What is Windows 10 May 2020 Update for PC/Laptop and how to get it?

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How to get Windows 10 May 2020 Update for PCs/laptops

Yesterday, we had written an article about how to avoid the irritating and often trouble-causing Windows 10 updates from downloading in your PC/Laptop. Pausing an update is before knowing whether Microsoft has bungled the patch is a good idea. We can install the patches and update when everyone else does and there are no reports of the updates/patches being defective.

Today we are looking at a different issue altogether. Downloading the Windows 10 May 2020 Update on your PC/Laptop before it is released to the general public.

Microsoft is releasing the Windows 10 May 2020 Update to the public somewhere in May. Right now, it’s still a preview build available for Windows Insiders for downloading and testing., The Windows 10 May 2020 build that is available right now on Microsoft’s website is believed to be the final version of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update to be released to Windows 10 users all over the world.

If you are a geek or have an interest in knowing what Microsoft is bringing to the table with Windows 10 May 2020 update, you can also join the Windows Insiders program. The build, barring any major bugs, is the final version of Windows 10 officially launch soon for all Windows 10 users worldwide.

What’s new in Windows 10 May 2020 Update?

  • Control your updates

  • Improved Cortana (with typing)

  • Cloud download for reinstallations

  • Faster Windows Search

  • Disk type and GPU temp in Task Manager

  • FPS in the Xbox Game Bar

  • Make your device passwordless

  • Renaming virtual desktops

  • Improved Network Status pane

  • Support for network cameras

  • Disable restarting apps at sign-in

  • Paint and WordPad are now optional

Control your updates

Windows 10 will finally let you control your updates. Right now, Windows 10 automatically downloads updates, patches and security fixes. In future iterations of Windows 10, except for security patches, you will have control over what you want to update. You can go to  Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > View optional updates. In this panel, you can select the updates you want to download.

New improved Cortana

Cortana has been sluggish in use. The new update promises a faster and vastly improved Cortana. You can now type questions to Cortana instead of speaking aloud. Cortana will now both light and dark themes.

Cloud download

There’s a new “Cloud Download” option you can use when resetting your PC/laptop in case something bad happens like fatal error flaw. You can use the Cloud Download option to restore the PC/Laptop to default Windows 10 settings. Go to Settings > Update and Security > Recovery and choose to reset your PC and remove everything, and then tell Windows to use “Cloud Download”.

Faster Search

The Windows 10 May 2020 build has a faster search using the Windows search indexer.

Disk type and GPU temp in Task Manager

Windows 10’s Task Manager now displays your disk type(SSD/HDD). It is now easier to know your hardware insider your computer. Open the Task Manager (Ctrl+Shift+Esc) and then click “More Details”.

The Task Manager’s performance tab will also display your GPU temperature. Just go to your GPU’s status page under the Performance tab. This only works with dedicated graphics cards. It doesn’t work with integrated or onboard GPUs.

FPS in the Xbox Game Bar

Windows 10’s new game bar now has an FPS counter and achievement overlay. Simply press Windows+G to open the Game Bar while playing a game, and then you’ll see a real-time FPS counter.

Passwordless Windows 10

You can now “Make your device passwordless” by selecting on the Settings > Accounts > Sign-in page. It can basically abolish passwords and require everyone on your PC to sign in with a PIN or a Windows Hello biometric sign-in method like face or fingerprint unlock.

Renaming virtual desktops

Windows 10 May 2020 build allows you to rename your virtual desktops. So now instead of default names like “Desktop 1″ and “Desktop 2″, you can rename them. Just click the name of each virtual desktop at the top of the Task View interface and then type a name.

Improved Network Status panel

The network status page (at Settings > Network and Internet > Status) has been redesigned. It now shows all the network at the top of the page with improved features.

Support for network cameras

Windows 10 May 2020 build now has support for IP-based cameras. You’ll be able to add network-based cameras by going to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth and other devices > Add Bluetooth or other device. If there’s a supported camera on your local network, Windows 10 will find it, or you can add it to your system in one click.

Disable restarting apps at sign-in

Windows 10 auto-reopens many applications, like Google Chrome, after you restart your PC. Now, you can disable this option. Head to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. Under Restart apps, toggle off “Automatically save my restartable apps when I sign out and restart them. . .”.

Paint and WordPad are now optional

Microsoft has turned Paint and WordPad into “optional features”, meaning you can uninstall them to free up space. Go to Settings > Apps > Apps and features > Optional features, and you’ll see Paint and WordPad with other optional features like Windows Media Player.

How to download the Windows 10 May 2020 build?

You can download the Windows 10 May 2020 update by becoming a Windows Insider withing seconds.

If you’re a Windows Insider, you’ll have access to the preview build of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update. Go to Microsoft’s Windows Insider website, sign in to your Microsoft account, and click Get Started to become a Windows Insider. It’s free to join this beta-testing program. Once your PC is on the May 2020 Update, Microsoft will continue to release “cumulative updates” like normal.

  1. Go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider Program and click the “Get started” button.
  2. Link your Microsoft account. This is the email account you used to register for the Windows Insider Program.
  3. Choose “Just fixes, apps, and drivers” to join the Release Preview ring and get the May 2020 Update and confirm.
  4. Press “Restart Now”. A restart is required.
  5. After rebooting your PC, you check your Windows Insider Program settings. Go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Insider Program and double-check that it shows “Release Preview” under “What pace do you want to get new builds?”.
  6. If you go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update and press the “Check for updates” button, your PC will receive the update.
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