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Here is what is new in Windows 10 version 2004

The next version of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system is Windows 10 version 2004 (formerly known as Windows 10 20H1). While it won't be released for a while, it is more or less feature-complete already.

The following information is based mostly on Insider builds but also on information that Microsoft provided, e.g. on its development blogs.

See also: here is what is next after Windows 10 version 1909.

Windows 10 version 2004: features

The list is subject to change, as some features may not make it into the final version.

Reset the PC using the cloud

windows 10 recovery reset pc

Windows 10 comes with options to reset the PC; this restores the default operating system image on the device (with or without user data). Up until now, it was necessary to use local data to reset the PC. Starting with Windows 10 version 2004. administrators may reset the PC using cloud data instead.

The main advantage over using local files for reset is that cloud resets include all the latest updates already. If local files are used, it is necessary to install updates that Microsoft released.

The new Microsoft Edge?

microsoft edge release candidate

Microsoft plans to release the first stable version of the new Microsoft Edge web browser that is based on Chromium on January 15, 2020. It is unclear at this point whether the new browser will be integrated into Windows 10 2004 or if it will be integrated at a later point in time.

It seems likely that the new Edge will be part of the release but we will have to wait for an official announcement for confirmation.

Other changes in Windows 10 version 2004

  • Windows 10 users who have configured the system to sign them in automatically need to make sure that Windows Hello is deactivated as it may prevent automatic sign-ins otherwise.
  • Restart Apps option in the Settings under Accounts > Sign-in Option manages whether apps that were not closed during shutdown are reopened automatically on the next Start.
  • Windows Search improvements that aim to reduce disk usage and CPU usage as well as general performance issues. Option to switch between classic and enhanced search indexing.
  • Quick Searches in Search Home when search is opened. Displays links to Weather, top news, today in history and new movies links that open previews from Bing. Also, web preview design updates.
  • The GPU temperature is displayed for compatible video cards in the Task Manager. Hard drive types (e.g. SSD or HDD) are displayed as well now.
  • Ability to rename virtual desktops. Just click on the desktop name, e.g. Desktop 1, and edit the name accordingly.
  • Option to change cursor speed in the Settings. Visit Settings > Devices > Mouse to change the cursor speed there.
  • Improved information in the Network Settings. Windows 10 displays the data usage in the Network settings in the new version of Windows 10. The option to toggle between private and public networks is new as well.
  • Optional updates are now highlighted under Windows Update to make things more comfortable. Also new: option to set a fixed bandwidth limit for updates, e.g. 4 Mbps instead of a percentage value.
  • Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 with improvements across the board including a "real" Linux kernel.
  • Accessibility improvements, e.g. to better highlight the cursor, Narrator quick summary feature and improved sound scheme.
  • The Xbox Game Bar may display the FPS in the update.
  • Bluetooth pairing improvements.
  • New 2-in-1 tablet experience.
  • Better support for network cameras
  • Windows PowerShell ISE is a feature on demand now.
  • DirectX and Raytracing improvements.
  • Changes are coming to Cortana as it evolves from a general assistant to a "personal productivity assistant". Also, you may now chat with Cortana and resize/move the window just like any other.
  • New shortcut Windows-Ctrl-Shift-L to help troubleshoot login issues.
  • Passwordless sign-in option.
  • Additional Kaomoji and special characters supported.
  • Ability to install MSIX apps without sideloading.
  • Windows Sandbox improvements (config file support, microphone support)
  • Improved dictation support for multiple languages.
  • New "Your Phone" features including focus tracking, screen reading, messaging,  and support for more Android devices.
  • Ability to create events directly from the taskbar.
  • Calculator can be set to be always on top.

Removed or canceled features

Now You: What would you like to see in Windows 10 version 2004? (thanks Deskmodder)

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  1. Bobo said on December 8, 2019 at 11:33 am
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    “Quick Searches in Search Home when search is opened. Displays links to Weather, top news, today in history and new movies links that open previews from Bing.” AND “Additional Kaomoji and special characters.” Well spank my ass and call me Suzy! Where do I sign up for this revolutionary new era of computing? TAKE MY MONEEEEEYYYY!!!!!

    1. Allwynd said on December 8, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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      I got a new PC so I’m forced to use Crapdows 10 and I always hated it.

