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    Home Forums AskWoody support Windows Windows 10 Windows 10 version 1909 – November 2019 Update Windows 10 Version 2004 recommended?

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      • #2303031 Reply
        AskWoody Plus
        I have Windows 10 Home Version 1909 (OS Build 18363.1082) on my computer
        In the Settings – Update + Security section I have had a notice for a few months that Feature update to Windows 10, version 2004 is available and ready to install and when you’re ready for the update, select ‘Download + install’
        I understand a new feature update, Windows 10,  20H2 could be available in a few weeks.
        1)  Would you recommend installing Version 2004
        2)  If yes, should it be installed in the near future,  before the 20H2 version is released
        Thanks so much for your time,
      • #2303035 Reply
        Da Boss

        Woody is still recommending v1909 as there are still problems with v2004.
        Hold off a little while longer for v2004 to become more stable.

        However, it would be a good idea to use the Media Creation Tool (MCT), downloadable from the Windows Download Center, to create an ISO of v2004 now, to be saved for an install at a later date.

        • #2304886 Reply
          AskWoody Lounger

          This just happened a few minutes ago:
          On the web page, under “Create Windows 10 installation media” I clicked on the “Download tool now” button. I opened File Explorer, went to the folder where I had saved the MediaCreationTool2004.exe file.

          When I double clicked on the filename a box with white text on a dark blue background came up which reads: “Windows protected your PC” followed by “Microsoft Defender SmartScreen prevented an unrecognized app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk.”

          There is a More Info link that opens two lines of text: “App: MediaCreationTool2004.exe ” and “Publisher: Unknown publisher.” In the upper right corner is the conventional X to close the box and near the lower right corner is a box that reads “Don’t run.”

          What do I (and others) do now?

          • #2304900 Reply
            Susan Bradley
            AskWoody MVP

            I don’t launch the tool from where I downloaded it, it just opens up the app.  What browser is default?

            Susan Bradley Patch Lady

            • #2304901 Reply
              Susan Bradley
              AskWoody MVP

              I tried it again launching from the download folder and not able to repro this.  I would try downloading it again as I wonder if you have a corrupt download?

              Susan Bradley Patch Lady

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      • #2303037 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        I have never used MCT to create an ISO file  >  any recommendations for easy (??) steps

        OR  could I just wait until v2004 is more stable

        • #2303040 Reply
          Da Boss

          Once v20H2 is released, the ISO for v2004 will no longer be available from the Download Center. It will be the ISO for v20H2.

          It is really easy to use the MCT.
          You download it to your desktop and run it.
          It will ask if you want to update now or create media for later.
          You choose to create the ISO for later use, for any computer.
          Name the ISO (something like “Win10 v2004”) and choose where to save it (your desktop, for example).
          Then you copy the .ISO file from your desktop to a backup location.

          • #2305080 Reply
            AskWoody Lounger

            I’m just on downloading the v2004 ISO now with the MCT. I figure it’s better to do it now before it’s superseded. I know Woody recommended it weeks ago, but even so so I’m grabbing it now to save me getting it from later 🙂

            • #2305086 Reply
              Paul T
              AskWoody MVP

              You don’t get the ISO from Heidoc, you get a pointer to the file at Microsoft.

              cheers, Paul

              • #2305268 Reply
                AskWoody Lounger

                Splitting hairs, surely? Admittedly I wasn’t aware of that specifically because I’ve never downloaded anything from HeiDoc; but that is the resource which is recommended on this forum which is why I mentioned it.

                Either way, thanks for the accuracy 🙂

      • #2303042 Reply
        AskWoody Plus

        Is this the correct link to download the MCT ?

        When you say copy ISO to backup location, I assume you mean a blank USB flash drive or DVD with say 8GB or more of space

        Sorry for asking stupid questions,  but that is why I joined this site

        • This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by Iggy.
        • This reply was modified 1 week, 3 days ago by Iggy.
        • #2303048 Reply
          Da Boss

          Correct location.

          An ISO is an image of Win10 – a single file that contains the “compressed archived”  of the installation media.
          You can use it is several ways to install the OS.
          + You can mount it in your existing installation by right-clicking on the .ISO file and choosing “open with” File Explorer. It will appear as another drive letter in Explorer (like a CD drive or Flash drive). When you click on the drive letter, you will see all the files necessary for the installation of the OS. (It will be like looking at the install CDs that used to come with a new computer.) You can then do an in-place upgrade by clicking on the setup.exe file in the ISO.
          + You can use the ISO to create install media – either by burning it onto a DVD or making a bootable Flash drive. You use a DVD burning program for the former.
          Using the install media, you can do an in-place upgrade by opening the install media in Explorer and clicking on setup.exe OR you can do a clean install by booting from the bootable install media which will wipe everything and reinstall a fresh version of Windows.

          IF you choose in-place upgrades, you will have three choices: to save your programs and data, to save your data only, or to save nothing.

          You can save the ISO to an external drive for backup, or create bootable install media as described above.

        • #2303990 Reply

          the 2004 MCT tool will create a 2004 refresh ISO with build 19041.450 (August CU [KB4566782] integrated)

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      • #2304029 Reply
        AskWoody MVP

        Hey Y’all,

        Here’s a newly updated version of my PowerShell Get-USBWinVer.ps1 which will report the version of Windows that is on your USB install stick.
        Previously, I believe I posted this but I found it had an error and was reporting the version of WMIC used to retrieve the information, my bad!

        I’ve also updated the output to provide the build number and common name (1903,1909,20H1, etc.).

        Here’s the code: Get-USBWinVers
        .zip MD5 Hash: 09B58EF8958C5DECD543ABEA28B43266
        .ps1 MD5 Hash: B363D4EBC2416EC0667675B65A73C2DC



        May the Forces of good computing be with you!


        PowerShell & VBA Rule!
        Computer Specs

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