Windows 10 May 2020 update
The Windows 10 May 2020 update, Windows Update 2004, named yy=20 mm=04 is beginning to become available to PCs via Windows update.
It had a particularly long test cycle, as it was originally aimed for an April release (hence the 04), but is now being released now at the end of May. Microsoft hasn’t said if this has been due to Covid or not, but it seems likely.
You’ll be able to install the public release from Windows Update when it’s offered to your PC, or you can go to the Download Windows 10 page (link below)
Windows 10 2004 includes a lot of fixes and updates, plus a handful of noteworthy new features.
It includes an option to download setup files from the cloud, instead of using local installation files when resetting or reinstalling Windows.
Windows 10 2004 adds an option to automatically restore open apps after a restart, as well.
On devices that include Windows Hello biometric authentication (facial recognition or fingerprint) with Microsoft accounts, administrators can remove the option to sign in with a password and allow signing in only with the biometric feature or a Windows Hello PIN. (Note that a PIN can be longer than four characters and can include letters and symbols as well as numbers, making it effectively a local password that is never shared over the network.)
That Windows Hello PIN is also now usable in Safe Mode. On a device that has been configured with a PIN for the primary administrator’s account, you can use that PIN instead of the password to sign in after restarting in Safe Mode.
If you use the Virtual Desktops feature, for example, you’re no longer stuck with the system-issued names for those arrangements of windows. Instead, you can change the dull defaults, Desktop 1, Desktop 2, and so on, to more meaningful names. Press Windows key + Tab, then click New Desktop, and click the label above the desktop’s thumbnail to change the name.
In Task Manager, you can now see the GPU temperature for discrete graphics cards without having to install a third-party utility. Likewise, the Performance tab now shows the disk type (SSD, USB, and so on) for storage devices.
This version continues the refinement of the new Settings page, with a new Home page for users who sign in with a Microsoft account, as well as a reworked Network Status page that consolidates information such as IP address and data usage into a single location instead of multiple subpages.
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