      Remember when they did that Ninja Cat thing?

      https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/NxAy8t4lNE4Gmjyt_GsHWwKXouE=/0x84:1024×767/1200×800/filters:focal(0x84:1024×767)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/46791980/Windows_Insider_Ninjacat_Trex-1024x768__627224_.0.0.png

      https://cdn0.tnwcdn.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2015/07/Windows10NinjaCatTNW.jpg

      https://images.techhive.com/images/article/2015/07/windows-insider-ninjacat-100597598-orig.png

      Those idiots literally spent resources creating this mascot or whatever for no apparent reason instead of working to make the OS better and more stable.

      Ever since Windows 8, Windows has been one huge practical joke.

      1. Tom D said on December 9, 2019 at 11:02 am
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        Linux

      2. ButtFuzz said on December 9, 2019 at 3:45 pm
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        Linux is so NOT the answer.
        2020: Year of the Linux Desktop!
        NOT.

      3. Bobo said on December 9, 2019 at 7:33 pm
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        Hey FUZZY BUTT! It sure IS the year of the linux desktop! I am willing to wrestle with anybody who says otherwise.

    2. clake said on December 8, 2019 at 10:24 pm
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      lolz, ;-)

  2. Clement said on December 8, 2019 at 11:39 am
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    What would you like to see in Windows 10 version 2004? Remove All Telemetry, Data Collection activity and stop calling home and elsewhere.

    1. Herman Cost said on December 8, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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      Yes, please. Plus make all updates optional so users can maintain a stable operating system, not a service.

      1. VioletMoon said on December 8, 2019 at 7:35 pm
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        Hmmm . . . updates are optional. Not sure why users think MS is forcing updates on machines. Maybe I am using a different version of Windows 10.

      2. LESTER RYAN said on December 9, 2019 at 2:13 pm
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        Install GWX Control Panel

    2. Daqwan Koenig said on December 8, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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      Then don’t use windows you have options

    3. Bobo said on December 8, 2019 at 6:12 pm
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      Absolute minimum: Unified context menu design. No old control panel. But those are very hard and extreme hurdles to cross, apparently. It’s been what, over 5 years now? I have a feeling if someone were to sneak in a camera in the Windows 10 development chambers, we’d find 2 passed out old drunks, a pothead listening to Pink Floyd’s Umma Gumma and a fat cat sleeping on the keyboard connected to the main development computer. KDE devs do more in a month than Windows 10 devs in 6 years, for free.

      1. ButtFuzz said on December 9, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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        At least control.exe brings up mostly what you’re looking for.

    4. cfbcfb said on December 9, 2019 at 12:59 am
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      Easy. There are “decrapifiers” and “debloaters” that effectively neuter Windows shenanigans.

  3. nonqu said on December 8, 2019 at 12:43 pm
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    A lot of great improvements, but still no native ext4 support.

    1. VioletMoon said on December 8, 2019 at 7:40 pm
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      True . . . however it is quite simple to use a third party program:

      https://www.paragon-software.com/home/linuxfs-windows/#

      $20.00 is a bargain if one is really accessing ext4 files all of the time; most will never need a tool.

      Or a freebie option:

      https://sourceforge.net/projects/ext2read/

      Must admit it’s rather backward thinking on MSs part. One can run Linux and read/write Windows files, but Windows can’t read/write Linux files. Something wrong there.

    2. CKing123 said on December 9, 2019 at 12:26 am
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      Why would Microsoft support ext4? That said, WSL might in the future use (since it uses Linux kernel) might allow you to mount disks, which could eventually allow ext4. However, I doubt Microsoft will natively support ext4 in Windows itself.

  4. John G. said on December 8, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    Why not, please, you Microsoft high staff guys, Windows 10 version 2020? 🤣

    1. Douglas Wardle said on December 8, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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      The build numbers don’t make much sense as they are now, the 2004 is going to facilitate a lot of criticism, some humorous, some not so much. The REgistry is already on it but just getting warmed-up.

      https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/12/05/notepad_not_in_store/

  5. Luke said on December 8, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    Every update has minor news. It is taking soo long for them to make something big.

    Tabs in File Explorer. Please. Why is it so hard to do that?

