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Windows 10: A guide to the updates

The launch of a major Windows 10 update isn’t the end of a process — it’s really just the beginning. As soon as one of Microsoft’s twice-yearly feature updates is released, the company quickly gets to work on improving it by fixing bugs, releasing security patches, and occasionally adding new features.

Here we’ve summarized what you need to know about every Windows 10 update being released to the public. First come updates to the latest version of Windows 10 — version 2004, known as the May 2020 Update — with the most recent updates on top.

(Note that Microsoft has not yet begun actively pushing 2004 to users. You can seek out and install the release on your PC, but why rush things? In fact, we recommend keeping 2004 off your machine for now to avoid any bugs that may crop up with the new release.)

Next come updates to version 1909, known as the November 2019 Update; version 1903, the May 2019 Update; version 1809, the October 2018 Update; version 1803, the April 2018 Update; version 1709, the Fall Creators Update; and finally version 1703, the Creators Update. For each build, we’ve included the date of its initial release and a link to Microsoft’s announcement about it.

Note: If you’re looking for information about Insider Program previews for upcoming feature releases of Windows 10, see “Windows 10 Redstone: A guide to the builds.” And if you’re still using an earlier version of Windows, see the Microsoft support site for details about updates to Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 version 1607 / Windows Server 2016.

Updates to the May 2020 Update (version 2004)

KB4565503 (OS Build 19041.388)

Release date: July 14, 2020

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