How do you find out if a particular device is compatible with Microsoft's latest version of Windows 10, Windows 10 version 2004 or the May 2020 update? While you could give it a try and see how it goes, it is usually better to find out if a device is compatible before you run the update.
Windows Update might block the update on the device as Microsoft tends to roll out updates over time and blocks certain devices from getting the update. All bets are off on the other hand if you install the operating system using an ISO image. You will notice that a device is not compatible during installation, but that means spending some time up to that point.
PC manufacturers Dell and Lenovo have published compatibility lists. These cover devices that the companies have tested to find out if a device is compatible with the new Windows version.
It is a good idea for Dell and Lenovo PC owners to check the compatibility list first before the update is installed.
Tip: you may also want to check Microsoft's list of known issues of Windows 10 version 2004.
Lenovo customers may point the web browser of their choice to this support page on the Lenovo website. You may enter a serial number at the top to find your PC or laptop, use the "select your product" option, or use Ctrl-F to find it in the listing.
Lenovo lists the following product families as the main entry points.
Limitations may be displayed below each product category listing that highlight specific issues for certain devices. Workarounds and mitigations may be displayed to resolve the issue, e.g. by installing a newer driver or even restoring the older version of Windows.
Dell's support page lists product groups and devices as well. The company provides information on determining the computer model; helpful for customers who don't know the exact make and model of the device. Everyone else may use Ctrl-F to jump to the device directly on the page.
All devices listed by Dell have been tested for compatibility and should work with the Windows 10 version 2004 operating system.
Dell notes that it has not tested any other models and that it won't provide driver updates for untested devices.
The compatibility listings are helpful but it is still possible that a feature update may not install correctly; incompatibilities may be caused by installed applications or additional hardware devices.
Devices not listed on the manufacturer's website may still receive the Windows 10 version 2004 update just fine, as not being listed on the page simply means that the device has not been tested by Dell or Lenovo.
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