    Complete transition from Control Panel to Settings? Wow, cursor pointer speed is now moved. So we need to wait 6 months so a new option gets transitioned?

    So. Slow. This will take years…

  6. Janne Granström said on December 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm
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    Just change to linux all together. Windows is great for de.

  7. ha said on December 8, 2019 at 2:56 pm
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    M$, tell me “what is stable” rather than “what is new” pls.

    1. Todd said on December 8, 2019 at 6:18 pm
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      @ha Nothing is stable.

  8. Anonymous said on December 8, 2019 at 4:38 pm
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    @Bobo –
    >>>”Well spank my ass and call me Suzy! Where do I sign up for this revolutionary new era of computing? TAKE MY MONEEEEEYYYY!!!!!”

    Well said!!! :) LOL

  9. James Gilbert said on December 8, 2019 at 5:19 pm
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    Apple has been using a Cloud-based OS reset for years and years … and years. I’m glad to see Microsoft thought it was a good idea to incorporate it, just like everything else they get from everyone else. There’s no innovation here, just attempts to make everyone’s else’s ideas their own.

  10. Mothy said on December 8, 2019 at 6:07 pm
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    “What would you like to see in Windows 10 version 2004?”

    Along with what Clement stated above, I’d like to see Windows Update return to the configuration used in the past where it can be set to “Never check for updates” as well as when doing a manual check all it does is show available updates for you to choose. That old method was simple and gave the user full control over updates without having to jump through a bunch of hoops.

  11. chesscanoe said on December 8, 2019 at 6:15 pm
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    Windows Calculator scientific version 10.1910.0.0 (64 bit) under
    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.18363.476] already does 64 bit integer arithmetic even though intermediate results are still shown in less accurate scientific notation for large numbers.You can view feedback comments within the application, and I hope some of them make it to the January update.

  12. ULBoom said on December 8, 2019 at 7:53 pm
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    Does MS even have marketing people working for them anymore?

    Windows 10 version 2004 has to be the dumbest, most confusing name ever.

    The second release next year should be called
    20 and 2/3 just because.

    Or maybe 20.666; the devil’s in the details, you know. (sorry)

  13. Jimmyayo said on December 8, 2019 at 8:52 pm
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    How bout they fix the memory leaks in Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 that has been around since June?

  14. Yuliya said on December 8, 2019 at 10:38 pm
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    blah blah blah, give me LTSC 20.09 already!! :>

  15. Stan said on December 8, 2019 at 11:09 pm
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    Linux Mint or Ubuntu.

  16. Joop said on December 9, 2019 at 2:45 am
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    Windows 10 is only good for chessbase/playchess and ganes for me.

    I have windows 3 times resset, it was messed up and slow etc etc

    I like my Cromebook and my Linux computer more, its always fast and clean. Without any problems and safer then windows.

  17. Anonymous said on December 9, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    I would like Windows 10 to have a start menu like Windows 7.
    They have the code.
    Instead, I have to search for 3rd party options.

  18. Nicholas Kormanik said on December 9, 2019 at 8:32 am
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    Ability to run Android programs….

    Is that asking too much?

    Nicholas Kormanik

  19. Tom said on December 9, 2019 at 11:45 am
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    Hmm what would I like to see with junkdows 10? Get rid of Cortana, turn off tracking, bring back windows 7 features.

    Won’t happen so I’ll stick with my functional windows 7 pro. I’ll eventually make a switch to Linux and be done with all microscrap products.

  20. ButtFuzz said on December 9, 2019 at 4:04 pm
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    Why is it not possible to graft the Windows 7 Aero Glass desktop onto Windows 10?
    Why must every OS today look like it is designed for a toy or a tablet?

    For the love of God and all that is holy make it stop!

  21. Marco said on December 9, 2019 at 11:34 pm
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    AFAIK monthly (cumulative) updates reinstall stuff into Windows\SystemApps, even for features that were removed (they’re listed in Pending.xml before reboot). I’ve stayed for as long as possible on the sometimes maligned 1809 release. I wish microsoft reinstated the older way, but there is no illusion that they’ll do so.

  22. Joe Schmoe said on January 14, 2020 at 6:42 pm
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    Your link for the Cortana changes is wrong – a repeat of the previous link.

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