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Microsoft 10 May 2020 Update I Windows Updates

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To get the latest build for Windows 10, you may have seen something in your Windows Update page stating that your PC "isn't quite ready" or something of the like. To download the latest newest build complete with new and improved features, the best bet instead of waiting, is to "force download" the update. To do this, go to Microsoft's Windows 10 update page here:

Windows 10 May 2020 Update

"Click the "Update Now" button. This will download the Windows 10 Update Assistant which will guide you through the process. Launch the tool and you'll be informed that version 2004 of Windows 10 (another name for the Windows 10 May 2020 Update) is available. Click the Update Now button, and the tool will perform a quick check of your computer to ensure that it meets the minimum requirements. Assuming it does, you'll be given the choice between installing the update, or creating installation media. Make sure you have Upgrade this PC now selected, click Next, and Windows 10 May 2020 Update will be downloaded and installed for you."

NOTE: You may want to do this on Off Time as it is a lengthy process. Approximately 1-2 hours for download, installation, and various configurations you may want to adjust after installation is complete. This may vary, depending on your computer setup.

"What's new?

Faster and easier connections..
  • Bluetooth functionality. We’re making it easier and faster to pair your Bluetooth devices to your compatible Windows 10 PC. Now you can take care of everything in notifications (instead of Settings) with fewer steps.
  • Go passwordless. Did you know—for improved security and a simple sign-in experience, you can sign in with your face, fingerprint or PIN? It’s easier than ever to enable passwordless sign-in for your Microsoft accounts: just go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options on your Windows 10 PC and select ‘On’ under ‘Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts’. Note that this is hardware dependent.
  • Cleaner, faster, safer. When you download apps it’s not always obvious what you’re getting. Some apps might display unexpected advertising, use your PC for cryptomining, or do other things you’d prefer they not do. These are potentially unwanted apps (PUA) and Windows 10 can help spot them, let you know we have concerns, and let you decide whether you really want that app or not. Just go to Windows Security > App & browser control > Reputation-based protection > ‘Potentially unwanted app blocking’.
  • More ლ(╹◡╹ლ). We’re bringing the fun by making more kaomoji available directly in the Windows emoji keyboard. To access you can use the shortcut, Windows key + Period key to access (⌐■_■).
  • Name your desktops. Now instead of “Desktop 1” or “Desktop 2” you can give your Virtual Desktops more descriptive, clever, or amusing names. Using Virtual Desktop in Windows 10 allows you to expand your desktop beyond the physical limitations of the space, organize groups of related tasks, and easily switch between them. Tackling what you want to—when you want to—just got a whole lot easier. Visit this post to learn more on how to access Virtual Desktop in Windows 10.
  • See gaming in a whole new light. New DirectX 12 Ultimate features provide smoother graphics with increased detail—all without sacrificing framerate. (DirectX 12 Ultimate available with supported games and graphics chips, and requires the latest Windows 10 update.)
  • Customization and utility at your fingertips. Xbox Game Bar now supports third-party widgets, helping you customize the overlay experience to fit with the way you game.
  • Memory improvements in Microsoft Edge. The browser is the most used application and where people spend a large portion of their time on Windows. Segment heap has been the default heap for UWP apps for a while now. Windows is excited to announce that one of the first Win32 applications that will take advantage of segment heap capabilities is Microsoft Edge. The early internal testing results of devices on the May 2020 Update are showing a memory usage reduction of up to 27% when browsing with Microsoft Edge. Individual device performance will vary based upon configuration and usage, but the lower memory usage could provide a better device experience because more memory would be available for apps to use. Microsoft will be opening this capability to more developers very soon with supporting materials. Developers that take advantage of the expanded availability of segment heap memory improvements can also optimize their Win32 app memory utilization on Windows. Please this page for the latest developer information.
  • Stay on top of your numbers. Keep the calculator close by—now you can choose to keep the Calculator app on top of everything.
  • Notepad newness. The beloved 30-year-old text editor has some small but mighty improvements. There’s now wrap around find/replace, quick text zooming, and when you see an asterisk in the title bar you’ll know you have unsaved changes.
  • Bringing your smartphone and Windows PC closer together. The May 2020 Update brings the popular Your Phone app’s Calls feature to ARM supported PCs from Microsoft and our OEM partners. You will now be able to place, receive, or text reply to your incoming phone calls directly on your PC without having your Android phone right next to your PC. That’s not all, with the Your Phone app, you can stay in your flow by sending or receiving texts, checking notifications and getting instant access to your Android phone’s photos and apps via your computer’s large screen and keyboard. To learn more about the Your Phone app visit this page.
The new Cortana chat-based experience is here..

