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August 5, 2021

Windows 10 May 2020 Update Now Out

[Note: this item was originally posted on May 28. Issues with WordPress for Win10.Guru helped it “get lost” so it’s being reposted now just to make the record complete.]

It was with some interest and enthusiasm that I got the word on May 27 that Windows 10 2004 had gone public. Also known as Windows 10 20H1 and Windows 10 May 2020 Update, this release made itself available – sort of – on Windows Update and through other channels mid-day that day. I’ve already upgraded 5 of 6 eligible PCs and have some wrinkles to report.

Windows 10 May 2020 Update Now Out.winver2004.info

At first, my production PC was the only eligible 1909 PC to get the upgrade offer from WU.

What’s Up with the Windows Update Assistant?

Until early on Day 2 of the release (May 28) I couldn’t get the Windows 10 Update Assistant (available on the Download Windows 10 page) to work as advertised. This means that if I ran it on a 1909 PC, it would come back and say I was already running the latest Windows 10 release, thanks! But finally, when I tried it again in the early morning hours, the Upgrade Assistant did take my wife’s Lenovo X390 Yoga from 1909 to 2004. Hooray! Thus, I’m pleased to report that those to whom Windows Update does NOT offer a 2004 upgrade, they can now use the Windows Update Assistant to upgrade anyway.

Why Wouldn’t WU Offer the Upgrade?

It’s a familiar litany, but I’ll quote it from the May 27 Windows Insider Program blog post How to get the Windows 10 May 2020 Update:

Note: You may not see Download and install on your device as we are slowly throttling up this availability over the coming weeks, or your device might have a compatibility issue for which a safeguard hold is in place until we are confident that you will have a good update experience.

Apparently, 5 of my 6 1909 PCs here at Chez Tittel are subject to one of these hold conditions, because only my production PC got an update offer from WU. I have, however, been able to use the Upgrade Assistant (starting early today) and the Media Creation Tool’s ISO (yesterday) to force-install the update on other test machines as well. That means I also added the official ISO to the collection I keep on my Ventoy USB Flash Drive as well. Good-oh!

How 2004 Looks (and Runs), So Far

I’ve now managed to upgrade 4 of my 6 eligible machines to 2004. So far, except for the afore-mentioned glitch with the Update Asssistant, I’ve hit no hitches, gotchas, or difficulties with the new OS version. And in fact, I’d held off on troubleshooting a stubborn problem on my production PC with Windows Store and certain (mostly Microsoft) Store apps that prevented them from connecting to Microsoft’s servers for the past couple of weeks. My hope was that the upgrade to 2004 would fix what ailed my 1909 installation. I’m very pleased to report that my hopes were realized. I’m now once again able to access the Store and the Solitaire Collection on my production PC. And also, the “unable to wake from sleep” problem on my ancient (and apparently failing) Lenovo T520 laptop is also fixed on 2004. Woo hoo!

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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