Windows 10 May Update: Everything You Need to Know

On May 27th, 2020, Microsoft rolled out a new update for the Windows 10 operating system. The upgrade, known as Windows 10 version 2004, is much larger than the November 2019 update and offers an extensive collection of useful features and improvements.

Like most PC users, you want to have a solid understanding of your device to keep it in peak condition. However, due to the size of this update, you may require IT support to ensure you install it correctly and can take advantage of all of the new features. There’s a lot of information to absorb, but luckily, NerdsToGo is here to provide you with all of the details and help you troubleshoot any issues.

In the meantime, here are some key points you need to know about the May 2020 Windows 10 update.

How to Download Windows 10 Version 2004

To get started, you will need to download the latest update. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings
  2. Click “Update & Security”
  3. Click “Update & Security”

Once you find the update key, click “Check for Updates” and wait for the new version to appear. Microsoft uses a slow rollout process to offer the latest software to a larger number of people while ensuring no bugs pop up. Therefore, the update might not be available to you right away.

Another available option for accessing version 2004 is to download Microsoft’s Update Assistant, which will automatically upgrade your system each time a new version is released. The Update Assistant bypasses the typical slow rollout process, allowing you to upgrade even if version 2004 has not yet shown up in the “Windows Update” section of your PC’s settings.

New Security Updates and Features

Maintaining high-caliber security protocols is crucial, especially as more and more professionals begin to work from home. To accommodate for this, Windows now offers Windows Hello with support from Fast Identity Online 2 (FIDO2), which is an authentication process that works across all major browsers, including Firefox and Chrome. Using Windows Hello’s face, fingerprint, or PIN authentication, users can log into their Microsoft accounts without a password.

Additionally, Windows Hello for business helps Hybrid Azure users by offering an Active Directory (AD) mode for support and phone number sign-in. Hybrid Azure AD Join lets you manage devices via traditional on-site tools while also allowing you to register it with Azure AD.

Whether you’re working with corporate or personal data, having strong protection in place is essential. If you’re a Windows user, it’s best to update to version 2004 as soon as possible, so you can begin taking advantage of the new security features.

Magnifier Now Reads Text Aloud

The Magnifier was designed to help computer users read small text by enlarging it to a clearer, more user-friendly size. Now, this feature is even better, as it offers the option to have the text read out loud. This is especially beneficial for people who struggle with vision issues.

To use this new function, turn on Magnifier by pressing the Windows logo key. Then, tap the “plus” sign (+) and select “read from here” and use your mouse pointer to choose the area of the text where you would like to begin.

Improved Deployment Time

Many PC users have felt the frustration associated with operating system updates. Luckily, with version 2004, Windows Setup has undergone a number of changes that improve deployment processes and time. A few improvements include new recovery options, enhanced controls and diagnostics, reduced offline time during feature updates, and updated controls and diagnostics.

SetupDiag Is Automatically Installed

This command-line tool searches Windows Setup log files to identify and alert users of any installation failures. Once it analyzes the data, it uses a set of rules to match any known issues. While going through the upgrade process, Windows Setup will extract its source files and send them to the appropriate directory for processing and cleanup.

Delivery Optimization Improvements

Windows PowerShell cmdlets (a lightweight command used in the PowerShell environment) offer a variety of improvements, including behind-the-scenes access to viewing peer-to-peer activity. You can also receive a summary of the activity in your DO log, which shows details like the number of downloads from peers and overall peer efficiency. Additionally, you can use the “ListConnection” option to inspect peer-to-peer connections.

In Need of Computer Support? NerdsToGo Is Here to Help

The features we have listed above are only a small portion of what you can enjoy with the new Windows 10 update. If you’d like to learn more about version 2004 and everything it offers, NerdsToGo can help. We provide a variety of remote support services, such as assistance with the Windows Virtual Sandbox, Bluetooth pairing, and more. Additionally, if your device isn’t working properly before or after an upgrade, we offer effective computer repair.

For more information about Windows 10 or any other tech question, contact us today!