As usual, the new version of Windows 10 is gradually being introduced as an optional upgrade using the Windows Update Assistant, starting with modern hardware and then becoming more widespread. As a rule, users are warned in the first few weeks to trigger the update manually.
However, it may take months for the May 2020 update to reach all devices. Also, once the upgrade has undergone additional testing, it will automatically be available to computers running a version that is nearing the end of its service life to avoid service interruption.
If you can’t wait, you can force the update using Windows Update, the Media Creation Tool, or the Update Assistant at any time in at least three ways.
How to get the latest update with the Windows 10 Update Assistant
To get the update for the latest, open your favourite web browser and go to Download Windows 10. At the top is a section called “Windows 10 Update for May June, or July 2020″ and a large “Update Now” button. Click or tap on it.
This action triggers the download of a small executable file with a size of 5.96 MB called Windows10Upgrade9252.exe. Store it somewhere on your Windows 10 computer or device. Any place is suitable. Then go to the location where you saved the file and double-click or double-tap it.
A UAC notification will appear, asking you to confirm that you want to run the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant by clicking Yes.
The Windows 10 Update Assistant loads and tells you if you are running the latest version of Windows 10. Since you want to install the May 2020 update, you probably don’t have the latest version. You should see something similar to the following image that informs you that “[…] this PC is not running the latest and safest version of Windows 10. This PC is running version 1909. The latest version is 2004.”
Version 2004 is the Windows 10 update for May 2020. Click or click the “Update Now” button in the lower right corner of the Windows 10 Update Assistant.
Your PC must meet all the requirements for installing the May 2020 update, since you already have Windows 10. Windows 10 Update Assistant automatically downloads the latest update in seconds. If you are in a hurry, you can also start it manually by clicking the Next button.
Windows 10 Update Assistant downloads all the files necessary to install the May 2020 update. Since this is a relatively extensive update, it will take a while to download all files. Time. If you are using a laptop or tablet, make sure your power cord is plugged in. Then take a cup of coffee or tea and relax. You can view the progress as a percentage, as shown in the screenshot below.
If you change your mind and no longer want to download the latest update, you can click Cancel Update. When you do this, the Windows 10 Update Assistant creates a shortcut on your desktop that you can use to continue later. After downloading the files, the Windows 10 Update Assistant starts installing the update.
This part of the Windows 10 update process can take up to 90 minutes. Unfortunately, reinstalling the latest update is a little faster. However, you cannot keep all of your applications, files, and settings as you did during the upgrade.
After a while, you will be notified that “your update is ready. Your PC must be restarted to complete the update.” You can wait 30 minutes for the automatic restart or restart now.
When it is time to restart or shortly after you click the Restart Now button, the following message will appear: “You will be logged out. There will be a shut down of the windows in about a minute.” your computer will restart when you press close.
After the restart, the installation continues. Please note that your PC may restart several times. You just have to wait for it to finish.
Next is the last waiting screen. It takes a minute or two for the final settings in Windows 10 to complete.
After the installation is complete, the Windows 10 Upgrade Assistant will greet you with a “Thank You” message. Press Exit, and you’re done.
After installing the update for May 2020, Windows 10 shows that the version is now 2004 (see figure below). To check, go to “Settings -> System -> Info,” scroll down and look for the “Version” field on the right.
The May 2020 update brings some new features and improvements to Windows 10, and many users will likely want it on their devices as soon as possible. If you don’t want to wait, now you know how to install it using Windows 10 Update Assistant. However, as you saw in our manual, you can download and install everything. Take a while; the process is not that difficult. Before we finish, please let us know if everything worked. Comment below and share your experience.