Microsoft is blocking the Windows 10 May 2020 Update on lots of devices

Microsoft has started rolling out the Windows 10 May 2020 update, which brings several changes and features to the OS. One new element of the upgrade is a system in which users are informed if their PC isn’t ready to receive the update.

Microsoft has a list of 10 issues it’s currently investigating, and 9 of them have resulted in a “compatibility hold” which stops the Windows 10 May 2020 Update from being installed via Windows Update. One issue involving unexpected errors or reboots with always-on, always-connected devices, affects devices like Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7 or Surface Laptop 3.

If you’ve been checking Windows Update for the May 2020 Update and not seeing anything, then it’s likely that your device is being blocked or throttled from updating. Microsoft has also added a warning to Windows Update over the weekend for devices that aren’t ready to be updated.

Microsoft is also “slowly throttling up” the availability of the Windows 10 May 2020 Update through Windows Update, so the option might just not be appearing for many regardless of device and driver blocks.

The latest update is also being blocked on systems with apps or games that use the GameInput Redistributable. Microsoft doesn’t make it clear which apps and games use this, but the company has found that “affected apps or games might lose mouse input” with the May 2020 Update.

Microsoft has a release information page up for Windows 10 version 2004 (May Update) listing known issues caused by the update, which began rolling out last Tuesday. These include difficulty connecting to more than one Bluetooth device, issues with older Nvidia drivers, and variable refresh rates not working with Intel iGPUs.

You can also force it through Microsoft’s update assistant. The tool even bypasses the blocks that Microsoft has put in place for affected systems. We wouldn’t recommend using the tool if Windows Update has flagged potential problems, though.

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