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May 26, 2020

Two New Milestones Fix Upcoming 2004 Release

OK, then. Along with yesterday’s Patch Tuesday updates, patches and fixes, MS took two big steps forward in finalizing the May 2020 Windows 10 Update, aka 20H1/2004. First, it released KB4556803 into the recently-combined Slow and Release Preview rings in the Insider Preview program. This generally occurs two weeks before final release, and signals to OEMs — who need to start the work involved in laying down new images on their PCs and laptops — that they can start shifting production over to the new image. I can’t find the KB Article that usually accompanies such items, but Windows Insider team member Brandon Leblanc blogged about it yesterday: Releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 19041.264 to the Slow & Release Preview rings. Second, as the lead-in graphic for this story shows, MS posted a RAFT of 2004 downloads (11 in all) to the Visual Studio Subscriptions yesterday, too. [Note: these used to be known as the MSDN Subscriptions before MS rolled up Visual Studio and MSDN into a single subscription a couple of years back.]

What’s It All Mean?

It means we’re about as close as one can get to the actual Feature Upgrade release for 2004/20H1/May 2020 Windows 10 Update without seeing updates show up via WU, or on the Windows 10 Download page. That latter item still reads “Windows 10 November 2019 Update” and will likely continue to read that way until 2004 goes live sometime between May 28 and May 28. This was leaked in a driver shiproom schedule update I wrote about here for a May 8 story. Given that May 26 is a Tuesday, I’m starting to think that we’ll see at least initial indications of a public release that day, if not a veritable opening of the digital floodgates.

Two New Milestones Fix Upcoming 2004 Release.winver

The latest CU KB4556802, released May 12, takes the Release/Slow Ring Preview Build number to 19041.264. This is the RTM build, and will likely be the number for the upcoming public release later this month, too.

How is 19041.264 Looking and Behaving?

The known bugs have mostly been addressed, including known gotchas. You can check the TenForums news item on KB4556803 for easy access to its release notes, which include information about fixes, updates, and security updates. I’ve been running the Release Preview since it became available early this year and it’s been uniformly stable, fast, and well-behaved. Though those who observe that this is a “minor upgrade” rather than a major one are probably correct, I’m still looking forward to switching over the rest of my 1909 fleet to 2004 as and when it becomes available — not least because I believe it will fix some issues I’m having on a couple of machines with ill-behaved UWP apps.

Author: Ed Tittel

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran. He’s a Princeton and multiple University of Texas graduate who’s worked in IT since 1981 when he started his first programming job. Over the past three decades he’s also worked as a manager, technical evangelist, consultant, trainer, and an expert witness. See his professional bio for all the details.

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