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Microsoft blocks Windows 10’s May 2019 update on PCs using USB storage

Software giant Microsoft has not as yet officially released the Windows 10 May 2019 update for everyone. Nevertheless, the company has already issued a warning about a bug that comes with the update. Microsoft is blocking the update on PCs that have a USB hard disk attached to it, or even on machines that have an SD card plugged in the SD card reader.

In a support article that Microsoft has published, the company has said, “Inappropriate drive reassignment can occur on eligible computers that have an external USB device or SD memory card attached during the installation of the May 2019 update.”

This basically means that is your system has a USB drive with ‘D:’ letter assigned to it by Windows, post the May 2019 update, it could have shifted to ‘E:’ instead. While this would not be a problem for a number of consumers, however, for those who own a tightly managed business machine, any change in the drive letter could result in a big problem.

This is the reason that the software giant is blocking the May 2019 update on machines with this storage attached. In case you wish to upgrade your system, all that you would have to do is remove all USB or SD storage attached to it.

Microsoft has also said that “this issue will be resolved in a future servicing update for Windows 10.” But then, this fix is speculated to not be available in time for when the company begins rolling out the May 2019 update next month. Windows 10 testers on the Release Preview ring already have access to the final May 2019 update, and the software giant is being extremely careful with any last minute testing this time.

We should mention that the previous October 2018 update had some file deletion issues when it rolled out first. And this time, the company is being extra careful because it does not want any problems like that.

But then, it is strange that Microsoft has only been able to detect the USB storage issue this late in May 2019, when it actually has millions of testers of Windows 10 who are there to flag issues like these.

In an unrelated piece of news that surfaced online earlier this month, it was suggested that the May 2019 Update by Microsoft will enable Windows 10 users to control how exactly they get feature updates. So, users will be able to decide when they want to install the latest major version on your system. You can read more about other additions here.

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