Windows 10 version 2004 broad deployment

Windows 10 version 2004 fully available starting February 3

Microsoft makes Windows 10 version 2004 available for anyone through Windows Update as a manual upgrade.

Starting February 3, 2021, Windows 10 version 2004 (May 2020 Update) is fully available for anyone through Windows Update. Although the May 2020 Update was officially launched on May 27, 2020, it was not compatible with most configurations. However, now it is officially available for “broad deployment,” according to the Windows 10 health dashboard website.

In other words, Microsoft labeling “Windows 10, version 2004 is designated for broad deployment” means that the operating system does not have significant issues, and it is now fully compatible with most hardware configurations. However, this does not mean that you won’t run into problems during and after the upgrade since there is always a chance of bugs and other issues, depending on your hardware and software configuration.  

If you are still on an older version, Windows 10 version 2004 ships with a slew of improvements, including changes in the desktop (such as an option to rename virtual desktops). Task Manager brings temperature monitor for graphics cards. The Settings app receives many tweaks, the Reset this PC feature now includes a “Cloud download” option to download a fresh copy of Windows 10 to refresh your device, and much more.

Since the update is now broadly available, you should now be able to upgrade from an older version without significant problems by going to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update, clicking the Check for updates button, and then clicking the “Download and install now” option.

If your device is not getting the new version, you can use these alternative upgrade methods:

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