for Windows 10 May 2019 Update, so it obtainable on upgraded devices too.

Technically, the Media Feature Pack is specifically aimed at systems powered by Windows 10 N, a dedicated Windows 10 version which comes without any media features. What this means is Windows 10 N not just that doesn’t feature apps like Windows Media Player, but it also lacks other tools counting on Windows Media files, including here Cortana, Windows Hello, and Windows Mixed Reality.

“Download links updated with version 1903 support”

The Media Feature Pack is thus designed to address this setback by bringing all necessary files to Windows 10 N.

“This update provides support of media features in Windows 10 N. These include media-related technologies (Windows Media Player) and certain preinstalled media applications, for example Groove, Movies & TV, Voice Recorder, and Skype. You need to install additional software from Microsoft to have this communication functionality stream music play or create audio CDs, media files, and video DVDs; and take and store pictures,” Microsoft says.

The Media Feature Pack can be placed on Windows 10 as with every other application, albeit you should keep in mind that a system reboot is needed to complete the procedure.

Microsoft recommends users to set up additional apps from the Microsoft Store to benefit from all the goodies the Media Feature Pack brings, including Skype and a series of codecs which should enable the playback of media in apps and browsers.

Cumulative Update KB4497093 Released for More Windows 10 Version 1903 Users

Microsoft has released Windows 10 cumulative update KB4497093 for users within the Release Preview ring from the Windows Insider program after previously rolling it out for that Fast ring at the end of April.

KB4497093 increases the OS build number to 18362.86, and the availability for Release Preview ring users is an indication that the update is reliable enough to become area of the Windows 10 May 2019 Update RTM build.

Users currently enrolled in the discharge Preview ring have already been provided with the ultimate Windows 10 May 2019 Update, or Windows 10 version 1903, build and Microsoft now uses cumulative updates to deliver the most recent refinements in front of the public launch.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update is projected to reach for non-insiders later this month, and also the rollout will take devote stages to prevent issues from hitting a significant number of devices.

“What’s new in this update?”

Cumulative update KB4497093 includes a fix for users who were unable to update to 20H1 preview builds, however this line of the changelog doesn’t concern users in the Release Preview ring since they’re supposed to stick to version 1903 builds.

Additionally, you will find improvements for Japanese users, as well as a treatment for a bug causing updating to the latest build to fail with error 0x80242016. This specific change is the one that’s more essential for Windows 10 May 2019 Update, as Microsoft needs to guarantee smooth upgrades for this new release.

And finally, Microsoft says the update fixes “an issue where UWP VPN plugin apps might not be able to properly send packets through an established VPN tunnel with an IPv6 only network.”

Microsoft hasn’t yet confirmed that cumulative update KB4497093 is available for Slow and Release Preview ring users, as the official changelog only lists the short ring because the channel getting it from Windows Update.

Start10 Start Menu App Gets Support for Windows 10 Version 1903 Light Theme

Start10 is one of the applications that provide Windows 10 users with a more customizable Start menu experience, and the latest update prepares it for that upcoming May 2019 Update.

The next feature update for Windows 10 will introduce a new light theme, in addition to the dark mode, so icons along with other applications have to be updated to align with this particular new visual facelift.

With version 1.7, Start10 officially supports the light theme in Windows 10 May 2019 Update, so that as you can observe within the screenshots here, its look blends in to the OS interface quite nicely.

At this point, Start10 is among the innovative third-party Start menu apps on Windows, and it’s no surprise why. The amount of customization it offers is insane, and you may choose between multiple Start menu styles (including Windows 7 and Windows 10), themes, various Start button designs, and a whole lot.

The only problem with Start10 is it doesn’t have a freeware license, so you have to pay $4.99 when purchasing it as being a stand-alone application.

“Windows 10 Start menu improvements”

Meanwhile, the default Start menu in Windows 10 can also be getting its very own bunch of improvements with the upcoming May 2019 Update.

For instance, the Start menu now may come as a separate process for improved performance on Windows 10.

“By insulating Start from potential issues impacting other surfaces, Insiders saw measurable improvements in Start reliability. With the new app in place, Start was opening significantly faster. Even better, because Start is really many of the overall Windows experience for most users, we had these reliability improvements contributing to performance improvements for the entire OS,” Microsoft explained.

Windows 10 May 2019 Update is projected to produce late next month, and you can try it out by signed up for the discharge Preview ring from the Windows Insider program.

Microsoft Redesigns the Windows 10 Update History Page

Microsoft has pledged to increase the issue transparency with the upcoming Windows 10 May 2019 Update, and one way the organization wants to keep users always up-to-date with everything else related to the rollout is a facelifted update history page.

Officially known as a “Windows release health dashboard,” the brand new services are actually an overhauled version of the present Windows 10 Update History page and which will make use of a more straightforward approach to display known issues, affected builds, and current status.

“One of our core principles is transparency, and we’re continuing to invest in clear and regular communications with our customers on status so when you will find issues,” Microsoft explains.

The present update history page displays the known issues in Windows 10 October 2018 Update, however it receives updates very rarely.

“Real-time updates”

So with this particular new version, Microsoft promises “near real-time information on the present rollout status and known issues.” Furthermore, the software giant says the dashboard would be used not only for feature updates, but also for monthly updates, also known as cumulative updates for Windows 10.

“Details for each Windows 10 version is going to be represented on one page that can be easily searched by keyword, including important announcements, new blog posts, service and support updates along with other news. Users can share the content via Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and email,” the company further adds.

Additionally, the new service will also come with a dark mode, Microsoft says, and you’ll be able to enable it from a dedicated option in the top right corner from the official page.

The changes are specially implemented for the Windows 10 May 2019 Update, but they is going to be available for the previous OS feature updates and cumulative updates as well. There’s no ETA regarding once the new dashboard would go live, but this happen every day now.