This PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10
Another major version upgrade for Windows 10 is coming in May 2019. Barring any unforeseen problems, Microsoft says the Windows 10 May 2019 Update (Windows 10 version 1903) will start rolling out in early May.
But wait! There’s already a problem and Microsoft knows it but plans to go ahead with update anyway.
Here’s what’s going on. Recently, Microsoft announced that the May 2019 (version 1903) update will be blocked on some computers. The failed update will produce a message informing many users that their PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10.
The “This PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10” message will be displayed and the update blocked if the PC being updated has either the April 2018 (Version 1803) or October 2018 (Version 1809) update installed and a USB device or memory card attached to the system. That means if you have a camera card, or an external hard drive or flash drives attached to your PC, you won’t be able to update to version 1903 (May 2019 Update), and you’ll get the “This PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10” message.
But that’s not all.
Major problems such as your drive letters being reassigned may also occur. And this is serious.
Microsoft is aware of the problem and this is what they say about it:
An external USB device or SD memory card that is attached to the computer could cause inappropriate drive reassignment on Windows 10-based computers during the installation of the May 2019 update. For this reason, these computers are currently blocked from receiving the May 2019 Update. This generates the error message that is mentioned in the “Symptoms” section if the upgrade is tried again on an affected computer.
Example: An upgrade to the May 2019 Update is tried on a computer that has a thumb drive inserted into a USB port. Before the upgrade, the device would have been mounted in the system as drive G based on the existing drive configuration. However, after the upgrade, the device is reassigned a different drive letter. For example, the drive is reassigned as drive H.
Note The drive reassignment is not limited to removable drives. Internal hard drives can also be affected.
No matter how much Microsoft tries to make Windows users think this is a minor issue – it is not. If the May 2019 update attempts to install and a USB device or memory card is attached to the computer, there’s a chance that all drives could be reassigned different drive letters. If this happens, then any program that tries to access the drive using the drive’s previous drive letter won’t be able to locate the drive and it will fail. That’s bad enough, but even worse, internal drives can also be affected. In other words, your “C” drive could be reassigned a different drive letter. If that happens, all the programs on that drive would be invisible and unavailable to the system. This means your computer would stop working.
But in spite of these known problems, Microsoft is planning to release the May 2019 update without fixing the problem. Microsoft is going ahead and releasing the flawed update because they claim “this issue will be resolved in a future servicing update for Windows 10.”
According to Microsoft, a version has already been released to Windows Insiders that (Microsoft claims) fixes the problem with the update. But instead of making sure and playing it safe by putting the May update on hold until the problem is resolved, we have to trust Microsoft that they will fix this error in a future update.
But what if you’re one of those unlucky people who had their computer’s drive letters reassigned and their computers stop working? Fixing the update in a future update isn’t going to help them get their computers working again.
With the month of May quickly approaching and the release of Windows 10 Version 1903 (May 2019 Update) on the way, let’s hope Microsoft decides to put Windows users first and errs on the side of caution and decides to hold the update until the known issue is fixed.