Windows 10 V1909: ISOs in VS subscription available

[German]Microsoft has released the ISO installation images of Windows 10 November 2019 Update (version 1909) to customers with a Visual Studio subscription (formerly the MSDN subscription).  There is also brief information for developers.


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Last week Microsoft had declared that the development of the upcoming Windows 10 19H2 is ‘believed to have been completed’. The general release was scheduled for ‘at the earliest end of October or beginning of November 2019’. I had reported that in the blog post Windows 10 V1909 come end of October 2019 at the earliest. Windows insiders can already update existing Windows 10 V1903 systems via the Release Preview Ring. This was also the topic of my blog post Windows 10 V1909 in the Release Preview Ring.

Furthermore, last week the exact name for the upcoming Windows 10 function update became known. It will be called version 1909 and the name will be Windows 10 November 2019 Update (see Windows 10 V1909 is called November 2019 Update). A novelty is that it is rolled out for systems with version 1903 as a normal update – only earlier Windows 10 builds get the classic feature update. This has also been covered in the blog posts linked at the articles end. 

On October 16, 2019, the Windows development team published the blog post What Windows 10, version 1909 Means for Developers. There you can find information for developers and the note that the ISO files are available. 

ISOs for Visual Studio subscribers

If you have a Visual Studio subscription (formerly MSDN), you can download the relevant ISO installation files for Windows 10 Version 1909 as Consumer Edition (Windows 10 Home) or Business Edition (Windows 10 Pro) as 32- or 64-bit version in various languages from the Visual Studio Subscription Center. 

 Windows 10 Version 1909 ISO-Dateien in Visual Studio
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The ISO files are ‘Multi-Edition’ variants that contain several so-called SKUs (Stock Keeping Units). In the Business Edition of Windows 10 Version 1909, the ISO installation image file contains the SKUs listed below.

Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro N
*Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
*Windows 10 Pro N for Workstations
Windows 10 Pro Education
Windows 10 Pro Education N
Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Education N
Windows 10 Enterprise
Windows 10 Enterprise N

However, the ISO installation images of the Consumer Edition of Windows 10 Version 1909 contains the following SKUs.

Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Home N
Windows 10 Core Single Language
Windows 10 Pro
Windows 10 Pro N
*Windows 10 Pro for Workstations
*Windows 10 Pro N for Workstations
Windows 10 Pro Education
Windows 10 Pro Education N
Windows 10 Education
Windows 10 Education N

In both ISO images there is a certain overlap with regard to the SKUs contained. I don’t know why Microsoft handles this in this way, because not only MAKs but also a Windows 10 Pro retail key are offered to me in the Business Editions variant.  

To install Windows 10 Pro for Workstations, Windows 10 Pro, version 1709 or newer required to have been installed before. Otherwise, Microsoft states, the relevant product key cannot be used. So-called ‘Supplemental Media’ are not offered for version 1909, Microsoft writes. The reason: You can use the media for version 1903.

Attention: The 64-bit ISO installation files are a good 5 GByte in size, so they no longer fit on a normal DVD. For USB installation sticks you also have to work with tricks (I covered this within my German blog post Windows 10 und die ISO/FAT32/UEFI-Falle).

Developer Information

If you are developing for Windows 10 version 1909, Microsoft has provided some info snippets for you in the blog post What Windows 10, version 1909 Means for Developerss. There is a new WinUI 2.2 library, and there will be no new Windows SDK for Windows 10 version 1909, because this version does not contain any new APIs. Developers do not need to change the project files for software developed for Windows 10 version 1909. The versions 1903 and 1909 are on the same level regarding the updates – new functions of the version 1909 are only released via the build number. 

Similar articles:
Windows 10 19H2: What could change
Windows 10 V1909 ready, release on October 3, 2019?
Windows 10 V1909 come end of October 2019 at the earliest
Windows 10 V1909 in Release Preview Ring
Windows 10 V1909 is called November 2019 Update


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2 Responses to Windows 10 V1909: ISOs in VS subscription available

  1. EP says:

    note guenni that these 1909 ISOs released on MSDN/MVS contain build 18363.418

    just in guenni: read this!
    https://mspoweruser.com/november-12-is-when-the-windows-10-19h2-update-will-go-public/

    • guenni says:

      Thx, saw it – bloggged about it in my German blog – but hadn’t time yet to publish an English version. Will try to cover it in a night shift.

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