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  • Patch Lady – anyone else getting 2004?

    Posted on September 7th, 2020 at 10:12 Susan Bradley Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Just when I think I understand the consumer updating experience…. I didn’t click to approve to install this.

    Now I did go into the update settings last night to check some settings and the 2004 was set to be approved to install.

    Current status as of July 22, 2020
    Windows 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.
    This on my Lenovo Thinkpad with cellular.  But I still don’t see that 2004 should have been pushed like this.  Anyone else seeing 2004 on their machines and you didn’t “check for updates”?  I was on 1909.
  • Annoyed that Win10 Version 2004 won’t install

    Posted on August 23rd, 2020 at 21:10 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Fred Langa

    An AskWoody reader is losing patience waiting for Windows Update to green-light the newest Windows 10.

    Here’s what could be blocking the update — and how to easily work around most such issues.

    Plus: A brave subscriber wants to swap just the physical platters inside his dead hard drive.

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.33.0 (2020-08-24).

  • Win10 version 2004 gets “optional” fixes for many problems – but OneDrive still suffers

    Posted on August 5th, 2020 at 07:25 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    The “optional, non-security, C/D Week” patch for Win10 version 2004, KB 4568831, claims to cure many of the ills that afflict the latest version of Windows. Mayank Parmar has an overview in Windows Latest:

    Microsoft has finally published an optional update to address at least four major bugs in Windows 10 version 2004, including Storage Spaces file corruption issue where the disk-failure protection feature is broken. (That’s the Parity Space bug I talked about on June 18 -WL.)

    While the problem with Drive Optimize tool remains unpatched and unacknowledged, Microsoft says it has included fixes for problems affecting Storage Spaces… This patch also allows Windows built-in data protection software to work as intended.

    I’m skeptical that the optional update actually fixes all of those problems, but stranger things have happened.

    In addition, Günter Born says he’s found evidence of yet another long-standing Win10 bug:

    After upgrading to the next build, OneDrive fails and delivers ‘OneDrive cannot connect to Windows’. There can also be printer problems.

    He reports on a German blog reader, Martin, who has both a description and a solution of the bug that only occurs when you do an in place upgrade.

  • Hello! Has anyone seen 2004?

    Posted on August 2nd, 2020 at 23:12 Tracey Capen Comment on the AskWoody Lounge


    By Susan Bradley

    Have you received the May feature release of Windows 10 — aka Version 2004?

    So here it’s the start of August — 68 days after the release of Microsoft’s newest Windows — and I have not seen Win10 2004 offered to any of my home PCs. These are my unmanaged machines: a home-built SilverStone small-form-factor desktop, a Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop, an older Surface, and a newer Surface Go.

    On every one of my systems, Windows Update taunts me with a message that effectively says “your machine isn’t worthy.”

    Read the full story in AskWoody Plus Newsletter 17.30.0 (2020-08-03).

  • Have a Surface Pro X? Want to upgrade to Win10 2004? There’s a convoluted way….

    Posted on July 30th, 2020 at 09:03 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    No, I don’t recommend that you install Win10 version 2004.

    But if you have a Surface Pro X (which I don’t recommend, either) and you really really want to move to Win10 version 2004, it can be done, in spite of the notification that says “This PC can’t be upgraded to Windows 10.”

    It involves installing the update, and in the middle – at just the right moment – disconnecting your internet connection.

    Full instructions from ScottGillis on the Microsoft Answers forum.

    Thx @barbbowman

  • How can a Win10 1903 user keep 2004 off their machine?

    Posted on July 29th, 2020 at 12:05 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Interesting question from CN:

    Windows 1903 Home user…  I searched the forum for help with this, and I found a post, but I can’t find all the replies, and I can’t find instructions to help me stop this forced upgrade. The replies I can read seem to reference blocking strategies that I can’t use (perhaps for Windows Pro users?)

    Updates just resumed after a 3 week pause for the month of July. Win 2004 is now installing without my requesting it, accepting it, or clicking Check for Updates. I paused the install until September, but where on the forum can I find a way to allow other updates when we hit DEFCON 3 without installing Win 2004?

    Do you know of a reliable magic incantation to keep MS from pushing 1903 Home to 2004? I wrote about this back in May, but now it seems that MS is going after 1903 users without offering the circuit breaker “Download and install” option.

  • Foley: Microsoft still isn’t offering Win10 version 2004 to Surface Laptop 3, other Surface devices

    Posted on July 7th, 2020 at 11:01 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Remember how Microsoft said it was unleashing Win10 version 2004 on its long-blocked Surface products?

    Yeah. No.

    Mary Jo Foley reports:

    Update (July 7) Still no release of the block for Windows 10 2004 on my Surface Laptop 3 or other blocked Surface devices, according to readers I’m hearing from. I’ve asked Microsoft twice more what’s going on, given this was supposed to be unblocked within 48 hours as of June 29. Still no word back.

    Barb Bowman adds:

    also Surface Book 3 owners complaining they can’t get 2004 update version

    Heckuva note when MS doesn’t trust its latest version of Windows on its own computers, six weeks after releasing the new version.

  • Win10 version 2004 upgrade block: “What needs your attention” – but no details

    Posted on July 6th, 2020 at 09:49 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    I first saw this report from Paul Thurrott over the weekend… he was trying to upgrade one of his PCs to Win10 version 2004 — apparently using Windows Update — and got the usual non-informational screen:

    What makes this particularly galling is that the Win10 version 2004 upgrade was (apparently) offered through Windows Update.

    it offers 2004 via WU and installs to 30 percent before this appears.

    You and I are well acquainted with Win10 version 2004 upgrades that go awry – and you probably know about that “error” message that neither describes the error nor points at a solution. But I had no idea that a Win10 version 1809 machine would be offered the 2004 upgrade, install to 30%, then kick this bizarre error non-message.

    @MikeFromMarkham pointed me to a Techdows article that lists many other folks with similar problems (1, 2, 3, 4, 5).

    ‘Softie JennyFeng seems to have the best solution, from post number 4:

    If you’ve received this banner, here is what you can do for Windows Update to show the feature update available notification:

    1.Update your hardware drivers
    2.Disable Core Isolation by going to Settings > Windows Security > Open Windows Security > Devie Security > Core isolation details.
    3.Keep checking Windows 10 2004 release information page for mitigations and resolutions for Known issues.

    Which is Micorosft-speak for “take two aspirin and don’t call me in the morning.”

    There appears to be some success with cutting off the PC’s internet connection before upgrading – but that’s not exactly a highly recommended approach. Most indications I’ve seen point to problems with updated drivers, being downloaded during installation.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it many times again: Win10 version 2004 has exactly zero worthwhile new features. Ain’t worth the hassle. Wait four or six months for Microsoft to iron out the bugs. It’s easy.