Do not install Win10 version 2004 update

Best not to install the Win10 version 2004 May 2020 update – until further notice

May 2020 – Microsoft has begun rolling out its latest big update for Windows 10 – very slowly. It is a big download – almost 4GB – so requires a fast Internet connection or your computer left to download it overnight.

The update number before the 2004 update is 1909 (November 2019). However, users can still be using previous updates, such as 1803 (final update – November 2019) , 1809, and 1903. Microsoft has extended support for update 1809 to November 10, 2020.

Woody Leonhard says that the update does not add much in the way of new stuff and is probably buggy because Microsoft is blocking the update to its own Surface machines. Therefore, he suggests choosing not to go ahead with the update until further notice.

Fortunately it is very easy to do that. Just don’t click on “Download and install” that appears in Windows Update, as shown in the image below, when the update becomes available. Apparently, Win10 will remain as its existing version until you do that in perpetuity – unless Microsoft forces the update – as has happened in the past.

Note that a Windows Update option is no longer available in the Control Panel. You have to use Search to access it.

Win10 version 2004 update notice as it appears in Windows Update

Win10 version 2004 update notice as it appears in Windows Update

Further reading on the Win10 version 2004 update

Coming to a PC near you: Win10 2004, the ‘May 2020 Update’ –

How to block the Windows 10 May 2020 update, version 2004, from installing –

“The method for blocking unwanted version upgrades varies greatly depending on which version of Windows 10 you’re running. To find out, click Start > Settings (the gear icon) > System, and on the left side at the bottom, click About.”…