The Windows 10 May 2020 update is here, but it may not be here you. Yes, it’s another rollout. Yes, we usually recommend that you keep installing large Windows 10 updates until many others have “tested” them to make sure you are not about to be hit with a horrible, performance drain error – but we understand many of you will the new features, statistics.
So once you’ve backed up your critical files – at least – here are all the different ways you can install the Windows 10 May 2020 update, including a couple that will help you if Windows hasn’t served it directly yet.
Method one: The easy way
Open your Start menu, type “Windows Update” and select “Windows Update Settings.” Click the big “Check for Updates” button and download everything Microsoft wants you to install. The specific update you are looking for in this case is “Feature Update for Windows 10, Version 2004”, also known as the Windows 10 May 2020 update.
There are three reasons why you might not see it:
- It has not yet rolled out to you (sorry!)
- You’ve already installed it and didn’t realize it – click “View Update History” to find out.
- There is some kind of incompatibility with your system and Microsoft is blocks you from receiving the update until it solves the problem.
Assuming you’re not in the latter camp – search for the phrase “compatibility hold” on Microsoft’s page to see the various issues that could prevent the update from installing – there are a few more techniques you can use to get the Windows 10 Update if you can’t find it in Windows update.
Method two: The lesser known way
Here’s a fun little trick if you can’t get the bigger update you’re looking for from Windows Update yourself: Try downloading Microsoft’s Windows Update Assistant, which you can find by clicking the blue “Update Now” box on this page.
Run the Upgrade Assistant app and you too shall be able to download and install the Windows 10 May 2020 update without any problems. And don’t worry: It won’t overwrite your critical data or empty your device and reinstall a new Windows 10 copy.
Method Three: The Wilder Way
If methods one and two do not work and you absolutely feel must have access to the Windows 10 May 2020 update right now – you might really hate Cortana? – there is another strategy you can take. Download Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from the same site as before (“Download tools now” button). You can use it to upgrade your computer, just like the above mentioned Update Assistant. You can also use it to download a Windows 10 .ISO and then create a bootable flash drive and reinstall Windows 10 on your system.
One warning word: This method will overwrite all your files and everything you have installed. So for most people, the “upgrade” option is probably best. Again, make sure you have backed up your files before doing so for safety’s sake Windows does not save what you need when performing the upgrade. If this trick doesn’t give you the latest version of Windows, you might be better off with the clean install method – at the expense of reinstalling all your stuff.