Hold your breath folks, the next major Windows 10 update is now rolling out!
Seriously, no need to be concerned as Microsoft is adopting a much more sensible approach to this latest feature update than it has previously. First of all, Microsoft is rolling out the 2004 update much more gradually, over a period of months, rather than forcing it upon all users within a relatively short period of time. Secondly, Microsoft is already aware of a number of issues via its Insider Program and will not be pushing the update to users who might experience any of these known issues until they have been resolved: Windows 10 2004 Known Issues.
If your machine is not ready for the update at the time, you will receive the following Windows Update notification:
Don’ worry, this is a good thing. It will generally mean that your machine is susceptible to one or more of the known issues and so the update has been put on hold for you until the issue(s) specific to your machine have been resolved. This wait-and-fix system should go a long way to mitigating the many issues users have experienced with previous major updates.
Even if your machine is deemed ready for the 2004 update it will not be forced on you as you will need to click the Download and Install button to start the process:
It’s taken a while but it seems Microsoft has finally recognized they are dealing with millions of differing hardware and software configurations and this cautious approach with the slower rollout is, in my opinion, the right way to go. It is certainly very much preferable to how major updates have been delivered in the past with Microsoft rushing them out and then leaving users to deal with the aftermath.
What’s New In Windows 10 2004
Many editorial reviews are describing the innovations introduced in the 2004 update in glowing terms. However, purely from a personal view, I don’t see anything that’s particularly exciting. Obviously, your mileage may vary. Here is a brief summary of the main new features and changes:
- More Control Over Optional Updates
- A New Cortana Experience (With Typing)
- Cloud Download for Reinstalling Windows
- Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) Version 2
- A Faster Windows Search Experience
- Disk Type (HDD or SSD) and GPU Temperature added into Task Manager
- New Windows Sign-in Options: PIN, Hello, or Fingerprint unlock
- Improved Network Status Information
- Built-in Support for Network Cameras
- Paint and WordPad Now Optional Features
- Renaming Virtual Desktops
- Notepad Improvements
- FPS in the Xbox Game Bar
Check out all-new features and changes in detail: What’s new in Windows 10 version 2004