Microsoft recently released the latest Windows 10 v2004 official version update, and at the same time began to push it to users. This version is also known as the May 2020 update of Win10 (codenamed 20H1), and the internal version number is 19041.264. The last major version update of the Win10 system is the v1909 version, which was officially launched in November 2019.
Since Microsoft released the first official version of Win10 (Win10 v1507) in July 2015, it has now become the PC operating system with the highest market share in the world, and the Win10 system has gone through 5 years. As the first major version update of Win10 in 2020, unlike the v1909 version that mainly fixes bugs and improves stability, Win10 v2004 brings many major feature updates, new features, and improvements, such as GPU hardware acceleration, GPU temperature monitoring, It supports WiFi 6 and WPA3 standards, cloud download reset and optimized search functions, etc., and it also improves the performance experience of low-end computers.
The official version of Win10 v2004 is pushed to users in batches. You may not receive this update in the “Windows Update” set. If you want to try the first time, you can follow the method tutorial provided at the end of the article. Update and upgrade.
Is Win10 v2004 worth upgrading? The following is an inventory of new features and a detailed experience of the latest official version of the system.
01, GPU hardware acceleration
This feature comes from the new version of WDDM 2.7 that Win10 v2004 newly supports, which is the graphics driver architecture of the graphics card driver on Windows. Brought shader model SM 6.5, hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling, and greatly enhanced DX12 support, including ray tracing XDR Tier 1.1, sampler feedback, memory allocation control, video protection resources, etc.
Among them, the hardware-accelerated GPU scheduling function allows the graphics card to directly manage its video memory, thereby improving video playback performance and reducing the delay on supported hardware. It can more effectively process video playback and game calculations, making video playback smoother. Increase the game frame rate and reduce latency.
The GPU hardware acceleration function is turned off by default and needs to be turned on manually. The enabling path is in Settings> System> Display> Graphics Settings> Turn on the hardware acceleration GPU plan.
This feature supports Intel HD Graphics, NVIDIA Graphics, and AMD Radeon Graphics. The minimum driver version number requirements are v184.108.40.20659, v450.12, and v20.5.1 respectively. The hardware requirements are Intel Core Graphics 7th generation and above, NVIDIA Graphics 10 series and above.
02, built-in GPU temperature monitoring
This new feature has been added to the task manager. Under the performance tab of the task manager, you can see the real-time core temperature of the graphics card, but only supports discrete graphics cards, and does not support integrated and core displays. If the core temperature of the discrete graphics card is not displayed in the task manager, you first need to update the graphics card driver to the latest version. In addition, the temperature unit only supports the Celsius display, not Fahrenheit.
And there is a significant change in the task manager. The performance tab also supports the display of the hard disk type. If the computer has multiple hard disks installed, each hard disk will display SSD or HDD.
03, the new Microsoft Cortana voice assistant
Cortana’s voice assistant has undergone a particularly big change. As an independent application, you can get subsequent updates through the Microsoft Store. The interface is the same as other Windows applications. The application title bar is displayed and the window can be dragged to any position on the desktop. Can adjust the window size, and maximize and minimize processing.
Interactively, you can interact with Cortana through text and voice, and it has a new voice and language model, which is more intelligent than before.
However, the Xiaona voice assistant on Win10 v2004 does not support the system Chinese language, and if the system language is changed to non-Chinese, it can be used normally.
04. Support WiFi 6 and WPA3 standards
The latest official version of the Win10 v2004 system adds support for WiFi 6 and WPA3 wireless network standards, which will make the device faster and more secure in terms of network connection.
WiFi 6 is the sixth-generation version of wireless network technology, also known as the 802.11ax protocol. The biggest improvement of WiFi 6 lies in the network transmission rate, which can reach up to 9.6Gbps. In addition, it has the advantage of being able to connect more devices and has a better coverage Broad and network concurrency is stronger. WiFi 6 devices all support WPA3, which is the latest generation of encryption security protocol, making wireless network connections more secure.
At present, there are more and more routers and mobile phones on the market that support WiFi 6 and WPA3 standards. Now the latest Win10 v2004 system also supports it. The previous system version does not support the above standards, so even if the router It supports itself, and the computer connection uses the old protocol of WiFi 5 and WPA2.
05, cloud download reset
In the latest version, resetting the computer has added a new cloud reset option. You can download the system image from the cloud, which is very convenient to reinstall the Windows system, and you can choose whether to keep personal files. It can be so easy.
And if the network condition is good, the cloud reset speed is faster than the local reset speed. In addition, even if the computer cannot enter the system normally, the cloud reset can be performed in the recovery mode.
06. Optimize search function to improve computer performance
In the previous Win10 v1903 system, an enhanced search mode was introduced, which can quickly retrieve files from any location on the PC, but enabling this feature may cause high CPU and hard disk usage, thereby affecting the overall performance of Windows.
In this Win10 v2004 update, a new algorithm has been added to detect the high occupancy rate of the hardware and determine the peak usage time of the system in a timely manner.
