Windows 10 May 2020 Update now rolling out automatically to older PCs

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What you need to know

  • The Windows 10 May 2020 Update will automatically roll out to more PCs.
  • Microsoft is using machine learning to determine which devices will receive the update.
  • Windows 10 version 1809 is the next version of Windows 10 scheduled to reach end of support.

Older PCs are now more likely to receive the Windows 10 May 2020 Update (Windows 10 version 2004). Microsoft updated (opens in new tab) the current status of Windows 10 version 2004 earlier this week. According to the company, it is increasing the number of devices that will receive the latest major Windows 10 update automatically.

Microsoft explains that it's using machine learning-based training to determine which devices are about to reach end of service. The doc does not explain which specific versions of Windows 10 will receive the update, though ZDNet highlights that Windows 10 version 1809 is the next version scheduled to reach end of support.

Here's the complete statement from the Microsoft support doc:

Current status as of July 22, 2020Windows 10, version 2004 is available for users with devices running Windows 10, versions 1903 and 1909, who manually seek to "Check for updates" via Windows Update. We are now starting a new phase in our rollout. Using the machine learning-based (ML-based) training we have done so far, we are increasing the number of devices selected to update automatically to Windows 10, version 2004 that are approaching end of service. We will continue to train our machine learning through all phases to intelligently rollout new versions of Windows 10 and deliver a smooth update experience. The recommended servicing status is Semi-Annual Channel.

Microsoft began using machine learning in mid-June to determine which PCs should receive Windows 10 version 2004.

If you're running a newer version of Windows 10, such as version 1903 or 1909, you can manually check for the update. It's worth noting that some devices, including some Surface devices, are still blocked from receiving the update regardless of which version of Windows 10 they're running.

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5 Comments
  • Not yet for SL3 and SPX
  • I'd have to check to see if this is still the case, but several Surface devices were still blocked from the update regardless of OS version.
  • What could possibly go wrong?
  • Surface Pro 7 👎 So far
  • I'm running 1909 on a mini pc with a Gemini Lake processor and it keeps telling me that the "Windows 10 May 2020 Update is on the way". Waiting...