Windows 10 v1903 offers a slew of features and performance improvement over the previous version. As always I was very eager to test the Windows 10 v1903. However, I was in for a nasty surprise. My Windows 10 PC refused to update, I tried everything from using the updater to Media CreationTtool. Later I learned that the Windows 10 May Update has been blocked on some AMD systems.
According to Microsoft, the AMD RAID drivers are playing spoilsport and thus they had to temporarily block the update. This problem is prominent on Windows 10 systems with AMD Ryzen or AMD Ryzen Threadripper processors. The AMD RAID driver which supports the SATA or NVMe is responsible for the issue. Please note that if a user attempts to a Windows Update upgrade from Windows 10 v1809 to v1903 the update will be blocked.
Thankfully this is a non-blocking issue. In this article, we will tell you how to install Windows 10 v1903 on AMD systems.
Install Windows 10 v1903 on AMD systems
If you are directly trying to install from Windows 10 October 2018 update to Windows 10 May 2019 update make sure you install the update ready AMD drivers beforehand. If you are trying to do a clean update of Windows 10 then you must prepare a removable storage device with update-ready AMD drivers.
You can download and install AMD RAID INSTALLER driver 126.96.36.199 from here.
AMD RAID Drivers on Removable Storage – For clean installation only
If you are installing a fresh copy of Windows 10 May 2019 then keep the drivers ready on a removable storage device. All you need to do is download and extract the AMD Driver package. You can download it from here. This is a minimal package and is very small in size since it only contains the essentials.
You may check out all the known issues with Windows 10 V1903 here.