Windows 10 version 2004, or the May 2020 Update is now available for the 1 billion Windows 10 users around the world. Following the release of the Service Pack-like November 2019 Update, this is the first substantial update coming after the May 2019 Update, with quite a few meaty features like DirectX 12 Ultimate and others [more details about new features and improvements here].
Just like the previous versions, Windows 10 May 2020 Update can also be run by almost all the configurations, however barebones they may be... The update is available for the first batch of users through the Settings app. You can also choose to download the ISO files directly from Microsoft and skip the line by manually installing the newest version.
Windows 10 2004 system requirements
|RAM||1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit|
|Hard disk space||32GB or larger hard disk|
|CPU||1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster compatible processor or System on a Chip (SoC):
- Intel: Up through the following 10th Generation Intel Processors (Intel Core i3/i5/i7/i9-10xxx), and Intel Xeon W-12xx/W-108xx, Intel Xeon SP 32xx, 42xx, 52xx, 62xx, and 82xx, Intel Atom (J4xxx/J5xxx and N4xxx/N5xxx), Celeron and Pentium Processors
- AMD: Up through the following AMD 7th Generation Processors (A-Series Ax-9xxx & E-Series Ex-9xxx & FX-9xxx); AMD Athlon 2xx processors, AMD Ryzen 3/5/7 4xxx, AMD Opteron and AMD EPYC 7xxx
- Qualcomm: Qualcomm Snapdragon 850 and 8cx
|Screen resolution||800 x 600|
|Graphics||Compatible with DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver|
Microsoft upgraded the hard drive requirement to 32GB only last year. However, please note that this is a recommendation and not always a set minimum requirement. The Windows maker said that depending on different factors, this may be a problem for some users and not others.
The factors that impact the amount of free hard drive space needed to take an update include: the versions of Windows previously installed on the machine, the amount of disk space available to reuse from Windows files, such as the virtual memory pagefile or hibernation file, which applications are installed on your device and how those applications store data.
Microsoft added that the 32GB requirement has been set so that users have space left to install apps and store their own data. However, installing the new version or updating from a previous version on devices with less than 32GB storage will still work "if the device has enough free space available."
When updating, Windows will attempt to automatically free up enough hard drive space and guide you through freeing up even more if the automatic cleanup is not sufficient. You can also take steps to free up space on your own.
As mentioned in an earlier piece, this is the first Windows 10 version coming under the new leadership of Panos Panay and Amanda Langowski who are now spearheading the OS and Insider programs. The company has also baked Windows 10 2004 way longer than any previous version. Here is hoping this translates into a much better and stable experience and we are finally rid of the compatibly and other breaking bugs that have become synonymous with the operating system itself.