Your personal productivity assistant now has an updated chat-based user interface where you can type or speak requests in natural language to save time finding what you need and stay on track. For the best experience, sign in with your work or school account and connect with people, check your schedule, add tasks, set reminders and more. Visit our Microsoft 365 Blog for more information and select the Cortana icon to try out the experience for yourself with requests such as:

“Am I free at [time]?
"Who is [person]?”
“Find time with [person] to talk about [topic]”
“Join my meeting”
“Remind me to [task] at [time]”
“Change the brightness”
“Is it going to rain tomorrow?”

Note: Cortana in Windows 10 productivity capabilities is currently available in English in the United States and will roll out in the coming months to more regions and languages with regular app updates through the Microsoft Store. Until then, international users and non-English speakers can use Cortana to get answers from Bing and chat with Cortana.


Accessibility improvements in Windows 10 to help empower everyone, everywhere..
  • Narrator news. Narrator sounds have been revamped and are now more functional and responsive. There’s also a new command to summarize a webpage, and you’ll also hear some table reading improvements. Plus, Narrator will automatically start reading webpages and emails (when they’re opened in Outlook and the Mail app).
  • Find that cursor faster. Windows Magnifier has a new ability to keep the text cursor in the center of the screen, making it easier and smoother to type.
  • More Eye Control. Drag and drop is now here! We’ve also made improvements to the pause experience and provided some new opportunities in Settings. Note that a third-party accessory is required to access this experience.
  • Language learnings. The Global Language Experience team continues to revamp Language Settings, bringing you quick and easy ways to check your settings at a glance. You’ll also find improved typing experiences in Chinese, Japanese and Korean."




Sources & credits:
What’s new in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
by Aaron Woodman ,General Manager, Windows Marketing

Force your computer to download the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
by Mark Wycislik-Wilson
 
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Solarstrike

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yeah im gonna pass for now

like how many new bugs and shit get broken by this update

it happens every damn time


So far so good here. Just updated before the thread opener. My update appeared to be "stuck" at 86% forever (about 45mins). Was just about to re-boot but i let the system do it's thing and finish. The update takes a while to install, like 1-2 hours. I did read some users are having issues with the build. Maybe people aren't being patient? It's unfortunate, but as with most things the issues can be fixed.
 
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So far so good here. Just updated before the thread opener. My update appeared to be "stuck" at 86% forever (about 45mins). Was just about to re-boot but i let the system do it's thing and finish. The update takes a while to install, like 1-2 hours. I did read some users are having issues with the build. Maybe people aren't being patient? It's unfortunate, but as with most things the issues can be fixed.
The big updates are definitely taking too long to install and there's a big risk of them breaking down something in the system. Every Windows 10 user should have a choice if they want to install all updates or only the ones crucial to the system's safety. I know that there's a version of Windows 10 which allows that, but it's not meant for the typical customer.
 
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To get the latest build for Windows 10, you may have seen something in your Windows Update page stating that your PC "isn't quite ready" or something of the like. To download the latest newest build complete with new and improved features, the best bet instead of waiting, is to "force download" the update. To do this, go to Microsoft's Windows 10 update page here:

Windows 10 May 2020 Update

"Click the "Update Now" button. This will download the Windows 10 Update Assistant which will guide you through the process. Launch the tool and you'll be informed that version 2004 of Windows 10 (another name for the Windows 10 May 2020 Update) is available. Click the Update Now button, and the tool will perform a quick check of your computer to ensure that it meets the minimum requirements. Assuming it does, you'll be given the choice between installing the update, or creating installation media. Make sure you have Upgrade this PC now selected, click Next, and Windows 10 May 2020 Update will be downloaded and installed for you."

NOTE: You may want to do this on Off Time as it is a lengthy process. Approximately 1-2 hours for download, installation, and various configurations you may want to adjust after installation is complete. This may vary, depending on your computer setup.

"What's new?

