Microsoft has announced that Windows 10, version 2004 has now been added to the broad deployment channel and will be available to everyone via Windows Update.
“Windows 10, version 2004 is designated for broad deployment,” the company says in a status update on the Windows Health dashboard. “The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.”
Microsoft officially started rolling out Windows 10 2004 (aka the Windows 10 May 2020 Update) in May 2020, but for many people, it wasn’t yet being offered when checking via Windows Update.
When Windows Feature Updates are first released, they are released under targeted deployment in order to test the quality of the build on targeted machines in an organization.
“Targeted deployment refers to the phase immediately following the release of a new Windows version when it is recommended to conduct your organization’s piloting process and to begin deployments to select devices, such as those with the most modern chipsets and capabilities,” Microsoft explains.
After Microsoft determines that the Windows version is ready for deployment on most or all devices, they change the Windows version to have a “broad deployment” classification.
This means that all devices can be updated to Windows 10, version 2004 via Windows Update, unless they’re affected by compatibility holds that block the update due to hardware issues.
The release of Windows 10 2004 was not as bad as the one of Windows 10 1809, which many still see as arguably the buggiest Windows 10 version ever to see the light of day.
However, Windows 10 2004 still managed to get out the gates with ten know issues under investigation, many of which are now already fixed.
Microsoft added the known issues to the health dashboard right after starting the new release’s rollout process, together with nine compatibility holds to prevent users of affected devices from being offered the Windows 10 2004 update.
After addressing issues triggering blue screens when plugging or unplugging Thunderbolt docks, boot failures caused by the Disk Cleanup maintenance utility, as well as compatibility issues with numerous systems and hardware configurations, Microsoft has finally decided that Windows 10 2004 is ready for broad release to all customers.
If you are not offered the Windows 10, version 2004 update via Window Update, then you should check the Windows 10 Health Dashboard for any known hardware blocks affecting your computer.
According to the Windows 10 Health Dashboard, the only known blocks for Windows 10 2004 updates are for devices with Conexant ISST audio drivers.
Windows 10 20H2 available for seekeers
As Home, Pro, Pro Education, Pro for Workstations editions of Windows 10 1909 are reaching the end of service on May 11, 2021, Microsoft is now allowing a limited set of customers (with devices running Windows 10 1903 and higher to upgrade to the latest released version, Windows 10, version 20H2.
These customers are known as “seekers,” which is short for users who are manually seeking to update to the latest Windows version by clicking “Check for updates” via Windows Update.
Microsoft says that it’s also “slowly throttling up availability over the coming weeks to ensure a reliable download experience.”
If you are running older Windows 10 versions, you are strongly advised to update to a newer version to continue receiving timely security updates.