Windows 10 2004 update not offered? Here’s how to get it now

Microsoft officially started rolling out Windows 10 version 2004, the Windows 10 May 2020 Update yesterday, but for many people, it is not being offered when they check via Windows Update.

If you are performing a manual Windows Update check and it just states, “You’re up to date,” as seen below, then you have not been selected yet as part of the initial rollout or it’s blocked due to a hardware or driver conflict.

Windows 10 version 2004 update not available
Windows 10 version 2004 update not available

Before using the steps below to perform a manual update, you should first consult the Windows 10 2004 Health Dashboard and make sure there are no known issues blocking the update.

If you are using hardware or drivers that are listed as a known issue, try to update those first and see if Windows Update now offers you the new feature update.

If that does not help and you do not want to wait, you can download it now using the Windows 10 Update Assistant or the Media Creation Tool.

Below we have provided steps on using the Windows 10 Update Assistant to install Windows 10 2004 now instead of waiting for it to become available via Windows Update.

How to install the Windows 10 May 2020 Update now

If you do not want to wait for Windows Update to offer the Windows 10 2004 feature update, you can use one of the following methods to upgrade now:

Method 1: Use the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant

The Windows 10 Update Assistant is a tool that lets you perform an upgrade to the latest feature update immediately after it is installed. 

Using the Update Assistant will also alert you to any issues on your computer that may prevent the update from happening.

To use the Windows 10 Update Assistant to install Windows 10 v2004, the May 2020 Update, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the ‘Download Windows 10‘ page at Microsoft and click on the Update now button to download the Windows 10 Update Assistant.
  2. After the Windows10Upgrade9252.exe file has been downloaded, double-click on it to launch the program, and you will  be greeted with the main page asking if you wish to update to Windows 10 version 2004.

    When ready, click on the Update Now button.

    Windows 10 Update Assistant
    Windows 10 Update Assistant
  3. The Update Assistant will do a quick check of your CPU, memory, and available disk space and state if your PC is compatible. When done, click on the Next button.
    Windows 10 Update Assistant
    Passes compatibility checks
  4. The Update Assistant will now ask if you wish to create installation media or update the PC.  You should select ‘Upgrade this PC now’ and then click on the Next button.
    What do you want to do?
    What do you want to do?
  5. The May 2020 Update will now be downloaded to your computer. The download process can take some time, so please be patient.
    Downloading files
    Downloading files
  6. When done downloading the feature update, the Update Assistant will state that the update is ready and prompt you to restart Windows to install it. 

    If you are ready to install the update, click on the Restart now button. You can also click on ‘Restart later’ if not ready and manually restart Windows to install the update at a later time.

    Ready to update
    Ready to update
  7. After clicking on ‘Restart now‘ button, Windows will restart and begin to install the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. The feature update will now install, and as its a large update with many new features, it will take some time to complete. Please be patient while Windows is updated.
    Installing the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
    Installing the Windows 10 May 2020 Update
  8. When done, you will be back at your Windows 10 login screen where you can log in and start playing with the new Windows 10 v2004 features.

If the Windows 10 Update Assistant failed for some reason, you could try the Media Creation Tool to upgrade to Windows 10, version 2004.

Method 2: Use the Media Creation Tool to upgrade to Windows 10 2004

The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool is a Microsoft utility that allows you to create a bootable USB, DVD, or ISO that can be used to install Windows 10.

In addition to creating media, the tool can also be used to perform an in-place upgrade of Windows 10 to the latest feature update.

Windows Media Creation Tool
Windows Media Creation Tool

If you have trouble updating using the Windows 10 Update Assistant, you can try the Media Creation Tool to upgrade to Windows 10 2004.

Method 3: Download the Windows 10 2004 ISO for a clean installation

The final method is to download a Windows 10 2004 ISO and burn it to a bootable USB drive.

This bootable USB drive will allow you to boot the computer into the Windows 10 setup, where you can then perform the upgrade.

For those who wish to use an ISO, you can read our How to download the Windows 10 2004 ISO from Microsoft article.

Update 5/28/20: Added a few other methods to install Windows 10 2004.

Kent

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