Faster and easier connections..
  • Bluetooth functionality. We’re making it easier and faster to pair your Bluetooth devices to your compatible Windows 10 PC. Now you can take care of everything in notifications (instead of Settings) with fewer steps.
  • Go passwordless. Did you know—for improved security and a simple sign-in experience, you can sign in with your face, fingerprint or PIN? It’s easier than ever to enable passwordless sign-in for your Microsoft accounts: just go to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options on your Windows 10 PC and select ‘On’ under ‘Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts’. Note that this is hardware dependent.
  • Cleaner, faster, safer. When you download apps it’s not always obvious what you’re getting. Some apps might display unexpected advertising, use your PC for cryptomining, or do other things you’d prefer they not do. These are potentially unwanted apps (PUA) and Windows 10 can help spot them, let you know we have concerns, and let you decide whether you really want that app or not. Just go to Windows Security > App & browser control > Reputation-based protection > ‘Potentially unwanted app blocking’.
  • More ლ(╹◡╹ლ). We’re bringing the fun by making more kaomoji available directly in the Windows emoji keyboard. To access you can use the shortcut, Windows key + Period key to access (⌐■_■).
  • Name your desktops. Now instead of “Desktop 1” or “Desktop 2” you can give your Virtual Desktops more descriptive, clever, or amusing names. Using Virtual Desktop in Windows 10 allows you to expand your desktop beyond the physical limitations of the space, organize groups of related tasks, and easily switch between them. Tackling what you want to—when you want to—just got a whole lot easier. Visit this post to learn more on how to access Virtual Desktop in Windows 10.
  • See gaming in a whole new light. New DirectX 12 Ultimate features provide smoother graphics with increased detail—all without sacrificing framerate. (DirectX 12 Ultimate available with supported games and graphics chips, and requires the latest Windows 10 update.)
  • Customization and utility at your fingertips. Xbox Game Bar now supports third-party widgets, helping you customize the overlay experience to fit with the way you game.
  • Memory improvements in Microsoft Edge. The browser is the most used application and where people spend a large portion of their time on Windows. Segment heap has been the default heap for UWP apps for a while now. Windows is excited to announce that one of the first Win32 applications that will take advantage of segment heap capabilities is Microsoft Edge. The early internal testing results of devices on the May 2020 Update are showing a memory usage reduction of up to 27% when browsing with Microsoft Edge. Individual device performance will vary based upon configuration and usage, but the lower memory usage could provide a better device experience because more memory would be available for apps to use. Microsoft will be opening this capability to more developers very soon with supporting materials. Developers that take advantage of the expanded availability of segment heap memory improvements can also optimize their Win32 app memory utilization on Windows. Please this page for the latest developer information.
  • Stay on top of your numbers. Keep the calculator close by—now you can choose to keep the Calculator app on top of everything.
  • Notepad newness. The beloved 30-year-old text editor has some small but mighty improvements. There’s now wrap around find/replace, quick text zooming, and when you see an asterisk in the title bar you’ll know you have unsaved changes.
  • Bringing your smartphone and Windows PC closer together. The May 2020 Update brings the popular Your Phone app’s Calls feature to ARM supported PCs from Microsoft and our OEM partners. You will now be able to place, receive, or text reply to your incoming phone calls directly on your PC without having your Android phone right next to your PC. That’s not all, with the Your Phone app, you can stay in your flow by sending or receiving texts, checking notifications and getting instant access to your Android phone’s photos and apps via your computer’s large screen and keyboard. To learn more about the Your Phone app visit this page.
The new Cortana chat-based experience is here..

Your personal productivity assistant now has an updated chat-based user interface where you can type or speak requests in natural language to save time finding what you need and stay on track. For the best experience, sign in with your work or school account and connect with people, check your schedule, add tasks, set reminders and more. Visit our Microsoft 365 Blog for more information and select the Cortana icon to try out the experience for yourself with requests such as:

“Am I free at [time]?
"Who is [person]?”
“Find time with [person] to talk about [topic]”
“Join my meeting”
“Remind me to [task] at [time]”
“Change the brightness”
“Is it going to rain tomorrow?”

Note: Cortana in Windows 10 productivity capabilities is currently available in English in the United States and will roll out in the coming months to more regions and languages with regular app updates through the Microsoft Store. Until then, international users and non-English speakers can use Cortana to get answers from Bing and chat with Cortana.