The indexing program can be adjusted and managed accordingly to ensure that disk usage and activity are reduced, thereby alleviating system performance problems.
And the new version also adds independent settings, users can customize the search path to exclude unnecessary files or folders directly from the indexer, set the path: Windows Settings> Search> Search Windows> Excluded Folders.
These improvements will significantly improve the performance of computers equipped with mechanical hard drives and low-end computers. Generally, the read and write performance of HDD mechanical hard drives is far less than that of SSD solid-state drives. What comes is that the device is running stuck. Because Win10 v2004 optimizes the search function, which greatly reduces the amount of disk usage, you can clearly feel that the computer runs faster and smoother inexperience.
07, Windows and application updates support the speed limit
The latest version of Win10 supports the speed limit for Windows and application updates. The setting path is in Windows Settings>Update and Security>Delivery Optimization>Advanced Options. Download speed and upload speed can be limited separately, and download can be set for foreground and background downloads speed.
The minimum speed for limiting speed according to absolute bandwidth is 1 Mbps. And these settings will also control the download speed of the Microsoft Store. In addition, it can limit the cumulative amount of uploads on the computer, in units of months.
08. Disk Cleanup cancels the “Download” folder
In the latest Win10 v2004, the “Download” folder is no longer displayed in the Disk Cleanup Tool. This folder was originally introduced from the Win10 v1809 system. When running the Disk Cleanup Tool, you need to pay attention to whether this option is checked to avoid files. It was deleted by mistake (not selected by default).
In the latest system, in this way, using the disk cleaning tool no longer has to worry about the data in the download folder being deleted by mistake. This folder is the default download location of the Windows system, and at the same time, users need to actively clean up redundant files.
09, UWP applications can be opened automatically after booting
The latest version of the system has added the function of automatically opening UWP applications after a restart, that is, if the UWP applications of the system are not closed before the restart, they will be automatically opened after the system restarts. Just like opening an unclosed web page when you restart the browser.
This option is off by default, and the setting path is in Windows Settings>Account>Login Options>Restart Application.
10. Applications such as Notepad and IE browser support uninstall
Applications such as Notepad and IE browser that comes with the Win10 system are no longer mandatory installations, allowing users to uninstall from the “Optional Features” settings page, and can also be added again. The setting path is in Windows Settings> Applications> Applications and Features >Optional features. In addition, applications such as Paint, WordPad and Media Player can also be uninstalled.
11. Optimize Windows Hello login without password
The latest version optimizes the passwordless login experience. In the Settings>Account>Login Options page, you can see the newly added option “Requires Windows Hello to log in to your Microsoft account”. After enabling it, you can use fingerprints, face, iris, and PIN. , Achieve passwordless login to the Windows system. In addition, the safe mode also supports Windows Hello for the first time.
12. Virtual desktop supports renaming
This update adds the function of renaming virtual desktops. You can click on the virtual desktop to customize and rename each desktop, and the name will continue to be retained after the system restarts.
In addition to the main new functions and new features introduced above, the official version of Win10 2004 also brings a new Linux2 (WSL 2)-based Windows subsystem, upgrades to the Windows sandbox, returns homegroup functions, and improves the pairing of Bluetooth devices Connect experience and improve new features and content such as the Xbox Game Bar.
In summary, the latest version of the official version of Win10 v2004 system has brought many major new features, especially improved performance of low-end computers, Win10 no longer stuck, GPU hardware acceleration, cloud reset and update support speed limit, etc. . In terms of bugs, Geek Jun has been using the latest system for some time. During this process, there were no obvious system bugs or problems that affected normal use. In short, it is worth the upgrade experience.
If you find other new features, please share them in the comment area.
How to update the Win10 v2004 official version system?
As mentioned at the beginning of the article, the latest version is pushed to users in batches, so you may not receive this update in the “Windows Update” of the settings, but you can follow the official method below to upgrade.
1. Update through the “Microsoft Windows Easysun” tool
Tool download address, run this software, it will automatically check whether the current system is the latest version, if not, use this tool to easily update the system to the latest version.
2. Update through the “MediaCreationTool” tool
Also in the Microsoft official website above, download and run this media creation tool. Same as “Eisen”, you can upgrade to the latest system online. In addition, this tool can also choose to download the latest system image and save it to the Computer or burn to U disk for local installation.
Both of the official upgrade methods can retain the local computer data. The first recommendation is that you update through the first method. The entire online update process does not require complicated operations, and the program will automatically detect whether the system and hardware are compatible before the update Questions, such as whether the hard disk space is enough, whether there are problems with the software and drivers, etc., are mainly relatively stable.
In addition, there are some important considerations to be aware of before updating the system: it is recommended to unplug the external storage such as the U disk or mobile hard disk before starting the update; the system disk must reserve at least about 20GB of free space; the time limit for the Win10 system to roll back the previous version It’s 10 days.