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In a recent post on their Windows Experience Blog, Microsoft announced Windows 10 Insider Build 19033 (20H1). The build, released to both fast and slow rings of the Insider program, is a pre-release of the upcoming major feature update, scheduled for April 2020. It will be named Windows 10 Version 2004.

This feature update has been named 2004 to avoid confusion with older Windows versions such as Windows Server 2003. The pre-release build being rolled out to the Insider Fast Ring as well as the Slow Ring is a good indicator that version 2004 is almost finished. As usual with near-ready releases, Microsoft also removed the build watermark from the desktop.

Details of Windows 10 version 2004 (20H1)

We’re not quite there yet, though. Brandon LeBlanc, Senior Program Manager of the Windows Insider Program, mentioned in the release blog post that 2004 has not been finalized. There are still a couple of issues that need to be resolved first. For example, BattleEye, a popular anti-cheat software, causes problems on the latest builds. Microsoft stopped pushing the 19033 build to machine that have BattleEye installed. Along with that as well, some smaller issues with hung processes and some USB 3.0 devices are still present. Here is the official list of known issues:

Known Issues in Windows 10, Build 19033

  • BattlEye and Microsoft have found incompatibility issues due to changes in the operating system between some Insider Preview builds and certain versions of BattlEye anti-cheat software. To safeguard Insiders who might have these versions installed on their PC, we have applied a compatibility hold on these devices from being offered affected builds of Windows Insider Preview. See this article for details.
  • We’re looking into reports of the update process hanging for extended periods of time when attempting to install a new build.
  • Some Insiders are reporting that after successfully installing printer drivers from the Optional Updates section, the same driver is still showing as available for install. We’re looking into the issue.
  • We’re looking into reports of certain external USB 3.0 drives not responding with Start Code 10 after they’re attached.

Fast Ring will receive next version soon

While both Fast and Slow Ring are currently on the same release (with build 19033), users of the Fast Ring will soon be switched to the follow-up release of Windows 10, which is currently scheduled for release in 2021. In technical terms, Slow Ring will stay on the VB_RELEASE branch, while Fast Ring will switch to RS_PRERELEASE shortly. If you are a Windows Insider and want to stay on the 20H1 release, now is the time to check your Windows Insider settings to make sure you have selected the Slow Ring there.

Whether this next build will use the same new servicing technology as version 1909, which allows for super-fast installs of Windows 10 release updates, is not clear yet. I highly doubt it though, as Windows 10 version 2004 introduces a lot of changes, while 1909 was basically just a maintenance update.

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