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FAQ's on upgrading to Windows 10 Version 1803 for screen reader users

In April 2018, Microsoft will release Windows 10 Version 1803 (Spring Creators Update), bringing significant feature updates and refining the user interface.

This page seeks to answer some frequently asked questions about upgrading to Windows 10 Version 1803 for blind and visually impaired Windows 10 users using screen readers.

Q. What is Windows 10 Version 1803?

This is a major update to Windows 10 that brings new features and refines the user interface.

Q. What screen reader versions are compatible?

Any screen reader declaring support for Windows 10 are compatible. For best experience, use a version that was updated to support Spring Creators Update. This includes JAWS 18.0.4350 or later, 2018 stable release or later, NVDA 2018.1.1 or later and others.

Q. How do I obtain this upgrade?

Go to Settings/Update/Windows Update and check for it. Alternatively, use Upgrade Assistant or Media Creation Tool to download Version 1803 installation files or use these tools to update your computer.

Q. Which update am I looking for in Windows Update?

The update is listed as "Feature update to Windows 10, Version 1803".

Q. How does one go about upgrading?

Follow these steps:

  1. Once the update is downloaded, tell Windows when to restart your computer. Alternatively, you can restart your computer then. Leave your computer alone for about half an hour.
  2. If your screen reader is told to come up when Windows starts, your screen reader will start speaking once the upgrade is almost complete. It’ll be another few minutes before you can use your computer.

Q. Do I need to use Narrator?

No, although Narrator will announce upgrade progress if you enable it while the computer is installing the upgrade.

Q. How big is the upgrade file?

Typically around 3 gigabytes (GB).

Q. What are some features screen reader users might be interested in?

The biggest changes are:

  • Timeline.
  • Focus Assist.
  • Narrator in safe mode.
  • Hardware keyboard input suggestions.
  • Use current Narrator settings in secure screens.
  • Form auto-fill in Microsoft Edge.
  • Near Share.
  • Native command-line OpenSSH, Curl and Tar utilities in Windows.
  • Cortana Show Me.
  • Running more than one instance of universal apps (provided the app has been updated to support this feature).

Q. Will my settings, apps, documents and accounts be kept when upgrading to Version 1803, including my screen reader(s)?

Yes.

Q. Can I go back to an earlier build of Windows 10?

Yes, provided that old version files were not deleted.

Q. Why am I not seeing the update to Version 1803?

This might be due to one of the following:

  1. You have deferred upgrades (Windows 10 Pro and up).
  2. You have upgraded to Windows 10 within the past 31 days.

Q. Is Version 1803 Windows 10?

Yes.

Q. After installing Version 1803, I had to refresh my computer. What is the version of Windows 10 I’ll meet?

Version 1803.

Q. Will there be more updates planned in the future?

Yes.