Windows 10 May 2020 Update

The May update has been released to Windows Update and is ready to be installed on some machines.

DON'T DO IT !!     

I will update this as more information becomes available. I would think most issues will be resolved by August 12th, the day after the August patch cycle. 

While this release has been tested for months by the "Insiders", once it hits the public, the possible combinations of hardware and installed software becomes unimaginable. 

This has resulted in a number of glitches and some products actually not running. 

It important to note that unlike early Feature updates this update will not be installed automatically even if you are running Windows Home edition.

To see if your machine is ready to install the update please click on the following items

Start > Settings > Updates and security

On the right hand side of the window that opens, under the "Check for Updates" box, you will see a message if your machine is ready for V2004 and a box you must click to start the download / install.

This is a full Feature update which means basically your current Operating System ( OS ) will be replaced. Depending on your machine's capabilities this could take several hours to install.

It is always recommended that at a minimum you back up your data before doing a Feature update. It is also recommended that you do a full backup of your system.

If you want to see what version of Windows 10 you are currently using press the Windows key + R and type Winver in the "Run" box that appeared, then press "Enter".

A window will appear indicating the version and build number. The May 2019 Update is V1903 translates as 2019 March, the November 2019 Update is V1909 translated as 2019 September. The name does not not necessarily match the date the code base was finalized. 

You must be using either V1903, V1909 or V2004. Microsoft will update your machine to V2004 if you are running an earlier version, something you don't want at this time and it will happen on its schedule not yours. 

If you are not on one of these versions please call, you are running unsupported software and you are putting yourself and your data at risk. Actually if you are still on V1809 or earlier there is a high probability that your update process is broken. 

While it cannot be said everyone will update pain free, the key to a successful update is patience. Do not power off your device.

As this is a phased in roll out you may not be seeing the the message to "Download and Install". With each group of machines that are implemented Microsoft collects data, builds fixes and expands the availability.

For a full description of what is in the release you can Google "May 2020 Update"

For simplicity I'm providing this link

 

How To Geek - May 2020 Update

 

As with any computer, I can't recommend enough the need to regularly back up your data and create the necessary Recovery media after you get the update. A system Image is the best solution for a quick restore. There are excellent free tools to accomplish these tasks. 

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