Windows 10 May 2020 update: you might want to hold off for a bit

JC Torres - May 31, 2020, 9:07pm CDT
Windows 10 May 2020 update: you might want to hold off for a bit

Microsoft has just released the first major Windows 10 update of the year, version 2004 a.k.a. the May 2020 update, and, to no one’s surprise really, there are a few issues that will cause users no small amount of headaches. There are no reports of disappearing files yet, thankfully, but some Windows 10 owners might want to hold off from updating immediately. Fortunately, this time Microsoft has found a way to inform users before they taking the plunge.

To be fair, having Windows on billions of computers with billions of possible hardware combinations makes it harder for Microsoft to have a perfect rollout. Some hardware, however, is more common than others and some bugs are so egregious that it makes you wonder how those escaped Microsoft’s notice in the first place. While it might be logistically impossible for Microsoft to test and uncover all those cases, the least it could do is to immediately inform users of reported issues and block those updates from even touching affected systems.

Fortunately, it is now more actively doing both. The release information page for Windows 10 version 2004 has quite a list of known problems affecting a variety of hardware. Those range from issues with Realtek Bluetooth connections (ironic since easier Bluetooth connection is one of the highlights of this release) to incompatibilities with older NVIDIA graphics cards.

Not all users, however, will know about this list in the first place. That’s why Microsoft is now showing a notice when an update isn’t yet available for a particular system rather than making them wait or, worse, making users find ways to force an update. Microsoft initially announced that the version 2004 update will be available initially for users on versions 1903 and 1909 unless they happen to have the hardware listed on the Windows page.

The latest Windows 10 update dumps a ton of new features that were held back from the “lighter” update last year. It remains to be seen if Microsoft will officially adopt a “tick-tock” release cycle, which would make this year’s second update another maintenance release focused on cleaning up whatever mess it made and will make all the way to October.


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14 Responses to Windows 10 May 2020 update: you might want to hold off for a bit

  1. That warning message is a bit dishonest. It’s not “your device is not ready,” it’s “we screwed up Windows so it will not work on your device.” The message blames the hardware when it is strictly Microsoft’s fault.

    It’s ridiculous that they are shipping insufficiently tested software and expecting users to find the bugs for them, even after this model has blown up in their face repeatedly. But geez, at least own up to your mistakes.

    • It’s funny to see that 100% of the blame goes everytime to MS. Brands make a lot of different hardware, sometimes customized with almost zero updated support from UEFI, zero updated drivers after the one-year period. I have multiple medium up to high-end Asus devices, also Sony and Acer on the old times, and most of them were stuck with old customized drivers from the brand (eg: light sensors, lid or rotate sensors, etc) which after a year or two did not meet any OS standards (be it windows or linux) and then you just had the option to stay with an old windows or linux version or that function would be cut out.

      So the question is: you spend hundreds or thousands of euros on a device and then you blame just the OS producer because the drivers are old, not updated from the brand? So, if MS or Linux are to improve an OS and instead of the companies that use it, take time to also improve them, they don’t, than is Windows/Linux to blame?!

      STOP supporting garbage brands (I will not buy Asus or Acer ever again for example) and buy from decent brands (though I never bought one, I am thinking Apple. Microsoft Surface, perhaps Dell or MSI but I never had any PC from them). My friends have Apple and are mega happy with them, great hardware and software. I had Surface Pro devices and apart of the sh… batteries, no issues with the software or drivers; I am writing this from a Surface Go and zero issues with it, I get driver updates and windows updates with no issues whatsoever. With my two (expensive) Asus (laptop +desktop) I am constantly having driver issues and BSODs…

      conclusion: don’t blame everything on MS because most issues come from sh… drivers and badly engineered hardware.

      • I’m using a Surface Book 3 and also getting the “your device is not ready” message. So it looks like Microsoft software can’t support even it’s OWN hardware – I think we can easily blame MS on this.

      • I have an Asus laptop and I love it. I also have a HP laptop and the hinge broke in less than three years. I rarely open and close it. I would never buy another HP. I don’t expect to keep a laptop for 10 years but I would like a trouble free 6-7 years.

  2. This is why I still use Windows 7. I got tired of learning and de-bugging new versions. When I saw the ugliness of Windows 8, I said “That’s It, No More”.

  3. I updated as soon as it was released to Development channels and I have absolutely no regrets. On 2 machines and a VM it works as advertised

  4. I’ve already installed the May 2020 update on my seven year old HP Z220 desktop computer. No problems to report.

  5. I’ve been running Windows Insider Fast Ring with no problems for the past 6 months on a newer HP Spectre. Those with older hardware should be more cautious. If one really want to avoid problems, one needs to update their hardware.

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