Windows 10 version 2004 will arrive later - Windows 10 20H2 will be a minor update (Rumor)

Martin Brinkmann
May 2, 2020
Updated • May 2, 2020
Windows, Windows 10

Filed under rumor because Microsoft has not confirmed any of this officially. It appears that Microsoft has postponed the upcoming release of the next feature update for Windows 10, version 2004. According to Mary Jo Foley, Windows 10 version 2004 will be released at the end of May to the public.

The reason for this, according to Mary Jo, is a zero-day exploit that needs to be fixed in the new version of Windows 10 before it can be released to the public.

She believes that Windows 10 version 2004 will be released on May 28 for seekers. Seekers are users who hit the check for updates" button manually. If the PC is free of stopper bugs, e.g. because of installed software, then the update should be offered to the administrator. The new version will also be made available via the company's Media Creation Tool. Microsoft will make it available to more systems over a period of weeks and months. Eventually, Windows 10 version 2004 will be offered to systems automatically.


OEMs willwindows 10 version 2004 get the finished update by May 5 and developers by May 12, 2020 according to her sources. Microsoft changed the version for the new feature update slightly. In the past, Microsoft used 03 in the version of the first feature update release of the year. This would have resulted in Windows 10 version 2003 and that could have caused confusion because of Windows Server 2003. Microsoft decided to increase the month from 03 to 04 and thus Windows 10 version 2004 was born.

The version is still somewhat misleading considering that the new version of Windows 10 won't be available before May 2020 at the earliest.

The second feature update of 2020, Windows 10 20H2 will likely be a minor cumulative update and not a full feature update; this would make it similar in size and form to Windows 10 version 1909 which was also minor.

Basically, instead of releasing two feature updates per year, Microsoft decided to release one major update and a minor update. Most administrators will probably appreciate that considering that updating to a minor feature update is a lot easier, faster, and less error-prone than updating from a major feature update to another major one.

The last time this happened was in 2018 when Windows 10 version 1809 was released (and wreaked havoc).

Windows 10 version 2004 will be a bit late - Windows 10 20H2 will be a minor update (Rumor)
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  1. fozz said on May 9, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    I’m just hoping that 2004 won’t break things that I currently use such as StartIsBack, OldNewExplorer and a bunch of old programs/applications.

    Also, do these feature updates turn your privacy settings back on again? Probably a good idea to skim through the a bunch of settings again to see if they’ve enabled old settings back or added new junk settings.

  2. EP said on May 8, 2020 at 2:17 am
  3. Farmers said on May 6, 2020 at 1:00 am

    Why does the article have the screenshot of build 19582.1001? That’s not the build being released, it’s 19041.208.

  4. Phil said on May 3, 2020 at 3:43 pm

    I fear, things looked (and to some degree were) better in 2004 or even in 1994. :-\

  5. K said on May 3, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    Windows 10 – Back to 2004. ;)

  6. John G. said on May 3, 2020 at 5:55 am

    New old gargabe, new old bloatware stuff and of course new bugs everywhere that will make your hardware useless. Windows 10 is just a big hole in the umbrella in the most rainy day ever. Such a waste of time not to discover at time “windows update blocker”. Once applied it’s like heaven. I will stay stuck at version 19.09 just forever in this machine until it explode or whatever it do. :]

    1. Farmers said on May 6, 2020 at 12:53 am

      So you’re not interested in zero-day fixes either?

    2. Allwynd said on May 3, 2020 at 10:43 am

      I still miss Windows 7 and Windows XP, but mostly for their visuals – they looked so much more beautiful than WIndows 10 which is still some bug ol’ flat ugly rectangles on everything.

      I think at one point the “designers” at Microsoft reached the point of rock bottom flatness retardation when they decided it was a nice idea to remove the 1px borders of windows making all windows blend in with each other… I felt at that point that they had an exam to take in order to work on Windows 10 design that requires you to fall on your head from 1 meter height and if you do it 100 times and are still OK, you’re hired as chief designer.

      Windows 10 has got to be the ugliest piece of software I’ve ever used. I’ve tried to improve it with 3rd party skins and themes, but it doesn’t look as good as XP or 7, because there was more freedom and simplicity in applying 3rd party visual styles – now the taskbar doesn’t change, the Start Menu requires a separate 3rd party tool, it’s just a mess.

      And in only 5 years they started coming to terms that their idiotic flat rectangular design was ugly and hard to use and only recently they started updating App icons to have more depth as well as updating some of them to have rounded edges, which is a step in the right direction, but how many more decades do I have to wait before they update the rest of the UI on Windows 10 to make it less ugly?

      Another thing is them still not managing to migrate everything from Control Panel into Settings … in 5 years… I don’t know what are they even doing. And worst of all is those new Apps in this new language that they are using feel very unstable compared to the old Win32 programs which are still rock solid whereas the new Apps just like to break all the time for no reason and their UI looks like it was designed for a touch device whereas the Win32 programs are designed for mouse and keyboard.

      If I didn’t buy a new PC, I’d probably still be using Windows 7 and when that stops working properly – move to Linux. But I bought a gaming PC, because I play games and I can’t afford to move to Linux, because I won’t be able to play them and another thing is why use Linux on a gaming PC when you don’t play games on it and you’re the one who bought it in the first place in order to play games on it???

      1. John G. said on May 4, 2020 at 1:15 pm

        Absolutely agree! You have explained the last five years of W10’s complete fiasco in such few and precise words. My father still has W7 in an old magnificent Toshiba laptop and, please, it’s the MAIN family computer because it works nice 24/7. And it’s so easy to backup and restore all entire HD because it’s UEFI free (I tried to restore complete W10 once and UEFI was unable to be replaced, new installation was required). Furthermore W7 is the only OS with what we can do goverment tasks just because W10 is like hell for SmartCard drivers and. How could I try my father to upgrade to such piece of shi*** mixed windows features like W10? Never. :[

  7. Mike P said on May 3, 2020 at 2:04 am

    Preview Release is 2004 190041.208 as of moments ago I noticed it ready to install.
    same Iso is avail for slow and fast

  8. Jim said on May 2, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    I think that having one major update and one minor update every year to Windows is fine. Since several Linux distributions provide two updates per year (such as Ubuntu), I understand Microsoft also wanting to provide two updates per year.

  9. Karlshorst said on May 2, 2020 at 3:01 pm

    This does not come as a surprise, since it was announced last year already that the October updates will focus on bug fixes, rather than introducing feature-loads as the spring updates.

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