Microsoft’s Windows 10 May 2020 Update (version 2004) is now available for compatible devices running version 1909 or 1903 as an optional update starting on May 27, 2020, and you can install it manually through Windows Update.
However, now that you’re in control of feature updates, the question still remains whether you should install it now or wait a little longer, since during the early days, devices seem to have more chances of running into problems.
In this guide, we’ll try to determine whether you should install or skip the version 2004 for Windows 10.
Is it safe to install version 2004?
The best answer is “Yes,” according to Microsoft is safe to install the May 2020 Update, but you should be aware that there are some known issues. For example, there are problems connecting to Bluetooth and installing audio drivers. Devices with iGPU variable refresh rate are not working as expected, and the Windows 10 version 2004 may not work correctly on computers with older Nvidia drivers. However, these problems are not affecting everyone, and the company is currently blocking the feature update on devices that may come across these issues.
Although the software giant has been making a lot of changes to its update mechanism, including making the update optional, finishing it earlier and focusing in fixing bugs before launch, jumping from an older release to the latest version will require full reinstallation, and there are a lot of problems that can happen when performing an in-place upgrade.
In addition to possible unknown issues with the new feature update, you can also come across software and compatibility problems if you’re using outdated drivers, poorly designed applications, very old programs, or security software, such as third-party antivirus.
Should I wait to install version 2004?
Typically, it’s never a good idea to rush and install a new version of Windows 10, as previous releases (even quality updates) have shown that in the early days there are still chances of coming across bugs, errors, and compatibility problems.
If you’re planning to upgrade, even if you receive the notification letting you know the update is ready, it’s always recommended to wait a minimum of three or four quality updates before upgrading.
Also, if you don’t see the new option in Windows Update to download and install the May 2020 Update, you should not try to force the latest version using the Media Creation Tool or Update Assistant, as it could mean that the update isn’t fully compatible for your computer. Once detected that it’s safe, then the option will be available to you.
If you attempt to upgrade when you don’t see the notification, you’re likely to come across problems, such as “This PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10,” “This PC can’t be upgraded to this version of Windows 10 because of a service or driver that’s not ready yet,” or similar errors.
Also, consider that Microsoft usually doesn’t push new feature updates to devices nearing the end of service until several months later, which means that the update may still need more testing before making it available automatically.
If you have an older version, and it’s working correctly (at least for the most part), then you should wait a little longer to upgrade. However, you shouldn’t skip the new version completely, because the current version on your device will eventually be discontinued, and when that happens, it’ll stop receiving maintenance updates.