Accessibility improvements in Windows 10 to help empower everyone, everywhere..
  • Narrator news. Narrator sounds have been revamped and are now more functional and responsive. There’s also a new command to summarize a webpage, and you’ll also hear some table reading improvements. Plus, Narrator will automatically start reading webpages and emails (when they’re opened in Outlook and the Mail app).
  • Find that cursor faster. Windows Magnifier has a new ability to keep the text cursor in the center of the screen, making it easier and smoother to type.
  • More Eye Control. Drag and drop is now here! We’ve also made improvements to the pause experience and provided some new opportunities in Settings. Note that a third-party accessory is required to access this experience.
  • Language learnings. The Global Language Experience team continues to revamp Language Settings, bringing you quick and easy ways to check your settings at a glance. You’ll also find improved typing experiences in Chinese, Japanese and Korean."




Sources & credits:
What’s new in the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
by Aaron Woodman ,General Manager, Windows Marketing

Force your computer to download the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
by Mark Wycislik-Wilson

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FranXico

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Installed it, broke something, fixed the issue. I think I actually was lucky.

My advice is to wait a little longer until regressions are fixed.
 
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GymWolf

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And why on hell do i want to force a major upgrade on windows when most of their big upgrade always broke something or cause troubles of some type??
 

Dodkrake

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Any idea if they are still testing Windows Explore tabs? that was such an awesome feature in the betas last year...
 
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OP missed the lazy poster tutorial so he didn't add a "What do you guys think?" after the copy paste.

No offense, Windows 10 previous updates already have some gaming features, but this one have nothing to do with gaming after all.
 

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In the middle of a big project at the moment, not upgrading until it's finished.

Learnt my lesson years ago. These things have a tendency to fuck up more than they fix.
 
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ThatGamingDude

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Been working fine for me so far; not much of a difference on my machine
M$ has cleaned up their act with updates, and hey as someone in IT, I'll admit right here right now we still need to improve on how we handle updates

The big updates are definitely taking too long to install and there's a big risk of them breaking down something in the system. Every Windows 10 user should have a choice if they want to install all updates or only the ones crucial to the system's safety. I know that there's a version of Windows 10 which allows that, but it's not meant for the typical customer.
Swing and a miss there bud
 

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Installed it, on my home machine and updated my vid driver which was a tad behind. Not really any major hiccups or anything. Games still gaming.

I'm not pushing 2004 update out to my enterprise clients for at least 3 months. 1909 was the first major update in ages that didn't shit be bed right out of the gate for me. I'll prob start building a separate task sequence for helpdesk to start testing imaging with in a week or so.
 

lyra-ixi

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Been using it since early April with no issues. In fact I would say it feels more stable than previous updates and has lots of nice changes.

I've always moved to new windows updates before Public release and I've been using W10 since launch. The only update that gave me any trouble was the first one in late 2015 but that was because I didn't update my Bios. Even the 1809 build was fine for me.
 
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Windows Update claims my PC isn't ready for the update yet, and will not push the update yet, also tells me that I should not force the update, by manually install it.

So I'll probably do what I usually do. Allow it to install when it rolls out automatically by itself OR install it manually when the next version after 2004 drops, whichever happens first.
 

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Windows Update claims my PC isn't ready for the update yet, and will not push the update yet, also tells me that I should not force the update, by manually install it.

So I'll probably do what I usually do. Allow it to install when it rolls out automatically by itself OR install it manually when the next version after 2004 drops, whichever happens first.


It's in the opening post lol. You have to "force" the update through Microsoft's Windows 10 Update Assistant. Mainly why i posted, just to help people wondering htf to Update Windows 10.
 

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It's in the opening post lol. You have to "force" the update through Microsoft's Windows 10 Update Assistant. Mainly why i posted, just to help people wondering htf to Update Windows 10.
Forcing the update when it say you shouldn't because something isn't ready is a dumb thing to do.
Which is why I added the second part about waiting until it eventually updates by itself, or just manually install it when next version drops in X months.

Edit:
I haven't updated to 1909 on my old computer yet, its still 1903, and my new (this/current) PC got 1909 about two months after release, because that's when i bought it/built it.
 
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I've found that a lot of online game anti-cheat software creates a false flag that blocks feature updates from running at early release. I did not have to force this update nor the 1909.
 

Danny Dudekisser

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I reinstalled Windows a couple weeks ago and it's been trying to install an update that bricks my computer every time. So I don't really care what this brings to the table unless it's the opposite of that.
 
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