This guide highlights all the new features and changes with Windows 10 2004 (May 2020 Update), including new Cortana app,Windows Search,Windows Hello,native support for network cameras,Cloud Download for Reset this PC,Windows Subsystem for Linux 2,Windows 10 Settings improvements,Virtual Desktops, and more.
Desktop features and changes on Windows 10 version 2004
As part of the desktop changes, Windows 10 version 2004 brings new features to the Lock screen, Start menu, Windows Search, virtual desktops, Cortana, File Explorer, Task Manager, and Action center.
As part of the Lock screen improvements, Windows 10 version 2004 now includes support to authenticate into your account using your PIN while in Safe mode. In the past, you were still required to use a password while in Safe mode, even though PIN authentication was configured. Also, starting with this new version, Windows 10 introduces a newWindows key + Ctrl + Shift + Lkeyboard shortcut to help you investigate problems with the login screen.
Beginning with the May 2020 Update, when opening the Start menu, you’ll notice a new list called “Start typing to search” with quick access to search for online results, apps, and documents, which should make it clear that users can simply start typing to search without the need to actually open the Search experience from the taskbar.
Windows Search improvements
The spell checker technology for Windows Search now intelligently understands and corrects small typos for search queries, such as “powerpiovt” and “elce;” which previously would return no results.
If you use virtual desktops to separate your different tasks, you can now click the header of the desktop thumbnail to specify a custom name. Also, you can also right-click the thumbnail of the desired desktop in Task View, and select the Rename option to rename the virtual desktop.
Windows 10 now ships with a new Cortana app that updates through the Microsoft Store and provides a new chat-based interface with the ability to type or speak to the assistant.
Although HomeGroup is no longer a feature on Windows 10, the option was still available in the File Explorer context menu. However, starting with Windows 10 version 2004, when right-clicking a folder, you’ll no longer see the HomeGroup entry within the “Give access to” submenu.
As for changes in File Explorer, Windows 10 version 2004, updates the context menu logic, so when you right-click on a .HEIC image file, you’ll now have the option to “Print” or “Set as Desktop Background,” as you can with other image file types.
In this update, you’ll even find an updated Task Manager “Performance” tab, which now shows the drive type (for example, SSD), which should come in handy on devices with multiple hard drives.
The “Performance” tab in Task Manager now adds support to monitor temperature on dedicated graphics cards. Also, Microsoft has updated the “Details” tab of Task Manager, and now when you right-click a process, a Provide Feedback will now be listed after End Task and End Process Tree (rather than between).
Action center and Notifications
Windows 10 May 2020 Update also includes new refinements for the notification settings. For example, now notification toasts include an inline option to turn off notifications for that app or open the app’s notification settings.
Settings features and changes on Windows 10 version 2004
In addition to the new features and changes around the desktop, Windows 10 version 2004 is also adding improvements to the Settings experience, including a updated header in the homepage, which instead of showing status and connected services, after a feature update, it’ll display a “Get even more out of Windows” message with an option to set up OneDrive, link your phone, enable Timeline, and more.
Starting with version 2004, the App Volume and devices preferences in the Settings app is getting interface tweaks to make the experience a little more usable.
Notifications & actions
In the Notifications & actions page, Windows 10 is adding an option to disable the post upgrade setup page under the “Notifications” section.
The Storage page isn’t getting significant improvements, but now under the “More storage” settings section, you’ll find a new option to access the backup settings page.
In this new version, the Mouse page has been updated to include an option to change the cursor speed without the need to use Control Panel.
The Status page is getting an update with a new view of active connections and quick access to change settings. (If you have multiple connections, only the one connected to the internet will be shown in the “Status” diagram at the top of the page.)
In addition, you can now see how much data is being used by a network right from the “Status” page. If it looks like you’re using a lot of data, you can access the “Data Usage page” to create a limit for that network, which will warn you if you get close or go over your limit. You can also see how much data each app is using on that network.
Furthermore, the Show available networks option now appears as a button with icon and description, and you can no longer access the Control Panel’s Networking and Sharing Center from this page.
Beginning with Windows 10 version 2004, the Narrator page now includes a new Text cursor indicator that will help you see and find the text cursor wherever you are at any time. (Select from a range of sizes for the text cursor indicator and make it a color easy for you to see.)
You can enable the new feature, in the new Text cursor page, in the “Ease of Access” settings, and turning on the text cursor indicator.
In the Recovery page, the “Reset this PC” feature has been updated with a new “Cloud Download” option that allows you to download a fresh copy of Windows 10 directly from the Microsoft servers, instead of using the image locally available on your device.
The “Cloud Download” option will reinstall the same build, version, and edition that is currently installed on your device. Also, when selecting the new option, it’ll remove all the apps already installed on your computer. Furthermore, if the “Remove everything” option is selected, user data will also be deleted.
If you prefer not to re-download the files from the cloud, you can still select the “Local reinstall” option, which will create a recovery build to reinstall Windows 10 using the files on your machine.
With this update, you’ll be able to pair a Bluetooth device directly from the notification, when the device is detected, without the need to open the Settings app.
In addition, Windows 10 now has an improved interface that shows less notifications making pairing a little faster. The feature now adds a Dismiss button to the first notification to give you more control while using “Swift Pair.” Finally, to make the notification more helpful, now Windows 10 show the device name and category when possible.
Windows 10 backtracks changes and starting with version 2004, the Disk Cleanup tool will no longer include the option to empty the “Downloads” folder by mistake to free up space on your computer.
App features and changes on Windows 10 version 2004
Some of the build-in apps, including Notepad, Xbox Game Bar, and Microsoft Defender receive some welcome updates.
Starting with version 2004, Notepad introduces the ability to restore unsaved content after installing an update.
In addition, Notepad is now an app updateable through the Microsoft Store, which means that the note taking app will no longer depend on major releases of Windows 10 to get updates.
Xbox Game Bar
If you use the Xbox Game Bar, the app now displays an FPS counter and achievement overlay. (Just set focus to your game and press Windows key + G to get started.)
Starting with Windows 10 version 2004, the software giant is extending Windows Defender ATP capabilities beyond the operating system, and as a result Microsoft is renaming “Windows Defender” to “Microsoft Defender” to reflect that it’s now a cross-platform approach endpoint security.